President & Chief Operating Officer
Andy Shoulders is the president & chief operating officer for Handex. At Handex, Andy will have strategic and operational responsibility for Northeast and Southeast operations and sales. Andy’s main focus will be leading Handex’s strategic planning process and implementation as well as developing and managing the operational aspects of the annual budget.
Andy previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Summit Contracting, LLC, a Midwestern environmental firm that offers remediation, industrial services, emergency response and civil construction. Andy was responsible for the growth and profitability for traditional environmental remediation as well as industrial services within the oil, gas and chemical business sectors, with a particular focus on pipelines and terminals. Andy has been involved in some of the most complex and challenging remedial site clean-ups ranging from underground landfill fire, waste impoundment closures, heavy metal in-situ soil stabilization, unexploded ordnance removals (UXO), buried waste drum removal, wet excavation of contaminated soils and sediments, train derailments, and oil spills on the Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Andy is very well versed in the American Petroleum Institute (API) standards and recommended practices for the safe entry and cleaning of petroleum storage tanks and over the course of his career has managed the cleaning of hundreds of aboveground storage tanks for API 653 inspections.
Andy has over 30 years of progressive leadership experience in developing successful businesses, general management and financial management. Andy’s experience includes working with many Fortune 500 companies in the railroad industry, petroleum and pipeline companies, utility generation companies, chemical manufacturing companies, pulp and paper companies, and architecture and engineering firms.
Andy has extensive experience in leading organizations to produce increased revenue growth and profitability. He has helped build organizations from the ground up with a commitment to customer satisfaction, workplace safety, developing future leaders, and promoting a culture of knowledge sharing and best practices.
Raised in Evansville, Indiana, Andy received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies (Summa Cum Laude) in 2007, a Master of Science in Public Service in 2009 and a M.B.A. in Business Management in 2012 all from the University of Evansville. In addition to his three college degrees, Andy has attended the Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo, Colorado for Tank Car Specialist, Advanced Tank Car Specialist, Railroad Emergency Response Specialist and Highway Emergency Response Specialist. He has also attended Texas A&M University’s National Spill Control School in Corpus Christi, Texas and Texas A&M University’s Oil Spill Control School in Galveston, Texas. Andy has also passed state contractor’s license exams in Florida, California, Mississippi, Arkansas and Virginia. In 2005, Andy received a contractor service award from CSX Transportation for outstanding service provider. Throughout the 90’s Andy held licenses in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky for underground storage removal and water well drilling. Andy lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife and daughter.