Featured business person: Steven Linehan

06/18/2014 2:01 PM

06/18/2014 2:01 PM

Steven Linehan

Environmental department manager, Terracon

Despite his job title, you won’t find Linehan in waders out in the middle of a stream counting fish.

His job is making sure Terracon’s clients don't run afoul of the people who are doing that.

“For the most part, our department is trying to keep people in environmental compliance,” he said.

Linehan grew up in Derby and earned an engineering degree from Kansas State University. He was designing highways for a Kansas City firm when part of that job – modeling surface water flow – got him thinking about environmental engineering.

He took master’s courses in that field and has spent the past decade working in it, returning to Wichita several years ago. Most recently, he was part owner of an environmental consulting firm here.

At Terracon, he said, “We pretty much provide services to the entire spectrum, from co-ops to commercial developers to landfills. Every county has a landfill, so a lot of work is through counties.”

Linehan reviews reports and proposals, provides technical assistance to others in his department and manages its personnel. “And I’ve got a couple projects of my own.”

Linehan and his wife, Amanda, who also is from the Wichita area, have a 1-year-old son, Reid. In addition to spending time with his family and two dogs, Linehan enjoys home improvement projects and cheering for his alma mater’s sports teams.

“I'm a big fan of K-State football and basketball. I try to make it to games when I can.”

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