Terence A. Douglas, CIH, CSP
Terence A. Douglas, CIH, CSP, President of Alliant Corporation, an SAME Sustaining Member, was awarded the 2016 Tennessee Small Business Person of the Year Award by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Since 1984, he has been addressing the needs of business in environmental services and occupational safety and health in some of the most challenging and complex industries in America. Douglas’ career is balanced between experience with Fortune 100 companies, like General Electric and Martin Marietta, and small businesses, like Alliant Corporation (Alliant), which he a started with his business partner, Greg Galaher, in 2000. Over the past 15 years, Alliant has evolved to be a full service provider of environmental services, occupational safety and health, and project control services to federal and commercial clients across an array of industries. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Florida, with his graduate studies in public health at East Tennessee State University. He is certified by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene as a Certified Industrial Hygienist. He also is certified as a Certified Safety Professional by the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.
Why did you first join SAME?
Alliant joined SAME because we wanted to become part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) community. We wanted to learn more about the work performed as well as explore opportunities for networking with both potential clients (USACE and other DOD branches) as well as the vast team of contractors who support our military.
How has your involvement supported you in your personal and professional development?
USACE is a flagship client in Alliant Corporation’s portfolio. Through my involvement in SAME, we have gained a better understanding of the challenges faced by the USACE, and have a clear understanding on how to offer the Corps the best that Alliant has to offer in order to help ensure the objectives are met. Involvement in SAME has provided access to outstanding professional development opportunities, such as JETC. It has allowed unique networking opportunities with USACE leaders and leaders of other firms with whom we have established invaluable partnering relationships.
What advice would you give others just starting out in their career?
Share something about your career or background that others may find unique.
Join early and get involved. The early a young professional engages with SAME, the more value he or she will derive. But remember that you will get out of it what you put into it, so get involved.
I’ve evolved from a M60A# TC to an Army aviator to a chemist with General Electric to an Industrial Hygiene Program Manager with Martin Marietta, to a co-founder of a small business continuing to serve USACE. SAME has been there every step of the way to help guide my journey.