9/28/2005 – ACHMM Founders Award

Pete Cook Founders Award Given for Distinguished Service and Achievement

ROCKVILLE, Maryland – The Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (ACHMM) has selected Richard T. Cartwright, CHMM of East Amherst, New York as the 2005 recipient of its highest honor, the prestigious Pete Cook Founders Award.

Cartwright received the award during ACHMM’s Awards Gala held during its 19th Annual National Conference last month in St. Louis. More than 800 hazardous materials management professionals – a record number – attended the four-day gathering that featured cutting edge technical sessions about key environmental, health & safety and homeland security issues. The conference also provided countless professional networking opportunities in an exhibit hall that was packed with innovative services and products related to the proper management of hazardous materials.

A Senior Vice President at MECX, LLC (MECX), based in Houston, Texas, Cartwright has been an ACHMM member since 1985, earning his Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM®) credential that year. He has been instrumental in the formation of more than two dozen ACHMM chapters, recruited several hundred new members and been a long-time advocate for professional career development. Cartwright served as President of ACHMM in 1996 and has served five terms on its National Board of Directors.

“For more than 20 years, Richard Cartwright has been a tireless champion for ACHMM and the CHMM® credential,” said ACHMM President Allison A. King, CHMM. “He is deserving of the 2005 Pete Cook Founders Award not only because of his wealth of knowledge and experience, but also for his dedication and commitment to ACHMM and the hazardous materials management profession.”

The Pete Cook Founders Award is bestowed upon ACHMM’s members for distinguished service and lifetime achievements in support of the association. It honors individuals who have made outstanding accomplishments to support the proper management of hazardous materials used in the environment, health and safety field while promoting ACHMM’s vision and mission and the integrity of the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager® (CHMM®) credential.


Pete Cook, who was the first membership-elected National President, was instrumental in the formation of the first local ACHMM membership chapter. With corporate sponsorship from General Motors, he set in motion the rapid growth of ACHMM into what has become an internationally recognized professional membership association.

“Richard Cartwright has and continues to have a significant impact on the hazardous materials management industry and ACHMM at the national and local levels. He has been a preeminent force in ACHMM since its inception and integral to the organization’s growth and industry recognition for the CHMM® credential,” said ACHMM Member Jerry V. DeRosa, CHMM, and President of the Three Rivers Chapter, who endorsed Cartwright’s nomination for the award.

At MECX, Cartwright is responsible for the marketing of innovative hazardous materials management technology solutions. He has been involved in the hazardous materials management industry since 1967, having worked with hazardous and solid waste landfills, brownfields, dry cleaner sites, manufacturing facilities, chemical plants, oil refineries, terminals, pipelines and retail petroleum outlets.

Cartwright was Chief Resident Engineer for a three-year landfill cap construction project where responsibilities included field inspection and verification of compliance with contract documents and technical specifications. He also was the Resident Engineer during decontamination, demolition and closure of an abandoned industrial wastewater treatment plant and electroplating facility. He is an internationally recognized motivational speaker on In-situ Chemical Oxidation for the treatment of contaminated soil & groundwater, hazardous materials management training, value of CHMM® certification and Professional Ethics.


ACHMM (www.achmm.org) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of fostering the professional development of members through educational programs, peer group interaction and recognition of the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM®) credential as the standard of excellence in the industry. ACHMM now has more than 65 chapters in 37 states and more than 6,000 credentialed hazardous materials managers residing throughout the world.