Focusing on environmentally conscious and financially sound business models across the Southeast.
Michael Beinenson believes in the importance of preserving our environmental equilibrium and has devoted the last eight years of his professional career to ensuring that our presence on this planet leaves a positive mark.
This all started in 2013 when Michael made a decision to drive electric. At that time Electric Vehicles were a novelty, and with the advent of American made Nissan LEAF, driving on electrons was possible. He soon joined the EV Club of the South and became a very active member and significantly contributed to the promotion of the EV movement. Michael appears in a large number of interviews, articles, and video posts devoted to electric mobility.
After years in the payroll industry, Michael started Tax Incentives Experts Inc with a focus on lack of tax credit use by small businesses. During that time, he discovered an opportunity to work with environmentally conscious investors who would like to participate in financially beneficial projects that positively affect the planet. Eco Terra was born out of the desire to support this endeavor.
Michael graduated high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management from Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania. Mr. Beinenson extends his philanthropic reach to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where he actively volunteers. In his spare time, you can find him cheering at an Atlanta United game or spending time outdoors with his two kids and wife of twenty years, Natalia.
An environmental entrepreneur, passionate about solving environmental problems through market-based solutions.
Jamey O’Shaughnessey currently serves as a Manager at Eco Terra within our Mitigation business. His efforts are focused on site selection, land acquisition, project management, and business development.
Jamey graduated from Clemson University with a major in Economics and an emphasis in Natural Resources Economics. He has worked for multiple land trusts and spent time at the Property & Environmental Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, studying market solutions to environmental problems.
He has spent a life in the outdoors, fly fishing, bow hunting, and recently earned his captain's license through the United States Coast Guard. Jamey’s experiences in the outdoors - from the Everglades, to Montana, to the Galapagos - have instilled in him a passion for conservation and environmental protection, and he enjoys pairing this passion with his entrepreneurial mindset.
Ryan is a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina who has focused his efforts on commercial properties as well as land development and valuation. He was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, where he was involved in a variety of activities in and outside of school. He was a Boy Scout and is proud that while in high school he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. After high school Ryan joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves and served his country while earning his degree from UNC Charlotte. These accomplishments helped mold Ryan but being raised in Boy Scouts and becoming an Eagle Scout opened his eyes to the value of experiencing the great outdoors, as well as the importance of working to preserve the environment in its most natural state.
In his free time Ryan enjoys cheering for his beloved Carolina Panthers and stays active by playing in a variety of recreational sports leagues, fishing, hiking, and, when the weather is nice, playing as much golf as possible.
Ryan enjoys working with Eco Terra because it provides him the opportunity to use his work ethic and determination to succeed with a company whose goals align with his views on conservation and making a positive impact on the environment.
Scott J. Frederick
NCLSS, CPSS, EI
Scott has a wide range of experience with many projects concerning ecological restoration, ecological asset evaluation, environmental assessments, stream and wetland determinations, forest inventory, natural resource location, reclaimed water and wastewater land application systems for municipal and agricultural wastes using forest systems, water quality permitting, and watershed management. He is a licensed soil scientist in North Carolina (NCLSS) and nationally certified through ARCPACS as a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (CPSS). As an environmental engineer and a soil scientist, he has experience with many ecological service restoration projects involving project-specific mitigation and banking. Restoration work over the last 20+ years includes turnkey project services such as planning and design, permitting both State and Federal, construction, maintenance and monitoring, marketing and sales, and successful project close-out.
Scott received a B.S. Degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from NC State University in the Environmental/Soil and Water Program in 1996. He also received a Master of Science in Forestry and a minor in soil science from NC State University in 1998. In his spare time, Scott enjoys hunting, fishing, foraging, cycling, beekeeping, and all kinds of family adventures with his wife and two sons.
Norton Webster has actively worked to promote the rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems and preservation of environmentally sensitive habitats through sound, strong economic and ecological partnerships.
Norton works in the North Carolina office where he helps landowners determine the best mitigation options in resolving issues with existing mitigation banks. He is also actively engaged in pursuing opportunities with potential partners as well as federal and state regulatory agencies. Norton works with engineers and consultants, client representatives and regulatory officials during the concept, proposals, design, construction and monitoring phases of our mitigation projects. Norton was the founder of the Palustrine Group which had a similar mission, focusing on mitigation as well as conservation banking. Norton had served previously as Operations Manager for Environmental Banc & Exchange (EBX). Before joining EBX, Norton was as an environmental scientist with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. and as a staff scientist at ARCADIS Geraghty & Miller. Earlier in his career Norton served as a wetlands consultant with Triangle Wetlands Consultants and as well as a research assistant in the Department of Forestry at NC State.
Norton is currently on the board of directors and serves as treasure for Carolina Wetland Association. A non-profit, non-partisan, science- based organization advocating for wetlands. Norton is the past chairman and currently serves on the executive board of the Piedmont Conservation Council (PCC). PCC is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that is community-based and regionally-focused. PCC addresses natural resource conservation and development issues in the North Carolina Piedmont. Norton was also past president of the North Carolina Environmental Restoration Association, Inc (NCERA). NCERA is collaboration of environmental consultants, mitigation bankers, contractors, engineers, surveyors, and financial professionals with an interest in promoting and expanding the environmental restoration industry in North Carolina.
- Master of Science-Forestry, NC State University, 1998
- Bachelor of Science-Business, Wake Forest University, 1989
- North Carolina Real Estate Broker (#288986)
Ellie currently fills the role of administrative assistant for EcoTerra. Ellie graduated from Wayne State University with a B.A. in Political Science. Throughout her career, Ellie has predominantly worked with non-profit organizations, helping fundraise, organize events, and volunteering with children in Inner-city Detroit. This work has created a passion for helping others, providing a better tomorrow for future generations.
During Ellie’s free time, she enjoys being outdoors, playing tennis and golf, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.
Robbie Bentley is the Director of GIS at Eco Terra. He primarily focuses on geospatial analysis/production and provides support for research, evaluation, and project identification development for our mitigation projects. Robbie’s long-term goal is to contribute to our planet’s future by providing tangible solutions to address pressing environmental challenges.
Robbie graduated from Auburn University with a B.S in Natural Resources Management and a minor in Business. While at Auburn University, he worked as a GIS educational/research assistant for AU’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. He also has experience as a back-country fly fishing expedition guide in various remote locations across the United States, including Colorado and Maine. In his free time, Robbie enjoys playing golf, fly-fishing, and watching Auburn football.
This chocolate guy, Francesco (aka Frenchie), is also a part of our Eco Terra family. He is an English Cocker Spaniel. Don’t dare to call him a Boykin; he might not like it. His parents and grandparents are hunters and currently reside at the Otter Creek Farm, and that’s where Frenchie comes from. No wonder he is as fast as lightning. This little curly pal is no joke in the snuggle department. He has equal parts, energy, and patience. He is the happiest when he is with his people; therefore, you can find Frenchie following us in the house, in the office working (NOT), and traveling all over the States.