Rich Crim, PE & Ken Garza, CIH, MS – Reactive to Proactive IEQ GHP’s Unique Process Encourages a Paradigm Shift

Air Date: 1-20-2023|Episode 687

This week we welcome Rich Crim, VP Dir of Project Operations and Ken Garza, CIH VP Industrial Hygiene to discuss the GHP story and their emphasis on Proactive vs Reactive IEQ. After many years working with large companies, hotel chains and others GHP is laser focused on changing their client’s paradigm and focusing on IEQ issues proactively. This week we learn more about their unique approach.



Rich Crim, PE, LEED AP BD+C has more than 16 years of mechanical engineering experience—with the last 11 years as a licensed professional engineer. As GHP’s Director of Project Operations, Rich ensures all projects are executed to GHP’s standards of being on time, under budget, and top quality. He also manages project forecasting and oversees that the right people with the right skillsets are assigned to the right projects. Pairing the right people to the right projects sets GHP up to deliver above clients’ expectations.

Rich’s project experience is comprehensive of every aspect of mechanical and plumbing systems, from design to forensic investigation and everything in between. This expertise and investigative mindset have been assets during his favorite part of working at GHP—solving problems. Whatever the issue, Rich loves identifying root causes and resolutions. In his own words, “I love that moment when a problem is solved, and you sit back for a moment, take a breath, and then say to yourself, ‘Ok, what’s next?’”

Rich has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mississippi.

Kenneth Garza, CIH, MS is GHP Vice President, Director of Texas Operations. With client experience in a variety of industries including healthcare, insurance, hospitality, education, legal, commercial, and residential properties, Ken can just about do it all. Possessing more than 17 years of experience and recognized as a Certified Industrial Hygienist by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene, Ken assesses environmental needs, provides sound solutions, and supports the implementation of those solutions. His work has taken him around the globe, including Dubai, Chile, Guyana, and the Caribbean islands.

Ken manages various environmental projects nationally and internationally, dealing with moisture intrusion, mold, asbestos, chemical exposure, and other hazards in the built environment. When managing or assessing what a built environment needs, Ken’s goal is to ensure everyone who touches a project walks away with the knowledge that it was worthwhile and successful. Ken’s Master of Science is in the Environmental Science and Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and his Bachelor of Science is in Biology, Minor in Chemistry is from St. Mary’s University.