Environmental Management Solutions, LLC, is growing its staff. The two new additions are Tag Noel, who assumes the role of chief operating officer, and Dennis Pate, the new planning program manager.

Noel comes to EMS to assist Earl Dotson, EMS' chief executive officer, with the management of the growing company. He will oversee internal logistics of EMS, focusing on efficiencies and customer service. “With so many new products and services being added, we need a coordinator in the COO position to guide our processes,” Dotson says.

Previously, Noel was a branch manager with AppleOne Services, the largest privately owned employment service in North America.  

He grew up on a farm in southwest Iowa. A graduate of Buena Vista University, he earned a degree in marketing with emphases in economics and management.  

Pate was Assistant State Conservationist in Iowa before joining EMS. He managed the Conservation Technical Assistance program, which included conservation planning, comprehensive nutrient-management plan development, Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service staffing, and highly erodible land and wetland compliance work. Pate also managed the Conservation Reserve, Environmental Quality Incentive, Conservation Security, Grassland Reserve, and Technical Service Provider Programs.

During his 30-year career, Pate also served on national NRCS task forces associated with developing rules from the 1985, 1990, 1996, and 2002 Farm Bills.

At EMS Pate will focus on conservation security programs,  comprehensive nutrient-management plans and technical service provider programs. He will coordinate activities of EMS' field project managers who provide client services.  

Pate is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and holds a degree in resource development.
EMS provides services for clients involved in production agriculture that will assist them in meeting government regulations and operational efficiencies in environment, animal welfare, conservation planning and third-party verification. It is headquartered in Des Moines, with offices in Texas and Florida.