Jim Hattler has been involved in the environmental services industry since 1974 and is a seasoned business executive with experience in financial analysis, M&A, strategic planning, sales, marketing, and IT, having served in various senior level positions throughout his career with both large and small corporate organizations. Currently, he is President and Chief Executive Officer of Nickel City Ventures, Inc. (Nickel City), a company he founded in 2000 to aid clients seeking to leverage his diverse environmental services background and access to a network of private capital contacts that specialize in the environmental funding sector.
Nickel City’s mission is to provide strategic direction for companies operating in the hazardous and industrial service sectors seeking to boost corporate performance. It conducts market studies, valuation assessments, and strategic analysis, as well as active day-to-day turnaround management assistance to position a company for sale within a three-year time frame. Examples are Mercury Waste Solutions which was ultimately sold to Waste Management and Air Cycle which was sold to Terra Cycle.
Previously, Mr. Hattler had a successful 26-year career with Laidlaw Environmental Services/Safety-Kleen Services (Laidlaw). During this time, he was the point person for a growth-through-acquisition development strategy; over a 12-year period he evaluated nearly 150 potential target companies and technologies for acquisition potential, leading to the successful completion of 35 acquisitions and/or divestitures valued from less than $1 million to more than $2 billion in purchase price. During that same period, corporate revenue grew from $50 million to $1.7 billion. He developed the idea of taking incineration capacity out of the marketplace at a time when there was significant over capacity. The closure of inefficient incineration operations became a key component of Laidlaw’s acquisition strategy and had a positive impact on the entire hazardous waste industry.
In addition to the above activities, Mr. Hattler served as CIO of Safety-Kleen from 1997 to 1999. In that capacity, he was responsible for the maintenance of 21 acquired legacy applications, the successful implementation of PeopleSoft enterprise software, and the 18,000 person-day YTK project. Mr. Hattler’s management responsibility also included profit and loss planning and management at both the operational and staff level, including Safety-Kleen’s Western Region and Informational Technology Department.
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