Al Edwards

CEO & President | CERM
Background

Albert G. Edwards is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Environmental Risk Management (CERM), a Program Management, Environmental Services, and Engineering firm headquartered in Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia. Co-Founded with the late Marcus L. Reese in 1995 as the first business to matriculate through the South Dekalb Small Business Incubator, CERM has grown to become one of the largest minority-owned engineering firms in the Southeast. The two met in their hometown of Prichard, Alabama through an internship with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Mobile District. Throughout his professional career, Edwards has been a champion for workforce development, youth education, and corporate accountability like the very one that introduced him to the industry.

The common thread woven through each of Al’s corporate, civic, and community endeavors is inclusive, sustainable development that forges a path for present and future leaders. In addition to casting CERM’s vision and strategy, Mr. Edwards also serves as Chair and member on the boards of various organizations including economic development, small business, and education interests across the southeast U.S. With his work as Chairman of the Atlanta Business League and the first African American Chairman for the Council for Quality Growth, Mr. Edwards works to champion others in the community to give back. His work demonstrates his belief that intentional leadership, collaborative insight, and meaningful partnerships are an authentic habitat for building communities.

Al earned his MBA in Technology Management from Kennesaw State University, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from Mississippi Valley State University. He served 8 years as a United States Army Quartermaster Officer. Additionally, Al holds specialized engineering, environmental, real estate management, and business management training from Georgia Tech, Dartmouth, and Harvard Graduate School of Design. As the father of two, an avid golfer, and an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, this advocate, mentor, and friend brings together the nonprofit, government, business, and community sectors to solve real problems.

Founded in 1995, CERM is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and provides professional engineering, environmental, and program management services to transportation, environmental, water resources, facilities, energy, and federal projects throughout the southeastern U.S.

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