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About David M. Augenstein



portrait of David2 003David Michael Augenstein has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.S. in industrial environmental controls and licensed professional engineer.(PE, retired status) David’s 40-year environmental career includes 20 years specializing in EHS for vehicle maintenance facilities.  David has dealt with a wide range of aspects in air, water, groundwater, soil, solid and hazardous wastes, petroleum/used oil storage tank removal and cleanup—especially related to developing regulatory compliance policies and procedures and corporate programs.

He developed environmental management programs while at The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and Marathon Oil Company. At his own company, he provided the main content for the U.S. Toyota/Lexus auto dealership operations and developed the environmental program for Toyota forklift division in the early 2000s. Previously, he had worked at consulting firms and government regulatory agencies.

His career includes fifteen years in business as a national environmental compliance publisher, trainer and conference producer for the automotive, petroleum and transportation industry for fleet/vehicle maintenance facilities/operations. Among his clients were Toyota Motors USA, General Motors, The Ryder System, US. Postal Service, Air Force National Guard Air Combat Command and many more. He also served on an Environmental Committee at the American Petroleum Institute (API). David is a designated Kentucky Colonel by the Governor and Secretary of the State of Kentucky in recognition of outstanding service to the state.



B.S., Chemical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
M.S. Environmental (industrial controls), University of Cincinnati, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Dave also holds a certificate in biblical studies (1977) and a certificate in advanced physics, University of Bridgeport (1968).


As Founder and Director of Automotive Environmental and Safety Engineering (AESE) and its education division Environmental Resource Institute (ERI) from 1992 through 2007 where he wrote environmental guidance manuals were used by major organizations in the automotive and trucking/transportation industries, military and government operations for over 4000 other organizations.

He developed and hosted seven national conference and exhibitions and has been a featured speaker at numerous annual meetings of national trade associations and for Navistar, Peterbilt, National Automobile Dealers Association and has written monthly columns for two trade magazines.


As Founder and Chairman of the Institute, David produced and directed 20 national and regional conferences for environmental and safety professionals in the petroleum, automotive and trucking/transportation industries, government and military. These included the 1993 National Automotive Centennial Management Conference and Exposition in the Washington, D.C., commemorating the 500th year since the Columbus Discovery and 100th year of the American automobile and a century of environmental progress.

Produced and directed the 1996 ERI National Conference (Chicago) with a theme of commemorating the Centennial of American and International Automobile Racing.

His conferences included the largest exhibitions of related products in the industry. Featured speakers included U.S. Congressional Offices, a former Administrator of U.S. EPA, Exxon, Chevron, Amoco, BP, Toyota, Midas, Dupont, Dow, Prestone, Valvoline and the U.S. Postal Service, consultants, attorneys and equipment manufacturers.

David maintained a Board of Directors and Advisory Board with key managers from Amoco, Chevron, National Automobile Dealers Assn., K-Mart, Midas International, Ryder, Leaseway Transportation.

He originated the first Environmental Leadership and Service Award in the automotive service/motor fleet maintenance industry.


  • Dave published a national bulletin service called EnviroLine for 7 years through which he updated the industry on major developments and provide commentary on national policies and legislative and regulatory developments, and best management practices.
  • He authored and co-authored five leading Environmental and Safety Guides which was considered an industry standard. His guidance manuals were used by all automotive service operations of General Motors; Toyota Motor Sales USA, Lexus, Volvo, Subaru, DuPont/Conoco, Midas International Ryder, Laidlaw, U.S. Air Force National Guard, Toyota forklift dealers, Air Combat Command, US Postal Service (SE Region) and in over 4000 other dealerships, trucking companies and cities, county and state fleets.
  • Publisher and Editor of 20 Conference Proceedings with over 150 topics and 100 contributors.
  • 24 monthly columns in Fleet Equipment and Fleet Maintenance magazines.

Previous to his own company, David developed a sales and marketing team at Kemron Environmental, a comprehensive environmental management strategy and management program such as underground storage tank and asbestos removal/cleanup program at Firestone’s automotive service centers and Marathon’s service stations and petroleum terminals. He also served with Ohio EPA for six years in compliance assistance, enforcement and permitting for a wide variety of industries.


David developed a short course that was used by the National Association of Fleet Administrators, to receive credit toward the designation of Certified Fleet Manager (CFM) and by the American Trucking Association ATA National Committee of Motor Fleet Supervisors-Training & Certification in certifying fleet managers.


Received the designation of a lifetime Kentucky Colonel from the Governor of the State of Kentucky in recognition for work for the betterment of the state.

Product of the Month from Fleet Owner magazine.

His AESE and Institute was the subject of featured articles in 17 national trade magazines.

Received a special product award at the APPA/MEMA Show, the world’s largest automotive aftermarket trade show held in Las Vegas, where he was a featured speaker for three years.

Consultant for ABC News on a 20/20 segment on environmental overregulation.

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