Jesse Kropelnicki to Succeed Gerry Salontai as CEO at Verdantas

DUBLIN, Ohio—Verdantas, a private-equity-backed solution provider of sustainable infrastructure engineering, planning, and environmental science services that supports clients’ sustainability, resiliency, and strategic infrastructure objectives, announced today that Jesse Kropelnicki will succeed Gerry Salontai as CEO effective September 1, 2023.   

"I am thrilled to announce Jesse as the next Chief Executive Officer of Verdantas. This move follows the succession plan established at our platform formation in 2020 and aligns with my intent since inception to withdraw from day-to-day management when an appropriate successor was identified. Jesse has been an asset to our organization as Verdantas’ COO, consistently demonstrating exceptional leadership and a deep understanding of our industry and our organization.” said Gerry Salontai, CEO of Verdantas, “I have full confidence in his ability to lead our company to new heights, driving innovation, growth, and sustained success. I look forward to supporting Jesse during this transition and witnessing the continued success of Verdantas."

"I am humbled and excited to be named as the next Chief Executive Officer at Verdantas and grateful for the trust and confidence placed in me by our people.” said Jesse Kropelnicki, incoming CEO of Verdantas, “I am committed to our culture of collaboration, support of our people, inclusivity, and continuous improvement.” “With a focus on enabling sustainability throughout the project development lifecycle, digital integration for our clients and our people, as well as our already strong people-focused approach, I am confident that we will continue to thrive and achieve even greater success into the future.”

Tony Brindisi, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at RTC Partners, "On behalf of RTC we are delighted to welcome Jesse as the new Chief Executive Officer of Verdantas. The growth and success under the guidance of Gerry Salontai has been exceptional. We extend our utmost gratitude to Gerry for his unwavering dedication, strategic foresight, and remarkable accomplishments during his tenure. We are excited about the future of Verdantas under Jesse's leadership and remain committed to supporting the company's growth and success. We look forward to achieving new milestones and creating lasting value for clients, employees, and shareholders."

About Verdantas 

Verdantas currently employs over 880 people in 40 offices across the US and is home to many of the industry's top scientists, engineers, and technical experts. Verdantas operates a people-focused culture, concentrating on the well-being of its employees, clients, and the communities where they live and work. The company is actively hiring across all disciplines and seeking additional companies with a strategic and cultural fit.   

About RTC Partners 

RTC Partners is a private equity firm that invests in and builds strong businesses with committed management teams in the professional, business, and healthcare services industries. The firm’s dedicated emphasis on human capital, combined with its thoughtful approach to organic and inorganic opportunities, allows organizations to unlock the next stage of growth while enabling sustainable and long-term value creation for all stakeholders. RTC is actively seeking additional platforms and add-on acquisitions in its markets. For more information,

Terry Reynolds, Vice President of Marketing and Communications.    
Phone: 916-889-6681   



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