Company: AET Environmental Inc.
When Lori DeVito founded AET Environmental with her husband, Arthur Clark, in 1993, they had one employee.
Now the environmental services firm has offices in four states, more than two dozen employees, and does close to $8 million in sales.
AET’s mission has also expanded, from its start helping small manufactures dispose of hazardous waste responsibly to the addition of in-plant remediation and support, compliance work, and training.
“We’re boots on the ground,” DeVito said. “The kind of support we give in environmental compliance — I think it’s a huge part of what the energy sector has to do.”
While AET works with a range of industries — from health care to school districts — the business counts numerous energy companies among its clientele, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Jonah Energy.
DeVito, a New Jersey native, was an English and communications instructor at Berkeley College in New York before she and her husband moved to Colorado in the early ’90s.
She earned her doctorate in philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate Center. This past fall, she earned a certificate from the entrepreneurship program at Babson College.