March 3rd, 2022

Clearwell Group announces combination of four leading environmental services businesses to create Valor Environmental

Clearwell Group, a Tampa-based family office, is pleased to announce it has made a strategic investment in Valor Environmental, an environmental services company focused on erosion control and compliance. The investment facilitates the combination of AlphaEMC, HydroSpec, Watkins Erosion Control, and Erosion Compliance as they come together to better serve customers through service line expansion and a broader geographic reach, while still maintaining their focus on local customer service. That service, in excellence, is what makes them great and is the core foundation of their business.

Valor Environmental

Kirk Foster will serve as President of the newly formed company bringing over 15 years of industry experience with Alpha EMC. Chris Geist and Howard Surratt will complement Foster on Valor’s management team, serving as Regional Senior Vice Presidents.

“We are excited about the prospect of bringing together over 60 years of industry knowledge and unwavering local client support. Valor Environmental will provide an intimate client experience while leveraging its tremendous resources of best practices, leadership, and synergies nationwide,” said Foster.

“This is an exciting new chapter for Valor Environmental’s customers and employees,” said Ryan Cortner, Partner at Clearwell Group. “Each of these businesses brings a legacy of customer service excellence under a newly combined management team. Under the Valor Environmental banner, the management team is excited to build on that legacy to better serve customers with broader service offerings and extended geographic coverage while maintaining local relationships.”

“Our interest in being a part of Valor Environmental started with its tenured and passionate leadership team that has consistently brought an unwavering focus on the customer to developers, builders, Departments of Transportation, and all customers across 20 major U.S. markets,” said Tyler Franz, Vice President at Clearwell Group.

About Valor Environmental
Valor Environmental is the largest full-service environmental services company in the United States. Valor’s services include erosion control, land services, street sweeping, and site maintenance nationwide. Valor provides cost-effective and need-based solutions to residential, commercial, and government clients across 20 major U.S. markets.  Led by industry veterans, Valor Environmental supports clients’ compliance with both external and internal standards from the first phase of a new development to the last quality control inspection. For more information, please visit

About Clearwell Group
Clearwell Group is a family office facilitating strong family culture through investment management, estate planning, philanthropic advisory and family business consulting.  Our Direct Private Equity team makes control and meaningful minority investments in companies located in the southeastern United States, with a focus on the state of Florida.  We invest with the belief that businesses should generate positive investment returns in addition to positive significance. To that end, we support high-integrity entrepreneurs with a collaborative approach to creating value that leverages experience and network.