what sets us apart

safety

Our safety-first mindset is paramount, consistent across all organizations. This approach continues to grow confidence with our employees, partners, and the public.

agility

We are a nimble, forward-thinking organization that creatively strategizes to solve and prevent problems. Long-term, holistic problem-solving is more cost-efficient for your organization.

versatility

Professional boots-on-the ground, enhancing your team with leveraged data, and innovative technologies to mitigate interruptions. Cross-trained employees ready for varying situations and circumstances.

our team

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Phil Charlton

Principal Advisor

Steve Hallmark

Principal Advisor

Chris Peppler

Principal Safety Advisor

Phil Charlton is a pioneer in the field of utility vegetation management. He graduated West Virginia University with BSF, MSF, and PhD degrees in Forest Science. His career spans over forty years, including a significant tenure as President of ECI where he paved the way for hundreds of electrical companies to develop UVM programs for distribution line clearance and transmission right-of-way (ROW) management. Charlton developed the industry’s first electronic system for performance analytics of external workforce management. He has also served on the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council and is an expert witness for UVM. During his ten-year tenure at the Utility Arborists Association, Charlton grew the association’s financials and membership to over five thousand members. Phil served as the latest UAA’s Executive Director.

An industry veteran, Steve Hallmark brings over 40 years of transmission and distribution experience in forestry and vegetation management. He recently served as subject matter expert for the California Governor’s Office Operational Observer pertaining wildfire mitigation efforts and Public Safety Power Shutoff activities. Prior, Hallmark acted as senior advisor for some of the nation’s leading utilities. He also led Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) teams in both the Transmission and Distribution Management program and Customer Services Operations. Hallmark holds a B.S. degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Forest Management, plus ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certifications. Aside from playing an active leadership role throughout his career in multiple integrated vegetation management associations, Hallmark has also published articles in key publications and is largely accountable for creating the Utility Arborist Specialist credential.

Chris Peppler brings 17 years of health, safety, environmental, consulting and occupational medicine leadership experience. Prior to joining Iapetus, Peppler led teams supporting several clients, including Southern California’s Edison Contractor Safety Management program, as well as major oil and gas clients in the US and abroad.  Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health and holds several safety-related certifications.

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Chris Coker

Director of Health, Safety, and Operational Risk

Chris Coker serves as the Director of Health, Safety and Operational Risk for Iapetus Holdings companies. Prior to joining Iapetus, Coker spent 15 years at Southern California Edison (SCE), where he held leadership responsibilities in different departments including Law, Vegetation Management, Safety and Distribution. Most recently he served as Senior Manager in the Wildfire Program Management organization.  Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Risk Management from La Sierra University.

Matt Parker

Director of National Field Operations

Matt is affiliated with the National Center for Construction Education and Research and is a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional through the Tree Care Industry Association. He has extensive experience in oil and gas midstream operations, environmental services and firearms manufacturing.  Matt manages the day-to-day AFS field safety support for one of the largest utilities in the U.S.

Gabriella Martinez

Senior Business Development Advisor

Gabriella is our Sr. Business Development Advisor. She works with current and potential clients to exceed their goals and expectations. She identifies and improves field processes and industry challenges. She is passionate about listening to client needs and developing solutions to maximize return and efficiency while creating long-lasting client relationships. She strives to increase partnerships and innovate the industry. Her educational experience is in Mass Media Communications. She is also a Certified Arborist with 5+ years of UVM experience. Gabriella is a member of the FL and Southern ISA Chapters and the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals.

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Myles Parma

Business Development Account Manager

Myles holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Arkansas. He brings a wealth of experience in building strong relationships with stakeholders while identifying business opportunities with new and existing clients. He represents the voice of the customer within AFS, working closely with our field representatives to ensure clients receive top-quality services.

our team

Phil Charlton

Principal Advisor

Phil Charlton is a pioneer in the field of utility vegetation management. He graduated West Virginia University with BSF, MSF, and PhD degrees in Forest Science. His career spans over forty years, including a significant tenure as President of ECI where he paved the way for hundreds of electrical companies to develop UVM programs for distribution line clearance and transmission right-of-way (ROW) management. Charlton developed the industry’s first electronic system for performance analytics of external workforce management. He has also served on the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council and is an expert witness for UVM. During his ten-year tenure at the Utility Arborists Association, Charlton grew the association’s financials and membership to over five thousand members. Phil served as the latest UAA’s Executive Director.

Steve-Hallmark-Iapetus-Infrastructure-Services

Steve Hallmark

Principal Advisor

An industry veteran, Steve Hallmark brings over 40 years of transmission and distribution experience in forestry and vegetation management. He recently served as subject matter expert for the California Governor’s Office Operational Observer pertaining wildfire mitigation efforts and Public Safety Power Shutoff activities. Prior, Hallmark acted as senior advisor for some of the nation’s leading utilities. He also led Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) teams in both the Transmission and Distribution Management program and Customer Services Operations. Hallmark holds a B.S. degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Forest Management, plus ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certifications. Aside from playing an active leadership role throughout his career in multiple integrated vegetation management associations, Hallmark has also published articles in key publications and is largely accountable for creating the Utility Arborist Specialist credential.

Chris Peppler

Principal Safety Advisor

Chris Peppler brings 17 years of health, safety, environmental, consulting and occupational medicine leadership experience. Prior to joining Iapetus, Peppler led teams supporting several clients, including Southern California’s Edison Contractor Safety Management program, as well as major oil and gas clients in the US and abroad.  Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health and holds several safety-related certifications.

Chris Coker

Director of Health, Safety, and Operational Risk

Chris Coker serves as the Director of Health, Safety and Operational Risk for Iapetus Holdings companies. Prior to joining Iapetus, Coker spent 15 years at Southern California Edison (SCE), where he held leadership responsibilities in different departments including Law, Vegetation Management, Safety and Distribution. Most recently he served as Senior Manager in the Wildfire Program Management organization.  Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Risk Management from La Sierra University.

Matt-Parker-Iapetus-Infrastructure-Services

Matt Parker

Director of National Field Operations

Matt is affiliated with the National Center for Construction Education and Research and is a Certified Tree Care Safety Professional through the Tree Care Industry Association. He has extensive experience in oil and gas midstream operations, environmental services and firearms manufacturing.  Matt manages the day-to-day AFS field safety support for one of the largest utilities in the U.S.

Myles-Parma-Iapetus-Infrastructure-Services

Myles Parma

Business Development Account Manager

Myles holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Arkansas. He brings a wealth of experience in building strong relationships with stakeholders while identifying business opportunities with new and existing clients. He represents the voice of the customer within AFS, working closely with our field representatives to ensure clients receive top-quality services.

how we're structured

Iapetus Infrastructure Services is a portfolio of companies under Iapetus Holdings LLC providing risk mitigation, inspections, audits, safety consulting, vegetation management, high-tech imaging and reporting to utility, energy, and other capital infrastructure clients.

  • Hyperion Safety Environmental Solutions provides operator qualifications (OQ), crew safety observations and support, environmental planning and monitoring, leadership support, risk management, and customized training solutions to meet utility and energy clients’ needs.
  • Atlas Field Services provides safety, audit, and inspection services, including emergency management.
  • Soaring Eagle Technologies safely serves all UAS tech-enabled inspection and data needs.
  • Gold Coast Utility Specialists provides services to help ensure the reliability of the grid; manages potential threats to the reliability of important infrastructure and operations.
  • UATI (Unmanned Aviation Training Institute) provides industry standard level of training for the unmanned aviation industry, including FAA Part 107 in-person and online training.

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