The 2009 AWIB Young Entrepreneurial Leadership Award Winner
PARS Environmental is a full service environmental consulting firm that offers creative solutions to a broad range of engineering, health & safety, and environmental issues. The company combines technical capabilities, with a focus on eco-friendly and pragmatic approaches. PARS has 45 employees with revenues over $4.5M and is headquartered in Robbinsville, NJ.
At 16, Kiran Gill was already gaining hands-on experience working in the construction and supply chain field, as a part-time employee at her uncle’s company. Kiran was one of three employees at the time, which gave her the chance to dabble in many different functional areas. At this point, she knew that the challenges and gratifying responsibilities of being an entrepreneur was what she wanted.
While attending New York University, Kiran worked summers at PARS Environmental (PARS), a company her father had purchased in 1999. During this time, she quickly learned all aspects of the business — from sales and project management to operations and finance. After college in 2002, Kiran joined PARS full-time.
A year later in 2003, Kiran bought PARS Environmental from her father with a combination of her own savings and a loan from her entrepreneurial uncle. She had a vision to focus PARS on developing innovative remediation technology and nanotechnology for environmental applications and building the company into a consulting firm that would specialize in solving tough environmental problems. She understood the importance of government contracting and obtained several state and federal certifications. These certifications provided her and PARS with many contracting opportunities.
Kiran’s determination and vision paid off. Since Kiran’s purchase, PARS has grown from a company of six employees with revenues of $500,000 to 45 employees and over $4.5M in revenue. Kiran attributes PAR’s rapid growth to its proprietary software and willingness to take on difficult clean-ups. To get the attention of new clients, the firm has developed technologies that are better, faster, and less expensive then its competitors. Clients include government agencies, manufacturing companies, and major utilities. Her father remains with the company as a consultant.
Environmental consulting is still largely a man’s field. Competing for work both as a woman and someone under the age of 30, can be a challenge. “When I walk into a room, I am often not what people expect to see,” says Kiran. But after she makes her presentations and begins discussions with a new client, the fact that she is a young woman is no longer an issue.
Kiran’s advice to other young women entrepreneurs is “understand your business down to the little details, be ready for failures and take big leaps when needed.”
Kiran has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and received the Environmental Business Journal Business Achievement Award. In her spare time, Kiran volunteers as a volleyball and basketball coach to local youth teams and even teaches the harmonium at her church. As member of AWIB, she will be assisting in forming a chapter in New Jersey.
Kiran has a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science from New York University and an MBA from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She currently resides in Robbinsville, NJ.