By Lisa Balschunat
“I always liked playing in the dirt,” said Mary Passaretti, geologist and co-owner of Aztech Environmental Technologies, when talking about the growth and challenges her company has faced over the years.
“If it’s wet, it’s mud; if it’s dry it’s dirt. Right? according her to her business partner, Fil Fina III, PE. By no means, is it that simple when it comes to remediation solutions, environmental consulting and comprehensive drilling services, but Aztech Environmental has a solid business record, coupled with a high-tech team, to simplify challenging environmental problems for its current and future clients.
In 1991, Passaretti formed Passaretti Geological & Environmental Consultants Inc. in the basement of her mother’s home in Saratoga Springs.
“Ninety-eight percent of my work was prepping the ground for Stewart’s Shops,” she said. Prior to that, she worked in the oil industry in Tulsa, Okla. Right out of undergraduate school, she embarked on a 10-year career in the research division of Amoco and Cities Service (Citgo). As a diver for Citgo, she collected research data in the Bahamas, Belize and, less glamorously, offshore New Jersey. The data from the Bahamas formed the basis of her master’s thesis earning her a graduate degree at TU.
As Passaretti Geological grew, the company partnered with F.L. Fina PE PC.
“We found that the two companies complimented each other and made good partners,” she said. “Fil has a brilliant engineering mind, and I have the geological piece.”