ESD Leadership

Raj P. Gupta
Raj P. Gupta
Executive Chairman
Zackery House
Zackery House
Chief Executive Officer
Kurt Karnatz
Kurt Karnatz
President
Mehdi Jalayerian
Mehdi Jalayerian
Executive Vice President, Chief of Innovation
Nathaniel Snydacker
Nathaniel Snydacker
Executive Vice President, Chief of Engineering
James Vallort
James Vallort
Executive Vice President, Chief of Services
Keith  Seier
Keith Seier
Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Anthony T. Kempa
Anthony T. Kempa
Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
Julia Gudino
Julia Gudino
Vice President, Human Resources
Michael Matthews
Michael Matthews
Vice President, Accounting
Christy Weed
Christy Weed
Vice President, Marketing
Christy Picker Rothchild
Christy Picker Rothchild
General Counsel

Advisory Board

David Gensler
David Gensler
ESD Advisory Board Member

David Gensler is the former co-chief executive officer of Gensler, a global architecture, design and planning firm with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. Prior to his career at Gensler, David worked across a number of fields including financial services at Morgan Stanley and the Pacific Stock Exchange, technology at Microsoft and Datis Corp. and management consulting at Edgar, Dunn and Company. He has experience serving on the board of directors of numerous for-profit and non-profit firms. He manages Mes Filles Vineyard in California.

William  A. Hudson
William A. Hudson
ESD Advisory Board Member

Bill Hudson is President, International, of the H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Company, a leading global manufacturer of compression sprayers and dusters. Bill is the fourth generation to participate in the leadership of the family-owned corporation, which has facilities in the United States, Mexico and China. Bill serves on the Board of Directors of Hein Electric Supply Company and Sasser Family Holdings, where he is Chairman of its Governance Committee and a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees. 

Jeff Matthis
Jeff Matthis
ESD Advisory Board Member

Jeff Mathis has extensive experience in technology, finance and human resources. His roles have included executive compensation at Disney and Marriott, line management as a senior vice president of retail brokerage at Charles Schwab, operating management as global head of human resources and administration for algorithmic trading firm GETCO and various roles in software startups. He is currently involved in healthcare as managing partner of Aptiva Therapy LLC.

Lisa A. McClung
Lisa A. McClung
ESD Advisory Board Member

Lisa McClung is the managing principal of Lismore International, a global advisory firm. Before Lismore, Lisa held several executive roles at the William Wrigley Jr. Company, where she reinvented the firm’s $30 million global innovation strategy. She is vice president of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Chicago. She serves on boards at Rush University Medical Center, The Field Museum and Ravinia Festival. She lectures regularly at top business schools on issues related to strategic growth.

In Honor of

Hem Gupta
Hem Gupta
Founder | 1931-2017

Hem Gupta founded ESD in 1967, after working for Perkins+Will and for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. ESD grew quickly. The firm became the largest MEP firm in Chicago within its first 10 years of existence, a position it still holds today. Why were clients so willing to work with Hem and his fledgling firm? “People tell me he was authentic, and it was impossible not to like him,” his son Raj Gupta said. “He was also a good engineer and a good businessman – it’s unusual to find all of these qualities in one person.” Hem Gupta passed away in February, 2017 at age 85, 50 years after founding the company that he steered to great success.