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Leadership Team

At the heart of any company is its people.
Keeping that heart healthy is its leaders.

Vision In Action: ESD Leadership

Executive Chairman

Chief Executive Officer

President

Senior Managing Director | Technical Support Services

Senior Managing Director | Operations

Managing Director | Marketing, Brand, and Business Development

Managing Director | Accounting and Finance

Managing Director | Information Technology

Julie Nagle

Managing Director | Human Resources

Managing Director | Mission Critical Facilities

Managing Director | Commercial Building Solutions

David Weihing

Managing Director | Structural Engineering

Julia Gudino

Director of Human Resources

Christy Picker Rothchild

General Counsel

Christy Weed

Director of Marketing

Direction and Perspective: ESD Advisory Board

In addition to board members Executive Chairman Raj Gupta and Chief Executive Officer Zackery House, ESD is advised by a distinguished group of industry professionals:

David Gensler

ESD Advisory Board Member

William A. Hudson

ESD Advisory Board Member

Duane Jackson

ESD Advisory Board Member

Meredith Mendes

ESD Advisory Board Member

In Honor of Our Founder

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.

See What Happens When We Work Together

Creativity, insight, partnership. Better spaces to work, to live, and to plan for the future. See how our various people come together on these projects as we continue to make history.

Confidential Large Nationwide Technology Client
Markets: Data Centers, Hyperscale
Disciplines: Automation, Engineering
ESD Headquarters
Markets: ESD Culture, Workplace Interiors
Disciplines: Eco+Energy, Engineering, Technology
10-30 South Wacker Drive Lobby Repositioning and Expansion
Markets: Real Estate Asset Repositioning
Disciplines: Engineering, Real Estate Asset Repositioning
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
Markets: Healthcare and Life Sciences, Workplace Interiors
Disciplines: Eco+Energy, Engineering

News and Events: A Prism of Possibilities

The various facets of our Services are reflected in the thought leadership, instructional videos, podcasts, and other information offerings we post regularly. Check out the latest.

ESD Welcomes New Advisory Board Member

Duane Jackson, backed by his team at Jackson Private Capital, brings mergers and acquisitions (M&A) expertise to ESD’s multi-year plan for strategic growth. (Read More)

ESD Board Recognized for Excellence

Named among the Private Company Boards of the Year, ESD joins an elite list of private companies being honored. (Read More)

How Important Are Company Values and Culture?

Harvard Business Review has found that leaders seeking to build high-performing organizations are often confounded by culture. 
 

Design for Tomorrow Plan for the Day After

The future isn’t distant: It starts today. Let’s solve problems together. Let’s build solutions.

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