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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 | MEP Engineering

Senior Managing Director | Operations

David Weihing

Senior Managing Director | Structural Engineering

Managing Director | Mission Critical Facilities

Managing Director | Marketing, Brand, and Business Development

Managing Director | Accounting and Finance

Managing Director | Technology

Julie Nagle

Managing Director | Human Resources

Managing Director | Commercial Building Solutions

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
Services: Automation, MEP/FP Engineering
ESD Headquarters
Services: Eco+Energy, MEP/FP Engineering, Technology
10-30 South Wacker Drive Lobby Repositioning and Expansion
Services: Eco+Energy, MEP/FP Engineering
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital
Services: Eco+Energy, MEP/FP 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.

Patel Earns Recognition as a Star in Engineering

Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine recognizes an elite group of young professionals with its 2022 40 Under 40 award, including ESD Commissioning and Energy+Eco Operations Director Saagar Patel. (Read why Saagar is being recognized.)

Career Networking With ESD

ESD will be participating in “The Career Networking Experience” on Wednesday, May 18. The event is being sponsored by the Chicago chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). (Learn more about this career networking event.)

Thanks for the Mentoring

ACE Chicago, the mentorship program focused on supporting students interested in careers in architecture, construction, and engineering, hosted an event to thank supporters. (Learn more about the ACE Mentor Program.)

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.

Let’s Connect. What’s On Your Mind?

Interested in Making a Difference?

Our mission to improve society through the built environment is brought to life through our people. Are you ready to make a difference?

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