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
Managing Director
Nathaniel Snydacker
Nathaniel Snydacker
Managing Director
James Vallort
James Vallort
Managing Director
Keith  Seier
Keith Seier
Managing Director
Anthony T. Kempa
Anthony T. Kempa
Managing Director
Christy Picker Rothchild
Christy Picker Rothchild
General Counsel
Julia Gudino
Julia Gudino
Director of Human Resources
Steve Monforton
Steve Monforton
Director of Information Technology
Christy Weed
Christy Weed
Director of Marketing

Advisory Board

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

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.