After 40 Years EEA Consulting Engineers Selects a New President

EEA Consulting Engineers Founder and President Mike Hart announced he will retire as president at the end of the year and focus on responsibilities as chairman of the board. As of January 1, 2018, current Vice President Todd Schmitt will assume the position of president of the Austin-headquartered, employee-owned firm.



“I am pleased that Todd has embraced this opportunity with enthusiasm,” EEA Founder and President Mike Hart said.

“The board of directors formed a sub-committee to search for the next president 18 months ago, and I am grateful for the directors’ thoughtful guidance and encouragement,” he continued.

The search committee included two outside directors and Mike. The outside directors interviewed many EEA employees and internal candidates and also searched for possible outside candidates, with a specification of finding someone who was familiar with Employee Stock Ownership Plans, the engineering consulting business, and EEA culture. 

“I am excited about this new opportunity,” said EEA Vice President Todd Schmitt who will assume the presidency role in January. “I look forward to continuing the example Mike has set for leadership with integrity and empowering employees to do their best.  I believe the combination of employee ownership and new leadership from within will serve as a solid foundation for EEA’s continued success.”

Mike continued, “My primary role in the future as chairman of the board will be strategic planning and special projects where my technical expertise or personal contacts have high leverage.  My hope is to mentor younger engineers in energy efficiency topics and business leadership.”

“I’m very thankful for the many people who have shared the journey at EEA over the last 40 years helping make EEA a great place to work and building the foundation for a bright future,” Mike said to employees.  “I am very excited about the near future and expanded opportunities that will be coming for us all.”

EEA Consulting Engineers is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering services, energy conservation, commissioning, process utility engineering, and utility master planning. Since the company’s founding in 1977, the small business has grown from two staff to now more than 80+ personnel with offices in two states to solve more than 4,000 energy-related project problems. Projects have been completed in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Singapore for central utility plants, commercial clients, data centers, the government and military, the high tech and semiconductor sector, higher education institutions, industrial facilities, pharmaceutical and biotechnology facilities, recreational parks and pools, religious institutions, and retail and senior living giants. EEA is an Austin American Statesman Top Workplace and has been a Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine MEP Giant multiple years (top 100 MEP firms in the USA). For more information, please visit:

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