After 45 years in the architecture and engineering industry, Tom Mitchell will retire from his full-time position at Bergmann on December 31, 2018. From 2004 to 2017, Mitchell served as the architecture, engineering and planning firm’s second CEO, preceded only by founder Don Bergmann. He currently serves as executive vice president with responsibilities for marketing and business development, as well as quality and special projects.
Under Mitchell’s leadership, Bergmann experienced significant employment growth and geographic expansion. Today, the company employs more than 400 professionals across 11 regional offices. A certified professional engineer who practiced in electric and thermal power generation, Mitchell was a hands-on professional and strategic leader throughout his career at companies such as BGL Associates, Bell Engineering Corporation, Bell Power Corporation and Stone & Webster Engineering Group prior to Bergmann.
Mitchell’s passion for engineering and appreciation for his engineering role models and mentors led to a lifelong practice of giving to the profession by serving in many capacities and earning several honors, including an award for New York State “Engineer of the Year” in 2012 and Rochester, N.Y., area “Engineer of the Year” in 2007.
Mitchell’s legacy also includes countless contributions of his time and talents through a variety of volunteer efforts and not-for-profit board positions. He currently chairs the Board of Trustees at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and serves on the Dean’s Council for the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. He’s committed to the advancement of the education of students and demonstrates that as a volunteer tutor at the RCSD Dr. Walter Cooper School No 10. He also serves as a mentor for young men from the Center for Youth New Beginnings School. Mitchell created a program at Bergmann to bring New Beginnings students starting college into the workplace as interns.
“The impact of Tom’s leadership and contributions to Bergmann, his profession, and the Greater Rochester community will endure for many years,” said Pete Giovenco, president and CEO, Bergmann. “We thank Tom for all that he’s done to grow Bergmann over the years and are grateful that he will stay connected with our organization as a valued advisor.”
In retirement, Mitchell plans to continue to lend his expertise as a part-time staff consultant at Bergmann. He also plans to continue his community volunteerism and support for local nonprofits.
For nearly four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 400 professional and technical staff spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from signature buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning.