Summit Engineering

Executive Team Bios

Chairman and C.E.O.

B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Tom Gallagher, President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Engineering Corporation, has been shaping the face of Northern Nevada for over 40 years. Born and raised in Elko, Nevada, he has watched the metamorphosis of the state in its era of greatest development. Tom uses his degree in engineering to find innovative and adaptive solutions to numerous construction, engineering, mining and public works quandaries. With literally several thousand projects behind him, his knowledge of the workflow process on local, state and federal levels is unparalleled in Northern Nevada. Creating a culture that encourages and fosters ingenuity has been a primary goal for Tom as he mentors the next generation of engineers, surveyors and technical field personnel at Summit.

An example of this originality and foresight is the manifestation of the Northgate development which spreads across much of Northwest Reno. Within 20 years it has gone from barren land to an entire community with varying styles of housing, schools, parks and shopping centers. The infrastructure for this development alone was a mammoth undertaking.

Tom works side-by-side with developers and the local government to achieve compromises that are appropriate for the community and beneficial to both parties. Rooted in Northern Nevada it is his goal to bring jobs to the state and to search for contemporary ways to move Summit into the next decades of mandated creativity.

Executive Vice-President

B.S. Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University

Clinton ThiesseA member of the Summit staff for 32 years and a volunteer for the Reno Rodeo since 1989, Clint Thiesse is nothing if not dependable. Clint's attention to detail and quiet, methodical expertise is nearly unprecedented in the local industry. Named American Society of Civil Engineers, Truckee Meadows Branch Engineer of the Year in 2008 one would be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't appreciate his skill.

Clint is renowned for working within budgets and for approaching each problem individually, assessing the issues and guiding his team from experience. He prides himself on avoiding preconceived solutions, striving to find the most economical and technically sound solution to each new project. Clint was essential to the innovation behind the most constricted parts of the Lawton-Verdi Interceptor, devising a plan which called for diversion of the Truckee River, crossing under I-80, and utilizing soil nailing to excavate a 30-foot-deep trench beside an active railway.

Clint has worked extensively with state and local governments as well as state and federal environmental agencies. The employees he supervises appreciate his hands-on leadership style and his ability to visualize and use common sense in his problem solving. If you can't catch him at a UNR game, will find Clint devoting his free time to the Reno Rodeo, where he was the Reno Rodeo President in 2012.

Vice President, General Manager of Mining & Energy

A.S. Pre-Engineering, Great Basin College
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno

Nitin Bhakta is the Office Manager at Summit Engineering's branch office in Elko, Nevada. Nitin has over 16 years of civil and geotechnical engineering experience with Summit. As a Project Manager, he has been responsible for numerous residential and commercial civil engineering improvement projects. Responsibilities include project management, tentative and final map design, site grading, roadway design, storm and sanitary sewer design analysis, hydrology reports, site utility design, and permitting with local and state government agencies. Additional areas of experience have included geotechnical investigations surveying and materials inspection and testing.

Vice President, Surveying Department Manager

B.S. Surveying Engineering, California State University, Fresno

Ryan CookRyan Cook's diligence to both the art and science of Land Surveying is evident to clients and co-workers alike. Ryan's degree in Land Surveying as well as his licensing as a Certified Federal Surveyor and a Nevada Water Rights Surveyor all contribute to his highly qualified nature. His training and 20 years of experience are evident as he reviews his survey crews' notes for the day. Points that seem questionable, he checks and sends the team out for a second look. It is rare that he misses a point.

Ryan faces each project with the assumption that it will be different, a challenge he embraces with a highly capable staff and modern equipment. His co-workers appreciate his enthusiasm for the profession and his dedication to "doing the right thing," making sure each job is done to specifications and with all possible commitment to accuracy. Ryan is a licensed land surveyor in Nevada, California, Utah, Idaho and Montana.