The recipient of the 2019 Charles Durham Achievement Award given by ACEC Nebraska is Dan Thiele, founder and CEO of Thiele Geotech Inc.

Thiele has more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical, material and environmental engineering, and is recognized as an expert on various types of earth retaining systems across North America.

Thiele received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska. He is a licensed professional engineer in Nebraska and 24 other states. Dan has been married to Leslie for 33 years, and they have two children, Andy and Emily.

Thiele founded Thiele Geotech Inc. in 1996 with offices at 40th and Cuming Streets. It quickly grew from one person to eight employees in the first year, and over the next four years, the firm moved into a new facility at 13478 Chandler Road. Since its founding, Thiele Geotech has experienced significant growth in size and expertise.

In 2001, the Greater Omaha Chamber recognized the firm as the 10th fastest-growing company in Omaha. In 2006, it received the Golden Spike Award from the Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation. Thiele Geotech recently completed a second building, expanding its drilling operations and adding geophysical engineering and instrumentation services. And, today, 23 years after opening its doors, Thiele Geotech has a family of 65 engineers, geologists and technical and support staff.

Thiele has served on numerous civic and professional boards and committees. He currently serves on the Nebraska Board of Engineers and Architects. He participates in the Omaha Commercial Real Estate Summit every year, serving as a member of the organizing committee and as a panel guest. He is a board trustee and past president of the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation.

Thiele has served as president of the Sarpy County Economic Development Corporation, ACEC Nebraska/PAC and the Professional Engineers Coalition, and is the former chairman of the board of Skutt Catholic High School. And, for the last 30 years, Thiele has served as the emcee for the Nebraska Eastern Chapter of Math Counts, a middle-school mathematics program.

The award honors Durham’s leadership in the engineering profession and his community stewardship through civic involvement. Durham served as chairman and CEO of Henningson Durham and Richardson (HDR), the international engineering and architectural firm based in Omaha. Over the years, he and wife Marge served in leadership roles with many community organizations and donated millions of dollars to worthy causes.

— ACEC Nebraska

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