Ventura, California (June 2019) – John Dreher has been elected by Rincon’s Board of Directors as the next President and CEO, effective July 1, 2019. In his role as Chief Operating Officer, John has worked closely with Michael P. Gialketsis (President and CEO since 2012) to ensure this smooth transition as Mike steps into a Strategic Advisor role within the company.
John started with Rincon in 2002 as a Regulatory Permitting Specialist to support a growing environmental compliance and regulatory permitting service line. Over the years, John played an integral role in developing many long-term client relationships that helped Rincon diversify its clients and services, including public agencies, utility, renewable energy and transportation infrastructure clients, and strategically partnering with other environmental, engineering and design firms. He pursued his interest in driving the business and played a significant role in business planning efforts over the last decade, which led to him to becoming COO in 2014. John has pushed to evolve Rincon’s foundation by building a strong and nimble platform to allow our professionals to perform at a high level to lead the environmental consulting industry. His vision that Rincon is never quite “there” and that there is always opportunity to improve helps Rincon provide client services that consistently exceed expectation.
John along with other leaders have been instrumental in pushing the firm to be a leader in the environmental consulting industry. In 2019 Rincon ranked as #11 as both a Zweig Group’s Best Firm to Work for and Hot Firm. John’s transition into President and CEO will continue Rincon’s investment in the value offering to its employees and clients. The Best Firms to Work For competition ranks firms in the AEC industry based on workplace practices, benefits, retention rates, and more, and Hot Firms ranks the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firms in the US.
“This is an exciting transition of leadership for the firm,” says Mike, “and through John’s evolution and growth at Rincon, I am confident that his leadership, with the support of all members of the Rincon team, will continue our vision of achieving a powerful healthy culture and leading professional excellence.”