Tom "Mando" Kapita, P.E.

       TEMPE, ARIZ. (Feb. 10, 2021) – Tom “Mando” Kapita, P.E., regional leader of the Geo-Structural Design and Instrumentation (GDI) practice for engineering consultant Terracon, Inc., recently was promoted to Principal.

Terracon’s Principal program is designed to recognize and reward employees whose leadership helps fulfill the firm’s “purpose of exploring beyond the surface” commitment as a leader on safe, profitable growth while modeling Terracon’s core values.

The role of a Principal includes significant contribution beyond “daily responsibilities” in terms of leadership in advancing the company in areas such as technical capability, client experience, employee experience and community.

Kapita, who has been with Terracon for 20 years, is Manager of Regional Services and is the firm’s Rocky Mountain Region GeoDesign lead. He is tasked with strengthening and expanding Terracon’s GeoDesign services. He is responsible for client development and management, mentoring and managing staff, and project review approval in charge of GeoDesign project quality review.

“As a leader, Mando embodies our core values and focuses on growing and developing his staff so we can take care of our clients,” said Tim Anderson, Executive Vice President/Western Operating Group for Terracon. “Under his leadership, we have seen solid growth in GDI through the diversification of our services, adding new team members, and focusing on improving the overall client experience. We want to recognize Mando for his solid and sustained contributions to Terracon and are proud to announce his appointment to Principal.”

A native of Zambia, Kapita earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas. Kapita is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Arizona Consulting Engineers Association and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, Inc. (SME).

Kapita worked at Terracon previously from February 2001 to April 2013 when his title was Geotechnical Department Manager. He rejoined Terracon’s Phoenix GeoDesign team as regional manager two years ago.

“Mando has collaborated on projects with clients and fellow Terracon engineers from coast to coast, allowing our GeoDesign team to work on specialized geotechnical services throughout the country,” said Brent M. Borchers, P.E., Regional Manager for Terracon and Tempe office Senior Principal.

Kapita and his wife Natalie have been married for more than 16 years and have two sons, ages 15 and 14. Besides being an avid golfer, he also enjoys riding his road bike and hiking with his family.

“Being a Principal at Terracon is a great honor and I am humbled by this appointment,” Kapita said. “This recognition would not be possible without a great support system of which I am surrounded, from my family to senior leadership and to a great team. I am privileged to work with them each day. I feel very confident and certain that, together, we have a bright and successful future ahead of us. I consider this appointment a great honor for me and a responsibility the company is entrusting me with. It is one I do not take lightly nor for granted.”

Terracon is an employee-owned consulting engineering firm with more than 5,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 150 offices with services available in all 50 states.

Terracon ranks 22nd on the Engineering News-Record list of Top 500 Design Firms and is ranked No. 1 in Asbestos and Lead Abatement Design.

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