Mitesh possesses 24 years of experience. Prior to joining forces with RTM, he started his career by excelling in mechanical and HVAC systems design for the space/government industry before founding his own company, Milan Engineering. With large and highly technical projects in his background, Mitesh moved forward to creating innovative and cost effective designs for various project types– from critical environment clean rooms, laboratories and launch complexes to business offices, commercial retail, and restaurant buildings. Mitesh received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida.
Recently, Mitesh merged his company with RTM in July 2015 to expand Milan’s reach and provide additional services to clients throughout the U.S. RTM is excited to have Mitesh on board and looks forward to the immense value he will bring to the team.
- What is one thing you are looking forward to most working with RTM?
I’m very excited to be part of something national. Personally, I am really looking forward to bouncing ideas and thoughts off of the other principals. For the past 17 years, it’s just been me. For the company, I love the collaboration with the other offices. So far we are working on several projects with Ramesh and Aaron in the South Barrington office and Kathryn in the Iowa office. I’m also looking forward to challenging other offices to fun sports events when we get together. We Floridian’s get to play outside 12 months a year, so I think we will beat all the other offices.
- What do you bring to RTM?
On the business side, I’m hoping to bring RTM into the local government & airport market. These markets have really proven to be excellent, steady clients with reoccurring needs. Also, we bring RTM a warm place to come over those winter months and take refuge from shoveling snow. [by the way, Tony made fun of my lack of knowledge of winter clothing, so I will need help with that from any volunteer].
- What was one of the most interesting projects you’ve worked on?
About 15 years ago when my business was thriving and I couldn’t keep up, I was approached by a Baptist Church in an economically challenged urban neighborhood for a project. They were in dire need to replace the HVAC system in their building, but due to the current structure and the age of the system this proved to be a near impossible
At first I thought I was too busy, but for some unknown reason, I agreed to meet him. I then decided to take on the challenge, and my first site visit was during Sunday Worship. Wow. I had never seen so much energy in one room before. People were jumping, dancing and having a great time. Everyone was sweating within 5-minutes, my calculations were all wrong, I expected “people seated at rest” for activity level. Just then, one of the church members turned everyone’s attention to me and announced, “This is the young man that is going to fix our AC System” …“Hallelujah!’…
Through the next few months, I probably spent 300 hours on this project. I went through several design renditions and looked at a myriad of options. I was finally able to create a design that worked, met code, limited alterations to the original structure, and made sure construction would not interrupt Sunday services. Another 300 hours go by and construction is complete. It was so quiet the first time we turned on the new AC system, the Pastor could deliver his sermon without a microphone.
To make sure there were no major problems, I went to the next Sunday Worship. I was waiting…watching…praying that everything would be great. I was relieved that no one was using their usual hand fans and room temperature was holding at a comfortable 74. Before the service ended, the Pastor called me down and shook my hand for my countless hours of hard work and hidden efforts. As I looked around the room, so proud, I noticed one older woman starting to cry for joy. I did too.
To this day, I always take on one project a year silently that I put my heart and soul into. Usually it’s a project where I know completion is near impossible.
- What’s a fun fact about yourself?
I’m a huge Led Zeppelin fan, and my daughter and I have a rock band called the “Deaf Elephants”. We are looking for a bassist and a real singer. I even have a Led Zeppelin tattoo. Rock on!!