Leading Professionals That Care
We have assembled an outstanding group of seasoned veterans and specialists that have worked together successfully as a team.
Every associate at TAIT has been selected based on their knowledge of their field, their ability to cooperate with clients and staff, and their ability to work together to get the job done on time and within budget. Each project has sharpened our team’s skills so that we can keenly understand every project’s unique complexities and effectively apply that knowledge to every future development. Our unique combination of talent, scientific understanding, and design philosophy has enabled TAIT to steadily grow and prosper throughout the years.
Chairman Emeritus, P.E.
Kenneth E. Tait founded TAIT & Associates in 1964. Throughout the 1960s, he managed the design and construction of hundreds of gasoline stations throughout California, while building the small consultancy. As time went on, Mr. Tait developed additional design services, including airport fueling systems, fuel bulk plant design, and military facility design. Mr. Tait was an early innovator in air pollution control, holding several patents for gasoline vapor recovery and containment. Many of the technologies he developed are currently employed on a global scale. He has designed and/or developed several commercial and industrial projects throughout the western U.S. In the 1980s and 1990s he founded and grew TAIT Environmental Services (TES) and TAIT Environmental Management (TEM). TES specializes in fuel containment construction, maintenance and regulatory compliance, while TEM specializes in the assessment and remediation of groundwater, soil, and asbestos contamination. In 1957, prior to the founding of TAIT & Associates, Mr. Tait was the primary engineer working with a group that located El Gattar #1, the first oil well in Libya. Though currently retired from most daily business operations, Mr. Tait is very active in Legatus, Knights of Malta, and other charitable organizations. He achieved his bachelors and doctorate degrees from Montana State University.
With over 25 years of property development, environmental compliance, and business management experience, Mr. Tait is the current President of TAIT. His experience is in project management and program management in multi-site construction and retrofit projects. Additionally, he has managed the design and environmental compliance on hundreds of hazardous materials’ projects. He also has vast entitlement and zoning management experience, as well as field experience with surveying, on-site fuel storage tank and piping installation. He has worked extensively for clients such as Texaco, Safeway, Unocal, Walmart, Exxon, Shell, Carl’s Jr., and numerous private developers in the areas of commercial and residential development. He is an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and Building Industry Association, among other organizations. Mr. Tait obtained a B.A. from the University of Southern California and then went on to earn an MBA from Chapman University.
James D. Streitz
Chief Operating Officer - TAIT Environmental Services
Mr. Streitz brings a unique perspective to the Chief Operating Officer’s role, with over 10 years of Operations Experience, combined with over 10 years of Corporate Financial Management experience. He oversees the operations of TAIT Environmental Services, Inc. and ensures that the operations’ personnel have all information available to them to effectively manage their projects and associates, through a weekly, monthly, and annual management reporting system. He also serves as the Qualifier and is the responsible managing officer on TAIT’s California, Oregon, Washington, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Nevada General Contractor’s Licenses. His responsibilities include oversight of the company’s enterprise accounting, job cost, and project management system. He is a member of several CFO organizations and Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition to receiving his MBA from Chapman University he was granted the Financial Executives International Award for Outstanding Graduate Student.
Mr. Stewart is Vice President and General Manager of Tait & Associates, Inc. His primary responsibilities revolve around the successful management of some of the company’s major projects and key accounts. With over 30 years of experience in land development projects, he specializes in the redevelopment and rehabilitation of commercial and industrial properties in Southern California. His specific experience includes in-depth involvement in project management, design, surveying, mapping, construction and supervision. Mr. Stewart has worked in nearly every city and county in Southern California. His projects have required direct involvement with most governmental oversight agencies, including the Los Angeles, Santa Ana and San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Boards, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and most local municipal Building, Planning and Fire Departments. He is also a proud member of the California Land Surveyors Association and International Council of Shopping Centers.
Vice President, P.E.
Working as the Vice President of the Civil Engineering department in corporate headquarters, Mr. Silvey has extensive experience in project management and civil engineering design of commercial and industrial projects. He is in charge of managing projects from planning through construction. This includes sewer design and analysis, grading, drainage, flatwork, wet and dry utilities, retaining wall design, street improvements and hydrology and hydraulic calculations. As a certified Professional Engineer of California and Qualified Storm Water Developer in California he is able to oversee every facet of a job from start to finish. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Building Industry Association, and International Council of Shopping Centers, along with having a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Liquin has nearly 20 years of experience in project management, program management, and property development in the retail and commercial industries. Since joining TAIT in 2006, he has taken the reins of the Boise office as first a Sr. Project Manager, then Regional Director, and now Vice President, managing architectural projects ranging from WinCo Foods Corporate Office Remodel Expansion in Boise to a new FBI Training Range in Anchorage, Alaska. His experience includes managing the development of dozens of retail food stores, drug stores, and fuel centers throughout the U.S. He has also managed the design and construction for a variety of remodel and retrofit projects, and he spent several years working on soil and groundwater remediation projects at various mines, fueling facilities, and industrial sites. Mr. Liquin’s management and architectural experience is further rounded out by a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho.
Executive Vice President, TAIT Environmental Services
Tim Ericsen currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer of TAIT Environmental Services, Inc. and has experience managing large-scale operations and complex organizations. His professional career has afforded him multiple leadership opportunities. During his ten year career as an F-18 Fighter Pilot and Naval Officer, Mr. Ericsen specialized in operational management, quality control and technical training. Transferring those skill sets to the civilian sector, Mr. Ericsen has successfully developed, implemented, and managed multiple environmental programs. Today he is responsible for all the facets of TAIT Environmental Services, Inc. operations, including the oversight of over 50 associates in five office locations throughout the United States. It is the responsibility of Mr. Ericsen to ensure that company performance goals are met, while providing opportunities for the professional growth of all TAIT associates. He holds numerous environmental certifications and earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California.
Susan Dillingham is a Vice President of Architecture for TAIT & Associates. She currently shares responsibility for diversifying TAIT’s project portfolio, growing the architecture team, and leading key client accounts. Bringing over 28 years of experience in the design and construction industry, with significant expertise in grocery retail, her passion for quality, focus on client satisfaction and creativity help take TAIT Architecture to the next level. Prior to joining TAIT, she worked for a major grocery retailer serving in several different capacities, most recently as a Director of Store Development responsible for real estate and project management software systems. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Idaho and is NCARB Certified, with architectural licenses in Idaho, Texas and Oklahoma. Outside of work she spends time volunteering at the Idaho State Veteran’s Home, and enjoying the Idaho outdoors with her family.
Vice President, P.E.
Mr. Iverson is a licensed civil engineer experienced with land development projects in California and Nevada and acts as Vice President for one of TAIT’s offices. His areas of expertise include site design, grading design, drainage studies, water pollution control plans, erosion and sediment control plans, as well as street improvement plans. In addition, Mr. Iverson has completed many fuel tank upgrade programs for various major oil company sites and done facility upgrades for utility clients. Through multiple fueling projects he has been responsible for entitlement, site design, utility coordination, plan approval, and construction administration. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, National Fire Protection Association, and American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Iverson has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of North Dakota and a B.S. in Construction Management from North Dakota State University, giving him a rounded education to apply to his work.