EBC Announces Leadership Change for the Dam Management Committee

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Christopher Haker, Principal Engineer at Tighe & Bond, will become the Chair of the EBC Dam Management Committee. Also at this time, Chad Sumner, Principal at SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC, will become the committee Vice Chair.

With the greatest appreciation, EBC would like to thank Matthew Bellisle, Senior Vice President of Pare Corporation, and Matthew Taylor, Principal & Senior Vice President of GZA, for their many years of service to the EBC as the Co-Chairs of the EBC Dam Management Committee and for their invaluable support of the EBC.

For more on the EBC Dam Management Committee, follow this link.

Christopher D. Haker, P.E., Principal Engineer
Tighe & Bond
446 Main Street, 13th Floor, Worcester, MA  01608
508.320.3168  //  [email protected]

Christopher Haker's Bio

Christopher D. Haker, P.E. heads the Dam Engineering Group at Tighe & Bond. Chris has 23 years of experience in dam and geotechnical engineering. He holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University an MS degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute and Technology. He is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. He has been the project manager and lead designer for multiple concrete, stone masonry, and earth embankment dam rehabilitation projects.

Chad Sumner, Principal
SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC
16 Front Street, Suite 209, Salem, MA 01970
978.744.1515  //  [email protected]

Chad Sumner's Bio

Chad is Managing Principal of SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC (“SumCo Eco”), a self-performing ecological and environmental construction firm. Founded by Chad and his brother Travis in 2006, the company has completed hundreds of environmental improvement projects across the Northeast including dam rehabilitations, removals and fish passage; river, wetlands and marsh restorations; coastal resiliency; site remediation and redevelopment; Stormwater BMPs; culverts, bridges and other infrastructure; invasive species management and more. In his role as Managing Principal, Chad defines and advances the firm’s ecological construction niche; has assembled and guides SumCo Eco’s complementary construction leadership team in addressing the diverse ecological, environmental and infrastructure challenges posed by climate change; and collaborates with industry stakeholders to improve best practices in ecological construction.

Chad is a scientist by education and training, having received his Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Geology and Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an active member of and frequent presenter at the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Association of Massachusetts Wetland Scientists, and the Environmental Business Council of New England, for which he also serves as a member of the board of directors.