Our People

Swinson, PE, Steve

Steve Swinson, PE

President and Chief Executive Officer

Year joined TECO


Current responsibilities and work history

Steve Swinson, PE, is president and chief executive officer of Thermal Energy Corporation in Houston. He has overall responsibility for the company’s management and strategic direction and led the company through its largest-ever expansion from 2007-2011. He is the company’s primary contact responsible to the Board of Directors comprised of TECO’s customers on the Texas Medical Center campus.

Steve has 30 years of experience in the district energy industry, including positions at Trigen Energy Corporation as regional and technology divisions president and at Auburn University from 1983-1993. He was president of Midwest Mechanical Contractor’s Central Division prior to forming and operating his own district energy consulting company for five years before joining TECO.

Professional memberships, licenses, honors

International District Energy Association

  • 20-plus-year member, including10 years of service on the Board of Directors and terms as president and chairman
  • 2012 Unsung Hero Award winner - for distinguished support of the association and the industry, including providing testimony on behalf of the industry in Washington, D.C.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers – member

Association of Energy Engineers – member

Association of Physical Plant Administrators Facilities Institute – faculty member

Registered Professional Engineer - Alabama


Master’s of Business Administration - Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Bachelor of Science - Mechanical Engineering - Auburn University



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