Don J. Gunther retired in June 1999 as vice chairman, director, and a member of the chairman’s leadership council of Bechtel Group, Inc. As vice chairman, he had responsibility for all of the global industry units, all corporate functions including project management, engineering, procurement, construction, information services, information technology and contracts.
Gunther joined Bechtel in 1961 as a field engineer in the Refinery & Chemical Division. He was recalled by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to serve during the Berlin Crisis and returned to Bechtel in 1962. He progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions in the United States, Canada, and Europe over a 38 year career with the company.
Don received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri-Rolla. He recently served on the board of trustees of the university, and on the board of the Williams Energy Group. He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a former member of the executive board for the Engineering and Construction Contracting Division of the AIChE. He is a past member of the Construction Industry Institute Executive Committee, and received their highest honor, the CII Award of Excellence. During his career Don served on the board of governors of the World Economic Forum, the World Energy Council, the boards of directors of the United States Energy Association, the U. S. – Russia Business Council, and the British-North American Committee.
Don previously served as chairman of the Naples Children & Education Foundation and chairman of the 2008 Naples Winter Wine Festival. He also serves on the board of Neighborhood America. He is the retired president of the Bay Colony Golf Club, retired president of the Remington of Bay Colony Board, retired president of Bay Colony Community Association and a retired member of the Estates of Bay Colony Board.