Alumni Interviews: Dale Hill, Chairman and Founder

Dale Hill, Chairman and Founder of Proterra

“I got a tremendous education at LeTourneau. I got a foundation for conducting and living my life as a Christian. I was taught at LeTourneau that you can be a man of Christian ethics and integrity, and as such, you can be an influence to those who are not of the same faith, to show them that you can use Christian ethics to conduct business.”

Dale founded Proterra in 2004 to design and manufacture advanced technology vehicles that are powered by clean domestic fuels. Prior to Proterra, Dale founded TransTeq, the company that designed and manufactured the EcoMark Alternative Fueled Hybrid-Electric Vehicle for the Denver Regional Transit District. Dale was also a co-founder of Alumatech which manufactures aluminum dump trailers and Tech-Weld, a welding supply company. Through his leadership, Tech-Weld became Houston’s third largest supplier to the welding industry.

Dale earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Dale has over 35 years experience in executive management and sales in the transportation and engineering fields. He holds three patents, is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers and American Welding Society, and has published several papers.

Under Dale’s leadership Proterra was selected by the city of Burbank to deliver its HFC35 Hybrid-Electric Transit Bus for a national zero-emissions test market. You can read more about Proterra and its accomplishments by visiting its corporate web site at

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