Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture Cristobal Betancourt, RLA was appointed Secretary of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FLASLA). His term runs through November 2014.
The FLASLA is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association, operating under the national professional society, that represents the landscape architecture profession throughout the state of Florida. Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is the national professional association representing landscape architects. For more information on ASLA’s Florida Branch, please visit http://www.flasla.org/
adminCristobal Betancourt RLA Named Secretary of the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
President and CEO Peter Moore, P.E., LEED AP was recently accepted into the 32nd class of Leadership Florida (LF). He is among 55 leaders including corporate CEO’s, small business owners, educators, elected officials and non-profit executives who will participate in an eight-month learning experience held throughout Florida. Each of the five sessions will provide a comprehensive look at Florida’s major issues and opportunities.
Leadership Florida offers a continuum of educational opportunities for Florida leaders that includes programming for college students, young professionals, new executives to Florida, Florida mayors and the annual class program for which these leaders were selected. The purpose of all of these programs is to educate, inspire, and engage Florida leaders who will work together, across their diversities, for the betterment of Florida. To date, more than 1,500 men and women have graduated from LF programs. Collectively, members of LF serve on more than 5,000 corporate and non-profit boards throughout the state, providing key leadership in their local communities and in the state. For more information about the Leadership Florida program, please visit http://www.leadershipflorida.org
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Vice President Jose Acosta, P.E., of Chen Moore and Associates, was sworn in as Vice President of the Cuban American Association of Civil Engineers (CAACE) on September 25 at the board installation dinner. The meeting was held at the Coral Gables Country Club and is an annual event to recognize new officers.
The CAACE is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1961. The purpose of the association is to assist members in the maintenance of the highest professional engineering skills and to aid members in retaining and exercising those skills; to maintain and support the highest principles of professional engineering achievements; and to obtain the advancement of the science and profession of engineering. For more information about the CAACE, please visit http://www.c-aace.org
adminJose Acosta P.E. Named VP of Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers
Jennifer Smith, P.E., senior engineer was installed as President-Elect of the ASCE Broward County Branch on September 26 at the awards and officer installation meeting. The meeting, held at Grande Oaks Golf Course in Davie this year, is an annual event where the new ASCE Broward Branch Officers are inducted as well as certain ASCE members within Broward County are recognized for excellence in engineering through a variety of awards. The keynote speaker was Broward County Mayor Kristin Jacobs, who spoke about the future of Broward County transit and the Wave Street Car.
President Peter Moore, P.E., LEED AP and Vice President Jose Acosta, P.E. of CMA both previously held the position of President of the ASCE Broward County Branch.
The ASCE Broward County Branch is a subsidiary of the Florida Section, Region 5 of the American Society of Civil Engineers. For more information on ASCE’s Broward Branch, please visit http://www.broward-asce.org
adminJennifer Smith P.E. Named President-Elect of ASCE Broward County Branch
For their class project, the FELI (Florida Engineering Leadership Institute) Class of 2013 selected My Angel with Paws, a non-profit organization in Deland, Florida that provides expertly trained service dogs to children and adults with physical disabilities. The class constructed a new training bridge for the organization and made a sizable donation of $7,000 with leftover contributions after purchasing building materials for the project. CMA FELI class members Michael Buick, P.E. and Jason Haeseler, P.E. assisted in the construction process.
FELI was created with the mission to transition engineering professionals into community professionals and leaders within our societies, communities and workplaces. Through its initial 10-month class, FELI enhances the leadership skills of its participants and sets out a clear pathway to put these skills into practice serving our profession and our communities. For more information about FELI, please visit http://www.fleng.org/leadership.cfm and for more information about My Angel with Paws organization, please visit http://www.myangelwithpaws.org
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As a three-peat this year, the CMA team won first place overall at the ASCE Broward Bowl-a-thon. The event is held on an annual basis to raise money for a scholarship provided to a Broward County resident pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering. The 2013 bowl-a-thon was held in Tamarac at Sawgrass Lanes on August 24 and successfully raised $2,000 for scholarships. For more information on ASCE’s Broward Branch, please visit http://www.broward-asce.org
Branch Manager Jason Haeseler, P.E. was selected to participate in the 40th class of Leadership Gainesville (LG). LG is a year-long community leadership program designed to identify, educate and develop leadership skills. Each year, approximately 40 individuals are selected to participate in the program following completion of a competitive application process. LG’s principal goal is to build a resource of community leadership on a planned, continuing basis. LG provides future leaders the opportunity to develop leadership skills by networking with individuals in the community that represent business, law, religion, civic groups, the arts, minority organizations, education, health care, government, human services and volunteer organizations. For more information about the program please visit http://www.gainesvillechamber.com/member-services/leadership-gainesville/leadership-gainesville/
adminBranch Manager Named to Leadership Gainesville Class of 2014
President and CEO Peter Moore, P.E., LEED AP, of Chen Moore and Associates, recently traveled to and Panama to participate in a trade mission led by Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank. The mission was held on May 8, the first anniversary of the U.S.-Columbia Free Trade Agreement.
Essentially, the purpose of a trade mission is to gather like-minded companies and to send an envoy from the Department of Commerce to help facilitate meetings with government officials and potential business partners. Representatives from 20 U.S. companies interested in infrastructure development were in attendance at this trade mission.
During his trip, Mr. Moore attended several meetings that included business discussions with the Columbian Foreign Minister, the Vice President of Panama, the Administrator of the Panama Canal, the President of the Panama Canal Authority and the Panamanian Metro, engineers in charge of the water and power generation for the Panama Canal as well as representatives from the Civil Air Authority, Energy and Mining departments and U.S./Panama Logistics Company.
For more information about the trade mission please visit The Miami Herald at http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/05/15/v-print/3399641/us-exports-gain-in-first-year.html#storylink=cpy
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Chen Moore and Associates has once again been recognized as an industry leader in ENR’s Southeast Top Design Firms list which includes Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. The firm was ranked number 69 this year up from number 74 last year. The Top Design Firms list, published annually, ranks the largest U.S.-based design firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. For more information please visit http://southeast.construction.com/ southeast_top_lists_construction_firms/2013/Top-Design-Firms/001-100.asp
adminRanked in May 2013 ENR Southeast Top Design Firms List
Chen Moore and Associates is the recipient of the 2012 ASCE Employer Recognition Award for Support of Younger Members. The Employer Recognition Program was a result of the ASCE Strategic Plan which called for the establishment of a program to recognize and acknowledge employers who support Younger Member participation in ASCE activities. Chen Moore and Associates was recognized for its encouragement and exemplary support of Younger Member involvement in ASCE activities.
This is the sixth time Chen Moore and Associates has been selected, including the Exemplary Support of Young Engineer Involvement in ASCE Activities and Miami-Dade County Firm of the Year in 2007. For more information please visit http://www.asce.org/
Sean Dannelly, CPA, is the CFO for Chen Moore and Associates and a member of our firm’s executive committee. In 2007, Mr. Dannelly founded Paladin Global Partners, LLC as a partner and in that role, he oversees the accounting and financial aspects of the firm including providing audit assistance, strategic development for clients, developing succession plans, mentoring finance management, and establishing internal controls and infrastructures to maintain audit compliance. He is also President of Dannelly, Monteleone & Associates, P.A. firm where he is dedicated to meeting the needs of small and medium sized businesses through tax planning, financial reporting, and financial planning services. Mr. Dannelly received his Master of Accounting degree and Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Florida.
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Safiya Brea, P.E., LEED AP, is Secretary and Sr. Project Manager for Chen Moore and Associates. Her experience includes large neighborhood improvement projects, including the design of roadways, sidewalks, drainage, water and wastewater infrastructure. She is currently the Project Manager and main client contact for the Broward County UAZ 110/111 & 113 Water Sewer Improvements (an estimated $60 million infrastructure improvement project). In addition, she has managed projects ranging from thousands of dollars to multi-million-dollar, large-scale neighborhood improvement programs. Ms. Brea has managed and designed streetscape improvements, roundabouts, lift station, stormwater improvements and master plans, and booster station basis of design reports. Her duties include construction management, design work, water sewer modeling and project management for municipalities throughout Florida. Ms. Brea received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. She is currently on the board for the Florida Engineering Management Corporation and is a graduate of Leadership Florida Connect Class 8.
Ray Monteleone is President of Paladin Global Partners, a business management consulting firm, and Partner with Dannelly, Monteleone & Associates, a full-service CPA firm. Ray focuses on strategic management, problem solving, mergers & acquisitions, compensation consulting, growing companies, and senior executive mentoring for clients worldwide in industries such as healthcare, high tech, manufacturing, education, financial institutions and not-for-profit organizations.
Peter serves as the President and CEO of Chen Moore and Associates, an approximately 100-person multidisciplinary firm in the Southeast US, particularly Florida. Having been with the firm for over 22 years, Peter helped grow the firm from three people to its current size of over 100 employees with a combination of strong vision and the highest quality consulting.
Peter is a two-time graduate from the University of Florida (BSCE and ME), where he serves on the Department Advisory Board for the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment (ESSIE – Civil and Coastal Engineering Department and Environmental Engineering and Sciences Department). He serves on the Florida Atlantic University Foundation Board and is a member of the Nova Southeastern University Industry Advisory Board for the College of Engineering.
He has participated in many leadership programs, including Leadership Broward (lifetime member, served as Board Chair), Leadership Florida (lifetime member, served on both finance and audit committees), and the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute (lifetime member, program chair). He’s a past President of the Florida Engineering Society (FES) Broward Chapter, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) and has served as the FES/ACEC-FL Government Relations Chair for over a decade. Peter is a Fellow of ASCE, ASCE and FES, with numerous other individual awards throughout his career from engineering and civic associations.
Jose L. Acosta
Jose L. Acosta
Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE, is Vice President of Chen Moore and Associates. Mr. Acosta is responsible for business development and strategic planning for the firm. He also serves as Principal-in-Charge and Senior Project Manager for several significant public and private sector Clients. Mr. Acosta has over two decades of experience in various types of public and private sector civil engineering infrastructure projects. He has lead design teams for land development, water/wastewater infrastructure, roadway/transportation, and education/institutional projects throughout Florida. Prior to joining CMA, Mr. Acosta served as the director of engineering for a multi-discipline firm in Florida. Mr. Acosta has been a long standing leader in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), serving as a local branch President, chairing various state committees, President of Florida Section and as a Region 5 Governor, where he represented Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Mr. Acosta also served as President of the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers (CAACE) and is currently on their board of directors. Mr. Acosta served on the Industry Advisory Board of the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Miami and has worked as an adjunct professor. He was the recipient of the Broward Branch’s 2003 and 2009 Young Member of the Year Award. In 2008, the Broward County Chapter of the FES named him the Young Engineer of the Year. In 2011, the CAACE named him their Young Engineer of the Year. In 2015, Mr. Acosta was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the South Florida Business Journal. In 2017, ASCE Region 5 named Mr. Acosta their inaugural winner of their Engineer of the Year award recipient. Mr. Acosta was a member of Leadership Florida’s Cornerstone 37 Class and currently service on its Southeast Region’s Board of Directors. Mr. Acosta has Bachelor Degrees in Civil and Architectural Engineering from the University of Miami and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University.
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Jason McClair, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, is Treasurer and Vice President of Chen Moore and Associates. Mr. McClair is responsible for the project operations and resource management of the firm. He is also the Principal-in-Charge for several key clients and serves as a Senior Project Manager for several important public sector clients. Mr. McClair is an expert in stormwater management modeling in Florida and has been the lead engineer on various stormwater master plans throughout Florida. Mr. McClair also has over 20 years of engineering experience in utility infrastructure design, regulatory permitting, modeling for stormwater collection, water distribution, and sanitary transmission systems. Mr. McClair received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida.
Dr. Ben Chen
Dr. Ben Chen,
Dr. Ben Chen, P.E., BCEE, is the founder of Chen Moore and Associates (formerly Chen and Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc.) and serves as Chairman of the Board for our firm’s Board of Directors, where he is responsible for the long-term planning for the firm’s future. Dr. Chen has had a wonderful career, working on some of the most significant utility and neighborhood improvement projects in South Florida. Dr. Chen has also had a long-standing history of being a leader in the community as an advocate for infrastructure needs throughout Florida, but also as a philanthropist throughout Florida. He has a served organizations in leadership positions of all types, including the Florida Engineering Society, Workforce One (known as CareerSource Broward now) and on university civil engineering department advisory boards for Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University, and formerly St. Thomas University. Dr. Chen received his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil and Sanitary Engineering from National Taiwan University before immigrating to the United States to obtain his Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Cristobal Betancourt, PLA, is Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture for Chen Moore and Associates. He has experience providing planning and landscape architecture design solutions for public and private sector clients. Mr. Betancourt leads a team that has extensive experience on significant municipal streetscapes, parks (including master plans), transportation projects, campuses, facilities and land development projects throughout Florida (from northern Florida to Key West). Examples of such projects include the implementation of the Complete Streets Master Plan developed by the Broward County Metropolitan Planning Organization, master planning for SunTrax in Lakeland, segments of areas on the Florida Turnpike and the incorporation of an existing street in the pedestrianized Lincoln Road Mall in South Beach. In addition, Mr. Betancourt is the principal for our LA Department’s efforts for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) throughout the state. He and his team are well versed in designing for multiple modes of transportation including air, rail, roadway, and multimodal transit facilities. He has been the Project or Task Manager for districtwide landscape contracts, highway beautification projects and LAP funded projects. Mr. Betancourt completed his post graduate studies in urban design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and his Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.
Brent Whitfield, P.E., ENV SP is the Director of Water Resources for CMA. Mr. Whitfield has worked for a variety of public sector clients at the City, County and State level. His experience includes tasks as varied as hydrologic and hydraulic modeling related to environmental and flood protection studies and detailed engineering design and construction oversight for roadway, water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. Mr. Whitfield has provided infrastructure solutions in various settings from residential neighborhoods to commercial airports. As a life-long resident of Florida, Mr. Whitfield has maintained a commitment to serving the community both professionally and personally serving as an appointed board member for a municipal advisory board with maintaining involvement in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Florida Engineering Society (FES) and Leadership Florida. He serves as the chair of the water resources committee for the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Florida. Mr. Whitfield holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.
William “Bill” Thorp has decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, eventually specializing in the financial management of the transportation industry. He served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) as well as the Assistant Secretary of Finance and Administration for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Mr. Thorp attended the City College of New York from which he holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree. He also attended the University of South Florida. Mr. Thorp is married and has three grown children and four grandchildren all of which he is very proud. His hobbies include fishing, photography and silversmithing.