The CMA Community Service Committee in the Orlando Office participated in the ASCE Younger Member Forum Food Drive in Winter Park on November 17. A total of 563 pounds of canned goods were donated to Second Harvest food bank! CMA Associate Engineer Madeline Batey coordinated the collection and delivery of the canned goods. Thank you to everyone who helped make this food drive a success! https://www.eastcentralasce.org/
Karen RachlesCMA Donates to ASCE East Central Branch Younger Member Forum Food Drive
CMA’s Community Service Committee held our annual food drive this month to benefit Feeding South Florida (FSF) and raised $440 dollars in addition to collecting six boxes of donations. CMA donated 185 pounds of food which is the equivalent of 154 meals! CMA Senior Engineer Jennifer Smith, P.E. delivered the donations to the FSF warehouse on November 12. FSF partners with over 400 nonprofit agencies and distributes 44 million pounds of food annually throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Thank you to our entire team for your generosity and support! https://feedingsouthflorida.org/
Karen RachlesCMA Staff Donates to Feeding South Florida for Annual Food Drive
CMA Director of Water Resources Brent Whitfield, P.E., ENV SP, Principal Engineer Safiya Brea, P.E., LEED AP and Executive Vice President Jose L. Acosta, P.E. F.ASCE, attended the Leadership Florida Annual Meeting at the Diplomat Beach Resort November 12-14. https://www.leadershipflorida.org/
The FES Broward Branch Induction was held virtually on November 10th. The President of FES, Carlos Penin, P.E. inducted CMA Project Engineer Teresa Lewis, P.E. as President, CMA Project Engineer Vince Locigno, P.E. as Vice President, and CMA Engineer Charmaine Emanuels, E.I as the Scholarship and Student Liaison Chair. Other CMA staff members Safiya Brea, P.E., Shahin Hekmat, P.E., and Daniel Davila, P.E. attended to support the branch and newly inducted members. https://www.fleng.org/general/custom.asp?page=Broward
Karen RachlesCMA Staff Members Inducted at FES Broward Branch Ceremony
CMA Principal Engineer/Orlando Office Leader Robert Best, P.E. helped to author a portion of the 2021 Florida Infrastructure Report Card with other ASCE members. Rob’s research was specific to drinking water. The ASCE Report Card is a comprehensive assessment of Florida’s infrastructure and was released last month in Tampa after two years in the making. The release took place at the Marriott Tampa Airport and featured CMA President and FLASCE Past President Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC, David Gwynn, P.E., Secretary, FDOT District 7, State Senator Jeff Brandes in addition to Report Card Chair Kathi Ruvarac and Section President Tzufit Boyle. Congratulations to the entire team! www.fla-asce.org
Principal Engineer/Orlando Office Leader Rob Best, Jr., P.E., Engineer/Electrical Thy Duong, E.I., Sr. Engineer Electrical/Substation Team Lead John Franko, P.E. and Vice President/Electrical Thomas Gardner, P.E. attended the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show at the Marriott Orlando Airport on November 3rd and 4th. FMEA is the non-profit trade association representing the unified interests of Florida’s 33 public power communities and provides its members with government relations, mutual aid coordination, communications, education, and networking opportunities. https://www.flpublicpower.com/
Karen RachlesCMA Staff Attended FMEA Energy Connections Conference & Trade Show
CMA Executive Vice President Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE attended the 2021 Zweig Group Elevate AEC Conference and Awards Gala in Denver this week. The event is the industry’s largest and most comprehensive business conference for leaders and aspiring leaders of AEC firms in the U.S. Attendees networked, gained knowledge, and celebrated with the top firms in the industry. The conference agenda included topics on technology, leadership challenges, business planning, marketing methods, recruiting and retention, and growth strategies.
Jose also accepted CMA’s awards: CMA placed #38 in the Multi-Discipline category in the Zweig White Best Firms to Work For awards; #83 on the Hot Firms list, an annual ranking of the 100 fastest-growing firms in the architecture, engineering, planning, and environmental consulting industry; and CMA placed 17th in the 50-100 Employees category. Congratulations! https://www.zweiggroup.com/
Karen RachlesCMA Executive Vice President Jose L. Acosta Attends Zweig Group Conference
CMA President Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, FACEC was inducted into the ACEC College of Fellows at the ACEC 2021 Fall Conference, held October 27-30, 2021 in Marco Island. The College of Fellows is a distinguished class of engineers who have been selected by their peers as deserving recognition for exemplary contributions to the profession. https://www.fleng.org/
Karen RachlesCMA President Peter Moore Inducted into ACEC College of Fellows
CMA staff members Executive Vice President Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE and Director of Quality Assurance/Principal Engineer Shahin Hekmat, P.E. were among several ACEC-FL/FES members who met with Congressman Carlos Gimenez at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables on September 15. The reception was led by FES State President Carlos Penin.
Karen RachlesCMA Staff Meet with Congressman Carlos Gimenez
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.
P.E., LEED AP
Shareholder & Corporate Secretary
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.
As the President of the firm for over a decade, Mr. Moore has helped to grow our firm from three staff when he joined in 1999 to over 60 staff today. Mr. Moore has served in numerous leadership positions in engineering organizations, including President of the Florida Engineering Society, President of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Florida and the Region 5 Director for the American Society of Civil Engineers. He volunteers with numerous collegiate engineering programs, including the University of Florida, Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University, and works with youth programs at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery and Science. Peter is a life member of Leadership Florida, the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute and Leadership Broward, where he is also a Past Chair of the Foundation. Mr. Moore also serves as a board member for Florida TaxWatch, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute and government watchdog for more than one third of a century which works to improve the productivity and accountability of Florida government. Mr. Moore served on the board of the Sailboat Bend Civic Association for several years beginning in 2006 where he used his job skills to assist the neighborhood with traffic calming and construction concerns. Mr. Moore received his Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.
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.
P.E., LEED AP
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, RLA, 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.