CMA was featured in the November 6 issue of the South Florida Business Journal (SFBJ) as part of the “Secrets to an Engaged Workforce” roundtable discussion. According to the panelists, culture is a common theme that makes an organization a best place to work. On February 20, CMA was named as an SFBJ “Best Places to Work” firm at the awards program held at the Signature Grand. The program recognized small, medium and large companies deemed by their employees to be the Best Places to Work in South Florida.
The consistent application of culture is essential. For example, we value open and transparent communication and apply that to everything we do, stated CMA President Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP. I’m just happy to know that we have happy employees. Vice President Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE attended the virtual event.
On October 1, CMA was also named the SFBJ’s ‘Business of the Year’ in the $3 million – $24 million category. Congratulations to our entire team!
adminCMA Mentioned in the November 6 Issue of the South Florida Business Journal
On Saturday, October 24, CMA staff participated in the annual International Coastal Cleanup held at South Inlet Park in Boca Raton with the South Florida Spear Fishing Club. Staff who volunteered were Rex Robinson (team captain), Safiya Brea, P.E., LEED AP, David Cowan, P.E., Charmaine Emanuels, E.I., Diego Jara Li, Nicole Mancini, Daniela Montoya, Karen Rachles and Carlos Tijerino. Our team collected 239 pounds of trash. Thank you to the Community Outreach Committee for organizing the event! For more information, please visit https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/
CMA staff Jose L. Acosta, P.E., F.ASCE, Jason McClair, P.E., CFM, LEED AP, Gregory Mendez, P.E. and Eddie Suarez, PSM (subconsultant) participated in the Port Everglades Association Golf Tournament as a foursome sponsor on Friday, October 16. The event was held at the Plantation Preserve Golf Course and Club.
adminCMA Helps Sponsor Port Everglades Association Golf Tournament
CMA President Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP helped to organize a Virtual Legislative Town Hall with Incoming Florida Senate President on October 13. Senator Wilton Simpson is a proponent of water resources funding and the environment. The webinar was hosted by the Florida Engineering Society of which Peter served as past president and is a current member.
adminPeter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP Organized Meeting with Senator Wilton Simpson
On October 9, Senior Engineer Robert Best, P.E. and Senior Engineer/West Palm Beach Branch Manager Suzanne Dombrowski, P.E., ENV SP presented to the ASCE Florida Section Meeting via MS Teams. The topic was Septic-to-Sewer. The duo presented on septic to sewer projects which are occurring throughout the State of Florida to protect coastal waters, rivers, and springheads from unintended wastewater discharge from septic systems. This presentation reviewed current and proposed regulations as they relate the protection of these waterbodies, different options for abandoning septic systems and connecting to sewer systems, permitting, and funding sources. The presentation also reviewed case studies from around the State.
CMA was named SFBJs 2020 Business of the Year in the $3 million – $24 million category. The event was held virtually on Thursday. This program honors companies that set the standard for growth, service, quality, innovation and execution of a superb business strategy. Congratulations!
CMA Senior Engineer Jennifer Smith, P.E. was named ASCEs Region 5 Young Civil Engineer of the Year for 2020. The award is presented to a young civil engineer who has demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to public service engineering. The virtual officer installation and awards ceremony was held September 30. In addition, Jessica Diaz, E.I. was named treasurer for the ASCE Broward branch. Congratulations!
adminJennifer Smith, P.E. Receives ASCE Region 5 Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award
CMA has been named a South Florida Top Workplaces 2020 Honoree by the Sun Sentinel. CMA was recognized at the Top Workplaces Awards event held virtually on September 17 and ranked 15 out of 47 in the Small Employer Group. CMA was also featured in the September 20 edition of the Sun Sentinel in the annual Top Workplaces special section. Being named a Top Workplace is a big deal and only 90 companies made this years list that is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 drivers of engaged cultures that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few. Thank you to all of our employees who completed this survey!
adminCMA Named South Florida Top Workplaces 2020 Honoree
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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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 South 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.
John B. Zumwalt, III, P.E., is a Founding Principal at Crossroads Advisory. In this role, he provides leadership advice and counsel to engineering and business clients. He is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The PBSJ Corporation and its primary subsidiary company, Post Buckley Schuh & Jernigan, Inc. (PBSJ), a then nationwide consulting engineering company. Under his leadership, The PBSJ Corporation grew to be an $830-million-a-year and a 4,000-person company. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and was inducted into the URI Hall of Fame. He is a past President of both the Florida Engineering Society and the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (now ACEC-Florida).
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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 South 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 South Florida. He has a served organizations in leadership positions of all types, including the Florida Engineering Society, Workforce One and on university advisory boards for Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and 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 the Virginia Polytechnic University.
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.