David L. Richter has been Hill’s President and Chief Executive Officer since 2014. Prior to his current position, Mr. Richter was President and Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2014. Prior to that he was President of Hill's Project Management Group from 2001 to 2004, Senior Vice President and General Counsel from 1999 to 2001, and Vice President and General Counsel from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Richter has also been a member of Hill's Board of Directors since 1998. Prior to joining Hill, he was an attorney with the New York City law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP.
Mr. Richter is a member of the World Presidents' Organization, the Construction Industry Round Table, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). He is a past member of the Board of Directors of the CMAA and the Board of Trustees of the Southern New Jersey Development Council.
Mr. Richter has been named to "40 Under 40" lists of distinguished young professionals by Business News New Jersey magazine (2002), the Philadelphia Business Journal (2005) and Building Design & Construction magazine (2006). In 2003, he was selected as a prestigious David Rockefeller Fellow by the Partnership for New York City. In 2007, Mr. Richter received the Global Excellence Award from the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects of New York. In 2012, Mr. Richter was elected a Fellow of the CMAA. In 2014, he was named by SNJ Business People magazine as one of its "Executives of the Year."
Mr. Richter earned his B.S. in Management, his B.S.E. in Civil Engineering and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. During law school, he was senior editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business Law. He is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in Major Program Management from the University of Oxford.
Mr. Richter has been admitted to practice law by the bars of New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Raouf S. Ghali is Hill's Chief Operating Officer, with management responsibility for all of the company’s business operations, which include both the Project Management Group and the Construction Claims Group. Prior to his position as COO, he served in a variety of positions at Hill, including President of Hill’s Project Management Group (International) from 2005 to 2015, Senior Vice President from 2001 to 2004, and Vice President from 1993 to 2001. Mr. Ghali has nearly 30 years of experience in project cost control, financial analysis, planning and scheduling, procurement and contract administration, claims analysis, accounting and procurement. He has worked on commercial buildings, office buildings, defense facilities, food processing facilities and theme parks, including development of EuroDisney in Paris, France. Mr. Ghali has extensive knowledge of starting up projects and successfully managing all field construction and project matters. He is also fluent in five languages and has worked throughout the United States, Europe, Far East and the Middle East.
Mr. Ghali earned a B.S. in Business Administration/Economics and an M.S. in Business Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne
John Fanelli III is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hill International. Mr. Fanelli oversees all of the firm's financial functions and is responsible for accounting, taxes, financing, Sarbanes Oxley compliance, cash management and internal and external financial reporting and analysis. He has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, auditing and finance, primarily for publicly-traded companies. Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Fanelli was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from 2003 to 2006 with CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI), a Philadelphia-based professional services and outsourcing firm with expertise in engineering, technical services and information technology.
Before that, he worked for 18 years for Hunt Corporation, then a New York Stock Exchange-traded manufacturer and marketer of office products. At Hunt, he served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, from 1995 to 2003, and before that as Director of Budgeting, Financial Analysis and Control, from 1985 to 1995. Before that, Mr. Fanelli spent eight years in various accounting and auditing positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers (previously Coopers & Lybrand). Mr. Fanelli also served as an independent Financial Consultant, providing financial consulting services to businesses.
Mr. Fanelli earned a B.S. in Accounting from LaSalle University. Mr. Fanelli is a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a certified public accountant in Pennsylvania.
Ronald F. Emma is the Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Hill International. In this capacity, Mr. Emma's primary responsibilities include the management of internal financial control and planning. With his experience in construction cost analysis and auditing, Mr. Emma also participates as a consultant for Hill International, Inc. His consulting includes defending against a $13 million claim on the construction of a wastewater treatment plant. Mr. Emma also provided auditing and claims analysis and testified against a claim on the construction of a major metropolitan transit system.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Emma was the Assistant Controller of General Energy Resources Inc., a holding company for seven mechanical contracting companies specializing in power piping. In this capacity, he was involved in the management of all financial areas, including financial planning, cash control and current operating results. In addition, Mr. Emma was a Staff Accountant for Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Emma earned a B.S. in Accounting from St. Joseph's University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, certified by the State of New Jersey. Mr. Emma also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
William H. Dengler, Jr. is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hill International, reporting to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on a broad range of legal and business issues. His responsibilities include contract review and negotiation, litigation management, mergers and acquisitions, insurance and risk management regulatory compliance and corporate administration.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Dengler was Assistant Counsel to former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and former Acting Governor Donald DiFrancesco. Mr. Dengler was responsible for advising the governor on policy and legal issues affecting state transportation, environmental, gaming and other authorities, commissions and public corporations. Mr. Dengler also reviewed operating and capital budgets and provided direction regarding personnel decisions of the state authorities and public corporations, including labor relations and collective bargaining issues related to various public employee unions.
As Associate Attorney at Pennington & Thompson, P.C., Mr. Dengler handled complex, multi-party civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on the defense of professional liability claims against engineers, architects and other design professionals and defense of product liability claims.
Mr. Dengler earned a B.A. in Political Science from Western Maryland College and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law at Camden. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Catherine H. Emma is a Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer responsible for all of Hill's global administrative operations. With over 25 years of experience at Hill, she has also helped the company expand and restructure its human resource operations in response to unprecedented growth over the past decade. Planning and managing benefits for thousands of employees throughout the world, she oversees insurance programs, manages Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and safety protocol and develops new initiatives to improve employee services. She has implemented equal opportunity legislation and procedures to prevent wrongful discharge and employment discrimination, and led the development of formalized corporate policies and procedures. In addition, she manages the firm's global training initiatives, creating in-house seminars and other training programs to educate employees on topics ranging from anti-harassment and professional behavior, FCPA, code of contact to health maintenance, improving productivity and enhancing communication.
Hill International's growth strategy is centered on mergers and acquisitions in over 30 countries. Ms. Emma is a key member of Hill's acquisition integration team. She is responsible for integrating an acquired firm's assets, experience and people into Hill's global operations, ensuring that the new team has all the tools and resources needed for success. She has successfully integrated many different international businesses, helping Hill to quickly capitalize on its newly-acquired talent. Ms. Emma grew Hill's administrative organization to adapt to the new size and scope of the firm's business through 12 acquisitions in a 4-year period. She was instrumental in creating an "Acquisition On-Boarding" program, a specialized program that significantly reduced the turnover rate of newly-acquired employees.
Ms. Emma is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds professional memberships from Tri-State Human Resources, Society for Human Resource Management and formerly BNA Human Resources Personnel Policies Forum.
Gregg D. Metzinger is Senior Vice President of Global Recruiting and Staff Augmentation with Hill International. Mr. Metzinger is a Human Resources generalist with over 25 years of diversified experience in the construction engineering, aerospace, food processing, automotive and hospitality industries. His expertise covers staff planning and searching, benefits administration, safety management, employee relations, organizational design, compensation planning, succession planning, training and development, WC and UI case management, affirmative action, client-focused generalist support and functional management.
As a former Director of Human Resources and Recruiting for Hill International at the Marlton, New Jersey headquarters, Mr. Metzinger was responsible for providing recruiting expertise to all of Hill's offices both domestic as well as international. In addition to recruiting, he also managed the organization's employment, training and development, safety, Affirmative Action, benefit administration and employee relations functions.
Mr. Metzinger also works with the Project Management Group to provide management consulting services to Hill's clients on Human Resources issues.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Metzinger served as Director of Personnel for The Adam's Mark Hotel & Resorts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Metzinger earned a B.S. in Personnel and Labor Relations and an M.B.A. in Personnel Management from La Salle University.
John P. Paolin is responsible for Hill International's global marketing and corporate communications including advertising, public relations, promotions, internal communications, database systems and internet marketing. He oversees the development, implementation and management of the firm's CRM system, which provides business intelligence relating to projects, professionals and clients.
Prior to joining Hill International, Mr. Paolin was a Regional Manager of a publicly-traded internet business solutions organization, managing a staff of 30 internet engineers.
Prior to that Mr. Paolin owned and operated Realshare Inc., a database management, direct marketing and marketing research firm. With a strong focus in the construction market, Realshare provided primary research and marketing consulting services to some of the largest home builders in the country. Realshare was the first research firm to provide the housing industry with weekly home buyer market share statistics. Realshare was acquired by IBS Interactive in 1999.
Mr. Paolin earned a B.S. in Marketing from St. Joseph's University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University.
Michael J. Petrisko is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Hill International. Mr. Petrisko, who previously served in this position at Hill from 2007 through 2012, is based out of the company's headquarters office in Marlton, New Jersey.
Mr. Petrisko has more than 30 years of information technology experience, primarily in the engineering and construction industry. Prior to rejoining Hill, he was Vice President and CIO for two years at STV Group. Prior to his joining Hill in 2007, he was Director of Global IT Operations for AECOM Technology Corporation and before that he was Vice President and CIO for the AECOM subsidiary DMJM/Harris. Mr. Petrisko studied management information sciences at Thomas Edison State College and he is a member of the New Jersey Society of Information Management.