Thomas J. Spearing III is President of Hill's Project Management Group (Americas). Mr. Spearing has over 25 years of operational and business development experience in engineering and construction management. Before his current position, he was Hill's Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. Prior to joining Hill, he worked for more than ten years with STV Group, Inc., an engineering and construction management firm, most recently as Principal in charge of their Western Region. Before that, Mr. Spearing was their Senior Vice President and Chief Strategic Growth Officer. Before joining that firm, he was a Vice President of business development with Hill.
Mr. Spearing earned a B.B.A. in Computer and Information Science from Temple University, a B.S. in Construction Management and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Spring Garden College and an M.S. in Management from Rosemont College. He is a member of the American Public Transportation Association, the Women's Transportation Seminar, New Jersey Business & Industry Association, the Southern New Jersey Development Council and the New Jersey Alliance for Action, among others.
Raouf S. Ghali President, Project Management Group (International)
Raouf S. Ghali is President of Hill's international project management operations. Mr. Ghali has over 27 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 heads the international construction management organization with over 1000 staff members in more than 20 countries supporting public and private clients on large mixed-use developments, healthcare, specialized buildings, infrastructure rehabilitation, transportation and environmental projects. As the Project Executive for Palm Island, a multi-billion dollar real estate development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Mr. Ghali has been directing the sizable team throughout the project from its capital dredging program to the development of the Island. With over 30 ongoing assignments, Mr. Ghali provides expertise for public private partnerships (PPP), build, operate and transfer (BOT) schemes, feasibility studies and due diligence. His experience with projects funded by the European Union, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), World Bank and European Investment Bank provides a seamless process between the Beneficiary and Funding Institution during the implementation of the assignment.
Mr. Ghali has a B.S. in Business Administration/Economics and an M.S. in Business Organizational Management from the University of LaVerne.
Waleed Abdel Fattah Senior Vice President and North Africa Regional Manager
Waleed Abdel Fattah is Senior Vice President of Hill's North Africa Region. He has over 20 years of experience in the construction and management of complex capital projects. Mr. Abdel Fattah's project experience includes airports, hotels and resorts, office buildings, residential developments, retail facilities, civil and infrastructure projects. Mr. Abdel Fattah succeeded to manage projects that facilitate business investment and job creation and maintains strong relationships with business clients and the commercial development community.
He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Ain Shams University in Egypt.
Mohammed Al Rais Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Middle East Operations
Mohammed Al Rais is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Hill's Middle East Project Management Group. Mr. Al Rais has over 35 years of experience in the management of construction projects throughout the Middle East, North Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada. Mr. Al Rais was previously Vice President acting as Hill's regional manager for it's Abu Dhabi operations.
Presently, Mr. Al Rais is heading the Middle East operations of Hill International in the capacity of Senior Vice President and Managing Director, where he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company's operations in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Oman. Under Mr. Al Rais's leadership, Hill International has been successful in identifying new marketplaces across the Middle East; diversifying its client base and extending its operations in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi in particular. Mr. Al Rais also oversees the operational delivery of Hill's expanding portfolio of real estate, hospitality and infrastructure projects, including monitoring KPIs and ensuring client satisfaction. He directs the executive management and technical teams in all aspects of these projects. He has supervised the delivery of a range of large-scale, highly-complex, multi-stakeholder developments such as the program management of Dubai International Airport Expansion.
Mr. Al Rais is fluent in both Arabic and English, and has extensive experience working with both the public and private sectors to ensure that projects are completed successfully. He is particularly experienced in the construction and unique logistics multi-use, complex projects, and in managing several concurrent projects at disparate locations. Mr. Al Rais earned a B.S. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan and an M.S. in Project Management from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
José Manuel Albaladejo Senior Vice President and Latin American Regional Manager
José Manuel Albaladejo Cañedo-Arguelles is Senior Vice President of Hill's Project Management Group (International). In this role, he is responsible for managing all Latin American Operations. Throughout his career he has worked in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America in construction and infrastructure projects. In 2008, he started Hill International’s operation in Latin America, where today, the Company has completed projects in various countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Venezuela. Albaladejo holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Purdue-West Lafayette (United States), an M.S. in Construction Management from the University of Reading (United Kingdom) and an MBA from the University of Navarra IESE Business School (Spain).
Marcos T. Berrettini Senior Vice President and Director
Marcos Taunay Berrettini has been a member of Engineering S.A. Board of Officers since 1990. Mr. Berrettini is based in the company's headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil. His responsibilities include the management and monitoring of all activities in the commercial, financial and operation departments and the corporate administration of São Paulo's office. Prior to joining Engineering S.A., Mr. Berrettini was a member of major construction companies as Gomes de Almeida Fernandes, current Gafisa, and real estate developers as Cronus Empreendimentos and Jahú Construtora. Mr. Berrettini was responsible for construction works projects, such as residential and commercial buildings and industrial plants.
Mr. Berretini earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Engineering School of Mackenzie University.
Vincent J. D'Ambrosio Senior Vice President of Business Development
Vincent J. D'Ambrosio is Senior Vice President in charge of business development for Hill's Project Management Group (Americas). He has over 12 years of experience in the construction industry and has been responsible for selling over $9 billion of construction projects, including mixed-use developments, educational, national security and border crossings, forensic laboratories and municipal and governmental facilities.
Mr. D'Ambrosio was instrumental in helping launch Hill International Real Estate Partners, the firm's real estate development affiliate that is developing the 1,510-foot American Commerce Center in Philadelphia. He was recently named by Building Design & Construction magazine to its annual "40 Under 40" list, which recognizes the top 40 rising young professionals under the age of 40 working nationwide in the architecture, engineering and construction industries.
Prior to his years in business development, Mr. D'Ambrosio played an integral role in construction management operations. His experience includes managing cost reporting and engineering systems for projects, negotiating contract amendments, developing a system to track quality of work performed, writing bid packages, developing budget estimates, writing scopes of work and completing project closeout procedures. His operational experience includes governmental buildings, hotels, office buildings, prisons and airport terminals.
Mr. D'Ambrosio earned a B.A.E. degree in Architectural Engineering, with a focus on Construction Management, from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania.
Henrique de Aragão Senior Vice President and Director
Henrique de Aragão is a founding partner of Engineering S.A. and has lead several key projects for the firm in Brazil and internationally. He is a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in project management and management consulting for real estate developers and financial institutions with special focus on project financing. He has developed administrative and management processes for the firm and helped develop key document management software that is used on all company projects. Mr. de Aragão has a noteworthy experience in various hotel projects including Club Med Rio das Pedras and Club Med Trancoso and the reform of the Copacabana Palace Hotel (Orient Express Group) and Hotel Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia. He has experience in project management of multi-purpose projects including the São Paulo World Trade Center (offices, hotel, shopping center and parking for 2,000 cars) and the Rio Office Park. He was elected director of the institutions Brazilian Association of Engineering Consultants (ABCE) and Pan-American Federation of Consultants (FEPAC) as the Brazilian representative.
Mr. de Aragão earned a master's degree in French Linguistics from the University of Strassbourg in France and is a director of a charitable association which supports necessitous diabetics.
Robert A. Ferguson CCPM, LEED AP Senior Vice President and Southern Regional Manager
Robert A. Ferguson, CCPM, LEED AP, is Senior Vice President and Southern Regional Manager with Hill's Project Management Group located in Hill's Houston, Texas office. Mr. Ferguson has nearly 20 years of experience in project management. His expertise includes a variety of technical, as well as practical strengths, which provide a broad base of knowledge from which to draw creative and cost-effective solutions to project management issues.
Mr. Ferguson has led Hill’s Southern operations for the past four years, and his experience includes job site troubleshooting, management of superintendents and field personnel, purchasing, subcontract and vendor bidding and negotiation, negotiation of change orders and final payment reconciliation, processing submittals, requests for proposals, requests for information and processing of pay applications and invoices. He also has an extensive background in pre-construction services, including estimating, value engineering, purchasing and development of schedules.
Prior to starting his career in the design and construction industry, Mr. Ferguson served as an Operations Specialist Second Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Mr. Ferguson holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and he is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.
Vincent D. Gallagher, PE, PLS, PP Senior Vice President and Director, Federal Transit Group
Vincent D. Gallagher, PE, PLS, PP, is Senior Vice President and Director, Federal Transit Group located out of Hill's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office. Mr. Gallagher has over 30 years of successful professional project management experience of engineering and construction projects primarily for transportation projects.
Mr. Gallagher has also provided forensic (claims) engineering services to a wide range of clients. His services include analysis of construction deficiencies causes, delays and damages, litigation support and expert witness testimony in support of claims resolution. As a Registered Professional Land Surveyor, Mr. Gallagher planned engineering and survey work and was responsible for the technical adequacy of all engineering and survey work. He supervised survey crews, mappers, designers and drafters.
Mr. Gallagher holds a B.C.E. in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Delaware, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. He also is a registered Professional Land Surveyor in Pennsylvania and a registered Professional Planner in New Jersey.
Michael V. Griffin PE Senior Vice President and Pennsylvania Regional Manager
Michael V. Griffin, PE, is Senior Vice President and Pennsylvania Regional Manager of Hill International. Mr Griffin is responsible for Hill's project consulting services offered from Hill's Philadelphia office, covering the mid-Atlantic portion of the United States. Mr. Griffin has extensive experience in the planning, design and construction of major building, transportation, and heavy civil construction projects. Mr. Griffin's expertise in the application and interpretation of technical specifications has been utilized to assist project owners in developing clear and concise contract documents. In addition, Mr. Griffin has conducted seminars for owners and contractors, speaking on a wide range of contract administration and construction claims topics.
Mr. Griffin has testified as an expert on several occasions concerning interpretations of contract plans and specifications, standards of professional practice, construction scheduling and delay analysis, productivity studies, and damages calculations, before arbitration panels and in Federal and State Courts.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Griffin served as a Construction Resident Engineer for the City of Philadelphia, responsible for construction management and administration of an FTA-funded, $70-million section of a commuter rail tunnel project.
Mr. Griffin has a B.C.E. and M.C.E. in Civil Engineering from Villanova University and an M.B.A. from La Salle University. He is a Professional Engineer registered in the states of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Mr. Griffin has been elected to the National Board of Directors of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).
Jack C. Hobbs, FAIA Senior Vice President, New England Regional Manager
Jack C. Hobbs has more than 40 years of construction industry experience, primarily in the education and healthcare sectors. He brings an entrepreneurial point of view to all facets of real estate planning and project execution that produces value and protects the interests of his clients. An architect by training, he has worn many hats including real estate planner, equity developer, development manager, project manager and constructor. Mr. Hobbs also organizes and implements collaboration management methodologies that create productive working environments and support the goals and objectives of his clients.
Mr. Hobbs was the first architect and American Institute of Architects (AIA) member to lead the Association of General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts; and he is one of only two to do so in the entire United States. In 1995, he initiated and co-chaired the first joint committee ever between the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the AGC on "Recommended Practices in the Building Industry." This initiative led to his co-authoring the landmark, first-of-its-kind primer, Client Advisor, which was marketed nationally and sold out its three printings. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Hobbs has spoken at more than 40 association conferences and seminars--locally, nationally, and internationally--on topics such as project team collaboration, designer selection, project delivery, business development, strategic planning, public construction and association leadership.
In 2000, as the only AIA member in the U.S. delegation, Jack was initiated to participate in a U.S.-Ireland Forum sponsored by the Construction Industry Federation and FAS Ireland, a labor training and employment organization, on U.S. best practices in project delivery. He received his FAIA designation in 2005 for contributions to the building industry.
Abdo E. Kardous Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Operations
Abdo Kardous is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific Operations with Hill International. Mr. Kardous has 29 years of experience in the design, procurement, construction and delivery of major projects, covering a wide spectrum of building, electro-mechanical, infrastructure and marine projects in several countries, dealing with multi-cultural environments.
Mr. Kardous joined Hill International in 1997 and was instrumental in growing the operations of the firm across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), with an oversight responsibility over more than 400 professional staff and 30 major projects. Mr. Kardous has recently been assigned to head the project management operations in the Asia Pacific region and is involved in hospitality, leisure, real estate and infrastructure projects in China, Vietnam and the Philippines, as well as South Asia.
Prior to joining Hill International, Mr. Kardous was the Real Estate Development Manager for the $2-billion property company responsible for the reconstruction of the Beirut City Centre. Mr. Kardous started his professional career in 1982 with a leading Architectural/Engineering practice in the Middle East, having a project portfolio covering countries in Asia and Africa.
Mr. Kardous is a member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers. He earned a B.S., Magna Cum Laude, in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Kardous was awarded Hill International's Project Manager of the Year award in 2001.
James E. Koch PhD, PE, LEED AP, F.SAME Senior Vice President and Director, Federal Services Group
James E. Koch is Senior Vice President and Director of Hill's Federal Services Group. In this role, he manages the Washington, D.C. Region for Hill's Project Management Group and has oversight of Hill's national and international work for the U.S. Federal Government.
Prior to rejoining Hill, Dr. Koch was Chief Executive Officer of Quasco LLC. Before that, he was a Senior Vice President with Hill where he served as Program Director in charge of the Iraq Reconstruction Program on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Other positions he has held include: Managing Director with the American Concrete Institute's Strategic Development Council, Director of the graduate program in construction management at Washington University in St. Louis and work with several other commercial and educational entities. Prior to those positions, he spent two decades with the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel, where he managed construction and renovation of military, transportation, residential, medical, environmental, educational and other facilities throughout the world.
Dr. Koch earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science & Technology (formerly the University of Missouri at Rolla), an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Commerce from Washington & Lee University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the District of Columbia, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional and a Fellow in the Society of American Military Engineers.
Michael S. Luciani, PE, is Senior Vice President of Hill's Project Management Group. In this role, he is responsible for business development, including identifying, qualifying and positioning new business for the firm. He has over 26 years of experience in engineering, construction, management consulting and software for the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, chemicals, laboratories and biotechnology industries.
Prior to joining Hill International, Mr. Luciani was Regional Business Development Manager with the Gilbane Building Company; Director of Global Business Development for Bentley Systems, Inc.; and served as Regional Marketing Manager with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. He also served Jacobs Engineering Group as Project Manager and Lead Engineer, and was Project Manager for the Life Safety Master Plan at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Luciani holds a B.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and M.B.A., both from Villanova University and is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania.
Anthony Marraro PMP, DBIA Senior Vice President and Northern California Regional Manager
Anthony Marraro, PMP, DBIA, is Senior Vice President and Northern California Regional Manager of Hill's Project Management Group based out of the company's San Francisco, California office.
Mr. Marraro has 28 years of program and project management experience. Before joining Hill, he was Vice President and San Jose Office Leader with HNTB Corporation where his focus was on the management of major transportation and infrastructure projects. Before that, he worked as Director of Planning and Development for ECC International. Before that position, he worked at Jacobs Engineering Group, Carter & Burgess, Zachry Construction and Fluor Corporation.
Mr. Marraro earned a B.S. in Marine Biology and an M.S. in Construction Management from Texas A&M University. He is a Project Management Professional as well as a Designated Design-Build Professional.
John Milano PE Senior Vice President and Deputy Regional Manager
John Milano is Senior Vice President and Deputy Regional Manager of Hill's New York City office. Mr. Milano has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry with expertise in construction management, business development and general contracting. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University of New York and an M.S. in Public Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College. Mr. Milano is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of New York.
Akram Ogaily Senior Vice President of Hill's TCT Group
Akram Ogaily manages Hill's Technical Core Team (TCT) Group; a 14 senior member team specialized in all fields of projects studies planning, management and engineering, that support global projects on technical, project start-up and compliance related issues. He has more than 35 years of experience in urban planning, architectural and engineering, design and management of complex mega projects for both public and private sectors throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the United Kingdom. Projects have included master planning and design of major mixed use developments consisting of state, ministries, educational and health service for public sectors and hotels, resorts, institutional, cultural, residential and historical, building conservation as well as sustainable building designs.
In 1970 to 2003, Mr. Ogaily co-founded Archicenter in Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Kingdom. He established the design principles and standards of thought which led the firm to succeed in a considerable number of international and local architectural competitions, design and realizations. He restructured the practice during the 1990s to focus on project design and management in response to the progressive needs of the building construction environment and technology.
Mr. Ogaily has been involved with the design and management of major prestigious projects located in the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Ogaily Joined Hill International in February 2003 to lead the design management team of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) projects in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He was assigned to undertake the program manager role of the Kuwait Mega Projects of its Islands Resorts development in 2004 and the Lagoon development-Dubai as the Vice President and Project Director in 2005. Since January 2007 he is acting as Technical Core Team (TCT) Director providing technical support to the International Project Management Group in the Middle East, North Africa, Eastern Europe and the Far East. In July 2008, Mr. Ogaily was promoted to Senior Vice President.
Mr. Ogaily earned an M.Sc. Arch CEM Barttlet School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom and a B.Sc. Arch from the University of Baghdad.
D. Clarke Pile PE Senior Vice President and New York Regional Manager
D. Clarke Pile is Senior Vice President and New York Regional Manager of Hill International. Mr. Pile is New York's Regional Manager responsible for all operations of Hill's New York office. Mr. Pile, a Professional Engineer, has over 30 years of experience in construction and program management and has successfully met stringent time lines and has streamlined operations to maximize profitability. Mr. Pile is a specialist in simultaneous project completions with construction budgets in excess of $500 million. He also possesses excellent administrative skills to implement policies and procedures, manage senior level personnel and manage internal financial controls.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Pile was a Senior Vice President where he managed corporate marketing and business development for a national construction firm and also served as a New York Regional Manager for a national construction management firm. He has had total accountability for operations, profit and loss and marketing for an office of 200 employees, having $25 million in net annual professional fees. He provided senior guidance on policy making, implemented marketing strategies, project staffing and quality assurance. He negotiated contracts for major projects and subconsultant agreements, implemented policies and procedures and resolved complex issues.
Mr. Pile is a member of the New York Building Congress. Mr. Pile earned a B.S. in Construction Management from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and he is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.
Stuart S. Richter Senior Vice President and Southeastern U.S./Caribbean Regional Manager
Stuart S. Richter serves as Senior Vice President responsible for directing Hill International's construction management, program management, staff augmentation and project consulting efforts throughout the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean from the region’s base of operations in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Richter has extensive experience in the planning, design and construction of major buildings, mixed-use hospitality, transportation, education, health and heavy civil construction projects. Mr. Richter's 33 years of experience in operations management, marketing and management consulting enable him to provide clients with expert counsel on operational process, marketing, sales, management, human resources, productivity, technology, communications and training issues.
Mr. Richter has personally directed numerous audits, benchmarking studies and project delivery team assessments. He is highly adept at evaluating management development and enrichment programs and the strengths and capabilities of employees, to ensure that clients are effectively using their personnel to achieve maximum personal and corporate potential. Mr. Richter has led numerous task force teams assisting his clients in providing greater marketing and organizational effectiveness and efficiency enabling them to achieve greater bottom line results. Mr. Richter's clients include the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Merck & Co., the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) and Royal Caribbean Cruises, among many others.
In addition, Mr. Richter lectures extensively throughout the country on marketing, management evaluation, assessment and business development programs. He has published articles on similar subjects in Management Review, Presentation Advisor and numerous other publications. Mr. Richter was also a member of the faculty of Rutgers University, where he taught in the School of Business for undergraduate and graduate students. He received the University's "Distinguished Professor Award" for his work at the Camden campus. Mr. Richter is a board member of the Construction Executives Association (CEA) of South Florida and the lead proponent of Hill’s annual sponsorship of the Transportation & Expressway Authority Membership of Florida (TEAMFL). Mr. Richter possesses a B.A. in History from Montclair State University, and an M.B.A. in Business Administration from Rutgers University.
Bruce A. Schlaitzer RA Senior Vice President and Managing Director
Bruce A. Schlaitzer, RA, is Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the European Region for Hill's Project Management Group. Schlaitzer has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry.
Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Schlaitzer was an Executive Project Director with Bovis Lend Lease International Ltd. Prior to that, he was Design and Construction Executive with Parsons Brinckerhoff Middle East, Senior Vice President of Project Development for Kerzner International, Managing Director of Design and Construction for Europe for Tishman Speyer Properties and President of Schlaitzer Associates. Mr. Schlaitzer has helped manage such notable projects as Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, Canary Wharf in London, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Euro-Disney Theme Park in Paris.
He earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Washington and is a Registered Architect in the state of Washington.
John K. Skoury is Senior Vice President managing the operations of Hill’s Irvine, California office and in charge of the Transit Practice in the Western Region. Mr. Skoury has over 24 years of experience in the construction industry with expertise in managing major highway and rail transportation programs.
He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University at Long Beach and is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of California, Arizona and Nevada.
Michael B. Smith Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager
Michael B. Smith is Senior Vice President and Western Regional Manager in charge of Hill's offices in California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona with the company's Project Management Group.
Mr. Smith has more than 27 years of experience in project management for transportation and building projects, including a strong background in program controls, project planning, cost control, estimating, scheduling, forecasting and claims management on both public- and private-sector projects. Smith joined Hill through the acquisition of KJM & Associates, Inc. in May 2007, where he was Vice President in charge of the Southwest Region. Prior to joining KJM, Mr. Smith was with Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. as Program Controls Manager. Before that he was the Southwest Regional Controls Manager for IT Corporation.
Mr. Smith earned a Certificate in Management Practice for Engineering and Technical Professionals from the University of California at Irvine. Mr. Smith serves on the Board of Directors of the Support Sky Harbor Coalition–Phoenix, AZ and Board of Directors of Friends of Transit–Phoenix, AZ.
Vic Spinabelli Jr., PE, LEED AP Senior Vice President
Vic Spinabelli, Jr. is Senior Vice President located in the Pittsburgh office and manages Hill’s offices in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio with the Project Management Group. Mr. Spinabelli has nearly 30 years of experience in engineering, construction and project management in a wide variety of large transportation and building projects including a strong background in project administration and controls. Mr. Spinabelli joined Hill through the acquisition of the construction management group of dck worldwide, LLC. (formerly Dick Corporation), where he was Vice President in overall charge of their Construction Management group with offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. Earlier in his career and prior to joining Dick, Mr. Spinabelli worked as a structural design engineer with American Bridge Engineering and URS Consultants.
Mr. Spinabelli holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Ohio and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.
John G. Spitz Senior Vice President and Saudi Arabia Regional Manager
John G. Spitz is Senior Vice President and Saudi Arabia Regional Manager with Hill International. Mr. Spitz has over 30 years of national and international experience in managing the design and construction of large high-profile commercial projects and programs for various types of facilities, including high rise towers, office buildings, hotels, conference centers and their related infrastructure.
Prior to joining Hill, he was Vice President of Construction and Development for Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LRY), where he led the team responsible for the design and construction of all Philadelphia region projects, including the award-winning Comcast Center skyscraper. Prior to that, Mr. Spitz was Vice President of Design and Construction of the Arden Group where he managed the design and development of various luxury commercial projects including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia. Before that, he was also a Senior Project Manager with both R.M. Shoemaker Co. and Keating Building Corp.
Mr. Spitz has overseen and has been responsible for all services for building development projects, from pre-design feasibility analysis, project and program management, design and constructability review, value engineering, cost engineering, contract management and negotiations, construction market study solicitation package and bid evaluation, construction management, inspection and testing thru project close-outs. Mr. Spitz has had total responsibility and has enormous success in managing and delivering on-time/on-budget some of the region's most prestigious building projects and programs.
Mr. Spitz earned a B.S. in Building Sciences from Auburn University.
S. Michael Tahan is Senior Vice President in charge of Hill's Roads and Highway's practice within the Project Management Group (Americas). Mr. Tahan has more than 15 years of project management operations, administration, public relations and coordination experience.
As a program and project manager, he has been responsible for quality control, project controls, document control, claims management, contract administration, staffing, programming, funding and coordination for various public works and transportation infrastructure projects including: freeways, interchanges, roadways, utilities, highways, bridges, grade separations and airport projects. He has been responsible for the delivery of public relations and community outreach services for multiple large transportation construction projects including freeways, rail and public works. Mr. Tahan has extensive knowledge of federal, state and local policies and procedures as they relate to transportation projects.
Mr. Tahan earned a B.B.A. from Beirut University and an M.B.A in Business Administration from California State University.