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BUSINESS NEWS SIDNEY O. DEWBERRY RECEIVES NVTA’S HAZEL TRANSPORTATION LEADERSHIP AWARD The Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance announced during its 16th annual “What You Need to Know About Transportation” meeting that Dewberry ’s Sidney O. Dewberry, PE, LS, has been named the recipient of the Hazel Transportation Leadership Award. The award is given annually to an NVTA member who is instrumental in the growth and expansion across northern Virginia. Dewberry founded the firm in 1956 as a land development company. Now, Dewberry serves as the chairman emeritus of the more than 2,200 person firm, which has more than 50 offices nationwide. Some of the firm’s most notable northern Virginia projects include the Dulles Greenway, key design team member on both the Dulles Corridor Metrorail and the Springfield Interchange projects, Route 28 public-private construction improvements, and the I-95 at Route 630 (Courthouse Road) diverging diamond interchange. “Virginia has been my home for my entire life,” says Dewberry. “To watch its transformation is incredible, but to play a role in that transformation and represent a company that will facilitate expansion for years to come is a great privilege. I am honored to receive this award and am proud of the economic growth Virginia has seen over the last seven decades.” After attending two years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Dewberry transferred to George Washington University (GWU), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He was presented with

GWU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991 and was inducted into the university’s School of Engineering Hall of Fame in 2009. Additionally, Dewberry has spent many years involved with George Mason University (GMU), where the department of civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineering is now named after him and his wife, Reva Dewberry. GMU also recently renamed the School of Music to the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music. In addition to Dewberry’s involvement in NVTA, he is a member of the American Public Works Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; Community College Baccalaureate Association; Engineers & Surveyors Institute; National Association of Home Builders, Professional Women in Building Council; National Society of Professional Engineers; Surveyors Historical Society; Virginia Association of Surveyors; Virginia Chamber of Commerce; and the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers. Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. KELLY POLLARD JOINS DEWBERRY’S BLOOMFIELD, NEW JERSEY, OFFICE Dewberry , a privately held professional services firm, has announced that Kelly Pollard, PE, has joined the firm as a senior project manager in the firm’s Bloomfield, New Jersey, office. Pollard, who has more than 30 years of experience, has spent his career with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the last two years as the manager of technical services for the Port Authority Trans Hudson

(PATH) Railroad. He brings with him expertise in program management, and rail and transit engineering design. “We are very excited to have Kelly join Dewberry in our Bloomfield office,” says Dewberry Senior Vice President Ali Vaezi, PE. “Kelly brings extensive management and design experience from his highway, rail, and civil design projects at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. With Kelly on board, we also look forward to strengthening our rail, intermodal, and port capabilities.” Pollard earned both his master’s degree in civil engineering/transportation engineering (1991) and bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (1987) from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York, and New Jersey. Pollard is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA). Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and more than 2,000 professionals nationwide.

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valuable), instead of just someone who does tasks for them as you are told to do (where you are least valuable). 5)Deciding what your response as a firm is going to be and then implementing all that needs to be done is your responsibility! Someone has to process all of these inputs and make decisions on how the firm will respond. Will you pour on the gas and go full speed ahead with new key hires and expansion of capacity and additional investments in your business? Or will you slam on the brakes and hunker down with reduced overhead? Fundamental strategy and action is the role of top management, so do your job. 6)Monitoring what is happening and adjusting accordingly is also your job. Just because you set a course doesn’t mean it can’t be adjusted. Be smart. Be flexible. Know your purpose, intent, and philosophy of business, but be willing to change if the information you are getting indicates that it may be smart to do so. So, there – I summed it all up in my last sentence. Be smart; your survival and prosperity – and that of your employees – depends on it! MARK ZWEIG is Zweig Group’s chairman and founder. Contact him at

sector-based organization structures for A/E firms for years – so there is a person or place in which to concentrate knowledge about an industry. You may be able to educate your clients/potential clients on industry developments even they weren’t aware of, which makes you more valuable to them. “You have the responsibility of making good decisions in a very unpredictable and unstable environment. It’s hard to predict exactly what is going to happen so you can prepare your business and people for it.” 4)Tuning in to local, regional, and national events is also critical. Read and watch the news from multiple sources. Stay informed. The market landscape is shaped by current events. Everything that happens is either an opportunity or threat. Figure out which it is and act accordingly. Only a fool is blissfully ignorant. Not a good place to be if you want to be a trusted partner/advisor to your clients (where you are most

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