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BUSINESS NEWS INDUSTRY LEADER WILL CONTINUE TRADITION OF QUALITY, INNOVATION AND SERVICE IN CENTRAL U.S. Rashed Islam, P.E., PTOE, ENV SP, has accepted a new role as HDR ’s Central Region transportation director. The region stretches from Canada to Mexico and spans the U.S. from Indiana to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. As regional director, Islam will help coordinate HDR’s transportation work, involving every transportation sector we provide services in: Highways & Roads, Transit, Aviation, Ports & Maritime, Freight Rail and Federal Transport. Islam, a 27-year veteran in the industry, will be responsible for strategic leadership, business development and management of key initiatives. He will oversee the delivery of HDR projects throughout the region as well as development of staff and the continued expansion and application of our full life cycle services. He will assist clients in overall program delivery, adapting to new technology, advise them on preparing for the future and help shepherd community-changing projects from idea to reality. Islam’s leadership has been evident in the hundreds of projects he has completed in his career for many public and private clients, including the first continuous flow intersection in central Texas and his 20-year involvement in the award-winning 712-acre Robert Mueller Municipal Airport Redevelopment project. “We don’t want to just do projects,” Islam said. “We want to contribute to building communities where we live, work and play and continue to improve quality of life for the citizens.”

“HDR is fortunate to have a strong leaders with impeccable expertise, ingenuity and integrity,” said Transportation President Brent Felker. “Rashed is not only great to work with but passionate about helping our clients as well as the staff he works with at HDR to develop and deliver innovation and quality infrastructure, helping our communities thrive.” For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. HDR’s expertise spans more than 10,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world – and counting. The firm’s engineering, architecture, environmental, and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. The HDR team’s optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined the firm’s past and drives its future. DEWBERRY/HDR TEAM SELECTED BY SAVANNAH CORPS OF ENGINEERS TO PROVIDE CIVIL WORKS SERVICES The Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a General Design, Civil Works Projects Indefinite Delivery Contract contract to the H D CW Joint Venture, led by the consulting firms of Dewberry and HDR . Through this contract, the joint venture teamwill provide architectural and engineering services for federal civil works projects throughout the district as well as other districts within the USACE South Atlantic Division and other locations as needed. The three-year contract includes a two-year optional extension and will not exceed $15 million.

The joint venture team, composed of small business subconsultants, anticipates a variety of work types under this contract including estuarine, water quality, and H&H modeling; design of new and rehabilitation of existing civil works facilities such as flood risk reduction projects, navigation channels and ports, and water quality improvement projects; preparation of operation and maintenance manuals; and construction phase services. “We are excited for this opportunity to serve the Savannah District,” says Dewberry Associate Vice President and Deputy JV Manager Tony Buitrago, PE, PMP. He adds, “Our JV team collectively brings more than 100 years of experience providing engineering solutions for our clients, from planning to construction phase services. From day one, we are ready to leverage this experience in support of the Savannah District Civil Works mission.” 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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5)They are trustworthy. Anyone who is in the CEO role has to be able to keep a secret. If someone says, “Don’t tell anyone else about this,” you can’t tell anyone else. As soon as you do you will be cutoff from all information on that and any other looming problems out there that could be getting ready to take a bite out of your hindquarters. And if people are afraid to tell you something that could affect the firm, you will have a very hard time dealing with it effectively. 6)They are a good delegator. This is so important for the CEO. If they think they are the only one who can do a job, they will fall into the trap of trying to do everyone else’s job and that is going to lead to burnout and a lot of unhappy people. Neither of those will be very helpful to running a successful company. There are other requirements for a CEO of a firm in this business. Being a good businessperson and understanding the numbers. Being a good judge of character. Being someone who deals with difficult situations and people head-on. Plus a whole bunch of other things unique to one organization and perhaps not another. But these six traits listed above are absolute “musts” for whomever is the CEO of the firm. MARK ZWEIG is Zweig Group’s chairman and founder. Contact him at

visible public profile, although this can be taken too far such that they are the only person in the company known to the outside world and that isn’t good, either. “There are other requirements for a CEO of a firm in this business. Being a good businessperson and understanding the numbers. Being a good judge of character. Being someone who deals with difficult situations and people head-on.” 4)They keep commitments. Establishing a history or pattern of doing what you say you will is one of the most fundamental qualities needed in the CEO. Without that no one will believe what they say and that is going to create a whole host of problems. You can’t schedule meetings and then cancel them constantly. You can’t always be late. You can’t say you will look at something and make suggestions and then not do it. Even things as simple as saying, “I can’t talk now but will call you back,” are important.

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