José Abreu, PE, has joined Gannett Fleming as a senior vice president and member of its executive leadership team. Based in the Miami, Fla., office, Abreu is responsible for guiding the firm’s strategic growth and business development initiatives related to transportation and other infrastructure in Florida, as well as in national and international markets. In this capacity, he works closely with Gannett Fleming’s board of directors to identify key business opportunities that align with the firm’s growth plan, which provides for expanding markets and services. Abreu is charged with developing strategic programs for penetrating these new markets and cultivating dynamic client relationships.
Abreu brings more than 37 years of innovative, executive leadership to Gannett Fleming. Most recently, he served as the director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, where he oversaw operations at Miami International Airport, one of the busiest international passenger and cargo airports in the U.S., as well as four general aviation airports. During his tenure, he managed a $6.4 billion capital improvement program that included new terminals, roadways, and other infrastructure at all five airports.
Prior to his position with the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Abreu served as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) under Gov. Jeb Bush. In this capacity, he oversaw FDOT’s operations, which included all seven districts and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise; and encompassed 7,500 employees and a $9 million annual budget. In advance of his appointment as secretary, Abreu served in progressively senior positions at FDOT for more than 18 years, eight of which were spent as the secretary of FDOT District Six.
“José brings tremendous vision, leadership, and operational expertise to Gannett Fleming,” said Robert M. Scaer, PE, president and chief operating officer of the firm. “A nationally recognized thought leader in transportation and infrastructure, we look forward to José’s contributions to the firm and especially to our valued clients and their projects.”
A registered professional engineer and certified engineering contractor in the state of Florida, Abreu earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami. Active in professional associations and community organizations, he serves on the board of directors for the Association of Cuban-American Civil Engineers and the United Way of Miami-Dade. He additionally serves on the University of Miami’s Industrial Advisory Board for the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering and is a member of the university’s College of Engineering Dean’s Visiting Committee. Abreu is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Among his career highlights, Abreu has been the recipient of countless awards and accolades. Most recently, in 2012, he received the “Transportation Achievement Award” from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the “Excellence in Tourism Award” from the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. He was named “Visionary Leader of the Year” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and “Person of the Year” by the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association. In 2011, Abreu received the “Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award” from the American Institute of Architects and was named one of “Miami’s 75 Most Influential People in Politics, Business, Sports, and Arts” by Poder magazine.