New executive appointments at HNTB, STV

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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Left to right: Joseph Pizzurro, P.E. (HNTB) and Ted Lachus, P.E. (STV).

HNTB and STV Inc. have each appointed a rail transportation industry veteran to a key executive position.

Joseph Pizzurro, P.E., has been named HNTB’s Transit and Rail Practice Leader, a newly created position for the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. Based in the firm’s Empire State Building office, Pizzurro’s role includes managing and growing HNTB’s transit and rail operations in the region.

A senior vice president at HNTB with more than 22 years of industry experience, Pizzurro most recently served as sales officer for HNTB’s Northeast Division, achieving record sales in 2017. Since joining HNTB in 2011, he has held a series of increasingly responsible roles including New York sales officer, director of rail and senior project manager for the rail department.

Pizzurro is a graduate of the State University of New York, Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering. He is a member of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA), the Metropolitan Railway Club and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is a registered professional engineer in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“A proven leader, Joe has earned the trust of transit agencies throughout New York and New Jersey, and he is recognized for his ability to design and implement creative solutions to highly complex transit and rail challenges,” said HNTB Northeast Division President Phil Brake, P.E.

Ted Lachus, P.E., a manager with more than 35 years of experience overseeing major road, highway and rail projects throughout Illinois, has joined STV as a vice president in the firm’s Transportation & Infrastructure Division. He will head the firm’s Chicago office.

Lachus will focus on STV’s continued expansion in the Midwest region and manage the planning, study and design of major transportation projects. STV is currently managing the design and construction of several municipal and state transportation projects throughout the region, including a 50-mile section of the Illinois High Speed Rail program and the rehabilitation of historic bridges and underpasses in Chicago’s Montrose Harbor.

Prior to joining STV, Lachus oversaw major transportation projects in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin for a local consultancy firm.

Lachus is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association, and the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association.

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