The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey Conference

September 21, 2016

The CUNY Graduate Center
New York, NY

foye patrick lrPatrick J. Foye
Executive Director
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Patrick J. Foye became executive director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on November 1, 2011. Prior to joining the Port Authority, he served as deputy secretary for economic development for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Foye was a mergers and acquisitions partner at Skadden Arps and managing partner of the firm's Brussels, Budapest and Moscow offices. He was executive vice president of AIMCO, a real estate investment trust and a component of the S&P 500, and served as president and CEO of the United Way of Long Island.



Husam Ahmad, P.E.
Chairman and CEO

Mr. Ahmad, Chairman and CEO of HAKS, established the firm as a partnership in 1991 and incorporated it in 1994. HAKS has grown steadily from the start, to the point where now it is a leading, mid-sized consultant in the New York Metropolitan area with a multi-disciplined staff of over 600 employees. Under his leadership, the firm has established a reputation for providing all of its clients with the highest quality of engineering, architectural and construction management services, and completing all assignments on schedule, within budget and without compromising quality or function. He has served as the Principal-In-Charge of the company's major projects in construction management, engineering, architecture, land surveying and material testing. Mr. Ahmad has over 29 years of diversified experience in design and construction supervision for bridges, roads and various facilities. Mr. Ahmad plays a lead role as a Board Member in numerous professional societies, e.g., the Concrete Industry Board, the American Council of Engineering Companies, and the New York Building Foundation, CMAA, ASHE among others. Mr. Ahmad is an expert in QA/QC and Safety and oversees all corporate-wide initiatives. He is also responsible for developing and directing HAKS' Strategic plan.
Mr. Ahmad also has a great passion of helping the charity organization OBAT Helpers, which provides aid, support, education and, economical empowerment to suffering and displaced people. Mr. Ahmad and his family, has created an endowment towards the Queens Library in hopes of inspiring others to keep the library a place that helps the next generation of engineers.

 antesVincent Antes, P.E. 

Assistant Director, Port Department
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Vincent Antes, a 30 -year Port Authority veteran, joined the Port Department as Assistant Director, Port Capital Programs and Redevelopment in 2014. He is responsible for directing the planning, development, management, and delivery of the department’s Capital Plan, the Operating Major Work Programs, and the maintenance dredging program, as well as providing technical assistance and project support for the development of new and expansion of existing facilities. Mr. Antes has held a broad array of roles critical to advancing the delivery of capital projects across various line businesses, including Engineering, TB&T, and Aviation. Mr. Antes has a bachelor and master degree in Civil Engineering from The Polytechnic Institute of New York, and is a licensed professional engineer in New York and New Jersey.

birdsallJames “Jim” Birdsall, PE, PhD
Asset Management Practice Leader

James “Jim” Birdsall, PE, PhD is the asset management practice leader for Parsons Transportation Group with more than 15 years of experience in design, review, operations, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure. His key projects include the WMATA 10-year station capital plan state of good repair assessment, the RTA Rail Infrastructure Maintenance Management System (RIMMS), the George Washington Bridge eCOMET asset management system build, the World Trade Center Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PATH) station reconstruction preliminary design.

carletonRobert Carleton, P.E.
Senior Program Manager, Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals Department
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Robert Carleton is a Senior Program Manager in the Project Management unit of the Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals Department Asset Management Division. Robert is responsible for the delivery of capital and operating portfolios that support the continued safe operation of the Port Authority’s bridge facilities. In particular he has responsibility for overseeing the agencies “Restore the George” program which represents a $1.9 billion investment in 11 state-of-good-repair projects at the George Washington Bridge over the coming decade. Robert is a career structural engineer with over 30 years experience with the Port Authority. After 14 years as a structural design engineer in the Engineering Department, Robert transitioned into project management with Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals and has held various positions of increasing responsibility over the last 16 years. Having managed numerous multi-discipline projects, he has a strong working knowledge of the department's tunnel and bridge facilities.

dawson stephanie lrStephanie Dawson
Acting Chief Operating Officer
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

As the Acting Chief Operating Officer at the Port Authority of NY &NJ, Stephanie Dawson ensures the implementation of policies, procedures and practices that enhance coordinated action across the Agency and she advances initiatives that enable the seamless common delivery of vital services. She is responsible for Aviation; Tunnels, Bridges, and Terminals; Port; and PATH Rail Departments, as well as common services provided by the Operations Services Department and the Office of Storm Mitigation and Resilience. Stephanie began her career at the Port Authority delivering Technology and Security Projects and has also had responsibility for the Capital Program, Operations Programs, the Public Safety Department, Office of Emergency Management, and Security Program Management, among other assignments of increasing responsibility. She was also a Director in the General Services Department in NYC and Operations Manager in banking before joining the Port Authority. A retired Army Colonel (NYARNG) and career Ordnance and later Transportation and Logistics Officer and she is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

degraffeClarelle DeGraffe
Deputy Director , PATH
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Clarelle DeGraffe has nearly 30 years of experience in transportation, project management and construction management and is a knowledgeable and engaging transit manager. Clarelle possesses broad technical knowledge in the design and construction of transportation infrastructure, combined with outstanding leadership ability and creative problem solving skills. She has proven to be a valuable asset in all assignments and is able to establish a rapport with diverse groups ranging from executive management to field laborers and maintenance staff. Clarelle is a recipient of the 2008 Harlem Black Achievers in Industry Award; 2013 Honoree at Professional Women in Construction Dinner Dance Gala and recipient of the 2016 Network of Black Employees (Port Authority) Executive Leadership Award.

Clarelle’s current assignment as Deputy Director of PATH, reports directly to the Director and General Manager of PATH. In this role, Clarelle has broad responsibilities which include assisting the Director in carrying out the mission of the department to deliver a safe, reliable and dependable Trans-Hudson transportation service for the New York and New Jersey region. Directly responsible for PATH’s day-to-day operations, maintenance, safety, customer service, and Capital Program Management. PATH is a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)-regulated commuter railroad, serving as the primary transit link between Manhattan and New Jersey communities and suburban commuter railroads. PATH carries approximately 76 million passengers per year and runs 24 hours per day, seven days a week.

eckerLee Ecker, P.E.
Senior Project Manager

Mr. Ecker has 27 years’ experience in the design and management of state, local and private owned transportation projects throughout the Northeast. His expertise includes interstate reconstruction and widening, highway realignment and reconstruction, bridge replacement, and intersection improvements. Lee has a reputation for his public outreach efforts and delivery of environmental analyses and impact statements. PANYNJ, LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building Replacement Project. Project Manager who served in the lead role for landside design on the Aerostar New York Holdings, LLC, one of four teams shortlisted to prepare proposals for the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Reconstruction. The Design Build Finance Operate Maintain project had an expected total cost of over $3.6B based on a set of preliminary plans. Because the team would be financing the project and receiving a portion of the revenue stream, the team made the decision to modify the scope of the project in order to receive revenue earlier in the proposed 7 years of construction. The change in scope required a complete redesign of the entire LaGuardia Airport access roadways for the proposal. The redesign included all access roads between the airport and Grand Central Parkway and Ditmars Boulevard, all ramps and circulation roadways that serve the central terminal plus terminals B and C, reconfiguration of parking and parking access, and 22 bridges that carry traffic in a very narrow footprint. Mr. Ecker served in the lead role for all of the bridge and roadway engineering services to achieve the new configuration required for the proposal.

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Lash Green
Director, Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Lash Green is director, office business diversity and civil rights (OBDCR) and is responsible for managing the Port Authority’s supplier diversity program. He is also charged with overseeing and ensuring the agency’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Green has led several successful initiatives to increase opportunities for minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs), including the sponsorship of a highly effective Mentor-Protégé Program. He was a co-chair of the committee responsible for overseeing the agency’s most recent disparity study whose findings support preference programs for MWBEs. He also chaired the WTC Progress Oversight Committee and has established a WTC Business Resource Center to assist MWBEs working at the site. As the agency civil rights director, Green coordinated the successful response to multiple Federal Aviation Administration Compliance Reviews as well as the submission of Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration Title VI Plan and Programs.

gutierrezDavid Gutierrez, CPPO
Assistant Director, Procurement
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

David Gutiérrez has been with the Procurement Department of The Port Authority of NY & NJ’s (“Authority”) since 2000. He began as a Buyer in the Goods and Services Division. In 2008, David joined the Professional, Technical and Advisory Services Division (PTAD). In 2015 he was promoted to his current position as Assistant Director, Construction Procurements. In addition to managing the Construction Procurements Division, David’s responsibilities have expanded to include the management of PTAD after the retirement of the Department’s Assistant Director in 2014.

Prior to joining the Procurement Department, David was in the former Overseas Operation and International Programs Division. During that time, David traveled on to South America, South East Asia, Mexico and China, promoting international business behalf of the Port Authority. David is a Certified Public Procurement Officer, a graduate of Fordham University, and an Air Force Veteran.

lenahanShawn Lenahan, A.I.A.
Assistant Director, Operations Programs, Chief Operating Office
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Shawn Lenahan recently joined the Office of the Chief Operating Officer as the Assistant Director of Operations Programs. With over 28 years of experience in the fields of architecture design, construction, and project management, he is responsible for all cross-cutting operational issues and initiatives affecting more than one line of business, as well as the development and execution of the Enterprise Asset Management Program for the agency. Prior to his current role, he spent twelve years in World Trade Center Construction, working on the Temporary PATH Station and the World Trade Center Transportation Hub from its inception through procurement and construction. In addition to managing the NEPA (EIS) process for the Hub, he was Design Manager for the project, and led the integration of the Hub with all adjacent projects on and adjacent to the World Trade Center site. During construction of the Hub, Shawn managed the portions of the Hub built by other stakeholders, and managed the Systems Commissioning and Sustainability Commissioning for the Hub. Previously, Shawn worked in the PATH Logistics Team in the Capital Project Management Division, Aviation JFK Redevelopment, Priority Capital Programs Department, and World Trade Department. Prior to his time at the Port Authority, Shawn worked as a registered architect in the private sector, designing and managing commercial, educational, religious, energy, and residential projects.

massiah michael lrMichael Massiah

Chief, Capital Planning, Execution and Asset Management
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

During his 35 years of service, Michael Massiah has worked in progressively more responsible roles within the agency holding key positions such as manager, employment division, human resources department; and director, business and job opportunity where he directed programs that supported achievement of women, minority, and small business enterprises. During the period following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Massiah led efforts to rebuild the agency’s human resources functions. Massiah was recently promoted to the role of chief, capital planning, execution & asset management. Building on his experience he has most recently gained as director of the management and budget department, he now has accountability for the implementation and ongoing management of the recently approved 10-year capital program. Massiah manages the following functions: business diversity and civil rights, environmental and energy programs, planning and regional development, project management, and WTC redevelopment.

moranMichael Moran
General Manager, JFK
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Michael Moran, who joined the Port Authority of NY & NJ in 1988, became General Manager of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in June 2014. He is responsible for a staff of 500 and an operating budget of $300 million, while directing for the safety, security and efficiency of daily operations as well as development at JFK. Long recognized as the premier U.S. gateway for passengers and cargo. JFK is the busiest airport in the New York City metropolitan area, and among the busiest in North America and the world. In 2015, the airport handled a record 58.6 million passengers, and more than 1.3 million tons of cargo. Approximately 80 airlines operate out of the airport, serving more than 150 nonstop destinations. About 35,000 people work at airport, which contributes $35.4 billion in annual economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region. Before becoming General Manager of JFK, Mr. Moran managed LaGuardia Airport's Physical Plant and Redevelopment Division, where he led the airport's development efforts, including the Port Authority's selection of a public-private partnership to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a replacement Central Terminal Building. He has spent more than two decades in the agency's Aviation Department in positions of increasing responsibility across several divisions, including Planning, Technical Services, and Properties Development, and has worked at all three of the agency's major metropolitan airports. Mr. Moran is a graduate of Manhattan College, where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Engineering. He also has an MBA from Dowling College.

oluckMark O'Luck
Chief Executive Officer
Spectrum Personal Communications Corp.

Mark O’Luck is Chief Executive Officer of Spectrum Personal Communications Corporation (“Spectrum”) a diversified business consulting firm he founded in 1994 that provides consulting services to large construction companiesand developers, large construction projects, government agencies, and Fortune 1000 companies. Prior to starting Spectrum, he was co-founder and President of SBMA, Inc., a small business consulting firm, and worked as a business consultant and senior management consultant in Corporate America


perichIda Perich
General Manager, the Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Ida Perich has over 20 years of experience in minority, women and small business development. As the General Manager of the Office of Business Diversity and Civil Rights at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, she has a proven record of accomplishment in working on equal opportunity, civil rights and supplier diversity issues at the agency. Ida has been successful in ensuring meaningful participation of MWSBEs in all Port Authority and tenant business activities including the WTC and airport redevelopment projects. She has delivered innovative business solutions and programs to support the growth and success of small companies, such as opening Business Resource Centers near Port Authority facilities where firms are provided free and valuable workshops in addition to one-on-one consultation services. As a result of Ida and her office’s efforts, over the last five years MWSBEs have garnered over $2.1 billion in contracts, which helped create over $3.3 billion in regional economic activity and provided $1.03 billion in wages.Ida is an active member of several organizations in New York and New Jersey that foster, support and promote minority and women entrepreneurs. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from New York University Stern School of Business and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

plateSteve Plate
Chief of Major Capital Projects
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Steve Plate is the Chief of Major Capital Projects for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. He has over 38 years extensive experience in project leadership and program management, particularly major capital programs in both the private and public sector. Significant experience in the public sector, serving in both elected and non-elected positions, to include town Mayor. As an executive program manager responsible for the overall project, including engineering (design and construction), real estate, operations, law, finance, risk management, environmental and public affairs aspects. Programs directly responsible for include, World Trade Center (WTC) Reconstruction Program, airport facilities redevelopment, airport access - AirTrain (Newark and JFK) rail transportation facilities, bridge redevelopment, infrastructure and facilities rehabilitation, petrochemical processing, and power generation. Steve also served as Mayor of his Glen Ridge, NJ community from 1999 to 2003 as well as served in the Town Council for a number of years.

schwartzLenore Schwartz
Total Electric Distributors, Inc

Lenore Schwarts is president of Total Electric Distributors, Inc. The company was founded in 1989 by Lenore and her sister, Wendie as a certified, women-owned electrical wholesale business. They leaned the business from their father, which made them third generation owners of a family business with origins back in 1922. The predecessor corporation, Flatbush Lighting Fixture Com Inc, was for over 70 years one of the leading electrical suppliers in the New York area. In more recent years, the company has supplied lighting for the Port Authority, LaGuardia Airport, and New York City high schools as well as including selling/designing solar systems to their services.

aroraMandeep Singh Arora
Senior Vice President/Partner
Arora and Associates, PC

Mandeep Singh Arora, PE is a Senior Vice President/Partner with Arora and Associates, PC and has been with the firm since 1995. Mr. Arora brings over 21 years of experience in project management, design and construction. He is responsible for the firm’s corporate growth and strategy, business development, marketing, accounting, training and staff development. He serves as the Principal in Charge for various regional markets including New York and is Arora’s client manager for the Port Authority.


steevesStewart Steeves
Chief Executive Officer and President
Nassau Airport Development Company Limited

Mr. Stewart Steeves serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Nassau Airport Development Company Limited. Mr. Steeves has been Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Vantage Airport Group Ltd., since November 26, 2012. He serves as Regional Executive, The Americas of Vantage Airport Group. Prior to joining NAD, he served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Hamilton International Airport Limited (also part of Vantage Airport Group), where he was responsible for finance, accounting, engineering, human resources, information technology, and commercial development. He holds private pilot licenses with both Transport Canada and the FAA. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) licensed in the province of British Columbia. Mr. Steeves holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Civil Engineering) from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.



Jim Starace
Chief Engineer and the Director of Engineering
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Jim Starace is the Chief Engineer and the Director of Engineering for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In this capacity, Mr. Starace is responsible for the Engineering Department’s services that includes design, structural integrity, construction and quality assurance to support the Port Authority’s Capital and Operating programs. The programs involve major projects at the Port Authority facilities, which include airports; tunnels, bridges and terminals; ports; and the PATH rail system. Mr. Starace’s Port Authority career spans 29 years and includes assignments in an increasing capacity to his current position, which he assumed in August 2015. Assignments have included overseeing construction projects of various PATH and Tunnels and Bridges projects, the Resident Engineer for the construction of the Newark Liberty International Airport International Arrivals Building, Resident Engineer for LaGuardia Airport, Engineer of Construction for the AirTrain Terminal at Jamaica Station and New Jersey Airports, Manager of the Construction Management Division and Deputy Chief Engineer. Mr. Starace holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from the State University of New York Maritime College, a Master of Engineering Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey.


Amy Zucchi
The Karlyn Group

Amy Zucchi is the co-founder and head of marketing for the Karlyn Group, a NYC-based boutique agency that handles marketing, sales and event management for small to medium sized companies. Zucchi's past experience has been in the construction industry and she currently heads up the Karlyn Group’s construction portfolio that includes events, webinars, content creation, sales and business development. The Karlyn Group programs some of ENR’s regional conferences on building topics including the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the School Construction Authority, the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, and the higher education and healthcare sectors, as well as managing several webinars and special sections within the AEC industry.


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