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April 20, 2018

SAI Announces Promotions and Continued Leadership Transition

In this week's Personalities of Pittsburgh, the new executive director of NAIOP discusses his transition from inner-city kid in Brooklyn to head of one of Pittsburgh's most prominent commercial real estate groups.

Read full article on Pittsburgh Business Times website (subscription required).


July 9, 2018

Exciting News For Two Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC Employees

Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC is pleased to announce that Robert Livorio and Andrew (AJ) Walsh, from the Pittsburgh Office, have passed the professional engineer exam. Rob is an electrical engineer, and AJ is a mechanical engineer.

Allen & Shariff Engineering, LLC is a mechanical / electrical / plumbing / fire protection engineering and commissioning services company, with its headquarters in Columbia, MD and offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Zelienople, PA, Dover, DL, and Salisbury, MD.


June 27, 2018

SAI Announces Promotions and Continued Leadership Transition

Pittsburgh, PA -- SAI Consulting Engineers, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotions of Glenn Stickel, PE, to President; Kevin Lettrich, PE, to Vice President – Construction; Ahmad Ahmadi, PhD, PE, to Vice President – Engineering; Edward Terhune, PE, to Structure Department Manager; and Eric Setzler, PE, to Assistant Department Manager - Structures in our Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, headquarters.

Glenn Stickel, PE – President: Will lead and oversee SAI’s technical and business operations companywide. Glenn joined SAI in 1982 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president, project manager, project engineer, bridge designer, and bridge inspector before being named as our new president in 2018. Glenn earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a registered engineer in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Kevin Lettrich, PE – Vice President - Construction: Will lead our Construction Department and oversee all of our construction management and inspection services companywide. Kevin will continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Pittsburgh construction department while also stepping into the larger leadership role of corporate growth and direction as part of our principal group. Kevin joined SAI in 1990 and has previously held the positions of department manager, project manager, construction supervisor, and construction inspector in our construction department. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a licensed professional engineer in both Pennsylvania and Florida.

Ahmad Ahmadi, PhD, PE – Vice President - Engineering: Will lead the engineering and technical direction of the firm's structure and highway design projects as well as our overall design quality. Ahmad joined SAI in 1986 and has held various leadership roles, including director of structures, quality and design technology along with his 18 years as our department manager – structures. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Master of Science and Doctorate in Civil Engineering, Dr. Ahmadi is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, and North Carolina.


June 21, 2018

Brandon Mendoza Announced as NAIOP Pittsburgh Executive Director

Brandon Mendoza has been named Executive Director of NAIOP Pittsburgh, the local chapter of the national association that represents the interests of developers and owners of industrial, office, mixed-use and related commercial real estate. Mendoza succeeds Leo Castagnari, who retired from the position earlier this year. In this role, Mendoza will lead NAIOP Pittsburgh's continued growth and advance the organization's public policy agenda.

"We are thrilled to have Brandon joining us as he will leverage the strong foundation NAIOP Pittsburgh has established and propel us to the next level of success." said NAIOP Pittsburgh Board President David Weisberg. "We will continue to focus on promoting economic growth in the region as a result of a strong commercial real estate community."

"Brandon is the ideal choice to lead NAIOP's next growth phase, emphasizing advocacy on important issues to the Development Community" said NAIOP Pittsburgh Board Vice President Don Smith. "Our industry contributes huge numbers of jobs while building new neighborhoods and homes for our region's growing companies."

Mendoza most recently served as Government Affairs Manager for the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the advocacy affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. He led the chamber's federal and local government affairs strategies. In addition to his advocacy role, Mendoza directed the chamber's legislative events, and raised nearly $1 million in sponsorships in his tenure, while growing the events' reputation in the community. Mendoza also brings a strong economic development track record to the position, having led the chamber's advocacy efforts to build the incentive package for Shell Chemical's multibillion petrochemical investment in Beaver County.

Prior to joining the chamber, Mendoza was Associate Project Manager at Duane Morris Government Strategies in Pittsburgh.

"I am excited to join a growing, vibrant association like NAIOP Pittsburgh" said incoming NAIOP Executive Director Brandon Mendoza. "I look forward to supporting the development community in building bridges with our public officials, regional partners, and our communities. NAIOP and its members are critical to supporting long-term growth in the Pittsburgh region."

Mendoza received his Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public & International Affairs (GSPIA), and his B.S. from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh's Leadership Development Initiative XXI and was selected by The Incline as one of 18 rising political leaders shaping Pittsburgh's tomorrow.

Brandon and his wife Jacinta reside in Zelienople with their two young sons, Miguel and Isaiah.


June 11, 2018

Dawood Engineering Promotes John Pisula to Manager of Civil Engineering, Pittsburgh Region

Dawood Engineering, Inc. (Dawood) is pleased to announce the promotion of John Pisula, PE to Manager of Civil Engineering, Pittsburgh Region. In his expanded role, John will manage all of the civil engineering team in the tri-state area of Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania. In his most current role, John served as Senior Project Manager. He works extensively with Dawood’s clients in oil & gas, commercial, residential, and industrial development. He will continue his direct client and project management responsibilities. Based in Dawood’s Canonsburg, PA office, John is a licensed professional engineer (PE) in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.

John joined Dawood Engineering as a Project Manager in 2012, having most recently worked with the Port Authority of Allegheny County. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Civil Engineering, and also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an active member of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, and the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE). A lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh region, John currently resides in the City of Pittsburgh.

Dawood, founded in 1992, is a multi‐disciplined consulting firm headquartered in Enola, PA in the Harrisburg Region. The Canonsburg office is its largest regional office and serves energy, transportation, municipal, and land development clients in Ohio, Southwest Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Dawood has additional offices in Bridgeport, WV, Caldwell, OH, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Sayre, PA, and Sturbridge, MA. Our clients and peers have recognized the talent of our team and quality of our work with numerous accolades. Dawood was nominated in 2013, 2014 and 2017 and was awarded the 2013 Supplier of the Year award by the EMSDC. In 2014 and 2015, the company received an ACEC/PA Diamond Award for bridge replacement projects. Dawood has been ranked as an Engineering News Record Top 500 Design Firm.