PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired - September 06, 2016) - Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, announced today that Jennifer Lewis, P.E., has joined the firm as the director of the company's Southeast Region. Michael Baker's Southeast Region consists of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Ms. Lewis, a 22-year veteran of the engineering industry in central Florida, will be based in Orlando and will lead an expansive business development strategy in a region identified by Michael Baker as offering significant new growth opportunities. Working with close to 200 Michael Baker colleagues already located in the region, she will oversee: client satisfaction; marketing; resource allocation and acquisition; talent management and development; and the overall efficiency and profitability of the company's activities in the region.
"Jennifer's technical expertise and experience in forging strong relationships with clients across Florida give her a distinct competitive advantage in expanding Michael Baker's footprint significantly across the Southeast region," said Kurt Bergman, CEO of Michael Baker International. "Our goal, under Jennifer's leadership, is to leverage our full continuum of global expertise and experience to expand Michael Baker's position in the Southeast Region and capitalize on significant opportunities for growth."
As director of the Southeast Region, Ms. Lewis will report to Michael Baker's chief operating officer, Brian Lutes.
"We welcome Jennifer's strong combination of business development and project management skills, which will further elevate Michael Baker's reputation in the Southeast," Mr. Lutes said. " She has fostered professional growth among the teams she has managed and built her impressive portfolio with a variety of marquee projects and clients. She is an outstanding addition to our leadership team and will contribute to how 'We Make a Difference' for our clients and colleagues."
Ms. Lewis most recently served as associate vice president for T.Y. Lin International in Orlando, where she was responsible for growing the company's transportation business and leading business development efforts in the region. During her tenure, she won seven design-build transportation projects in less than four years, totaling more than $500 million in construction. She also served as project manager for four of those seven projects, in addition to managing engineering and administrative staff in Orlando and Tampa.
Additional roles include serving as the Central Florida area manager for Parsons Transportation Group, where she was responsible for key client relationships with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority (OOCEA), among others, and as director of engineering and business development for Eisman and Russo.
Ms. Lewis also has contributed her time to leadership roles in multiple professional organizations, including: the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE), where she is a member of the Transportation and Liaison committees; and the Women's Transportation Seminar, as vice president. She also remains an active member of: the Florida Engineering Society (FES); American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE); and the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA). She is a graduate of the Florida Engineering Leadership Institute (FELI).
"I'm privileged to join Michael Baker International, a firm responsible for some of the most innovative and iconic projects around the world," said Ms. Lewis. "This is an amazing opportunity to work with the industry's top talent and to help build Michael Baker's legacy in the Southeast."
Ms. Lewis is a registered professional engineer and certified project manager, as well as certified in work zone traffic control. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Central Florida.
About Michael Baker International
Michael Baker International is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services, which include planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management and full life-cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker International has more than 6,000 employees in more than 90 locations across the U.S. and internationally. To learn more, visit www.mbakerintl.com.