José Abreu BSCE ’78, PE

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José Abreu

Senior Vice President, Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Gannett Fleming, Inc.


José Abreu, PE, F. ASCE, is a senior vice president with Gannett Fleming and a member of its executive leadership team. Based in the Miami 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.

Prior to joining Gannett Fleming in April 2013, Abreu served as the director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, directing the operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation airports in the Miami area. Under his leadership MIA handled more than 39 million passengers and 2 million tons of cargo annually, and was among the nation’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports. Abreu oversaw one of the largest airport expansion programs in the U.S., a $6.5 billion capital improvement program that added new terminals, roadways and other infrastructure to MIA and the county’s general aviation airports.

Prior to his July 2005 appointment as aviation director, Abreu served for two and a half years as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) under Governor Jeb Bush. In his role, he oversaw the operation of FDOT, including seven districts and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise encompassing the entire state, 7,500 employees and an annual budget of $9 billion. Prior to his position as secretary, Abreu served 18 years in progressively senior positions at FDOT, including eight years as District Six secretary for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Abreu holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami and is licensed professional engineer in Florida and Puerto Rico and certified engineering contractor for Miami-Dade. Abreu serves on a number of boards, including that of the Association of Cuban-American Civil Engineers. Also, he served on the University of Miami’s Industrial Advisory Board for the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and is a member of the College of Engineering Dean’s Visiting Committee, a board of alumni and industry representatives that evaluates and advises on programs. In March 2008, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB). He is a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Abreu has received numerous awards, including the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Miami College of Engineering. In 2000, he received the Wilbur S. Smith Award and the National Highway Engineering honor. In 2004, he was awarded the Civil Government Award, presented by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society (FES) Award for outstanding service to the profession in the category of government. He was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in 2003 by Hispanic Business magazine and one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2007 by Engineering News-Record magazine. In 2009, he received the Wright Brother’s Award presented by the greater Miami Aviation Association. In 2010, he received the International Achievements Award presented by World Trade Center Miami. In 2011, he was named one of Miami’s 75 most influential people in politics, business sports and arts by Poder magazine. Also in 2011, he received the Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award presented by the American Institute of Architects. In 2012, he was presented with the Person of the Year Award by the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association, Inc., the Service in Excellence Award by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Visionary Leader of the Year Award by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Transportation Achievement Award by Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). Also, he was honored by the University of Miami by being the Alumni Association Banner Marshal for the university’s winter commencement ceremony and by the Beacon Council with the Chairman’s Award in March 2013.

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