Jim Madara, a senior vice president with Gannett Fleming, has been making a mark as an engineer, volunteer association leader, and good corporate citizen for nearly 60 years. He served as the firm’s first general manager, and established its first human resources and business development divisions. A registered engineer in 12 states, he helped lead the expansion of its operations in Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and international projects in the Far East. He was a principal on major rail transit, interstate highway and toll-road projects.
He has been an ARTBA member for more than 50 years and his leadership positions are unmatched: 1993 chairman, senior vice chairman, treasurer, western region vice chairman, Planning & Design Division president, membership development chairman, Foundation trustee, and chairman of the Past Chairman’s Council. Over many years, Madara has played a key role in helping significantly boost the association’s membership base and service programs.
One of the most visible impacts of Madara’s many contributions can also be found in his community. He has made hundreds of presentations to civic, local and church groups about the importance of infrastructure investment to jobs, the economy, and quality of life. He mentors middle school students in math and sciences in the Allentown, Pa. area, volunteers at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center and is involved in numerous other civic activities.