Antonio Almeida Selected 2013 MVP Honoree

By Traci Read, Managing Editor | April 2013, Vol. 68 No. 4
Representatives of the UCTA present Antonio Almeida (center) with the 2012 MVP award.

Each year, the underground construction industry recognizes a person who makes a significant, positive difference to their business or organization. The 2013 Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, presented jointly by the Underground Construction Technology Association (UCTA) and Underground Construction magazine, was bestowed to Antonio “Tony” V. Almeida, P.E., business development manager, Halff Associates.

It was for his lifelong professional accomplishments that Almeida was recognized for this distinguished award at a special ceremony held during the annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, on Jan 29.

Almeida’s service to the industry has been a hallmark of his career. He played an instrumental role in developing standards for trenchless technologies, and, as the national chairman for Committee F-17, helped guide ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, to a better understanding of the legitimacy of these techniques in the marketplace.

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Almeida was completely caught off guard by his selection as the 2013 MVP. “I was very surprised by the news,” Almeida said of his initial reaction. “I’m especially humbled to be sharing this honor with the previous recipients – many of whom are friends and professionals I have long admired in this industry. I realize there are many people who supported my nomination, making it a special highlight of my life.”

To his colleagues and those who have worked with Almeida in the underground industry, this award is well deserved. Gary N. Oradat, P.E., president of Oradat & Associates P.C., said it best when he presented the 2013 MVP Award to Almeida.