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.

In 2000, he joined Halff Associates, a multi-discipline firm headquartered in Texas with approximately 430 employees. He currently serves as business development manager for a team that manages large utility projects and programs for many north Texas cities. Almeida uses his extensive public sector experience to assist the team in the role of mentor, leader and technical advisor to ensure project quality and control. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Almeida has found the second half of his career both satisfying and challenging. “As part of the business development and sales marketing team, I found myself calling on the same people I had worked side-by-side with in my prior career at DWU,” explained Almeida. “I found this new role to be more challenging than expected and I became much more sympathetic to sales professionals that had called on me in my role at DWU. The challenge of marketing engineering services in this competitive marketplace is rewarding. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat are always in play!”

Getting involved
Almeida also exhibits a sincere sense of service to the engineering profession through his work on numerous technical and professional committees. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Water Environmental Federation, the Water Pollution Control Federation, and the American Water Works Association. Almeida also serves as vice president on the board of directors for the UCTA. He has one U.S. patent and two patents under review and has published articles in several professional journals. Almeida has received recognition and several awards including the ASTM International: 2001 Award of Merit and ASTM Fellow; the 1997 Paul Finn Award; the 1996 Reinhart-Kuhllmann Award; the 1989 National Wastewater Collection Award from the Water Environment Federation and Sidney L. Allison Award from the State of Texas; and the DWU’s highest award, the Division Manager’s Trophy in 1985. He is the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineering Management Award for Innovated Work in the Rehabilitation of Wastewater Access Manholes; and an Appreciation Award from ASTM for his service as a subcommittee chairman of F17.62 Plastic Sewer Pipe.

As for career achievements, what may surprise most of his colleagues are not the various projects he has worked on or the many committees for which he has served. Most satisfying to Almeida has been when he is given the opportunity to mentor others.