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.

Looking ahead, Almeida said he’d like to one day be involved in a pipeline that directly connects and conveys treated wastewater effluent to the head works of a water treatment plant. “That day is not too far in the future, and I want to be a part of that before I end my career,” he stressed.

Reflecting on his long career, Almeida is quick to appreciate all of the people who have been there along the way. “I have been privileged to work with some of the most talented and dedicated professionals. In particular, the city of Dallas and the Dallas Water Utilities Department, where I took a leap of faith when I started by career; and at Halff Associates, where I’ve worked with some of the best engineering talent in the state of Texas. I’ve gained a lot of scar tissue and developed some long lasting friendships,” he said.

However, it is his father whom he credits most for inspiration. He passed away when Almeida was only 15-years old. “My father encouraged me to get an education,” reflects Almeida. “He worked as a supervisor for a gas and pipe line contractor in New Jersey, working tirelessly to give his family more than he had. I was inspired by his work ethic and sacrifice to make a difference in the lives of others. When I look back at how I grew up and what I have achieved, I am confident my father would be pleased. I have been very fortunate to be blessed by the right people at the right time in my life to keep moving in the right direction.”

It’s also been a career in which he has been able to share with his wife of more than 41 years, Margaret Janice, who make their home in Allen, TX. They have two grown sons, Anthony and Michael.