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MANUEL FERNANDES TO RETIRE AFTER 48 YEARS OF SERVICE

Company Officers Praise Manuel’s Profound Impact and ExpressExcitement for the Next Generation of Leaders


Manuel Fernandes got his first job selling suits on the weekend at a small store on Wisconsin Ave inGeorgetown after graduating from high school. Manuel’s uncle, who was one of the first employees of Fort Myer Construction, encouraged him to come work at Fort Myer where he would make more money. Manuel decided to take him up on the offer and the rest is history.

Manuel started at Fort Myer Construction as a laborer where he helped construct pool decks and driveways. Over the years he worked his way up to Senior Vice President, Chief of Field Operations and Development Officer.


“Manuel put in the hard work and was always dedicated,” explained President Jose Rodriguez. “He has been a leader because of the team he has built. He showed that when you love your job you will be successful.”


The impact that Manuel has had on this company is profound. He has been instrumental to the rapid growth of Fort Myer Construction over the past couple of decades.


Manuel is credited for always being there to train and support employees. The ultimate people person, Manuel is recognized for making people feel believed in and motivated to reach their fullest potential.


Manuel’s retirement makes way for a new generation of leaders to take the company to the next level.


In addition to Dora Rodrigues as Executive Officer and Jason Shrensky as Chief Technology Officer joining the company earlier this year, a team that includes Matt Hill as VP of Operations, Sam Patel as VP of Estimating & Project Delivery, Ricky Fernandes as VP of the Bridge Division, John Constantino as VP of the Civil Division, John Hamilton as VP of the Utilities Division, and Ardeshir Nafici as Senior VP of Government Affairs will step up to the plate to drive future growth for the company.


“I believe they are going to be successful,” proclaimed Manuel Fernandes. “This is a great team and if they all work together as a team they will be very successful.”


“The leaders that will take over from Manuel are good people,” declared Jose Rodriguez. “First-class, young people who will be successful because they are well trained and have good ideas."


Manuel will officially retire on December 31, 2022. We are grateful to Manuel and his family for the sacrifices made for our company over so many years. Manuel's retirement is well deserved!


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