When it comes to her career, Jennifer Farino is inspired by this Vince Lombardi quote: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

The 2019 RS&H Project Manager of the Year keeps this in mind as she works towards her project goals.

When Jennifer first got into the engineering field, she didn’t know what to expect but quickly discovered her love for engineering. She knew her work would truly make a difference in our communities.

“As I started my career, I dabbled in structure design as well as hydraulic design but found my true passion in roadway design,” said Jennifer, a member of the Transportation-Infrastructure (T-I) Practice. “I love how every project is different and is a big puzzle that just needs to be put together in the most efficient, cost-effective way.”

Perfect Fit

RS&H hired Jennifer to work in the T-I Roadway Group in North Carolina and assist on design-build projects. Since then, she has transitioned from working on design-build projects to overseeing 16 associates within the N.C. Roadway Group.

“Jennifer thinks about how to aid each employee’s individual growth while also benefiting the roadway team and RS&H,” said Allison Drake, a project manager in the N.C. Roadway Group. “She has pushed me to take on more responsibility and more challenging tasks but is there to guide me every step of the way.”

Jennifer divides her time between coordinating and mentoring, and she is one of the most effective project managers in her region.

“Her reputation among our clients and industry partners is outstanding. She leads by example and is 100 percent dedicated to our success,” said Vice President Ken Herring.

Jennifer has helped to successfully deliver many projects and garner repeat business for RS&H since her first day with the company. She earns the respect she receives from all her clients because she is dependable and consistent as a project manager.

“Her responsiveness, attention to detail and organizational skills have led to the successful and timely delivery of needed improvements,” said Josh Deyton, Division 14 project team lead for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

She is currently working on several projects, including the Harker’s Island Bridge Replacement, I-485 Express Lanes, Cornelius Roundabouts and I-77 South Express Lanes projects to name a few.

“Jennifer contributes that extra effort to ensure our clients’ schedules and goals are always met and leads by example through her dedication to the industry,” said Contractor Delivery Senior Vice President Chad Critcher.

Positive Impact

In the past several years, the T-I Practice has experienced accelerated growth in North Carolina, setting a new record every year. Jennifer played a significant role in these accomplishments.

“In Fiscal Year 2019, Jennifer managed to be 70 percent utilized, which is very difficult for any group leader to manage, especially while mentoring and guiding a group of 16 additional resources to stay at 80 percent plus utilization,” said Radha Swayampakala, vice president and North Carolina T-I office leader.

Jennifer excels at team building, engaging, motivating and mentoring her associates. Through that, she maintains an excellent morale.

“Jennifer truly represents RS&H and delivers projects with RS&H’s core values in mind at every step and deserves this recognition,” said Executive Vice President Lisa Robert.

Learn more about how Jennifer and the rest of the Transportation team can help on your next project.

Want to see more of this year’s award winners? Check them out here.

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Lea Crittenden
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Lea Anne is a Communications Intern for RS&H. She has experience in writing and photography and is currently obtaining her MA in Digital Media from UCF.