Quandel Consultants Hires New VP to Direct Wisconsin Operations
Former WisDOT Leader David M. Simon to Guide Business Development
CHICAGO – David M. Simon, a longtime leader at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, has joined national rail and transit firm Quandel Consultants as Vice President – Director of Wisconsin Operations.
David M. Simon, P.E., worked for WisDOT for 32 years, most recently as Director of the Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads, and Harbors. He joins Quandel Consultants to grow the firm’s business in the Wisconsin market. Efforts will include business development, establishing and staffing a Madison office, and contributing to work efforts throughout the company.
“Dave is a leader in our field, with incredible business relationships across many Wisconsin departments and agencies,” said Charlie Quandel, CEO of Quandel Consultants. “This network, coupled with his command of current engineering practices and strategic management approach, will be tremendous assets to Quandel. He’s a phenomenal addition to our team.”
During his 30-plus year tenure at WisDOT, Simon contributed broadly in engineering and public administration roles, leading in the areas of project management, engineering design, construction project management, agency coordination, policy and standards development, planning, budget and finance, contract management, and applied technology.
“This new role at Quandel Consultants fits very well with my experience and interests in leadership, teambuilding, transportation engineering, and entrepreneurialism,” said Simon. “I have long admired Quandel for their commitment to delivering high-quality projects and providing exceptional customer service to clients. Their legacy of success is directly related to the professionalism and talent of this team, and I am thrilled to be a part of this culture.”
As Director of the Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads, and Harbors at WisDOT, Simon directed the development, implementation and financing of local road improvements, and railroad and waterway infrastructure projects. Identifying cost savings, unmet needs, and changes in federal and state infrastructure performance and maintenance levels were a focus of his work. He also managed fund distribution and directed the state biennial and operating budgets for the bureau.
While serving as Chief of Railroads and Harbors for WisDOT, Simon managed engineers, planners, analysts and technicians. He led the development and implementation of freight and passenger railroad and water transportation policies, and resolved railroad-related issues associated with the highway improvement program. Simon has also served as a Project Services Supervisor, State and Local Highway Delivery, for WisDOT, and has worked as a Highway Design and Construction Engineer, Regional Traffic Engineer and State Roadside Facilities Engineer.
Simon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.
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