Dudek Transitions from Founder to Future Leader for the First Time

Dudek announces the approval of Environmental Division head and Executive Vice President, Joe Monaco, as the new President of the company. Frank Dudek, the firm’s founder, will assume the role of Chairman of the Board/Chief Executive Officer (CEO). After 37 years of serving water, energy, development, and municipal clients, this is a diligently planned transfer of leadership focused on being responsive to a growing client base and maintaining Dudek’s carefully cultivated culture and employee ownership.

Joe has been with Dudek for 18 years, serving as the head of the CEQA/NEPA group, head of the Environmental Division, and Executive Vice President. Joe’s contributions to the company have included heading marquee projects like the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan EIR and the Western Riverside MSHCP, launching new markets in desalination and energy, and extending the firm’s geographic service areas outside of California. Joe is widely regarded in the industry for his consensus-building between local, state, and federal agencies for high-profile projects dealing with complex regulatory schemes.

Joe explained, “For me, the President of Dudek has to add specific value to the organization every day, just the way we do when delivering high quality work to our clients. We operate from a foundation of trust and accountability, and our clients quickly learn to depend on and expect that. What really matters to me is how well I leverage my new role to support the people who are delivering excellent client service––it’s a level of trust and accountability I will work to earn every day.”

Of the transition, Frank Dudek notes, “Joe Monaco’s promotion to president is a significant component of our first generation leadership transition. Joe understands Dudek’s proven programs and policies that have resulted in constant growth and profitability for the past 37 years. Managing some of the firm’s largest projects over the past 20 years, he knows well both what our clients need from their consultant and what our employees need to remain motivated and productive at Dudek.”

Dudek’s vision for the next five years is focused on leveraging our business opportunities and growth platforms to achieve our 2015 Strategic Plan goals of remaining employee owned, being growth-oriented, a top financial performer, and our clients’ firm of choice. In his role as CEO, Frank will continue to focus on the strong culture and vibrant community of Dudekians and client relationships the firm has built.