French & Parrello Associates (FPA), a full-service engineering and environmental service firm, yesterday announced the promotion of Steven A. Tardy, PE to President & CEO following the retirement of former President, James B. Heller, PE. Already serving as French and Parrello’s CEO, in this expanded role, Tardy will be responsible for leading the firm’s overall day-to-day operations and strategic growth initiatives.
For over 34 years, Tardy has served in numerous roles at FPA, including Chief Operating Officer and Board Treasurer, and his work within these capacities have been instrumental to FPA’s growth which now includes over fifteen disciplines, 170 employees, and eight offices throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Beginning his career at FPA as a summer intern while pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University, Tardy’s management responsibilities throughout the years have included business development, staff oversight, quality control, client relations and multi-discipline project implementation. His in-depth knowledge of FPA’s existing clients, his understanding of market trends, and close collaboration with FPA’s executive leadership team will enable Tardy to propel FPA into its next phase of growth.
Tardy has also been involved in providing support and guidance to the community of future engineering professionals. An active ambassador of his alma mater to the external business community, he has served as a member of the Rutgers University Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Board since 2011. Tardy is also a former Graduate School instructor, teaching Advanced Foundation Engineering at Rutgers University from 2002 to 2007.
From 1995 to 2000, Tardy also served as Career Day Chairman for the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers (NJSPE). He has earned the “Civil Engineer of the Year” award in 2012 from the American Society of Civil Engineers, New Jersey Chapter (ASCE NJ). Subsequent to receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers, Tardy earned a Master’s Degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.