Leadership

Paul M. Boechler
President & CEO
Paul M. Boechler

Paul assumed the role of President and CEO of American Bridge in June of 2016. He brings 30 years of experience successfully growing numerous companies under his charge. He has worked at the executive level of several global engineering firms before joining American Bridge. His experience in the infrastructure and construction markets, together with his knowledge of corporate development, M&A, and complex engineering organizations will serve American Bridge well as the company continues to develop its complex structural engineering offerings. Paul is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

Terry Poole
Chief Operating Officer
Terry Poole

Terry has been the Chief Operating Officer for American Bridge since October 2013. He has over 30 years of experience in executing heavy civil construction projects, including some of the largest in North America. Terry has served as the overall project manager and construction manager on three Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) award winning ‘Design-Build Excellence Award’ projects. Throughout his career, he has held positions such as foreman, assistant superintendent, project engineer, project superintendent, project manager, construction manager, vice president of operations, president heavy civil and acting general manager. Terry is a 1987 graduate of Fanshawe College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technology.

Jim Laing
Sr. Vice President of Operations
Jim Laing

Jim joined American Bridge in August 2017 as Senior Vice President of Operations. He graduated from University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and began his career working with a few exceptional firms where he gained a diverse background in the heavy civil industry. In his 31+ years in the industry, he managed large operations in the Western United States and he was a senior executive for an East Coast Civil Construction business.  Passionate about “building” from pursuit to completion, his experience with multi-region construction business units has taught him that mastering productivity and cost is only part of the process.  It also requires building a team and connecting with the people with whom you work.

Kwadwo Osei-Akoto
Vice President
Kwadwo Osei-Akoto

Kwadwo Osei-Akoto became Vice President of the New York District in December 2006 after becoming a part of the American Bridge team in 1989. He previously worked as a Field Engineer, Project Engineer, Project Manager, and Operations Manager for American Bridge where he developed a long-standing reputation for being incredibly knowledgeable on both engineering and field operations for large-scale, complex projects. He has been involved building and designing many challenging superstructures in the New York area for almost 30 years. Kwadwo has experience working on complex bridges such as the George Washington, RFK Triborough, Throgs Neck, Bronx-Whitestone, Verrazano Narrows, and Marine Parkway.

Amr El Nokali
General Counsel
Amr El Nokali

Amr El Nokali has been General Counsel of American Bridge Company since April 2008. He is a member of the Senior Management Team where he is responsible for ensuring that the company’s operations are in compliance with applicable laws. Additionally, Amr manages all aspects of company-wide litigation/ arbitration, including retention and management of outside counsel. Amr received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, before earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2002.

Brian A. Petersen
Vice President
Brian A. Petersen

Brian began his career in the engineering and construction industry in 1982, having since worked on numerous complex bridge and marine projects. He has been serving as Vice President of the American Bridge Western Region since May 2006 and is responsible for senior management oversight for the western United States and Canada. Brian has many years of engineering and construction experience, encompassing a variety of project types. He had been full time in the Central Florida construction marketplace since 1985 and has hands-on working knowledge of local practices, including subcontractors, suppliers, professional and trade work forces, costs, Florida contracting law, etc. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Dayton in 1982.

Mark Bell
Vice President
Mark Bell

Since joining American Bridge in 1999, Mark has held several valued roles on complex and specialized projects. Currently, Mark serves as Vice President of American Bridge, where he ensures successful growth and logistics for the company’s Tampa office. His staff is dispersed throughout southeastern United States and the Bahamas completing numerous new and rehabilitation marine projects. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Construction from Texas A&M University and has been in the construction industry since 1988.

Hank van Zuthem
Vice President
Hank van Zuthem

Hank is an experienced manager with over 20 years in the heavy/civil marine construction industry. He joined American Bridge in 2008 as a Project Manager in the Southeast region and since then has worked his way up through the company gaining invaluable experience both on and off-site. Throughout his career, Hank has been extensively involved in finance and reporting, business development, tendering, and contract administration. In 2016, Hank was named Vice President and Midwest Regional Manager. In this position, Hank works alongside the rest of the team to pursue, bid, and execute jobs across the region. Hank earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering from the University of South Florida in 1995.

Bob Kick
Vice President
Bob Kick

Bob Kick has been with American Bridge since the start of his career in 1995 and has since worked on some of AB’s most significant large and complex bridge projects. Bob served as Operations Manager on the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge Self-Anchored Suspension Superstructure (SAS) and as Section Manager on the Forth Replacement Crossing in Scotland. Bob currently holds the position of Project Construction Manager on the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. He was named Vice President in March 2017. In addition to his exceptional field experience, Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Kenneth Sible
Vice President of Finance
Kenneth Sible

Ken joined American Bridge in 2009 as Controller and in 2016, he was named Vice President of Finance. In this role, he is the financial point of contact for all matters regarding banking, treasury, surety, and finance, and oversees the Insurance, Risk Management, Accounting, and Information Technology Groups. Throughout his career, he has gained significant experience in the finance industry as Corporate Controller, Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary, and through participation on various management governance committees. Ken has a Bachelor’s Degree from California University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.

Board Of Directors

Chairman

William Johnathan Dale

Jon Dale is a Civil Engineer. He has held senior executive positions with a number of international project businesses around the world.

Director

Ms. Nita Ing

Nita Ing is the Chairman of Continental Holdings Corporation and the Vice Chairman of TSRC Corporation. She was the Chairman of Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation from 1998 to 2009 and has been the Chairman of Hao Ran Foundation since 1997. She also serves on the Board of Global Fund for Women.

Director

Kenneth Burk

Kenneth Burk has worked in the construction and rail industry for over 25 years and has held positions as CEO and CFO. Currently CEO of Arc Performance Group, LLC.

Director

K. H. Lee

K. H. Lee is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. He has held senior management positions in public and private sectors in Hong Kong and Taiwan in a career spanning over 50 years.

Director

John Porter

John Porter is a British Chartered Civil Engineer. He previously held executive positions with Japanese, Hong Kong and Chinese companies. He is currently the Vice Chairman of Continental Engineering Corporation, Taiwan.

Director

Richard Schrader

Rich Schrader has been a board member since 2012. He is the former Chairman of Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc., as well as the former Chairman of Financial Executives International. He is also a Fellow of ASCE.

Director

Roelof van Ark

Roelof van Ark has previously served as President/CEO of Siemens Transportation Systems, President of ALSTOM Transportation, Inc., and CEO of California High Speed Rail Authority.

Director

Robert Yahng

Robert Yahng is a former partner at Baker & Mckenzie and a former Governor of the Pacific Stock Exchange. He was also Chairman of American Bridge Holding Company from 1997 to 2014.