David Johns’ career path has been shaped by his diverse experiences. As director of structural engineering at Greenman-Pedersen Inc., Moosic, Johns, 39, ensures that his engineering and consultant teams provide clients with their best effort.
“We complete engineering designs on new projects, new additions and renovations. We currently have projects in design and construction in NEPA, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Jersey and New York City,” Johns said.
He attributes his accomplishments to a great foundation in education at Wyoming Seminary and Widener University and a disparate background in transportation, marine and building projects.
Several years ago, as a resident engineer for the Port of Baltimore, Johns managed a pier demolition project and worked with a world-renowned structural implosion company.
“My main responsibility was to manage the contractor’s operations — a daunting task which prepared me well for dealing with complex projects and schedules which require constant coordination,” he said.
His father has been his greatest mentor and modeled hard work and dedication for his children. Johns was able to see, through his father’s accomplishments, that dedication to a business or profession led to privileges — for him and his siblings — which included college prep school and college.
“My parents have supported me throughout my life and provided the best opportunities. Also, my wife, Christine and children, Luke, 14, and Hannah, 11, support my professional endeavors. Without their support, I would not have been as successful in my professional career,” he said.
His company’s branch manager, Lou Norella, has also been a mentor as well as a fellow structural engineer. “He treats our team, clients, and consultants with the utmost respect and professionalism and as a result we have seen large growth in several departments,” he said.
Morning is Johns’ favorite time of day, and he begins it with a discussion on what each family member expects from the day. At work, another meeting sets the schedule for the day.
Johns is currently the president of Triboro Youth Soccer providing the youth of the Moosic, Old Forge and Taylor areas an opportunity to play organized soccer. He has been a coach and volunteer, for the last eight years and works to improve the club for student atheletes.