Urban is pleased to announce that Kenneth R. Fulmer, PE, will succeed Edward M. D’Alba, PE, as president and chief executive officer of Urban Engineers, Inc., effective July 1, 2016. Mr. D’Alba, who currently serves as president and CEO, will continue to serve on the firm’s board. This completes Urban’s third leadership transition since its founding in 1960.
“During the past year and a half, we have worked together to prepare for this change in leadership. Ken has developed his team, all from within the Urban organization, keeping Urban, ‘Urban,’ which will provide our clients with our trademark commitment to excellence,” said Mr. D’Alba. “Working with Ken for almost my entire 26-year tenure as Urban’s CEO, I have seen him grow into a great manager and executive while always delivering impeccable service to our clients, motivating our co-workers, and delivering a work product second to none.”
Mr. D’Alba continued, “I credit our company’s founders for giving us a great name and reputation, and for instilling in us what it takes to succeed. Under Ken’s leadership, our company will continue to grow through our long-standing offices and our recently expanded operations in Texas and California.”
Since beginning his career with the firm as an intern, Mr. Fulmer has served in several leadership capacities, including deputy director of construction services and general manager for transit and passenger rail. In those prior roles, Mr. Fulmer successfully strengthened Urban’s regional presence and expanded the firm’s national profile. Most recently, Mr. Fulmer managed all aspects of the firm’s operations, including serving on the board of directors and leading the firm’s executive committee; aligning resources to support client needs and growth initiatives; overseeing the development and implementation of the firm’s strategic plan; communicating vision; and maintaining the Urban culture.
Mr. Fulmer is a graduate of Drexel University with a master’s degree in engineering management and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architectural engineering. Mr. Fulmer is a professional engineer in five states, including Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
“Ed’s trusted mentorship has been invaluable to me throughout my career, and I greatly appreciate his leadership of the firm,” said Mr. Fulmer. “I look forward to continue to work with Ed in his role on our board, as well as the rest of my leadership team as our firm remains dedicated to delivering and enhancing the built environment using the highest engineering standard of care.”
Urban is also pleased to announce the creation of the Edward M. D’Alba Leadership Award Scholarship, which will be offered to a graduating high school senior in the Philadelphia City Rowing program who demonstrates leadership, on and off the water. Philadelphia City Rowing is an organization that seeks to empower local public school students through the sport of rowing. Mr. D’Alba was a longtime rower and athlete who always maintained a passion for the sport. To honor his service, Urban Engineers dedicates this scholarship to a promising individual who is an optimist, dreamer, and achiever that others look to for guidance and trust.
To read Mr. D’Alba’s reflection on his time as CEO of Urban, click here.