Jason Hart
Using hands-on building skills to become the go-to counsel
34, Construction Attorney
Peckar & Abramson P.C.
New York City

With New York University certification in construction management and a Brooklyn Law School degree, Hart combines both worlds to lead and train teams of more than 20 attorneys on high-profile cases. Hart's credentials include track safety certification under the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. At night, Hart attended law school, and by day he worked full time as a project manager at Lend Lease, where he was involved in more than $500 million of health care project work. Hart aims to integrate construction counsel at the onset of projects. "In accordance with integrated project delivery principles, there is untapped opportunity and tremendous value for construction stakeholders to utilize qualified attorneys with pertinent building and field experience as early as practicable in the project life cycle," he says. Hart's outside activities include mentoring law students and others interested in the construction industry as well as participating in nonprofits such as the Salvadori Educational Center. He formerly served on the board of the nonprofit group Stupid Cancer, which provides programs and services to young cancer patients.



Elizabeth Hynes
Achieving expertise in transportation planning
39, Principal Planner
Parsons Transportation Group
New York City

With broad experience in environmental impact studies, assessments, alternative analyses and other planning studies for transit and highway projects, Hynes is a frequent contributor to her firm's business development efforts in the U.S. and the Mideast. Her portfolio includes project management on the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation's Waterbury and New Canaan Branch Lines Study. A member of the Women's Transportation Seminar, she has co-chaired its Greater New York chapter's programs committee for the past three years. Hynes was also part of the first class of certified planners to achieve the American Institute of Certified Planners' recently implemented Certified Transportation Planner credential. Her credentials include a LEED Building Design and Construction specialty. Hynes earned a bachelor's degree in art history from Rutgers University and a master's of regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she interned with the Town of Chapel Hill Transit and assisted with the development of its fare-free ridership policy.



Robert Ioanna
Tapping into his construction roots for an engineering career
35, Vice President
Syska Hennessy Group
New York City

Ioanna has been promoted several times since joining SHG in 2000 as an HVAC engineer in its engineering development trainee program and has racked up accomplishments. These include his 2008 appointment as head of the New York critical facilities division, which tripled in size and doubled in profitability in just two years under his leadership. A managing principal at the firm, Ioanna is also a regional practice area leader for its critical facilities market focus. He is professionally licensed in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. His portfolio includes post-9/11 work on Verizon's 140 West St. facility, which won the American Council of Engineering Cos. of New York Excellence in Engineering Award. Ioanna, who holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from SUNY Binghamton, also mentors students and raises funds for two charities. Ioanna says that he was "wired to be an engineer" and that working with his father in construction "brought me great insight into problem solving and constructing things.