ROCHESTER, N.Y., November 30 — Erdman Anthony hired David Lazzar, PE, 35 years ago as a designer on a challenging combined sewer overflow abatement project for Monroe County. By 1983, he became a licensed professional engineer in New York state as he continued to assume additional responsibilities at the firm. By 2002, he became Rochester branch manager, overseeing more than 100 employees working in all of the company’s business groups.
“Without question, Dave Lazzar helped shape Erdman Anthony into the firm we are today,” said Curt Helman, Erdman Anthony’s president and CEO. “His professionalism, his talent, and the relationships he has built with clients, collaborators, and staff are second to none.”
Lazzar grew up on a vegetable farm in Webster and learned the value of hard work and responsibility from his father. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in civil engineering in 1967 and then spent two years in Europe while serving in the Army. In 1971, he finished his MBA at SUNY Buffalo and for the next eight years managed utility construction projects at a construction firm.
However, Lazzar had a passion for engineering and knew that Erdman Anthony was a firm where he could grow. He joined the firm’s highway department as a project engineer in 1981, became a project manager in 1986, and was quickly promoted to highway department manager in 1990. He continued to manage projects and handle marketing tasks, along with managing a staff of engineers and technicians, and became one of the original 27 Erdman Anthony employee-owners in 1991.
In 1996, he took on the additional role of construction services department manager. In that role, he managed work across New York state.
Over the years, he has provided inspection staffing and administration for hundreds of construction projects. In 1999, he was promoted to transportation group manager, where he oversaw the transportation, civil, structures, and construction departments. And in 2002, he was promoted to Rochester branch manager. He also has served on Erdman Anthony’s board of directors for 16 years.