The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


January 19, 2013

Business people: Federal worker earns promotion


Four move ahead at engineering firm

H.F. Lenz Co. has announced the promotions of David A. Blackner, Robert J. Ford and Matthew Donatelli to principals of the firm and Thomas F. Deter from principal to vice president.

Blackner joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1998, and has more than 24 years of experience in structural engineering and project management. His early experience with the company involved spending 14 months onsite at North American Hoganas, handling the structural engineering design and overall project management for a multimillion-dollar steel mill renovation.

He also provided structural engineering for numerous large-scale projects including the Social Security Administration, Mellon Financial Corp. (now known as The Bank of New York Mellon), Memorial Medical Center and West Virginia University Hospitals (Ruby Memorial Hospital) in Morgantown, W.Va.

In 2005, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Johns­town Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. He is actively involved in the American Institute of Steel Construction and serves as H.F. Lenz Co.’s main point of contact for the organization.

Blackner is an associate of the firm and a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and North Carolina. He will concentrate his efforts in the structural design marketplace for buildings and infrastructure.

Blackner resides in Johns­town with his wife and three children.

Ford joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1996 and specializes in electrical engineering and project management. He is also an associate of the firm and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional.

He will focus on expanding the Mission Critical Facilities market sector, which has been the firm’s largest growth market during the past 10 years.

His project experience includes large-scale corporate projects and data center design for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including major financial institutions and insurance companies throughout the country.

Throughout his career with H.F. Lenz, Ford served in the Army National Guard.

During 2002 and 2003, he deployed to Germany, where he served as a company commander in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Ford retired from the military in 2007, with the rank of major.

In 2002, he was named Young Engineer by the Johns­town Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.

He serves as treasurer of the Johnstown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers and is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. He is also actively involved in the 7x24 Exchange International, the leading knowledge exchange forum for those who design, build and use mission critical information infrastructures.

Ford resides in Ebensburg with his wife, Heidi, and three children.

Donatelli is head of the company’s accounting department and serves as controller.

He joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1992 and has 24 years of experience in various industries in finance and accounting. He was promoted to accounting manager and has been serving as the corporate controller since 1999.

He has been a member on the H.F. Lenz Co. board of directors since 2006 and was named an officer of the corporation in 2007.

Donatelli also is serving as treasurer, where he is responsible for the financial management and reporting of the corporation, including the capital structure, forecasting and the analysis of corporate performance. He will continue to expand his administrative duties and corporate relations.

He resides in Schellsburg with his wife, Lisa, and three children.

Deter joined H.F. Lenz Co. in 1992 and was named a principal in 1999. He specializes in electrical engineering and project management and is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia and West Virginia.

His long-term clients include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Energy – National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Penn State University, North American Hoganas Inc. and Kennametal Inc.

His recent projects include the restoration of the Point Park State Fountain in Pittsburgh, the Gaige Classroom and Laboratory Building at the Penn State Berks Campus (LEED Gold project), the Health and Wellness Center at Lincoln University, a medium voltage electrical system replacement at California University of Pennsylvania, a medium voltage electrical system replacement for NETL in Albany, Ore., and the renovation of the St. Joseph Provincial House for The Daughters of Charity in Emmitsburg, Md.

Deter became a LEED accredited professional in 2002 and was directly involved in several of the firm’s first LEED Certified projects.

Deter resides in Johnstown with his wife, Michele, and two sons.

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