January 31, 2023 | Articles
Anthony Saatlou has joined Hill International as Senior Director, Federal Programs. He brings more than 25 years of management experience to this role, including years of experience supporting Federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the U.S. Navy. In addition to a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in mechanical engineering earned at the University of D.C. and Gannon University, Saatlou holds a Quality Assurance Program Certification from USACE and is an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
At Hill, Anthony will serve as a subject matter expert for all things DOE and USACE. He will work closely with First Vice President, Federal Programs Ed Newman to expand Hill’s presence in the Federal market and support project teams with technical expertise. Using his knowledge of the market, contacts in the DOE and USACE, and experience in both field and management roles, Anthony will help Hill hone its Federal business development approach, win new Federal work, and manage Federal projects to successful completion.
“I’m glad to join Hill International in this capacity,” says Saatlou. “Hill’s background and ‘pure’ project management approach positions the company well to win more Federal work in multiple sectors. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will create many opportunities to work with Federal agencies who will benefit from our services. Agencies like the U.S. General Services Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System understand the power of Hill’s project management support, which has helped promote efficient and successful delivery of Federal projects across the country for years. I look forward to collaborating with Hill’s leaders and technical experts, leveraging my own experience and expertise with DOE and USACE projects, and helping Hill achieve and deliver a larger market share of Federal projects.”
An All-Encompassing Background
Saatlou has an ideal background to realize his goals for Hill. Through his career, he has met diverse project requirements on Federal projects with multiple contracting agencies. This includes emergency work in high-stakes environments during crisis events.
Some of Saatlou’s most notable projects include the DOE’s Legacy Management Stewardship (LMS) multi-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, which involved operation and maintenance activities for more than 120 former DOE sites throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Saatlou managed staff working at multiple locations to safely close select sites at Grand Junction Airport, Rocky Flats landfill, and Fernold radioactive sludge pond.
Working with USACE, Saatlou managed repairs to the spillway sub-drainage and storm drainage piping of the Fort Peck Dam in northeast Montana. Saatlou also spent many years managing the safe remediation of radioactive soil contamination in accordance with EPA requirements under superfund program.
Saatlou aIso managed the complete construction of major hydroelectric projects in Massachusetts. One of these projects, a 500 KW hydroelectric station adjacent USACE’s Mansfield Hollow Dam on the confluence of the Natchung, Fenton, and Mt. Hope Rivers, require the complex coordination and staging of a temporary diversion dam, intake tunnels, turbine housings, electrical conversion system, erosion control, and site restoration.
In addition to the breadth of his projects, Saatlou has worked for several small-business organizations, giving him a sensitivity to small business enterprise (SBE) and minority business enterprise (MBE) perspectives as well as SBE/MBE participation requirements on Federal contracts. He has also worked as an independent consultant, which gives Saatlou an understanding of the unique advantages of Hill’s “pure” project management business model.
“Anthony will be an excellent asset for our Federal organization,” adds Newman. “His primary focus will be as a DOE and USACE subject matter expert, but Anthony’s experience goes beyond those two organizations. He’ll be able to collaborate with our Federal teams around the U.S. I also know Anthony will be a good fit culturally for Hill. He’s got a client-minded focus and a track record of promoting exceptional safe performance on high-risk and high-profile jobs.”
Synergies Throughout the Company
Saatlou’s timely hire will help position Hill to capitalize on Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) work. Indeed, the IIJA grants more than $62 billion to the DOE and $17 billion to various USACE missions. These investments will help secure the future of U.S. energy, including green and cleaner energy sources, as well as provide for a variety of state-of-good-repair and other renovation projects on Federal infrastructure throughout the country.
Saatlou’s hire also synergizes with Hill’s new partnership with the National Urban League. Hill and the National Urban League jointly offer program management oversight (PMO) services to U.S. Federal agencies supporting initiatives related to the IIJA, with a focus on promoting access to construction workforce opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups and supporting diversity in the U.S. construction workforce. Hill’s Federal team will work with the National Urban League to target a variety of Federal PMO opportunities throughout the U.S. Here too, Saatlou adds expertise to existing business development infrastructure and technical capacity at Hill.
A Welcomed Addition
With Saatlou’s hire, Newman’s team hopes to invigorate Hill’s business development approach to winning work with the DOE, USACE, and other agencies in the Federal market. Because of Saatlou’s long experience in the industry, Newman is also confident that Saatlou will be able to help Hill’s Federal teams—already experts in their field—manage new projects even better.
“This two-pronged approach, with a focus on the BD side and on the project side, is something important for company leaders at Hill,” concludes Newman. “It’s important that our regional and operational leads have the background and experience to understand all the work that their teams do. Anthony is a great example of that. It’s a proven approach that’s helped Hill win and deliver major projects in the Federal market and all the other markets where we work.”
Please join us in welcoming Anthony Saatlou to Hill International! To get in touch with Anthony, please reach out at [email protected] For questions about Hill’s Federal work, please reach out to Ed Newman at [email protected]
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