DBi Services Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Employee Spotlights

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, DBi Services is proud to feature a series of spotlights on our Hispanic and Latinx employees

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 – October 15 in the United States.  Throughout the month of October, Canada also celebrates the Hispanic/Latin American cultures.  We honor the histories, cultures, and contributions of American and Canadian citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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Meet TONY BRUNAL

Tony Brunal is the ITS Maintenance Program Manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Northwest Region and Program Manager for the City of Richmond Phase III Signal Upgrade for DBi Services/ Digital Traffic Systems (DTS). DTS maintains and installs transportation technologies and traffic monitoring systems across the United States. He is currently supporting multiple high-value maintenance and installations for major Virginia-based customers. This work involves everything from sourcing vendors, developing quotes for equipment and setting timetables to vetting subcontractors and ensuring that there is qualified staff at every step of the process. Tony has been in this role for many years of his 16-year tenure with DBi Services/DTS. Prior to serving his current role, Tony was a Technical Field Supervisor. Before that, he was an Assistant Program Manager.

Career Path
Tony’s early entry into this field started during his time in the Navy. Tony enlisted right after graduating from high school and specialized in identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Radar technology. Following his tenure in the Navy, Tony held several positions at various compaies, working in semiconductor manufacturing, industrial medical systems, electro coating, research and development and communication technology. Tony also pursued and attained a variety of professional and technical certifications. These include CompTIA, Network Security and Fiber Optic Installation Certifications.  

Why DBi?
For Tony, a career at DBi Services/DTS was the perfect opportunity to utilize the skills and knowedge he learned in the Navy. It also provided him with the ability to work with and learn many different types of equipment and transportation and traffic monitoring systems in mnay different environments, which include Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASDT) Systems, Roadway Information Sytems and Afton Roadway Lighting Systems.

Greatest Accomplishment
Tony is most proud of the completion of his degree in Information Systems Technology. In May of 2015, Tony returned to school at Piedmont Community College in Virginia to complete his degree. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017.

Career Advice
“Tony’s advice to individuals just starting out in their career is to have patience and focus on learning. “Learn everything about your job, as well as things not necessarily directly related to your job,” Tony shares. He stresses the importance of learning beyond your immediate scope of responsibilities, as that will give you a broader exposure and skill set to apply later in your career.

Valued Cultural Tradition
For Tony, the one valued cultural tradition is spending time with his family. Tony enjoys spending time with his wife and three adult children – a son and two daughters – as well as his extended family. 

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Meet DALEYSIS NEGRIN

Daleysis is the Office Manager for the Pembroke Pine Project in South Florida. In this position, Daleysis wears many hats to ensure the office administrative function supports the overall operations of the project. Some of her responsibilities include: processing procurement requisitions, invoices, expense receipts, payroll support, managing employee files and coordinating communications in a very busy office.

Career Path
Daleysis’ initially worked full time inside her home, raising her three children.  When she decided to work outside the home, it was important for her to find a position that would enable Daleysis to get her children off to school in the morning and to be home each evening in time to help with homework and prepare dinner. Having these goals in mind, Daleysis started working outside the home as a receptionist for a small local engineering company. She was then promoted to Administrative Assistant. After several years in her Administrative Assistant role, Daleysis knew she was ready for more responsibility and so she challenged herself to find a position that would enable her to manage an entire office. In October of 2019, Daleysis joined DBi Services as the Office Manager for the Pembroke Pines Project.  

Why DBi?
As a frequent traveler on Interstate 75, Daleysis would constantly see various members of the DBi Services team out and about maintaining the roadways. Daleysis’ brother, a DBi Lead Technician, would speak favorable about DBi, so she didn’t think twice when considering the Office Manager position. Daleysis knew DBi Services was a well-known company with many opportunities.

Greatest Accomplishment
Without hesitation, Daleysis states that her biggest accomplishment is raising her three incredible children. Having started her family at a young age, ensuring her children’s success was a key goal for Daleysis. Her oldest has a strong professional career in accounting, one of her twins just bought his own apartment and the other twin is completing her senior year in nursing at University of Florida. “I am so proud of the young man and women they have become and everything they have accomplished; it is also an accomplishment for me.”

Career Advice
“Love what you do and don’t be afraid to ask for help” is the career advice that Daleysis offers to those just starting out in their careers.  She stresses the importance of being thankful to wake up every morning and feel excited to go to work.

Valued Cultural Tradition
In reflecting on her Cuban heritage, Daleysis points to the Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) celebration as the tradition she values the most. It is a joyous celebration with family that includes a feast of lechon (roasted pork), frijoles negros (black beans) rice, yucca, and much more, along with music and dancing. In Daleysis’ household, it is also very important to celebrate her mother’s birthday. 

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Meet lucy asmar rebolledo

Lucy is a Regional Safety Manager supporting DBi Services business in Central and Northern Florida. In this position, Lucy travels throughout her territory to ensure the occupational health and safety of all DBi employees. Her responsibilities include ensuring employee compliance with safety policies, incident and accident investigation and safety training.

Career Path
Lucy has always has an interest in public health and well-being. She completed a BA in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry at Stetson University. From there she moved on to earn a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology, graduating with honors from the University of Miami. One of the courses Lucy completed as part of her degree was in Occupational Health and Safety. During this course, she realized that this was the career path that she wanted to pursue, as it combined her interest in public health with a viable career for her professional growth. In her early career as a Safety Specialist, Lucy’s work ensured biological, chemical and radiation safety in laboratories. 

Why DBi?
Lucy was attracted to DBi for the career growth opportunities within a completely different industry from where she started. Lucy explains: “The concepts of Occupational Safety are transferable, whether in a laboratory or in the infrastructure and asset management industry.” 

Greatest Accomplishment
Lucy immigrated to the US by herself in 2011 when she was just 18 to begin her university studies. While this in itself is a tremendous accomplishment, Lucy is most proud of her academic achievement and how that positioned her well for her future career path in the field of occupational health and safety.  

Career Advice
“Don’t let anybody say no to you” is the advice that Lucy offers to individuals just setting out in their career. She stresses the importance of setting personal goals and sticking to them, even when others may try to dissuade you from doing so. In her words: “Set your min to what you want to do and do it.”

Valued Cultural Tradition
When asked about a cultural tradition she values the most, Lucy enthusiastically replies “I love my culture!” Lucy further explains that in Venezuela everything big and small is cause for a celebration. This drives unity and a strong sense of family and friendship in celebrating the achievements of each other. These celebration often involve lots of food. The one dish that Lucy is particularly fond of is Arepas, which are made of just three ingredients: corn flour, salt and water. The Arepas are then stuffed with many different types of fillings.

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Meet Enrique Alonso

Enrique joined DBi Services’ Digital Traffic Systems (DTS) business in 2020 as a Deputy Project Manager for Georgia’s Statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). As a Deputy, Enrique assists the Project Manager with the overall administration and execution of the Georgia Statewide ITS Maintenance Program, ensuring that the goals and objectives of the contract are accomplished on time, within budget and to the expectations of the Georgia Department of Transportation. This involves planning corrective and preventative maintenance work, scheduling, staffing, risk assessment and building contingency plans. Enrique also manages the Network Operations Center (NOC) – developing, maintaining and improving NOC and field maintenance tasks – along with creating daily, weekly monthly and annual performance monitoring reports. 

Career Path
Enrique graduated from the University of Havana, Cuba with a degree in Civil Engineering. He spent 12 years garnering construction experience in Costa Rica before moving to Mimi, Fl, where he transitioned his career to the developing industry of ITS. As a life-long learner, Enrique has worked to obtain and maintain a variety of certification and licenses relevant to the infrastructure management industry including Project Management Professional (PMP) license and certification levels I, II and II of the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA). Enrique has also mastered the Engineer in Training exam 2019 and is now preparing for his Professional Engineer certification in the states of Florida and Georgia.

Why DBi?
Enrique was attracted to DBi/DTS by the challenge of managing one of the largest Statewide ITS Maintenance programs in the United States. Throughout the interview process. Enrique was impressed by the knowledge and professionalism of each team member he spoke with. Additionally, Enrique was also excited by the opportunities for professional growth in the DTS organization.  

Greatest Accomplishment
Enrique has many accomplishments to be proud of in both his professional training and on the job experience. When asked to highlight one that he is most proud of, Enrique points to the time when he served as a Civil Engineer in Costa Rica and to his newly obtained EIT certification.   

Career Advice
Enrique’s advice for those starting out in their careers is that first you have to love what you do stating, “If you do not like what you are doing, it is time to find something new.” Secondly, Enrique stresses the importance of being open to changes. “Transportation is a dynamic and evolving field and, if you are open to changing with it, you will have tremendous opportunities”, he says. Finally, Enrique encourages lifelong learning, studying and pursuing certification and licenses that demonstrate your professionalism and expertise in the industry. 

Valued Cultural Tradition
In reflecting on his Cuban heritage, one cultural tradition that Enrique treasures is the gathering of family, particularly for Sunday lunch. It is during these meals that the family talks about the past and the future while also enjoying a strong shot of Cuban coffee. 

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Meet Luis Gonzalez-Matos

Luis is a Project Manager  for DBi Services and is based in Melbourne, Florida. Since joining the Company in April 2021, he has been responsible for 137 miles of the Space Coast Project on I-95. In this role, Luis and his team of 27 direct reports are responsible for managing all of the infrastructure assets along the I-95 corridor between mile markers 160 and 297. This includes, among other things, asphalt and guardrail repairs, rest stop maintenance mowin, weeding and litter clean-up. 

Career Path
Luis started his career at the entry level as a maintenance of traffic (MOT) employee in 2009, i Luis’ words: “I was the guy putting down the cones for traffic control.” Through Luis’ hard work and willingness to learn new aspects of the industry, his career rapidly progressed through a variety of supervisory, managerial, project engineer and eventually project manager positions.

Why DBi?
Luis recognized the many opportunities for growth and advancement, as well as the welcoming feeling created by the team. In addition, it was DBi’s commitment to diversity and inclusion that sealed the deal. Luis was very impressed with the diversity of people he met, the equal opportunities offered to all and the fact that he had a female manager, which is uncommon in the infrastructure and asset management industry. 

Greatest Accomplishment
The accomplishment Luis is most proud of is his family, which includes five children. At a professional level, Luis points to a project he left in 2019 as one of his greatest accomplishments this far in his career. The project was far behind schedule and projected to lose more than $1M USD. Luis was persistent in finding new ways of doing things, including investing in new materials and equipment to help expedite the project. In the end, the project turned around and generated $3M USD in profit.  

Career Advice
Luis’ advice for individuals just starting out in their careers is to recognize that everything you learn will be carried with you to your next position. He stresses to always be on the lookout to learn new skills, knowledge and abilities and to treat each of these as a tool that you can put into your tool belt for your next role. 

Valued Cultural Tradition
In reflecting on a meaningful tradition for Luis, he points to the importance of religion and going to church as a family. As one of four children raised by a single mom, Luis recognizes the important role weekly mass played in setting himself and his siblings up for success.  

 

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Meet RENE CERAVANTES

Rene is an Area/QC Manager responsible for maintenance at our Austin, TX branch. Rene and his team of 17 are responsible for maintaining all of the assets along the 290 Toll, 71 Toll, Express 1 Toll, 183A Toll and 45 Toll roadways. In addition to inspection, quality control and roadway assessments, Rene and his team are also accountable for guardrail repair, landscaping, facilities upkeep and HVAC care, as well as managing several subcontractors. 

Career Path
Rene was first introduced to this industry during his active-duty service in the Army. During his services, Rene’s specialty was combat engineer. In this specialty, he managed a variety of crews performing bridge construction and maintenance, guardrail setup and repair, quick site construction and roadway maintenance. Rene completed tours in Afghanistan, Kuwait, South America and Puerto Rico. We thank Rene for his dedication and service to our country.

Why DBi?
As Rene adjusted to civilian life, a family member suggested that he apply for positions at DBi Services. This opportunity was the perfect match for Rene’s qualifications and it provided a seamless transition from his military experience to his civilian experience. The ability to work with mentors in the Company, as he made this transition, was also a key factor in his decision to join the team at DBi Services.

Greatest Accomplishment
Rene is most proud of the team he helped develop and the accomplishments they have achieved. Leaning into the structure of discipline from his involvement in the military, Rene was able to build camaraderie and strong relationships within the team. With this, the team was able to fully utilize all of the tools, skills and strengths of each individual to strengthen our relationship with our client. 

Career Advice
Rene’s advice to individuals just starting out in their careers is to always keep an open mind toward growth, exploring new challenges and opportunities. Additionally, Rene advises to approach new challenges with humility and persistence, giving each challenge a chance to turn into a promotional opportunity.

Valued Cultural Tradition
Originally from Mexico, and having spent time in Puerto Rico and Latin America, Rene has picked up many traditions from the Hispanic/Latinx culture. Rene has honed his culinary skill at making the traditional meal of Pernil (roasted pork shoulder) for Christmas Eve dinner. Rene also celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a tradition he learned from his Mexican grandparents, to honor his ancestors every first week in November. 

 

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Meet joel acevedo

Joel is a Senior Estimator for DBi Services. He joined the Company in March 2021. In this critical role, Joel is responsible for scoping, pricing and putting together the information needed to present business proposals to current and prospective clients. This position requires acute attention to detail to ensure the proposals cover all aspects of the work the Company is bidding on.

Career Path
Joel’s career path started as he worked on his college degree in Civil Engineering, where one course in Construction Pricing taught him the importance of attention to detail. Upon graduation, he started working as an assistant project manager running a $52M roadway construction project in Florida. In this ealy part of his career, Joel had the opportunity to travel extensively for many different projects. During this time, he was also learning the basics of estimating and project pricing. Joel eventually focused his career on the estimating aspect of the work to be able to spend more time at home with his family.

Why DBi?
Joel was attracted to the DBi opportunity for several reasons. First, he liked the fact that the position was remote work, allowing him the flexibility to live in different places creating new experience for his family. Secondly, he was impressed with the opportunities for growth, as well as the diversity of projects he would be working on. 

Greatest Accomplishment
Joel points to two distinct accomplishments that he is proud of. At the top of the list being a husband and father to his three daughters. Second to that, he is also proud of his journey to the United States. Joel left Puerto Rico at the age of 18, by himself, to attend college. As a first generation college student, he does not take for granted the hard work and effort his journey required., both from himself and his family. He is equally proud and grateful for all the opportunities along the way to his becoming a Senior Estimator. 

Career Advice
Joel stresses the importance of hard work and putting in the times, as you begin your career. In his words, “There are no shortcuts.” While Joel also points out the need for basic talent in the field you choose, he advises that a strong work ethic and high integrity are critical for advancing far and fast in your career.

Valued Cultural Tradition
Born in Puerto Rico to parents from the Dominican Republic, Joel has many cultural traditions that have been part of his life. In reflection on one that he enjoys the most, he points to the overall way in which the Christmas holiday is celebrated, emphasizing the extraordinary energy level, happiness and joy of the season, which in Puerto Rico extends well into the third week of January. One particular tradition of the season Joel values is Parranda, which involves midnight caroling throughout the neighborhood. As the carolers knock on various doors, it becomes a traveling celebration with those who welcome the carolers providing food and drink, as the singing goes on.

 

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Meet DAVID PADILLA

Why DBi?
David joined DBi Services in May of 2021. He is a District Manager for the West division covering projects from California to as far east as Utah and as far north as the Canadian border. In this role, David leads a team of eight project managers and more than 60 field employees providing services for the Railroad division and Indigenous Vegetation Management, and for various State Departments of Transportation.

Career Path
David has had an interesting career path positioning him well for his current role at DBi. Prior to joining DBi Services, David was the construction manager for the Burbank Airport. In this role he worked on many challenging projects, including the overnight construction of two runways while ensuring they were safe and operational each morning. It was during this time that David honed his skills on the inspection side of the business. David started his career in his family-owned General Engineering Company. Along with his father and uncle, David ran the road construction business, learning the that side of the business.

Greatest Accomplishment
While David has many career accomplishments that he can point to, he is most proud of his two sons, Dillon and David. Both earned full scholarships to play college football and have now launched successful careers in law enforcement and collegiate strength and conditioning training. David is also quite proud of the body of work he and his family accomplished with their General Engineering Company.

Valued Cultural Tradition
As David reflected on the many cultural traditions of the Hispanic/Latinx community, the value of hard work is one that is most important to him. David learned this from his father and grandfather and has embraced this throughout his career.

 

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Meet Andres Limones Cruz

Why DBi?
As a high achiever, Andres wanted to work with a winning team, and given DBi’s leadership position within the industry he was honored to bring his entrepreneurial business development skills to the team starting in January of 2021. Throughout his recruitment process, and since joining, Andres continues to be energized and inspired by all of the passionate, high-quality individuals he has come in contact with. In Andres words: “For me, being in a team environment is extremely important and that is what attracted me the most. I can say I was not wrong.  I am very happy to work with great people every day.”

Greatest Accomplishment
Up until a year ago, if you asked Andres about the accomplishment he was most proud of, he would tell you it was being a top performer in all of his assignments. A year ago, that changed when he and his wife welcomed the birth of their first daughter Abigail (Abby)—the accomplishment that brings Andres the most pride and joy.

Career Advice
Andres’ advice for individuals just starting out in their career, particularly in business development, is the importance of active listening and asking the critical questions that will help you to understand the customer’s needs. In addition, Andres stresses the importance of persistence and follow up. “Most business deals are closed after multiple follow up efforts. Don’t give up!”

Valued Cultural Tradition
One cultural tradition that remains as important to Andres now as it was when he was a child is drinking Café con Leche with his Mom. Andres learned many of the basics of business from his entrepreneurial parents while savoring Café con Leche with his mother. This is something he still does today, not only with his Mom, but also as he is developing new business relationships with clients. 

 

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