We’re working with smart people who are driving development and change locally and impacting the blueprint of important initiatives like Boston’s Innovation District.
That’s where attracting entrepreneurs, breaking barriers to entry, creating affordable housing, improving commerce and the economy in Massachusetts will all pay big dividends.
Joe has a degree in Civil Engineering from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Boston University. Martini, an executive at Macomber and later as a senior executive at Shawmut, before starting his own firm in 2002.
He joined the Navy after college and then pursued a career in the construction industry. In September, 2009, after twenty-eight years of military service concurrent with his civilian career, Joe retired as a Captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps.
Current Industry and Community Involvement • Advisory Board, UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering • Immediate Past Chairman, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts • Chairman of the Board of Directors, New England Center for Homeless Veterans • Board of Directors, Navy Civil Engineer Corps/Seabee Historical Foundation • Board of Directors, The Village Bank, Newton Massachusetts • Chairman of the Board, Leading Cities James Apodaca is a Project Executive with construction in his DNA. Martini, where he spent 6 years as a Project Manager and ran Martini’s Miami office. He has managed the construction of three million square feet of concrete tilt up warehousing and manufacturing facilities.
He has a degree in Business Management, but he grew up on project sites, working with his father who is a prominent General Superintendent in New Mexico. During his career, James has also held positions as an estimator and field superintendent, giving him a unique and comprehensive perspective on the entire construction process. In Florida, James became a licensed contractor and managed the pre-con and permitting for hi-rise residential towers and interior fit-outs throughout Miami.
One of the concerns I’ve always had with the construction industry is that we can sometimes be myopic.
Those qualities apply to everyone, in just about every facet of life. We’re mid-way through our second decade as a firm and, personally, I’m proud of the kind of firm we are, what we stand for and our position in the market. I’m thinking about how I want to live the next 20 or 30 years, God willing. I love the quote, “If you want to make God laugh – show him your plan.” But I do want to live every day with purpose – not to feather my own nest – but to do meaningful things.
Born and raised in New Mexico, James now lives in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood…an ideal location for a self-proclaimed foodie!
When James is not savoring the neighborhood’s bustling restaurant scene, he loves to entertain at home, playing sommelier and showing off his own culinary skills with friends and family.
Now that my work is focused locally, I’ve had to find other ways to connect more broadly – with organizations like World Class Cities Partnership.
With them, I’ve travelled to different international cities, exploring the anatomy of innovation.