Spotlight on our Team

Joe DeVito, Senior Vice President

Joe DeVito is Senior Vice President of Rail & Infrastructure and serves as McKissack’s Program Director on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Independent Engineering Consultant (IEC) Contract. McKissack’s first contract as IEC started in 2009, and in March of 2016, we were awarded a second contract, which will run through 2019. The second award by the MTA is a testament to Joe and his team’s hard work, technical capabilities and dedication.

Joe has been instrumental in guiding the McKissack team and assisting the MTA Board of Directors with the $29 billion Capital Program. As the MTA’s IEC, the McKissack team has made significant accomplishments during its tenure of service. Joe and his staff were key in developing the Performance Indicator Report, which reflects the performance of projects in the MTA’s Capital, Sandy and Security Programs as well as a Risk Management Database to capture all vital project data for future use by MTA.

Currently, Joe oversees a talented staff of more than 25 full-time professionals, which includes project managers, analysts, subject matter experts, professional engineers, architects and others experienced in project controls. Many of this staff have been on the contract since 2009.

Joe’s exceptional railroad career began in 1972 where he worked in the engineering field for the old Penn Central Railroad. Prior to joining McKissack in 2005, he spent 29 years with Amtrak working on numerous projects, including Penn Station with LIRR, Grand Central Terminal with Metro-North, and Sunnyside Yard during the period high-speed rail service was instituted throughout the Northeast Corridor. Joe’s many accomplishments include serving as part of the team that led the high-speed vehicle procurement, building the high-speed maintenance facility in New York, leading the mechanical department and culminating with his tenure as the General Manager for Customer Service and Special Projects where he served as liaison to the MTA on the East Side Access project.

When Joe is not leading our team on the MTA IEC contract, he enjoys spending time with Ann, his wife of nearly 38 years, daughter Karen, and canine companion Bandit.

Joe also enjoys the art of oenology. For a period of more than 26 years, he and some close friends have practiced wine-making at his home. This process includes the crushing and pressing of grapes, fermenting, balancing and storing the wine in barrels and bottles to age it for two years.  The winemaking group purchase grapes from vineyards in Brooklyn, Long Island and California to make chardonnay and a variety of red wines. They produce between 200 – 250 gallons per year.

Joe has a large collection of Italian and French wines. A notable French wine he has collected every year from 1969 to 2002 is Château Mouton Rothschild.  A unique aspect of this particular wine are the labels on the bottles. They are created by some of the world’s great painters and sculptors.  The first unique label was created by poster artist Jean Carlu in 1924. Baron Philippe would wait until 1945 to formally establish the annual tradition.

Joe’s other hobbies include playing guitar to the music of The Eagles, Neil Young and The Beatles. He is also an avid chess player and has competed against people from all over the world through his online chess club.