“If I give you a dollar and you give me a dollar, we gain nothing. But if I give you an idea and you give me an idea, we both gain.”
J. Vicente Pedraza is a nationally recognized professional mechanical engineer who has provided design services to hundreds of facilities throughout the country. His designs and projects have been included in a variety of building design periodicals and received numerous awards.
In his professional field, Mr. Pedraza has enjoyed substantial recognition through Meritorious Service Awards for outstanding achievement in engineering design by the General Services Administration, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the DC Council of Architectural and Engineering Societies, the American Consulting Engineers Council, the District of Columbia Society of Professional Engineers, local government authorities and a host of architectural and engineering peers.
Born and educated in Bogota, Colombia, and receiving specialized education in the United States, Mr. Pedraza came to this county in 1963. He served five years in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1963. In 1965, while continuing to fulfill his military obligations, Mr. Pedraza began an 18-year tenure as a mechanical engineer with Syska & Hennessy, Consulting Engineers of New York, one of the largest consulting engineering firms in the country. He then spent one year as a Senior Mechanical Engineer with the General Services Administration and in 1984, formed his first professional corporation with two other partners providing professional engineering services.
Mr. Pedraza’s final move came in 1992, when he formed his second professional corporation, JVP Engineers, P.C. – a move that has proven to be the pinnacle of Mr. Pedraza’s successful career. AS President of JVP Engineers, Mr. Pedraza has demonstrated noteworthy leadership qualities in fostering cooperation and teamwork throughout his firm. He has overcome barriers of minority prejudices and he has established a distinguished reputation within the engineering and minority business communities as an exceptional business and engineering professional.