Marlea Tichy has over 30 years of experience in the construction and engineering industry, holding key executive leadership, operations, and project management roles during her career. As first vice president/treasurer on the WDBC Board of Directors Marlea exercises the duties of the president in his absence and is responsible for duties pertaining to those held by a treasurer. She chairs the council’s Budget and Finance Committee, overseeing the annual audit of the Council’s financial transactions conducted by a certified public accountant, recommending any changes to occur with the council’s investment policy, and working with and providing direction to the business operations manager on the council’s ongoing financial matters.
Tichy played a key role in establishing the design-build subsidiaries at both MWH (now Stantec) and CDM Smith, holding significant operations and board level roles at each firm. While COO of MWH Constructors, she helped grow the group to over $250M in less than five years, profitably overseeing operations in both the U.S. and the U.K. before being promoted out of the role to assist the firm in a new venture. Moving into the CEO role she was successful in orchestrating a series of company turnarounds at two private equity owned construction firms.
A highly versatile executive, Ms. Tichy has a strong track record of working across organizations to achieve business goals and success. She has shown unusual adaptability to “go where the business needs are” and perform as a highly capable operations, project, business, functional, sales, and corporate executive leader. Many of her more notable career accomplishments have resulted from her ability to start up or “fix” a project, program, business, or division while continuing to perform her “day job.”
She is a certified project management professional (PMP), completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Denver.