Rebuilding Bridges
Reconnecting Communities
RE-ENERGIZING LIVES

What We Do

United Bridge Partners (UBP) delivers transportation infrastructure for communities nationwide.

ENGAGE

FUND

DESIGN

BUILD

OWN

OPERATE

MAINTAIN

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Bay City, Michigan

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East Chicago, Indiana

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Joliet, Illinois

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Chesapeake, Virginia

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Chesapeake, Virginia

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WHY NOW

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Of the $1 trillion funding gap for transportation infrastructure in the US, nearly $165 billion is needed for bridge infrastructure.

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Over one in three bridges in the US (231,000 total) need to be repaired or replaced.

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More than 178 million trips are taken daily across 46,100 structurally deficient bridges in the US.

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At the current rate, it would take 50 years to fix all of the nation’s structurally deficient bridges.

Community Engagement

We support the communities in which we reside.

Meet Our Team

DOUG WITT
DOUG WITT
President & Chief Executive Officer - United Bridge Partners

Doug joined UBP in 2018 as the President and Chief Executive Officer with over 30 years of CEO, Chairman, and Executive Operating experience in transportation and logistics, both public and private, with companies such as FedEx, Golden State Overnight, and Grainger.

Doug previously served as the Chairman of Golden State Overnight and as the CEO of nal.syncreon, owned by Lake Capital, a specialized provider of integrated logistics services and supply chain solutions to global industries. Doug served as CEO of Operating Partners LLC, identifying, sourcing and executing platform business acquisitions for private equity firms in behavioral health, transportation, logistics, and distribution. In addition, Doug was previously the President of FedEx Supply Chain Management.

Doug graduated Stanford University with an AB and Harvard Business School with an MBA. In his free time, Doug plays sports, spends time with his four boys and friends and works out regularly enjoying yoga, golf and tennis. He is beginning to play the piano again; the team will be monitoring his progress.

Denver, CO - 30+ years professional experience
ANTHONY PELLEGRINO
ANTHONY PELLEGRINO
Chief Financial Officer - United Bridge Partners

Anthony joined UBP in February 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to UBP, Anthony spent 15 years as a finance executive at a logistics company that focused on specialized services for large-scale automotive and technology customers. Prior to logistics, Anthony was a VP of Finance for a publicly traded IT consulting and software company.

Anthony has an MBA and BBA from Northern Illinois University and is a CPA. When not working, Anthony enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hockey, football and outdoor activities.

Denver, CO - 25+ years professional experience
KEN SZELIGA
KEN SZELIGA
Vice President Construction & Operations - United Bridge Partners

Ken joined UBP in May of 2017 and currently serves as the Vice President of Construction and Operations and also supports business development efforts.

Ken has over 35 years of construction and engineering experience; prior to UBP, he worked for both Jacobs Engineering and AECOM which are currently ranked as the number one and two largest engineering firms in the US by ENR. Ken also served as Program Manager for the bridge reconstruction program for the Colorado Department of Transportation with over $1.5 billion of programmed design and construction work.

Ken has an MBA from Regis University, Denver, CO, and a BS in Construction Engineering from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. In his free time, Ken likes to spend time on his bike in the summer, skate ski in the winter, and hike with his wife all year long.

Denver, CO - 35+ years professional experience
RYAN DOLAN
RYAN DOLAN
Vice President Business Development - United Bridge Partners

Ryan joined UBP in May 2019 as Vice President of Business Development. Prior to UBP, Ryan worked at Ernst & Young as a Manager in their Transaction Advisory Services Group, where he primarily supported clients through large-scale acquisitions and divestitures in the life sciences and medical device industries.

Ryan has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In his free time, Ryan enjoys fishing, skiing, and spending time with his wife and dog.

Denver, CO - 9+ years professional experience
LEE WHITNEY
LEE WHITNEY
Senior Associate - United Bridge Partners

Lee joined UBP in May 2017 as an Associate and is involved in all aspects of evaluating, executing and sourcing new business opportunities as well as bridge portfolio management. Prior to joining UBP, Lee worked as an analyst at Stifel in their Global Transportation and Logistics Investment Banking Group, where he primarily executed mergers and acquisitions and various capital markets activities.

Lee has a BS in Finance and a BS in Accounting from the Robert H Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. In his free time, Lee enjoys traveling, running, swimming and shooting sporting clays.

Denver, CO - 15 + years professional experience
VERONICA LATONIO
VERONICA LATONIO
Director, Collections & Treasury - United Bridge Partners

Veronica joined UBP in February 2014 as Director, Collections & Treasury. Prior to UBP, Veronica had nearly 20 years of Consumer Finance experience with HSBC Bank and Capital One Finance, where she held leadership roles in Back-End Collections, Internal Audit and Global Operations.

She has a BS in Political Science, Public Administration. In her free time, Veronica enjoys quilting and spending time with friends and family.

Chesapeake, VA - 25+ years professional experience
MELODY PICKETT
MELODY PICKETT
Legal Counsel - United Bridge Partners

Melody joined UBP in February 2017 as Legal Counsel. She comes to UBP with 30 years of transactional legal practice, with the last 11 years focused on complex construction and corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, public-private partnerships, design-build contracts, project support and claims for a billion-dollar heavy civil construction company.

Melody has a Bachelor of Arts in Writing from Loma Linda University in Riverside, California and a Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall, University of California in Berkeley, California. Melody enjoys golfing, singing and playing the piano, hiking and wandering around the country with husband, Mike, in their little RV.

Denver, CO - 30+ years professional experience
JESSICA VIRGO
JESSICA VIRGO
Executive Assistant & Office Manager - United Bridge Partners

Jessica joined UBP in April of 2017 as an Executive Assistant | Office Manager. She came to UBP with 20+ years of experience in the administrative worlds of insurance, corporate real estate and oil and gas. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and dancing.

Denver, CO - 25+ years professional experience
JODECI VIRGO
JODECI VIRGO
Administrative Assistant - United Bridge Partners

Jodeci joined United Bridge Partners in July of 2019 as an Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining the company, she worked as a stay-at-home mom and wife. In her free time, she enjoys watching her son grow and spending time with her many animals.

Denver, CO - 3+ years professional experience
KEVIN BISCHEL
KEVIN BISCHEL
Project Delivery Director - Bay City Bridges

Kevin joined UBP in 2019 as a Project Delivery Director and is based in Chicago, Illinois. Kevin has over 20 years of experience in the design and delivery of major transportation infrastructure projects.

Prior to working at UBP, Kevin held project management and project operations roles at WSP USA/Parsons Brinckerhoff and AECOM. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Kevin has a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. In his free time, Kevin enjoys woodworking and spending time outdoors with his wife and three boys.

Chicago, IL - 20+ years professional experience
TERRY VELLIGAN
TERRY VELLIGAN
General Manager of Operations - Cline Avenue Bridge

Terry joined UBP in February 2018 as General Manager of Operations. Prior to UBP, Terry worked at Martin Mechanical as Safety Director and Project Manager, where he coordinated, administered and implemented comprehensive training programs in industrial safety.

Terry comes to UBP with over 25 years in Construction and Management. He has a BS from Kansas Newman College in Wichita, Kansas and a MA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California. In his free time, Terry enjoys golfing, fishing, playing baseball, riding motorcycles and volunteering in community youth programs.

East Chicago, IN - 25+ years professional experience
LAURA WEBER
LAURA WEBER
Communications Specialist & Office Manager - Cline Avenue Bridge

Laura joined UBP in June 2019 as Communications Specialist and Office Manager. She comes to UBP with 12 years of marketing commutations experience at the graphic arts supplier GPA, where she translated ideas into compelling marketing collateral. Prior to that, she worked for the Calumet Press for two years as Assistant Editor then Graphic Designer.

She holds a BA in English, Professional Writing from Purdue University Northwest. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and cosplay.

East Chicago, IN - 15+ years professional experience
Pete Raketic
Pete Raketic
Facilities Manager - Cline Avenue Bridge

Pete joined UBP in June 2020 as Facility Manager at Cline Avenue Bridge, and he brings over 35 years of experience in operations, maintenance, and construction. Most recently, he worked with Fluor Constructors as a Field Operations Manager; his other experience includes roles within the petroleum refinery, steel, and manufacturing industries. Pete studied Electrical Construction and Maintenance at Coyne College. In his free time, you can find him enjoying the great outdoors playing golf, hunting, or fishing.

East Chicago, IN - 40+ years professional experience
KEVIN CRUM
KEVIN CRUM
General Manager - South Norfolk Jordan Bridge

Kevin joined UBP as the General Manager of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge in January 2012, while the project was under construction. Prior to UBP, Kevin amassed extensive marketing, promotions and public relations experience through his work at The Family Channel, First Hospital Corporation and several prominent regional communications agencies.

Kevin is a native of Hampton Roads and resides in Chesapeake, VA. Kevin has a BS in Public Relations and Promotions from Old Dominion University. In his free time, Kevin enjoys saltwater fishing, home improvement projects, and spending time with his wife and dog.

Chesapeake, VA - 30+ years professional experience
DORA MAGANA
DORA MAGANA
Customer Support Specialist - South Norfolk Jordan Bridge

Dora Joined UBP in June 2019 as SNJB’s Customer Care Specialist. Prior to UBP, Dora worked as a licensed Insurance Specialist for nine years. During her insurance career, she not only took care of her clients’ insurance needs, but also opened and managed several locations.

She is currently enrolled in Tidewater Community College working on obtaining her associate and bachelor degrees. During her free time, Dora enjoys going on hikes and visiting the beach with her dogs.

Chesapeake, VA - 10+ years professional experience
Ken Cater
Ken Cater
Facilities Manager - South Norfolk Jordan Bridge

Ken joined UBP in January 2021 as the Facility Manager for the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. He comes to UBP with more than 20 years of experience in the construction, operation, and maintenance of world-class transportation projects. Prior to joining UBP, Ken held a variety of positions with several of the most respected engineering firms in the country, including URS and AECOM. His background also includes disaster/incident response and management while serving in several key roles with FEMA.

Ken has earned numerous professional certifications in the areas of civil construction, incident response & management, and industrial safety. Away from the bridge, he enjoys spending time with his son, PC gaming, and outdoor activities including camping and kayaking.

Chesapeake, VA - 20+ years professional experience
MEREDITH ST. JOHN
MEREDITH ST. JOHN
Senior Manager of Tolling Operations - South Norfolk Jordan Bridge

Meredith joined UBP in 2016 as the Senior Manager of Tolling Operations. Meredith was previously with Capital One Financial responsible for the Customer Service Digital Operations group.

Meredith attended Norfolk State University for Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys time with family and friends, and volunteering in the community.

Chesapeake, VA - 25+ years professional experience
ROBIN MAGRISI
ROBIN MAGRISI
Communications Specialist - South Norfolk Jordan Bridge

Robin joined UBP as a Communications Specialist during construction of the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge. She built and remains the voice behind all project communications, branding and social media. Her previous experience includes marketing, public relations and feature writing on both the agency and client side for tourism, sports and special event clients including Virginia Beach Conventions & Tourism.

She has a BA from California State University in Fresno. Offline, she enjoys scrapbooking, travel, watersports and cheering on her children’s sports teams.

Chesapeake, VA - 25+ years professional experience

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