Bernard McNeilly, chief operating officer of the transportation and infrastructure sector of WSP USA, has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America with a Distinguished Citizen Award.


The award, presented to Mr. McNeilly during the organization’s 2017 Distinguished Citizen Awards Dinner on June 14 in Jersey City, is given in recognition of an individual who through their occupation and interest supports underserved at-risk youth in New Jersey. Mr. McNeilly was recognized for his leadership at WSP USA and his support of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) programs to engage youth in Northern and Central New Jersey.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized by the Boy Scouts,” Mr. McNeilly said. “There is noother organization that does as much to help shape future leaders in America.”

As COO, McNeilly has responsibility for strategic and tactical decision making, analyzing regional profit and loss performance, net margins, competitive positioning and sales strategy. He maintains a highly visible external profile, focusing on client relationships, industry advocacy, civic engagement, strategic recruitment and market presence. He is responsible for the operational management of the business, including the direct oversight of the firm’s technical excellence centers in the U.S. McNeilly, who joined WSP in 2007, previously served as regional business manager for the Northeast.

In addition to the Boy Scouts, Mr. McNeilly is active in several business and professional organizations in the New York metropolitan region. He is a board member of the Newark Regional Business Partnership, where he also chaired the transportation council. He served as chair and executive committee board member of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies and as an advisory board member for the Women’s Transportation Seminar—Greater New York.


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