John Kovacs, 37
SVP, national director of technical services
Tishman Construction Corporation, New York, N.Y.
BS, Northwestern University
PE, LEED AP
Named national director of technical services in 2008; first person to hold such a position at the firm (2007 total firm billings: $3.55 billion, according to BD+C's Giants 300).
Manages seven pre-construction groups and six regional offices.
Oversees firm's MEP department; manages MEP pre-construction and procurement.
Responsible for estimating, scheduling, purchasing, structural, building enclosures, and sustainability.
Project executive on Freedom Tower and Towers 3 and 4 at the World Trade Center; total construction value: $5 billion.
Heading firm's BIM development and implementation.
Developing procurement module for Tishman Tracker, firm's in-house project management software tool.
OFF THE CLOCK
Aspiration: To run a charter fishing business, one day.
Favorite food: baked clams.
Seeking U.S. Coast Guard captain's license.