Gregory Hewitt, an Executive Vice President and Principal since 1990, has retired from the firm and active day-to-day involvement. Hewitt will remain involved as a consultant to complete some of the projects on which he was working, and to provide technical review on architectural projects for DiDonato. “All good things must come to an end.” commented John DiDonato, President of DiDonato. “Greg is finally playing his retirement card and we are happy for him – he has certainly earned it. Greg has been a vital and valuable member of our team. We will miss his leadership and his sense of humor and wish him nothing but health and happiness in this next chapter of his life.” Hewitt started at DiDonato in 1974, while still an architectural student at UB earning his BPS degree in Architecture in 1977. In 1980, he went back to night school to get his Civil Engineering degree. This background served him well as he was able to provide both an architectural and engineering perspective to his projects. Hewitt worked with DiDonato’s late founder, Norman DiDonato, on several projects including the Erie Basin Marina, the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, the Erie County Fire Training Building, Smoke Creek Bridges, and the John James Audubon Parkway Bridge. Throughout his 45+ years at DiDonato, he was a well-regarded Project Architect/Engineer, Project Manager, Principal-in-Charge, and QA/QC Manager on thousands of projects including the Biennial Bridge Inspection Contracts for NYSDOT and NYSTA; many roadway and bridge rehabilitation projects throughout WNY; Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority improvement projects; Elma Town Hall design and construction; and more recently as the Term Contract Administrator for the SUNY at Buffalo A/E Term Contract involving more than 60 assignments over the last five years.
With Hewitt’s retirement, John DiDonato, PE, President, adds the role of CEO to his responsibilities. John joined DiDonato in1983 while attending UB for Civil Engineering. He graduated in 1985 and became a Civil Engineer at DiDonato. After earning his NYS Professional Engineering License, he was named a Principal of the firm in 1990, heading up the Civil Engineering group. Together with Hewitt and Norm, the three oversaw tremendous growth of the firm over 25 years. In 2015, with the retirement of Norm DiDonato, John was named President. As President and CEO, John provides strategic direction for the firm, ensures managers have all the resources they need to successfully perform projects for clients, and stays involved in high-profile projects at Highmark Stadium, Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Falls International Airports, and infrastructure projects for the City of Buffalo.