Jeffrey Caldwell 804-786-2715

Oct. 15, 2010

VDOT Veterans Selected For Key Leadership Positions

RICHMOND – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has hired two VDOT veterans to hold the key leadership positions overseeing the statewide maintenance and construction programs. 

Emmett Heltzel, P.E. was selected to be state maintenance engineer and division administrator for VDOT’s Maintenance Division. 

Mark E. Cacamis, P.E. is the state construction engineer and division administrator for VDOT’s Scheduling and Contracts Division.

“I am pleased to have selected two highly qualified professionals to provide strategic vision, leadership and focus to these two core-mission areas of our business,” said Gregory A. Whirley, VDOT commissioner. “These two professionals will usher in a new era of accountability, efficiency and vision for our maintenance and construction programs.”

State Maintenance Engineer

Emmett Heltzel, formerly the assistant division administrator in VDOT’s Location and Design Division, will lead VDOT’s maintenance program, overseeing pavements, interstate maintenance contracting, roadside maintenance and emergency response activities on Virginia’s nearly 58,000 miles of state-maintained highways. 

He will provide guidance, policy and budget management activities to VDOT’s nine districts to ensure that VDOT roadways are properly maintained and that emergency response activities are carried out.

Heltzel began his transportation career a construction laborer in high school and college, working on pavement and maintenance contracts, grading, pipe trenching and excavation operations, surveying and grade control operations.

He is graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Virginia. He served for 27 years in the U.S. Army and in the Army Reserves, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Heltzel worked in private-sector engineering firms for 18 years before joining VDOT in 2003 as the assistant state location and design engineer.

State Construction Engineer

Mark E. Cacamis, P.E. is VDOT’s new state construction engineer and division administrator for VDOT’s Scheduling and Contracts Division. 

In this role, Cacamis will oversee the development, review and management of billions in construction and maintenance projects issued by VDOT each year. 

He will work closely with procurement professionals, industry experts and VDOT staff statewide to ensure that contracts are bid according to established schedules, that contract language is appropriate to manage VDOT’s project delivery on time and on budget, and that bids are negotiated in the best interest of the commonwealth.

Cacamis previously served as VDOT’s Hampton Roads District construction engineer since 2005. 

Fifteen years prior to joining VDOT, Cacamis was with construction and engineering firms in Mobile, Ala.

He received his associate’s degree in forest technology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse N.Y., a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of South Alabama and a master’s in public administration from Old Dominion University. 

He is a certified professional constructor, and a certified construction manager.  


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