Prior to joining Gannett Fleming in 2013, Abreu served as director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, where he oversaw the operations of Miami International Airport (MIA), one of the nation’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports, as well as four general aviation airports in the area. Under his leadership, MIA served more than 39 million passengers and handled 2 million tons of cargo annually. During his tenure, Abreu was responsible for one of the largest airport expansion programs in the U.S., a $6.5 billion capital improvement program that added new terminals, roadways, and other infrastructure to MIA and the county’s general aviation airports.
In advance of his 2005 appointment to aviation director, Abreu served as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) under Gov. Jeb Bush. In this role, he oversaw FDOT’s operations, which included seven districts and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, and encompassed 7,500 employees and a $9 billion annual budget. Prior, Abreu served in progressively senior positions at FDOT for more than 18 years, eight of which were spent as the secretary of FDOT District Six, which included Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
A registered professional engineer in the state of Florida and a certified engineering contractor in Miami-Dade County, Abreu earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Miami. Active in professional associations and community organizations, he currently serves on the board of directors for the Cuban-American Association of Civil Engineers and is Chairman-elect for Floridians for Better Transportation, beginning in January 2018. He has additionally served on the United Way of Miami-Dade board of directors and on the University of Miami’s Industrial Advisory Board for the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. He also is a member of the university’s College of Engineering Dean’s Visiting Committee, a board of alumni and industry representatives that provides evaluations and recommendations for each college and school within the university. In 2008, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Abreu is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Among his career highlights, Abreu has been the recipient of a number of awards and accolades. In 2013, he received the “Chairman’s Award” from The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership. He also was named the University of Miami’s Alumni Association Banner Marshall for the school’s winter commencement ceremony.
In 2012, he received the “Transportation Achievement Award” from the Center for Urban Transportation Research and the “Excellence in Tourism Award” from the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. He was named “Visionary Leader of the Year” by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and “Person of the Year” by the Florida Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association. In 2011, Abreu received the “Bob Graham Architectural Awareness Award” from the American Institute of Architects and was named one of “Miami’s 75 Most Influential People in Politics, Business, Sports, and Arts” by Poder magazine. In 2010, Abreu received the “International Achievements Award,” presented by World Trade Center Miami; in 2009, he was presented with the “Wright Brothers Award” by the Greater Miami Aviation Association. Engineering News-Record named Abreu one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2007. In 2004, ASCE honored him with the “Civil Government Award,” and in that same year, he received the “Florida Engineering Society Award” for outstanding service to the profession. Hispanic Business magazine named Abreu among the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in 2003. In 2000, he received the Wilbur S. Smith Award” on behalf of ASCE for his contributions to the enhancement of the role of the civil engineer in highway engineering. The University of Miami recognized him with the “Distinguished Alumni Award” in 1996, once again recognizing his professional accomplishments and dedication to the engineering industry