Meet The Team
City & SORTA Staff
John Deatrick serves as Project Executive of the Cincinnati Streetcar Project. Throughout his 40-year career, John has worked in all phases on a broad range of award-winning civic improvement projects, including managing Fort Washington Way Reconfiguration and The Banks Project in Cincinnati and implementation of transportation improvements for the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative in Washington, DC.
Prior service includes 29 years with the City of Cincinnati, the last three years as Director, Department of Transportation and Engineering; five years plus as Deputy Director/Chief Engineer of the Government of the District of Columbia; prior to his current position, five years as Project Executive for Cincinnati's Central Riverfront development project, The Banks.
His particular area of focus includes bringing a sustainable approach to his work, including multi-modal transportation, asset management, green highways and mixed-use development. He values positive approaches to deliver social and environmental justice.
A Navy veteran, John has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a BA majoring in Business Administration from the University of Maryland with post graduate work in Art History and Urban Planning and History at Catholic University and the University of Cincinnati. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states, a Certified Planner, a LEED AP BD+C, a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, and a Certified Sustainability Professional.
Chris Eilerman is Project Manager for the Cincinnati Streetcar. He joined the project in Summer 2010 and has been responsible for coordinating the project's schedule, funding, design, purchasing and outreach between City departments, SORTA, project contractors and federal partners.
Chris previously served for eight years as Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of the City Manager, where he was responsible for managing the City's federal and state lobbying program, served as part of the City's development team for the $600 million Banks riverfront development project, and served as Findlay Market Manager.
In addition, he was responsible for managing a $2.9 million departmental budget and holds certifications as both an Economic Development Finance Professional and Housing Development Finance Professional from the National Development Council.
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Paul Grether is the Manager of Rail Services for the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (METRO) where he manages METRO's involvement in the Cincinnati Streetcar Project. METRO is the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant recipient for the Cincinnati Streetcar and will be the operator.
Paul's role includes managing consultants, operations planning, assisting with FTA compliance and providing streetcar subject matter expertise.
Paul comes to Cincinnati from Atlanta, where he was the Manager of Streetcar Development for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). He is the Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Streetcar Subcommittee and is a member of the national Community Streetcar Coalition.
Paul received his bachelor's degree in Management and master’s degree in City and Regional Planning (Transportation Specialization with Civil Engineering) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
METRO is a non-profit, tax-funded public service of the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority, providing about 17 million rides per year in Greater Cincinnati.
Construction Partners: Messer/Prus/Delta Joint Venture
Messer Construction Co.
Messer Construction Co. is a construction manager and general contractor providing leadership for complex commercial building projects. Founded in 1932, Messer has built a premier reputation through outstanding construction experiences and value with a focus on health care, life sciences, higher education, and industrial markets.
An employee-owned company, Messer ranks nationally as one of the premier health care and higher education builders and Top 100 largest contractors. Messer was honored with the 2009 International Torch Award for Marketplace Excellence by the Council of Better Business Bureaus for superior commitment to exceptional standards that benefit customers, employees, suppliers and surrounding communities. In fiscal 2012, Messer put in place more than $792 million in commercial construction.
Prus Construction was founded in 1888, when Herman Prus, came to Cincinnati and began building porches and pouring sidewalks using a team of mules and a wagon. Five generations later, the company still pours concrete but has grown its skilled and talented team and expanded its services to consist of bridges, installing underground utilities, architectural-grade concrete, sustainable products, and more.
Prus is respected for its high-quality work and focus on continuous improvement, which has led them to become the contractor of choice for many municipalities across the region. For over a century Prus has partnered with clients on construction projects ranging from all things concrete to designing, building and maintaining infrastructure investments. In 2010 and 2011 Prus was honored with multiple awards from the National Safety Council for fostering a professional community that focuses on innovative safe working practices.
Delta Railroad Construction, Inc.
Delta Railroad Construction, Inc. has been a leader and innovator in the railroad construction industry for more than 55 years as a family-owned business dating back to 1957. Delta focuses exclusively on track construction, repair and maintenance for Private Industry, Government Entities, Short Line Railroads, Class I Railroads and Transit Agencies.
The company is continually researching and developing new construction methods that are safer, more efficient and more cost effective. It has recently received a U.S. Patent for Method, System and Devices for Railroad Track Reconditioning and Repair. Delta has completed projects with more than 38 miles of track and valued up to $80 million.
Vehicle Manufacturer: CAF USA
CAF USA is a subsidiary of CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A.) an international market leader in the design, manufacture, maintenance, and supply of equipment and components for railway systems.
CAF has extensive experience producing vehicles for high speed rail, commuter rail, light rail, and streetcar applications worldwide. It has produced light rail vehicles for Pittsburgh, Sacramento, and Houston (In Production) and streetcar vehicles for the international market such as Besancon (France), Nantes (France), Belgrade (Serbia), Antalya (Turkey), Stockholm (Sweden), Edinburgh (Scotland), Zaragoza (Spain), Granada (Spain), Sevilla (Spain), Bilbao (Spain), and Vitoria (Spain).