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August 2, 2018 40 Under Forty 2018

Jason Cabral

Photo | J. Fiereck Photography

Age: 38

Company: Burns & McDonnell

Title: Regional Transmission & Distribution Manager

No. of years with current company: 11

Town where I live: Wallingford

Town where I work: Wallingford

College: University of Connecticut

Highest degree: Master's degree in civil engineering

With more than 15 years of experience within the transmission and distribution industry, Jason Cabral leads a regional transmission and distribution team in the Northeast for Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, construction and consulting firm. He manages 80 project managers, engineers and technical professionals supporting more than 50 projects across the country.

He has grown his team by 20 percent and increased revenue to more than $22 million since 2017. Cabral has managed some of the largest, multibillion-dollar electric reliability projects in the country, helping major utilities provide safer, more reliable energy.

What's been the biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I served as program manager for FirstEnergy's $1 billion large transmission project program and grew a team of four to over 80 project managers, schedulers, engineers, cost analysts and construction representatives within 12 months. The team assembled a vast program management model for FirstEnergy. Because of the success of the program and trusted relationship with the client, they turned to Burns & McDonnell for a more than $5 billion initiative called Energizing the Future.

How are you involved in the community?

I volunteer and support organizations across the Northeast alongside my team. I've helped rally more than 60 colleagues to volunteer monthly at the Connecticut Food Bank. I also support Boys & Girls Club of Meriden, specifically its robotics program. My team and I visit the organization weekly to mentor students.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work, you'll catch me spending time with my wife and three children and going to their various activities. I'm a big New York Giants fan so you can often find me at the games. I also love to fish and spend time outdoors.

What must the Greater Hartford region do to attract more talented young professionals?

We need to continue increasing investment in STEM initiatives so the Greater Hartford area can position itself as a leading technological and up-and-coming region.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

•Successfully managed some of the largest, multibillion-dollar electric reliability programs in the country.

•Regularly volunteer for and donate to organizations like United Way and Boys & Girls Club.

•Helped grow the Burns & McDonnell transmission and distribution group in the Northeast by 20 percent and increased revenue by $22 million in one year.

•Among the Burns & McDonnell principal level of leadership, achieved by less than 4 percent of the firm's employees.

Fun Fact 

I won a shark tournament by catching a 400-pound shark.

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