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John W. Cammack

New position: President, Florida division, Skanska USA Building, Tampa. Previous position: Executive vice president, Centex Rooney, Tampa

Published September 8, 2003

With the entire state to cover, John W. Cammack expects to be out of the office a couple of days a week. He will be visiting Skanska USA Building's two other regional offices in Jacksonville and Orlando as well as clients across the state.

As the newly appointed president of Skanska's Florida division, he must manage all operations for the state, including more than $500-million in current projects and an estimated 275 employees. He joined Skanska after 22 years with Centex Rooney, also in Tampa.

Skanska has an average of $400-million in construction projects each year. Currently in the Tampa Bay area, Skanska is constructing Tampa International Airport's new baggage handling system as well as working on the Pinellas County Jail and medical examiner facilities on Ulmerton Road. Skanska also constructed Tampa International Airport's Airside E.

Elsewhere in Florida, Skanska's recent projects include the federal courthouse in Jacksonville, Parrish Medical Center in Titusville and Setai Luxury Condominiums on South Beach in Miami Beach.

In addition, the company is working on Pinellas and Hillsborough county schools as well as construction at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Skanska is partner in the new Tampa art museum project.

In his new role, Cammack said he looks forward to working with the company's clients. "Our industry thrives on building client relationships," he said. "Certainly that's a big part of my responsibility."

Other responsibilities include making "sure we build the building the way our clients want them built - on schedule, with good quality and within budget," he said.

Cammack earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1975 from Johns Hopkins University. "I worked in civil engineering firms while I was going to college," he said. "I guess I learned I didn't want to do that."

Upon graduation, Cammack took a management position with Bechtel Construction, working on the construction of the Peach Bottom nuclear power plant on the Maryland-Pennsylvania border.

He said he doesn't miss the North at all. "I haven't shoveled a single shovel of sunshine since moving here," he said.

After 32 years in his career, Cammack said he still enjoys the construction industry because there is constant change. "We build our jobs and then move onto another job, constantly meeting new people and new challenges," he said. "So it's not the same thing day in and day out.

"There's also a sense of accomplishment. You can drive around town and say, "I had something to do with this building and with that building.' "

Cammack, 56, and his wife, Linda, have three children: Kevin, 32; Kerri, 28; and Ashley, 26.

Cammack said his hobby, and therapy, is building furniture using various types of wood. "I do it for myself, any kind of furniture, and then give it away," he said.

"I just finished a crib out of maple for our first granddaughter," he said. "She's due in November."

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