Didier Menard is a Vice President and Client Account Manager for Jacobs, overseeing Business Development within Central Florida. He is a Professional Engineer having graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida. Menard is also a graduate of Leadership Florida and was recognized by the Orlando Business Journal (OBJ) as one of the top 40 Under 40 Executives in Central Florida.
He is also a past Chair of Jacobs’ Harambee Network and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Research and Development Authority, as well as the Boards of the Goodwill Foundation and UCP of Central Florida, having also formerly served as Chairman of these organizations.
Jacobs’ Harambee Network is a value-added community committed to positively impacting the black employee experience at Jacobs and partnering across the enterprise to strengthen the firm’s competitive advantage to attract, develop and retain exceptional black talent. The goal is to provide a collective voice and community of resources to assist Jacobs, particularly the executive leadership, in developing and pursuing goals that result in the recruitment and promotion of black employees and provide regular opportunities for networking and mentoring as well as leadership and professional development.
Menard leads all aspects of the Public Involvement efforts for the $5.4 billion Miami-Dade County (FL) Ocean Outfall Legislation (OOL) Program. For the OOL Program, Menard ensures that the program proactively communicates project updates by ensuring stakeholder engagement and participation.
Menard leads Small Business Development for the $5.4 billion Miami-Dade County (FL) OOL Program, including fostering relationships with local firms, expanding their capacity and assisting them to increase the local work force. He has assisted the OOL Program with conducting workshops to assist small businesses in doing business with Miami-Dade County. These workshops teach small businesses a variety of skills such as invoicing, planning and scheduling and construction management which helps them become more successful. He has also been actively working with Career Source South Florida, the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, the Latin Builders Association and other local construction organizations, in an effort to promote the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department Capital Improvement Program. Miami-Dade County has implemented new ordinances such as Employ Miami-Dade to help foster and increase employment of Miami-Dade residents and provide for greater opportunities for small business participation.
Menard leads all of Jacobs’ Central Florida community activities. Jacobs is privileged to work in Central Florida and are very engaged in our local communities. Whether it’s providing backpacks for local schoolchildren, providing meals for the underprivileged, or leading Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities with local schools, Jacobs proudly engages by donating time and resources, to the betterment of our local community.