Richard J. Benevento, President
Rich Benevento is the President and founder of WorldTech Engineering.
Rich has over 40 years of experience in the facilitation and administration
of transportation and utility infrastructure improvement projects.
He has a diverse background in transportation planning, engineering
and regulatory permitting serving local, State and federal agencies
as well as private sector clients.
Rich has a broad range of experience and in-depth knowledge in all phases
of design and permitting of both private development and public
Rich Benevento is the President and founder of WorldTech Engineering. Rich has over 37 years of experience in the facilitation and administration of transportation and utility infrastructure improvement projects. He has a diverse background in transportation planning, engineering and regulatory permitting serving local, State and federal agencies as well as private sector clients.
Rich has a broad range of experience and in-depth knowledge in all phases of design and permitting of both private development and public infrastructure projects.
Since 2007 Rich has served as Chairman of the City of Beverly Massachusetts Parking and Traffic Commission, advising the Planning Board and City Council on traffic and parking rules, regulations, and by-laws. Prior to that Rich served on the Beverly Conservation Commission from 1995 to 2001 and was Chairman of the Town of Danvers Massachusetts Conservation Commission from 1989 until 1995. He has served on many other municipal Boards and Committees, including the City of Beverly – Lynch Park Advisory Committee, Chairman (2001 – 2014) and the Town of Danvers Balanced Growth Committee (1990 – 1994). In 2016, Rich was appointed to the Town of Middleton’s Facilities Planning and Building Committee. Rich is a member the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Policy Committee on Public Works, Transportation and Public Utilities. He is also a member of the Massachusetts State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC). The STIC focuses on all aspects of innovation and accelerated project delivery throughout the Commonwealth.
Mr. Benevento has been an active member of the American Public Works Association (APWA) since 1988 and served as the New England Chapter President in 2013. He currently serves on the New England Chapter Past Presidents Advisory Council and is the New England Chapter National Delegate to the Council of Chapters. He previously served as Secretary of the Essex County Massachusetts Highway Association from 2000 to 2014. In 2007 Rich receive the APWA New England Chapter Member of the Year Award and in 2006 received the Essex County Highway Association’s Distinguished Service Award.
Rich is a recognized expert on public funding, having secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state funding for cities and towns throughout Massachusetts. His experience, contacts, follow-through and tenacity are the necessary ingredients to ensure that WorldTech clients’ projects advance through the labyrinth of funding criteria. Mr. Benevento is one of the most effective and knowledgeable individuals in the Commonwealth when it comes to securing funding for municipal transportation improvements.
William P. Mertz, P.E. — Vice President
Bill Mertz has over 25 years of roadway and infrastructure experience on a wide variety of roadway, bridge, transportation, and utility infrastructure projects throughout New England. Bill’s experience includes oversight of financial performance, project management, and technical delivery of transportation and infrastructure projects.
Bill has worked on several significant projects for state agencies including the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and MassDOT, as well as local communities throughout New England.
Bill has extensive experience in a wide variety of roadway, bridge, transportation, and utility infrastructure projects for numerous municipalities and state agencies. His experience ranges from conceptual to final design and construction oversight of a wide variety of roadway, transportation, and utility infrastructure projects including, but not limited to, water, sewer, and storm water projects. His responsibilities have included management of multidisciplinary teams as well as technical design and oversight including geometric roadway design, grading, storm water/drainage and sanitary sewer design, maintenance of traffic, and preparation of contract documents, including plans, profiles, sections, specifications, and construction cost estimates. Bill is especially talented in navigating the public process. He has a special ability to articulate the goals and objectives of the project and present the solutions in a manner that the public can understand and accept. Bill is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.