In The Spotlight

“In the Spotlight” showcases TranSystems’ news, staff, projects, awards, successes and other topics of special note to those in the industry as well as our clients.
John Fortmann Joins TranSystems as Vice President and Client Manager Bringing Extensive Illinois DOT Experience
John Fortmann, PE, joins TranSystems Corp., a consulting firm that provides engineering and architecture solutions to the transportation marketplace, as vice president and client manager. He has more than 30 years of experience in the design and management of Illinois transportation programs. 

In this role, Fortmann will expand our relationship with the Illinois Department of Transportation, from which he recently retired, and work with other regional client managers to expand and grow DOT, municipal and bridge practices. 
“Fortmann brings great experience and strengths to TranSystems,” said Principal and Chicago Area Leader Chuck Stenzel. “As a long-standing leader in IDOT’s largest region, John oversaw program development, project implementation, administration and maintenance operations. This broad base of knowledge will help us better understand and further our partnership with this top client.”
Prior to joining TranSystems, Fortmann was Region One Engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation, which oversaw six counties in Northeastern Illinois that make up the Chicago Metropolitan area. He has served many roles within the department, including design, land acquisition, and program management. 
Fortmann holds a Master of Science in civil engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Bradley University. 
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