Buffalo, New York-based Wendel, a national architectural, engineering, energy efficiency and construction management company, recently announce the expansion of its presence in the Southeast and the addition of Shayla J. Nealy as director of infrastructure programming.

According to a news release, Nealy, a Union City councilwoman, brings leadership and many distinct competencies to the company.

“She has spent a good portion of her career focusing on improving the Atlanta region’s water infrastructure as well as devoting her time to the betterment of the community,” company spokeswoman Kaitlyn Christopher said in a statement.

Nealy will be working in the company’s new Atlanta office and will focus on both business development and leading projects and initiatives for infrastructure clients in the Southeast, Christopher said.

Nealy is in her second term as a city council member, having been re-elected in 2017 after running unopposed.

She previously worked with the Clayton County Water Authority as a water resources engineer.

Nealy posted on Facebook she had been there nine and a half years.

“The transition is very bittersweet, as I’ve had a great run,” she said in a statement. “We’ve accomplished a lot and I am proud to leave good fruit.”

Nealy earned a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering from Florida A&M University.

She is also a graduate of the Georgia Water Professionals Leadership Academy.

Nealy serves as a Flint River Basin advisory council member and on the board of the South Fulton Regional Municipal Water Authority.

“As a testament to her professional dedication and service relations,” Christopher said, “Shayla is also an honoree of Outstanding Atlanta, the city’s premier honor for community involvement, class of 2018.”

Nealy was named Most Influential in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta in the last three annual editions, Christopher said, and earned the 2016 Jack C. Dozier Emerging Leader award from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

According to her biography on the Union City website, she is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority with multiple credentials.

“She is a dynamic, well-versed woman who has received copious accolades and awards for her efforts and continues to show her ability to be civically engaged and workplace efficient,” the biography stated. “She has utilized the wealth of knowledge from service affiliations and work experiences to hold a variety of leadership roles with professional organizations.”

Wendel is a national design, construction and energy services company providing services to clients across the country, the release stated.

Its services include architecture, interior design, civil, electrical, energy efficiency, environmental, mechanical, municipal, structural and transportation engineering, construction management, energy management, alternative fuels, landscape architecture and land-use planning.

Its offices include locations in Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, New York; Minneapolis; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Phoenix, Arizona; Richmond, Virginia; Clarksburg, West Virginia; Columbus, Ohio; Meriden, Connecticut and the Washington, D.C. area.

Information: 678-222-0375 or wendelcompanies.com

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