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Khaled Naja leads CMAA as board chair

Khaled Naja of Cruise Terminals International, recently became the new Chair of the Board of Directors of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) at CMAA2023, the association’s national conference in Washington, D.C.

Before he became Cruise Terminal’s CEO, he was  executive vice-president at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, and before that helped lead the global aviation division at Parsons Corporation.

Khaled is a member of the CMAA North Texas Chapter, where he first became active in the association. In 2022, Khaled served as Treasurer of the Board, where he served as the Chair of both of the Audit Committee and the Investment Advisory Committee. After serving as Chair-Elect for 2023, Khaled has now become the CMAA Board of Directors Chair.

“When I joined the National Board, what struck me was the abundance of talent,” Khaled said. “Directors generously share their time, thoughts, opinions, and commitment to our profession and association. I am grateful to each of them, and I eagerly anticipate continuing this remarkable journey with them in the year ahead.”

In his acceptance speech at CMAA2023 on October 30 in Washington, D.C., Khaled committed to:

  • Expanding CMAA’s advocacy initiative with objectives for preferences for Certified Construction Managers (CCMs) and a federal position classification for program and construction management professionals.
  • Developing a strategy for international engagement that advances CMAA’s strategic objectives for knowledge, best practices, and engaging other organizations.
    Defining the role of program and construction management professionals in delivery methods, other than design-bid-build and positioning CMAA to effectively champion the profession across the industry.
  • Upholding and further fostering CMAA’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the industry.
  • Advocating for and showcasing how CMAA Builds Better — whether it’s in people, projects, programs, or education.

“Throughout, I am committed to diligently implementing our strategic framework, ensuring that we meet our goals and aspirations. CMAA is fortunate to have a dynamic Board of Directors, reflecting the diversity that defines our industry. I commit as the Chair of CMAA to serve the members of this remarkable association and ardently uphold CMAA’s Vision and Mission. I eagerly anticipate an extraordinary year ahead,” Khaled said.

CMAA’s national offices are in Vienna, VA.

Mark Buckshon
Mark Buckshonhttps://washingtonconstructionnews.com
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Washington Construction News. He is also president of the Construction News and Report Group of Companies. He combines a journalism and business background, and has published construction trade publications for more than 30 years, after an earlier career in journalism, which culminated when he lived through the transition from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe in 1978-80 as a sub-editor for the Bulawayo Chronicle and a correspondent for a Canadian news service.

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