Engineering expert joins Gilbane Building Co. as business development manager

She’s worked on projects such as the Times Square Tower, Somerset Corporate Center and the redevelopment of the retail concourse at Rockefeller Center, and now Cristina Martinez has joined Gilbane Building Co.

Accepting the role as business development manager in Gilbane’s Newark office, Martinez brings over 25 years of strategy-driven construction industry experience to Gilbane’s strategic growth plans in New Jersey, serving as a partner, advocate and strategist to Gilbane’s regional New Jersey clients.

“We could not be more excited to welcome Cristina to the Gilbane team here in New Jersey,” Chris Cornick, director, business development, for Gilbane said. “I have known Cristina for nearly a decade and have always had tremendous respect for her as a peer, but even more so as an individual with a true passion for the success of our industry and the people within it. Cristina is the absolute embodiment of the Gilbane core values and will be a seamless fit for us both technically and culturally as we look to continue to expand our presence in the state.”

Martinez launched her career in structural engineering, working on analysis and design of complex high-rise structures, commercial projects, as well as renovations of existing historical buildings. Several years into her career, she transitioned into a marketing and business development role, leveraging her engineering expertise to better support clients’ needs and build successful industry relationships across all market sectors.

Martinez is deeply connected in the local architecture/engineering/construction, or AEC, industry, serving as president of the board of directors of the ACE Mentor Program of New Jersey and serving on the boards of Leadership Newark and Stevens Institute of Technology Alumni Association. She is an active member of Professional Women in Construction, the Association of Medical Facility Professionals and Women Builders Council.

Martinez earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering, both from Stevens Institute of Technology, with structural engineering concentrations.