John (Jack) Hartman

Strategic Advisor

Jack is a nationally recognized leader in implementing and managing major infrastructure projects. As SDI’s Strategic Advisor, Jack will focus on specific strategic initiatives dedicated to SDI’s growth.

Prior to SDI, Jack held executive leadership positions at international design, consulting, engineering and management services company Arcadis, and program and project management consulting firm The Rise Group, where he led project teams at the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management, the Chicago Housing Authority, the College of DuPage and the Public Building Commission of Chicago at which he led the deployment of over 9,000 video surveillance cameras across the City.

Jack previously served as Executive Director of the Illinois Tollway, where he led the $5.3 billion Open Roads for a Faster Future, which included rebuilding/restoring 90% of the Tollway’s 274-mile system, converting all 20 mainline toll plazas to barrier-free Open Road Tolling, and building the $880 million I-355 South Extension from I-55 to I-80. Prior to the Tollway, Jack served as Executive Vice President of Construction, Engineering, and Facilities for the Chicago Transit Authority, where he oversaw the $2.5 billion Capital Development Program, including the $482 million rehabilitation of the 100-year-old Douglas (Blue) Line and the $250 million Red Line renovation. At the CTA, Jack initiated “Project Net,” a web-based project management system for the Capital Development Program which won the 2003 Driehaus Award for Innovation. Jack implemented ISO 9001 certification of both the Tollway and CTA Capital Improvement Programs.

Preceding his time with the CTA, Jack managed major terminal and landside facilities projects at both O’Hare International and Midway Airports as Deputy Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Aviation. He negotiated the outsourced maintenance and management of the $618 million International Terminal, the $125 million Airport Transit System, and the 21,000-space parking operation at O’Hare and Midway. He coordinated the final construction and opening of both O’Hare’s new International Terminal and the Airport Transit System. As Project Manager for the Midway Terminal Project, he directed the design and negotiated the agreement with Southwest Airlines to build the $722 million replacement terminal. He also restructured O’Hare and Midway Airports concessions program to include street pricing and national branding, adding 51 new units and initiating a $50 million construction program.

Mr. Hartman is a graduate of the Loyola University of Chicago where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, a Master of Business Administration degree and a Juris Doctor. Mr. Hartman is an adjunct professor at The Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering teaching program management. He was named 2005 Citizen of the Year by the City Club of Chicago. He is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the boards of 100 Club of Chicago, Catholic Charities, Loyola Quinlan School of Business Advisory Board, Haymarket, and is the President of the Irish Fellowship Educational and Cultural Foundation.

Connect with Jack Hartman on LinkedIn