The Moles Announce 2020 Award Winners

James M. Marquardt and J. Fletcher Creamer Jr. have been selected for Outstanding Achievement Awards by The Moles, a national heavy construction industry professional organization. The awards will be presented at The Moles’ Annual Award Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Marquardt will accept The Moles Member Award and Creamer will receive the Moles Non-Member Award.


James Marquardt is Vice President and Eastern Area Manager for J.F. Shea Construction Inc. His career in heavy construction started in 1971, as a 19-year-old apprentice surveyor on the A-3 section of the Washington, D.C., Metro. In 1977, he joined Gates & Fox Co., working in various capacities on WMATA subway projects and on the Bath County Pumped Storage Project. By the age of 28, he was named Project Manager on the WSSC Bi-County Water Tunnel project in Chevy Chase, Maryland, a 4,600-lf, 7.5-ft diameter water tunnel. He went on to serve as Project Manager on the MX Missile Basing System for the U.S. Air Force. Marquardt joined the Mergentime Corp. in 1986 and served as Project Manager on the WMATA F3c Project, a 3,200-ft soft ground tunnel mined by an EPB tunnel boring machine.

In 1987, Marquardt joined J.F. Shea Co., and served as Project Manager on several jobs, including two more WMATA subway tunnel projects. He then served as Tunnel Manager on the Halskov portion of the Storebaelt Subaqueous Rail Tunnel Project, part of the bridge and tunnel crossing linking Denmark and Germany. Other projects included the MTA subway project in Los Angeles; two major MWRA water tunnel projects in Massachusetts; Joint Venture commitments for DEP water tunnel projects in New York City, and two major Second Avenue Subway Projects for the MTA.

In 2001, Marquardt was promoted to Vice President of Shea and has been Shea’s Eastern Area Manager since 2008. Marquardt was again promoted in 2011, becoming Senior Vice President. Among Jim’s proudest accomplishments was serving as Project Director of the Joint Venture team of Shea, Skanska and Schiavone, which, in November 2007, was awarded the $1.1 billion contract for the extension of the No. 7 Line from 42nd St. and 8th Ave. to 25th St and 12th Ave. It will provide subway access to the Javits Convention Center and to the massive Hudson Yards development, now under construction.

Most recently, Marquardt been involved in the startup of the $1.6 billion Metro Westside Purple Line Project in Los Angeles, and the pursuit of the Purple Line LRT Project in Maryland.

Marquardt is a past president of The Moles (2015-16) and served on the RETC Executive Committee including Chairman for the 2009 Conference. In 2012, he received both the Golden Beaver Award for Supervision from the Beavers and the UCA Award for Outstanding Individual from UCA of SME.


J. Fletcher “Fletch” Creamer Jr. is CEO of J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc., a multi-discipline contractor headquartered in Hackensack, N.J. Creamer is the fourth generation of Creamers to lead the company, which was founded in 1923.

Creamer attended Fairleigh Dickinson University where he majored in business administration. Starting as a laborer in 1970, he advanced through numerous positions along the way to his appointment as chief executive officer in 2006. During his 30-year management reign the company has experienced steady growth and is ranked one of the most successful utility and heavy construction contractors in the nation.

Passion for excellence in the workplace is complemented by Creamer’s active involvement with professional and community associations. He was president of the Utility and Transportation Contractors of New Jersey (UTCA), a trade organization with a membership of 1,300 contractors. Creamer served on the UTCA’s board of directors for 14 years and is well known for his extraordinary service on the organization’s labor committee, earning him the Ronald L. Weiner Award, as well as its most prestigious award, The William Feather Award. He was inducted into the UTCA New Jersey Construction Industry Hall of Fame in 2014.

Creamer was past co-chairman of the New Jersey Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust; a trustee of Laborers Local 472 and 172 Pension and Welfare Fund, with past service as chairman of the board of trustees of the Construction Industry Advancement Program of New Jersey.

His civic and charitable endeavors include the Board of Governors of Hackensack University Medical Center for 28 years from 1991 to 2019 and chairman from 2007 to 2010; board of directors of the New Jersey Alliance for Action; and director of Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. In 2013 he joined the Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey board of trustees. He is a board member of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and a member of The Bergen County 200 Club, which provides assistance to families of police, fire and ambulance squads whose members are injured in the performance of their duties. He and his wife, Edie, also belonged to Volunteers in Protective Services (VIPS) – mentoring disadvantaged children.

Given his extensive community and civic involvement, he has been the recipient of many awards. He received the 2014 Felician College President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to Felician College; the Archdiocese of Newark presented him with the 2013 Archbishop’s Business and Labor Recognition Award; the 2011 Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce’s Distinguished Honoree for supporting the growth and economy of the Meadowlands; the 2007 AFL-CIO Annual Labor Award’s Award for Business; the 2007 NJIT Engineering Impact Award; the 2007 American Red Cross Salute to Volunteerism Award; The New Jersey Alliance for Action’s President’s Award; the 1997 President’s Medallion Award from Felician College; and the 2000 Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce Award for commitment to the Meadowlands and New Jersey. He has also been named one of the Top 100 Business People in the New Jersey by Business News.

Creamer is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys big game fishing aboard the family’s 72-ft yacht, the Ditch Digger. He always finds time to attend the home games of his favorite teams, the Devils and the Giants. But most of all, he loves spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He and his wife reside in northern New Jersey. His two children are members of the fifth generation to work in the family business. Edie also has two children and together they have eight grandchildren.

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