Due Diligence: Getting to Know John Altieri



Our next “Due Diligence: Getting To Know…” employee spotlight is on: Associate Director John Altieri in New York.

Macro: Tell us a bit about yourself.

John: As a native New Yorker, my family’s roots are deep in the city’s building and construction trades. I attended Manhattan College, where I earned both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Construction Management. My connection to the school is still strong, and I participate in the college’s Mentorship Program, where I was honored in 2023 with the Distinguished Mentor Award.

Apart from work, I find fulfillment in giving back to my community by volunteering. One of my favorite activities is with the Alumni group at the Boy Scout Summer Camp, where we help the camp complete a major program area improvement project each year. Contributing to the camp’s development is how I give back to an important community from my childhood.

Macro: What do you love most about your work or working for Macro?

John: What I love most about my role at Macro is the synergy within the project team. The collaboration and camaraderie among my colleagues makes it more than just a job – it’s a partnership where individual talents come together for a shared success.

Macro: What is your favorite part of the project life cycle, and why?

John: The kickoff of construction is hands down my favorite part of the project. It’s where the magic happens. It’s where we lay down the plans and processes, the roadmap, that guide us through. The strategic planning, innovative thinking, and team effort set the stage for success. Being part of this energetic phase is both intellectually stimulating and personally rewarding. 

Macro: What is the one thing you couldn’t make it through the day without?

John: Day in and day out, humor is my lifesaver. Navigating complexity and tight schedules requires a good laugh – humor not only helps us cope but also fuels creativity and builds camaraderie. Finding the funny in seemingly absurd situations is a game-changer that makes each day enjoyable.

Macro: What are your tried-and-true “work hacks”?

John: One of my key strategies involves leveraging the Outlook flagging system. I triage incoming emails, assigning them time flags to prioritize and streamline my workflow.

Macro: What surprises people about your job?

John: The rate of change during a project. My job can be best defined as “change manager”, particularly in the context of accommodating and responding to shifts initiated by project owners. The nature of adapting and reacting to these owner-driven changes is a surprising aspect of my role.

Macro: If you could give one piece of advice to a young professional, what would it be?

John: Actively seek great bosses and distance yourself from less-than-ideal ones. An exceptional leader can challenge and elevate their team members. In my professional journey, I’ve recognized that working under the guidance of a great boss is key for both personal and professional growth.

Macro: Describe yourself in 5 words or less.

John: Analytical, community-oriented, dedicated, versatile, and humorous.