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The JDI Group proudly announces the promotion of Drew VanNess, P.E., to the position of Executive Vice President. Drew’s journey within The JDI Group is a testament to his unwavering commitment, exceptional leadership, and outstanding contributions to both the company and the community.

Drew’s tenure with The JDI Group dates back to 2005 when he joined as a co-op. Over the years, Drew has exhibited remarkable dedication, steadily progressing through various roles within the company. His extensive involvement includes serving as Director of Operations – Process Group, Safety Director, Social Committee member, Sector Team Member, and Coordinator for the “Engineer for a Day” program.

In recognition of his exceptional talents and contributions, Drew was honored as a recipient of the 2019 Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine 40 Under 40 Award. His professional journey underscores his commitment to growth and excellence, culminating in his latest appointment as Executive Vice President.

A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Drew is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio and several other states. His technical proficiency is complemented by his proficiency in several software platforms, including AutoCAD/AutoCAD MEP and Navisworks.

Drew’s expertise spans various project focus areas, including industrial ventilation, commercial HVAC, dust collection, domestic and sanitary plumbing systems, material flow and handling, and machine design. His proficiency in engineering and leadership has been instrumental in supporting long-standing clients such as General Mills, Anderson Development Company, and others.

One of Drew’s memorable projects includes his lead role in a two-phase upgrade of a pneumatically conveyed flour delivery system for Star of the West in Willard, Ohio. The project involved engineering modifications to optimize existing infrastructure, resulting in a significant increase in flour delivery capacity.

“This upward movement within the organization is a testament to his strong technical base in engineering and his exceptional leadership skills. He is well respected within JDI as well as among our clientele,” said Tim Fry, President of The JDI Group. We are confident that Drew will continue to excel in his new role, driving growth and innovation while upholding our commitment to excellence.

Please join us in congratulating Drew VanNess on his well-deserved promotion to Executive Vice President.


About The JDI Group: The JDI Group is a leading architectural, engineering, and controls consulting firm dedicated to delivering innovative solutions across a wide range of industries. With a commitment to excellence and client satisfaction, The JDI Group continues to set the standard for excellence. For more information, visit