Joseph A. De Marco
During his four years mentoring for the Northeast Florida affiliate, Joe has achieved notable successes. In 2012 he created the affiliate’s first national competition team which focused solely on preparing a project for the CIRT—ACE National Design Competition. This year his team is one of the three finalists. He devotes several hundred hours a year to ACE and organizes several field trips. These serve dual purposes of introducing students to relevant design and construction concepts and the community to ACE. The activities of his teams frequently garner the attention of local press and even the county school board. He trains and empowers students on the national competition team to become peer mentors who work with students on other ACE teams.