On April 20, a retirement celebration was held in honor of FDOT District Six Secretary, Gus Pego, celebrating his 37 years of service to the department.
Over 300 guest attended the event, which was held at the Pullman Airport Hotel in Miami. The attendees included Gus’ family and friends, current and former FDOT employees, and the FDOT Executive Committee including Secretary Jim Boxold, all FDOT District Secretaries, Assistant Secretary Brian Blanchard, and Chief of Staff Mike Dew. Also at the event were representatives from local partner agencies including Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), PortMiami, Miami-Dade Transit, and others in the transportation industry.
The evening was full of tributes to Secretary Pego. Representatives from the offices of U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio presented Gus with an American flag that was flown over the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. to honor his years of public service. Miami-Dade Transit Director Alice Bravo presented Gus with a plaque on behalf of Mayor Carlos Gimenez which proclaimed April 20 as Gus Pego, P.E. Day in Miami-Dade County.
Speakers included District Six department heads, local agency leaders such as Javier Rodriguez from MDX, Miami-Dade County officials, and former FDOT Secretaries Stephanie Kopelousos and José Abreu. Reminiscing with Gus and all in attendance about their experiences throughout the years, the speakers mentioned Gus’ strong leadership and dedication to the department and what an impact he has made on transportation in South Florida.
The evening rounded out with a speech from Secretary Pego in which he noted how much his career with FDOT has meant to him and how much he treasures the relationships with people who worked with him. He thanked his family for allowing him to pursue a career he has cherished and presented the District with a special photograph of the 826/836 project as a parting gift.
Pego, who officially retired on April 30, began his career as a P.E. trainee in District Six in 1978.