Our President and CEO, was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) after obtaining his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico in 1982. COL Fernandez’s education includes a Master’s degree in International Relations from Troy State University, all academic work for a DBA from University of Phoenix, and preparatory course to take the PgMP exam and certification.
Following Engineer Officer Basic, he served in various positions as Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, a couple of battalion staff positions, Company Commander, and a brigade staff officer before taking over as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff Engineer for 7th ARCOM in Schwetzingen, Germany until August of 2001. He then spent two years as Plans Officer for Joint and Combined Multi-Agency Strategic Exercises for the US SOUTHCOM J34 in Miami, Florida. In March of 2006, COL Fernandez joined III Corps, in FT Hood, TX as the Corps Staff Engineer. There he assumed duties as the Multi-National Corp Staff Engineer Officer (CJ7) and proceeded to lead his section in Iraq from August 2006 until August 2007 coordinating the engineer support to the surge and the certification of engineer soldiers to dispose of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). Upon return from the Iraqi Theater of War, COL Fernandez served as the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Deputy Chief of Staff for Reserve Components.
COL Fernandez retired 30 September 2010 with over 30 years federal service. Upon retirement COL Fernandez consulted with various organizations in Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland where he worked to build their business’ potential by structuring proposals, negotiating business terms and conditions, and closing numerous opportunity transactions. Finally, he joined Arpeggio, LLC on 29 April, 2013 as President and CEO.
"Juan is the consummate professional. He allows all that work for him the independence they need to complete the mission. He develops the trust and confidence in other leaders that is a "must have" for a senior leader to succeed in business or the military. A successful father, husband, military leader, and businessman, Juan is the person you want working with you. The best of the best." BG Douglas R. Satterfield Deputy Commanding General, 412th Theater Engineer Command, Vicksburg, MS