Robert M. Aydukovic – President of the Maryland Center for Construction Education and Innovation (MCCEI). MCCEI is an industry driven public-private partnership working in tandem with the private industry, government, and Maryland’s Universities, community colleges and secondary schools to position construction as a career of choice, to promote the economic vitality of construction in Maryland and serve as an industry resource.
In addition to MCCEI, Aydukovic serves as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of Baltimore teaching Community Economic Development in the undergraduate Real Estate and Economic Development program and at the Johns Hopkins University teaching Managing Construction Projects in the Master’s in Real Estate and Infrastructure program. Aydukovic also serves as Executive in Residence at University of Baltimore strengthening relationships between the Merrick School of Business and the built environment industry.
Aydukovic’s career spans over 25 years in Maryland’s construction, real estate and economic development sectors. Past experiences include serving as a general construction laborer, mechanic’s helper, cost estimator, project manager, commercial district revitalization coordinator, new business development, financial feasibility and analysis, market studies, crafting real estate operating pro formas, risk and return models and valuations. Beyond real estate, Aydukovic has worked with prominent non-profits and institutions on strategic planning initiatives and fundraising strategies. Aydukovic has negotiated, structured, and gained approvals of public-private partnerships resulting in over $700 million invested and 1,500 jobs created or retained in Maryland since 1996.
Prior to joining MCCEI, Mr. Aydukovic has worked for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc. (DPOB) from 2001 to 2009, and the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), the City’s quasi-public economic development agency, from 1996 to 2001. While serving at DPOB and BDC, he helped negotiate public-private partnerships on several market rate apartment, hotels, office, parking structure, industrial and retail/entertainment projects. In other work experience, Mr. Aydukovic has served as a commercial district revitalization coordinator in the Belair-Edison neighborhood of Baltimore City from 1994 to 1996 and in the commercial construction industry with the Overhead Door Company of Washington, DC from 1989 to 1994.
Aydukovic has earned a Master of Science in Real Estate from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI.
Aydukovic currently serves as Chairman of the University of Baltimore Real Estate and Economic Development Program Advisory Board, member ULI Baltimore Advisory Council, member the Michigan State University Construction Management Alumni Board, and a volunteer little league coach with Reisterstown Baseball. Bob is also a past member of the Counselors of Real Estate, and an Associate Member of the Urban Land Institute Baltimore District Council. Through MCCEI, Bob maintains corporate memberships in the Associated Builders and Contractors Baltimore Metro Chapter, Maryland Associated General Contractors, Baltimore Building Congress and Exchange and the Maryland Economic Development Association.
He currently lives in Owings Mills, MD, with his wife and two sons.