Team Player: David Bonifacic ’86 Leads Manhattan Engineering Firm, Gives to Athletics

1/10/2013

David Bonifacic ’86 co-founded WB Engineers|Consultants, headquartered in lower Manhattan, in 1999. As CEO, Bonifacic manages WB’s engineering, marketing, and financial teams as well as the strategic initiatives of a growing 90-employee firm. WB was founded during the dot-com boom and built its early business on data center design work. In the wake of 9/11, when lower Manhattan firms needed quick renovations, reconstruction, and relocation, WB was there to help them rebuild.

Now Bonifacic is giving to his alma mater, contributing to help build and sustain Stevens Athletics and its facilities, teams, and programs as a faithful member of the Varsity S Club.

“Athletics toughens you, prepares you for the world and balances you as a person,” he points out. “Just as Stevens academics prepared me for the technical challenges of my job, Stevens Athletics prepared me for teamwork in a business environment.”

Bonifacic was raised in Queens, commuting to Hoboken by subway and PATH train before deciding to move on campus. He starred as a six-foot-six-inch center on the Ducks’ basketball team and still ranks third all-time in career rebounds. After receiving a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering in 1986, he began working as a project engineer and principal specializing in the management of corporate interiors, data centers, and infrastructure projects. Ten years after founding WB, he earned a master’s in strategic communications from Columbia University.

Bonifacic gives to Stevens Athletics, he says, because athletics help students understand teamwork — a critical skill for business — and create a better university experience. He sees that tradition continuing today: his son D.J., a sophomore majoring in business and technology, follows in his footsteps as a member of the men’s lacrosse team.

This year, Bonifacic directed his giving to both the Men’s Lacrosse Fund and the general athletics fund and has joined the Stevens Athletics Advisory Board alongside his wife Elaine. In addition, he has participated in the Stevens Golf Outing, an annual fundraising event held on local links.

“I spread it around, but my gifts always go to some form of athletics,” he says.

“During the first meeting I had with David, he shared stories of his basketball days at Stevens; I knew immediately how much he appreciated his time here,” said Michelle Schleibaum, Associate Director of Development for Athletics. “It has been a pleasure to work with David and see him become more involved with the University, both as an alumnus and as a parent of one of our lacrosse players."

“We are grateful to those like David who recognize the impact athletics have on our students and the Stevens community.”