Leadership Team


Managing Principal
Craig Finley is the founder and Managing Principal of FINLEY Engineering Group. With over three decades of experience and numerous high-profile projects in his portfolio, Craig is among the acknowledged leaders in the bridge engineering and construction industry. He has been honored for his service to the industry with two Leadership Awards from the American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI); he is the only two-time recipient. Craig was also listed among Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure, “Power List 2010 – People Who Make Transportation Infrastructure Go” and Structural Engineering & Design, “Top Structural Engineering & Architectural Firms 2010.”Craig’s work includes all bridge types and materials, and he has participated in some of the most notable bridge projects of the last 35 years. This includes the Sunshine Skyway Bridge across Tampa Bay, Florida; the Woodrow Wilson Bridge replacement in Washington D.C.; the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge in Williamson County, Tennessee; the Tacoma Narrows Bridge replacement across Puget Sound in Washington; the Motza Bridge Design-Build in Jerusalem, Israel; the Seabreeze Bridge in Daytona Beach, Florida; the Sidney Lanier Bridge replacement in Brunswick, Georgia; the Section 6 – Palmetto Expressway in Miami, Florida; and the Bayonne Bridge Approaches in New York and New Jersey.

Craig has served in a leadership role in several of the professional organizations to which he belongs, including the American Segmental Bridge Institute Executive Committee (Past President), the Post-Tensioning Institute (Member of Cable-Stayed Bridge Committee), the Prestress Concrete Institute, International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering, National Society of Professional Engineers, Florida Engineering Society, and the National Steel Bridge Alliance.

Craig is a registered professional engineer in 41 states, the District of Columbia and the Provinces of Alberta, Canada; British Columbia, Canada; and Ontario, Canada.  He holds his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas.



Technical Director
Jacques is one of the world’s leading experts in the design and construction engineering of cable-stayed and long-span bridges. During his distinguished, award-winning career, Jacques played a major role in some of the most innovative bridge projects of the past several decades, including the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa, the Brotonne Bridge on the Seine River in France, the Rion-Antirion in the Gulf of Corinth, Greece, and the Sutong Bridge Project in China. A frequent collaborator with legendary bridge designer Jean Muller, Jacques is a two-time nominee as ENR magazine’s Man of the Year. His long list of honors and recognitions also includes the 2015 Prix Albert Caquot Medal by the French Association of Civil Engineering (AFGC), the 2010 Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur, honored by the the President of the French Repoublic, the Federation International du Beton Medal of Merit Award in 2004, the Award of L’Association Francaise pour la Construction in 1991, and three Innovation Awards from Groupe GTM. He served as president for two years of the International Association for Bridges and Structural Engineering (IABSE) and has been a keynote speaker at many industry conferences and meetings.

In addition to serving in key design and technical advisory roles on some of the most complex bridge projects in the world, Jacques is recognized for developing far-reaching innovations in the fields of pre-fabricated concrete and steel-concrete composite bridges. He has a master’s degree in engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, spent many years as a professor at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in the field of construction techniques, and has published more than 40 scientific and technical papers.



Principal – Technical Director
Jerry has a uniquely diverse background in the field of bridge engineering, having performed design, construction engineering, field engineering, bridge inspection and general consultant roles. He has been involved in the design of a variety of bridge structure types, including flat slab, prestressed I-girder, steel girder, precast segmental balanced cantilever, cast-in-place segmental, precast span-by-span, tied-arch, and cable-stayed bridges. Notable design experience includes ship impact analysis, finite element analysis, seismic analysis, strut-and-tie modeling and time dependent analysis. Prior to joining the firm, Jerry was with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), where he served as the Area Structures Engineer in Districts 1 (Bartow) and 6 (Miami). In those positions, he was responsible for plans review and approval of all major bridge structures within his districts. Jerry served as project manager and project engineer on a wide-ranging group of projects. This includes the Foothills Parkway Bridges in Tennessee, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Replacement, and the Benicia Martinez Bridge.

Jerry earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering and his Masters of Engineering from the University of Florida. While at Florida, he was one of the original members of the software development team for the FB-Pier non-linear structural analysis program. He is a member of ASBI and the Florida Engineering Society, which awarded him the 2010 Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, Big Bend Chapter.



Principal – Finance & Administration
Colby has been with FINLEY Engineering Group since January of 2014. Prior to joining FINLEY, Colby worked as a Senior Financial Executive with 18 years of accounting, finance and administration experience with a Fortune 500 Company. Overseeing all financial and administrative activities, Colby has ensured overall company efficiencies allowing the firm to meet and exceed its goals. Colby’s efforts have allowed FINLEY to stay on track with its Strategic Plan year-in and year-out.

Colby has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University. She demonstrated a consistent track record of hitting or exceeding the operational plan targets and helped grow the endowment fund from $5.2 million to $9.6 million. Colby has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Mercer University and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Florida State University.


Jindrich Potucek, P.E.

Principal – Regional Bridge Engineer
Working with FINLEY Engineering Group since 2011, Jindrich is highly-skilled in complex bridge design and construction engineering for bridge types including cable-stayed and segmental primarily as part of FINLEY’s design-build team. He received his Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Czech Technical University of Prague and his Masters of Civil Engineering from Europe’s top Civil Engineering University, the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in Paris. Key projects include the Ironton-Russell Cable-Stayed Bridge, a new 2,616-ft-long (798m) bridge with a 900-ft (275m) cable-stayed main span and two 370-ft (113m) cable-stayed side spans; the Road 1 Motza Bridge Design-Build in Israel, which includes two 800 meter precast segmental bridges. Jindrich is a member of the American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) and the National Steel Bridge Alliance. In 2014, Jindrich received the 2014 Rising Star in Structural Engineering Award and has presented on the topic of segmental bridge design at the ASBI Annual Bridge Conference.



Director – Operations
Jeff’s experience encompasses managing highly-detailed training programs involving scheduling, budgeting, forecasting, and building high-performance teams in the most complex work environments. His extensive operations experience and proven ability to lead highly-technical staff adds efficiency to both operations and scheduling. As Operations Manager at FINLEY Engineering Group, Jeff develops, implements, and reviews operational procedures and plans to ensure overall company productivity. His management abilities at FINLEY support the company’s Strategic Plan, allowing for seamless workflow throughout the organization. Jeff has a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri, a Masters of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and he is a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.