Get to know the members of our leadership team by reading more about them in the interviews below.
Senior Executive Team
Joe Albanese - Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Tom Comeau - Founder, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Paula Gerry - Chief Financial Officer
Lauren Larson - Senior Vice President, Organizational Development
Paul Martini - Senior Vice President, Principal & Director of Business Development
Dan Babine - Project Executive
Peter Collura - Director of Warranty Service
Tim LeBlanc - General Manager, Charles Services
Nancy Martini - Senior Marketing & Business Development Strategist
Peter Martini - Vice President, Project Executive and Business Unit Leader
Bob McAuliff - Project Executive
Jim Stadler - Vice President, Preconstruction & Purchasing
Joe Williams - Vice President, Project Executive
Joe has the global perspective of a business executive with 28 years of military service and the local ties that keep him firmly rooted in the Newton community he grew up in.
Joe has a degree in Civil Engineering from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Boston University. He joined the Navy after college and then pursued a career in the construction industry. He worked as a project manager at Martini, an executive at Macomber and later as a senior executive at Shawmut. In September, 2009, after twenty-eight years of military service concurrent with his civilian career, Joe retired as a Captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. He was awarded the distinguished Legion of Merit medal for his outstanding service and achievement.
It was back in November, 2002 that he founded Commodore…
Tom was born into a family immersed in the construction industry for four generations. He grew up around job sites, developed a strength in math and science, a love for engineering and a passion for construction. With that combination, the family’s fifth generation in construction was inevitable.
Tom attended BC High School, graduated from Wentworth with a degree in Civil Engineering and earned his MBA from Northeastern. His first job, as a co-op, was with Kennedy & Rossi. When he graduated from college, he re-joined the firm and over the next 15 years, progressed through the ranks from field engineer to an officer of the company.
In 2003, Tom joined Commodore…
Even as a child, Paula loved big business. Before she was ten, she was putting on magic shows and creating haunted houses for neighborhood kids – all for a small fee, of course. Growing up in Holliston, Massachusetts, Paula found ways to profit from her family’s recreational endeavors. She showed the Irish Wolfhounds her parents raised and bred, and in Junior High she worked at dog shows.
Having spent her early years learning how to make the big bucks, her favorite classes in high school were math, economics, and accounting. It was only natural for Paula to attend Babson College…close-by, well known and regarded for turning out international entrepreneurs. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree, high honors and a job that would lead to twenty years – and counting – in construction.
Paula’s career began with a large international company. Her position provided exposure to all the facets of construction and project management. A stint as regional controller for a national service contractor followed and then she moved on, this time to a newly formed commercial contractor. She remained there for eight years, acquiring knowledge and entrepreneurial experience that proved invaluable when the phone call came from Joe Albanese.
In 2003, Paula joined Commodore.
Growing up, she wanted to be Barbara Walters, but when it came time for college, her father said he’d pay for Babson. Any place else, she was on her own. So she put journalism aside, graduated with a dual degree in management and communications… without debt…and with a newfound taste for business. Today, Lauren lives in Dover with her husband, two sons and a fantastically fat cat named after two dead rappers.
Lauren joined Ford Motor Company right out of school and became the first female field manager on the East Coast, before trading-in cars for a career in the early days of the computer graphics industry. Her small firm was gobbled up by DuPont, where she spent a few years as a European market manager before hitting the mommy track.
Back in the workforce, she joined Jack Morton, an IPG company focused on experiential brand communications for Fortune 500 companies. Eight years later, she joined the emerging brand practice at Continuum, an industrial design firm.
When Lauren met Joe Albanese, she wasn’t looking for a new career, but he made her an offer she couldn’t refuse…to help steer a new company, in an industry new to her, with unlimited potential. Joe was looking for someone from outside the construction industry for a fresh approach. The time was right for a new challenge.
In January, 2005, Lauren joined Commodore…
Paul Martini served as president of A.J. Martini, Inc., for 35 years. During that time, the Winchester- based, family-owned construction management firm specialized in the private sector of the construction industry, serving clients in the commercial, institutional and healthcare markets.
Paul started working when he was 12 years old. It was1963 – and his first project was the St. Brigid School, in Lexington. His mother and father had to drive him to work, but he loved it. He went on to work during every school and summer vacation, right through college.
He graduated from Union College with a degree in Economics and a desire to be independent. So, he launched a career in finance. He joined a big Connecticut bank where he lasted exactly one year in their training program. He was miserable.
Back in Boston, he applied for positions at several more banks – but in the process, he ran into an old friend who was working for a large construction management firm. The firm was looking for people. Simultaneous offers came through from the banks and the CM firm and he opted for construction. Three years later, the recession hit. Out of a job, he contemplated an offer from a Colorado firm – but chose the opportunity to work part time for the family business. It was 1977.
Paul came onboard as an estimator. He took on his first project, a management role at the TGI Fridays on Newbury Street, in 1978-79. By this time he could drive himself to work…but the love for working in the field hadn’t changed. He rose in the ranks from project manager to vice president – and finally to president of A.J. Martini in 1986.
Paul’s 40 years of industry experience include the restoration of historic Faneuil Hall; the expansion and renovation of Harvard University’s Memorial Hall; and construction of the first phase of the Channel Center project in South Boston.
Paul has played an active role in industry organizations throughout his professional career. He’s served as president of the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts; as a member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Designer Selection Board for multiple terms; and on the Massachusetts Convention Center Designer Selection Board.
Paul’s an avid skier and an accomplished golfer. His personal commitment to the community includes active involvement with the Friends of Boston’s Homeless as a member of the board, as well as a past member of the board of Corporators at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has served on the board of the Winchester Country Club and is currently a member of the board at The Profile Club and a Trustee of New Hampshire’s Holderness School.
On December 4, 2012, Paul and his company joined forces with Joe Albanese and Commodore Builders…
Long before Dan Babine was hitting construction projects out of the park, he was scoring home runs on the baseball field. Growing up in Winthrop, Massachusetts, Dan spent much of his youth playing sports and learning the value of teamwork and dedication. Those two values have served him well throughout his career in construction.
Baseball wasn’t the only thing that influenced Dan’s outlook on life. His younger years were spent in a house filled with parents, grandparents and five siblings. Dan’s father and grandfather shaped his future by including him in home construction projects. By the time he left for the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1981, Dan knew that he wanted to focus his studies on building.
In December, 2011, Dan joined Commodore…
Peter Collura believes that home is where the heart is. Born, raised and still residing in Waltham, Peter joined the Navy in ’68 and returned four years later to run the bar at a local Waltham landmark, the Chateau. It took less than a year to reconnect with his Junior High School sweetheart and to marry her. He opened a night club on State Street, then became part owner of another landmark, the Wal-Lex recreation complex in Waltham. As partners began to retire, Peter and his brother-in-law bought out the original partners and took over running the largest roller skating and bowling alley in the state.
Twenty-five years (and three children) later, Peter and his partner closed the business, leased the land, and embarked on retirement. The plan for Peter was to indulge in the passions he’d put on the back burner for all those years: golfing, cooking, making wine. But Joe Albanese invited Peter to dinner one night to talk about joining his new company. After only a few months, Peter’s retirement was history and a new career had begun.
In October, 2002, he joined Commodore…
If Tim saw his own boys do the stunts he once did, this reformed motocross wild man would probably issue a safety violation…or at least relive the moments. But the once daredevil is now a devoted family man. He followed his father’s footsteps into construction and is raising his own kids to be passionate…but hopefully about anything but dirt bikes.
One of three sibs, Tim grew up in Bellingham. He was consumed with hockey and dirt bikes by the time he was ten. By the fourth grade he had a paper route to support his dirt bike habit. He rode, but only recreationally, since his dad feared racing would jeopardize hockey.
Growing up, Tim watched his dad building on the Boston College campus. The school and the construction career interested him. After high school, Tim played hockey for BC. He majored in economics and, with his dirt bike ambitions on hold, he joined the labor union and began working with his dad at Richard White & Sons.
The degree in economics gave him plenty of flexibility, but it never occurred to him to pursue a path other than construction. His relationship with the Whites was deep and 20 years of construction trucks in the driveway was enough to keep Tim on board at Richard White & Sons. His career trajectory was rapid. He progressed from laborer to labor foreman, and became the driving force behind the Richard White & Son’s safety program - an ironic role for a daredevil.
After 13 years with Richard White & Sons, Tim moved on to Shawmut Design and Construction as a safety officer, and later Safety Director. He was married by then, raising two boys and accumulating a lot of industry experience.
In 2005, Tim joined Commodore…
Born in California and raised in Minnesota, Nancy Martini moved east after college, to advance her career in advertising. The plan was to get some New York advertising experience under her belt and then return to fame and fortune in Minnesota. She landed a job at Dunkin’ Donuts, and began travelling back and forth between their advertising agency’s office in New York and Dunkin’ headquarters in Braintree. After Dunkin’ Donuts, Nancy accepted a management position at Hill Holliday. That’s where she met Paul Martini and that’s when her plan took an unexpected turn. There would be no going back to Minneapolis. She married Paul and settled into East Coast life.
After Hill Holliday, Nancy went on to become a partner in a small publishing firm before finally joining the family construction business in 2001. By that time, she had gained over twenty-five years of advertising and marketing experience.
As Director of Communications for A.J. Martini, Nancy’s role included development of the firm’s communication strategy and marketing materials, business development and administration of Human Resources. As a member of the firm’s Senior Management Committee, she participated in strategic planning for the company and chaired the firm’s training committee.
Nancy graduated with a dual degree in Journalism and Marketing from the University of Minnesota. She co-chairs the Meds & Ed Committee for NEWIRE. She is a member of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle and president of Friends of the Notch in Franconia, NH.
On December 4, 2012, Nancy and her company joined forces with Joe Albanese and Commodore Builders…
Peter Martini joined A.J. Martini in 1990, bringing with him 14 years of construction experience that began working with the family business and expanded to include 5 years at Snyder Langston Builders, a top 200 ENR contractor in Irvine, California. In 1983 Peter left the West Coast to return to his roots in New England as the president and treasurer of Jerome Construction Company. He remained at the helm of that firm for seven years before joining forces and combining with A.J. Martini, Inc.
Throughout Peter’s career in construction, he has served clients in the institutional, commercial and healthcare markets. He has managed numerous ground-up construction projects on academic campuses, including the Wold Science & Engineering Center at Union College; the 98,000 square foot Jordan Athletic Center at Belmont Hill School; and the newest 130 bed residence hall at Dean College.
Peter’s portfolio of academic work also includes high profile renovation and historic restoration projects for the iconic Nott Memorial at Union College and Memorial Hall at Harvard University.
Peter has completed many healthcare projects, including an extensive expansion to the Winchester Hospital Cancer Care Center and the newly renovated radiology department at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in Medford, MA. Peter has also managed projects for New England Deaconess, Massachusetts General Hospital and Elliot Hospital.
A graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY, Peter holds a Certificate of Professional Achievement from Northeastern University in Building and Construction Technology and an ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate. He is a member of the Board and the Facilities Chairman at the Winchester Country Club. He is a member of the Belmont Hill School Corporation and serves on the facilities committee.
Peter is an avid skier and golfer and he coaches the Varsity Soccer team at Newton Country Day School.
On December 4, 2012, Peter and his company joined forces with Joe Albanese and Commodore Builders…
Bob McAuliff is a Project Executive with a mid-western work ethic. He was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, on the North Shore of Chicago. He started working in the 6th grade and he’s been working ever since and always in construction. He partnered with a painting contractor through high school, and then started his own painting and residential construction company. The profits paid for college. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Management and headed for the west coast.
Bob built boutiques on Rodeo Drive and airplane hangars in Burbank for the personal planes of the rich and famous. When he joined LA’s largest developer in 1989, he started building the big stuff- The Director’s Guild of America’s Theater in Hollywood. Sony Music’s Western Headquarters for Epic and Columbia Records. Those were unsettled days for the City of LA. Drive-by shootings , riots and gang wars routinely interrupted schedules. He made his way east, first to Chicago and then to Boston.
In 2010, Bob joined Commodore…
It took just one visit to convince this New York native that Boston was the city he would settle in. Since he arrived in 1995, Jim has built a life here that includes a career he loves and his beautiful wife, Stacey. But he’s still holding out on the Red Sox, with New York style loyalty that runs deep for the Yankees and the Jets.
Born and raised in southern New York, Jim grew up playing sports. In high school and college Jim played soccer and skied competitively. He attended Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont – where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
After graduation, Jim returned to New York and to his first job as a Junior Estimator for a site work company. He moved to Connecticut and Suffolk Construction. A Boston fan since college, he continued to make his way north, becoming an estimator for a Massachusetts-based company. There he won his first competitive bid, working on the Tsongas arena in Lowell. He moved on to Shawmut, where he gained experience in conceptual estimating and the acquaintance of Joe Albanese. Over the next five years, the two would develop a mutual respect. When Joe founded our company, he knew who he wanted as his first estimator.
In 2003, Jim joined Commodore…
Joe Williams has roots that run deep in Boston. He was born in Boston and grew up in Roslindale, in a home behind the first green of a neighborhood golf course.
When he joined Macomber as a Project Manager, he was assigned to a Harvard Community Health Plan project and to a Project Executive named Charlie Albanese. The two became great friends. In time, Williams too became a Project Executive. One summer, Charlie’s son, Joe Albanese, joined Williams’ team on a Boston high rise project. The two developed a bond that endured even after Joe Albanese left Macomber.
When Commodore decided to expand into the healthcare market, Albanese knew just who he wanted to lead the team.
In June 2008, Joe Williams joined Commodore…