Say hello to…the new kids on the block!
Commodore is a growing company — and a lot like a family, too. That makes each of our new hires a little bit like a new sib. So, we get personal with an introduction that talks about some of the important things in life: family, kids, hobbies, dreams. If you’d like to get to know our people, too, just read on.
Lenny Silvia - Senior Estimator
Tom Dumont - Superintendent
Beth Sullivan - Project Administrator
Tiffany King - Project Manager
Jon Sutphin - Senior Project Manager
Anthony Luongo - Project Manager
Elena Lelchuk - Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator
Adele Vittozzi - Project Administrator
Joe Campione - Senior Project Manager
Cadman Corbett - Senior Estimator
Drew Quigley - Assistent Project Manager
Joe Scala - Estimator
Natalya Cappellini - VDC Manager
Bill DePippo - Senior Project Manager
John Grady - MEP Manager
Ken Healy - Senior Project Manager
John Knightly - Assistant Project Manager
Doug Aucoin - Superintendent
John DeVito - Senior Estimator
Jason Theberge - Senior Project Manager, Life Sciences
Chris Guarino - Accounting Manager
Deanna Murgia - Accounting Manager
Lenny comes to us most recently from DPS Engineering, based in Framingham. The firm specializes in Life Science Process Engineering, with a client list that includes companies like Genzyme, Pfizer and Shire for whom they develop new process facilities.
Lenny has spent his entire career as an estimator and has been focused on the healthcare and life science sectors for the last 18 years. During his career, he has worked on projects as large as the $8 billion California prison healthcare facilities, which included 10,000 beds and seven separate hospital facilities. And on projects as complex as the Sakkara Egypt Air Base, which included 5 million man hours of construction. Lenny has travelled the globe – working on projects in 28 states and 10 different countries, from Egypt to Ecuador and back.
Lenny lives in Milford with his wife, Jackie, who works at Harvard Vanguard. Lenny and Jackie have five children, all grown up and moved out – and three grandchildren all currently living on the West Coast. Lenny and Jackie are gardeners by avocation. When they’re not working or gardening, they like to take day trips around New England and are also planning some longer trips to New York and Pennsylvania.
Lenny joined Commodore because he wanted to get back to the construction management side of the business and was attracted by what he calls “Commodore’s reputation as a top level contractor.” Lenny says, “My goal is to make Commodore the go-to contractor in the life science and healthcare sectors of this business.”
Lenny explains that working as an estimator in the life science sector, he gets to participate in the early stage of developing projects. He says, “Each project is unique and complicated, requiring extensive thought, planning and logistics development, particularly as it relates to the mechanical and electrical components of a project. It keeps my mind engaged. And that’s what I like.”
Tom comes to Commodore from Richard White Sons, where he worked as a superintendent for 13 years. While he was there, he managed projects that ranged from athletic fields to new ground-up construction for clients including Suffolk University, Wellesley College and Watertown Savings Bank.
Tom has spent his entire career in construction. Along the way he’s worked with some Commodore folks, including Tim LeBlanc, Rich Healey and Joe Albanese. He says, “Construction runs in the family. My father was a superintendent, as well as four of his brothers. I was destined to follow the family tradition.”
Tom thinks respect is the key attribute that makes a successful superintendent. He says, “Having the respect of your tradesmen and your clients ultimately lead you to success. And you have to earn that respect, from Day One.” Tom is already underway earning the respect of the team at Harvard University, where he will be managing our Morgan Hall project. He’ll be working with Jim Loud, Jared Crowley and Paul Genereux.
Tom lives in Dunstable with his wife, Karen and their two children: Derek, who is a criminal justice major at UMass, Lowell; and Jessica, who is a senior in high school. The family loves to ski and snow mobile in the winter. Tom says that since he specializes in building Institutional projects, the summers are reserved for working. But even in the summer, Tom and Karen still manage to get out on their Harley for weekend rides.
Beth is Commodore’s newest PA!.
Beth is Commodore’s newest PA! She comes to us from the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association where she wore many hats - as the director of marketing and membership, the book keeper and the administrative assistant for the entire organization. That multi-faceted assignment required Beth to be very organized, adaptable, and detail oriented – gee…sounds like the perfect qualities for a Commodore PA!
Beth will be in training all this week, with a plan for her to support Laurent Sika and ultimately when PK goes on Maternity Leave, to assume responsibility for supporting Jason Theberge, as well.
Beth was recommended to us by Chris Guarino. Thank you, Chris! The two moms have children who’ve been friends since kindergarten and both have held positions on the PTO Executive Board for the Wakefield elementary schools. They’ve also spent countless hours together cheering for their kids at rinks and ball fields.
Beth lives with her husband, Jim and their three kids – Caitlyn who’s entering her junior year at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT; Lauren who’s starting her freshman year at St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT and Justin, the baby, who is entering his freshman year at Wakefield High School. Beth says, “It’s a busy household this summer, getting everyone ready for an exciting new chapter in their young lives! There’s a lot of shopping going on to get them where they all need to be by late August. And I keep thinking that I’m just two months from being a one-kid household!”
Beth says she chose to join Commodore because she has always liked the construction industry. She says, “The job offers a diverse set of challenges and a solid family oriented organization that I can grow with.”
Tiffany is Commodore’s newest Project Manager.
She comes to us after spending 4 years at E.M. Harris Construction, in St. Louis, MO. Tiffany worked there as a Project Manager on assignments including the build-out of a Mid-west branch bank, the rebuilding of a residential neighborhood with 31 new single family homes, and the ground –up construction of senior living facilities.
Tiffany graduated from Washington University with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management. She was born and raised in Everett, Washington, just 20 minutes North of Seattle. She left home to attend college and ultimately met her husband, Matt Vogt, while studying at Wash U.
Immediately following graduation, Tiffany joined Paric Corporation – a commercial general contractor. While she was there, she built concrete tilt-up warehouses, a Hampton Inn Hotel and some large senior assisted living projects. She moved on to E.M. Harris, all while Matt was still pursuing his MD/PhD. When Matt was recently accepted into the Boston Children’s Hospital Residency program, the couple decided it was time to move east.
Tiffany and Matt, and their dog Alize - a Rottweiler mix - moved into their new apartment on Commonwealth Avenue on June 1. Tiffany describes the move as “The week from hell, where if it could go wrong, it did.” But they survived the ordeal and they’ve even found some time to explore their new neighborhood. Tiffany says she’s looking for tips on good places to eat, and she says, “the best chowder in town!”
Tiffany wanted to be involved with buildings from a very early age. At first, she thought it would be in the role of architect – but she realized she couldn’t draw. So she considered a career in engineering - but realized she didn’t like being chained to a desk. That left the field of construction. The process of elimination resulted in a career that provides Tiffany with a perfect balance between mobility, design and technical detail.
She chose to join Commodore because she says, “I was looking for a company that was forward-thinking – not tied to rigid conventions. I wanted to work with a company like Commodore, that could adapt to new technologies and industry trends. I’m passionate about the sustainable side of construction and the importance of making sure that buildings are built with minimal waste and the highest efficiency.”
Tiffany will be jumping into the pre-con phase of the 275 Wyman Street project. Please take a moment to welcome and say hello to Tiffany King! And remember to share your chowder tips!
Jon joins Commodore today as a Senior Project Manager.
Jon comes to us from Suffolk Construction where he worked as a senior project manager for the last 5 years – on projects that included the $40M renovation of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University and the highly visible historic renovation of the right field roof at Fenway Park. (That’s where Jon first met and worked with Bob McAuliff). After the Fenway project, Jon left the States for a 2-year stint in Algeria, building the $40M Sonatrach Petroleum Club and Resort - a 350,000SF luxury campus with a four-story hotel, a two-story conference center and a gym/spa complex. The property ultimately became the retirement home for the president of Algeria and a playground for oil executives.
The Algeria project honed Jon’s capacity to overcome extreme logistical difficulties and to conquer cultural and language barriers. He says, “Any time you have the opportunity to experience a new culture, it contributes to your personal and professional growth. I loved the experience in Algeria – I’m glad it’s over – but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It was a tough duty, with a lot of AK47s and military security to contend with.”
At Commodore, Jon will immediately begin work on the preconstruction phase of our most recent, and largest award to date, at 275 Wyman Street. But even the large scale nature of that project won’t pose the logistical challenges of construction life in the desert of Algeria!
Before joining Suffolk, Jon worked for the Tambone Investment Group – and before that, he worked at A.J. Martini for 7 years, on a myriad of condominium and commercial projects, including $34M of corporate office buildings at 601 & 701 Edgewater Drive, in Wakefield.
Jon was born in New Jersey and raised in Newton. He attended the University of South Florida, in Tampa, graduating with a degree in Economics. Right out of college, Jon worked for his dad, who is still a practicing architect. Jon built spec houses on the Cape and then joined Beaver Builders. Beaver, which was later bought out by Peabody Construction, provided Jon’s entry into Commercial construction – which has been the primary focus of his work since then.
Jon lives in Winchester with his wife, Amanda and their two sons. Daniel just finished his sophomore year at UMASS, Amherst and Nicholas is a rising senior at Winchester High School. Jon is an avid skier and sailor, a reticent golfer and an above-average tennis player!
He’s a new Project Manager for Commodore…and an old friend of A.J. Martini!
Anthony is still recovering from the 2600 mile trip that brought him all the way back to Newton from Scottsdale, Arizona where he’s been living for almost 9 years. Anthony describes Scottsdale as “a gorgeous place – for 9 months of the year - and for 12 months of the year, if you golf.” He says, “The summers are brutal. You can’t touch anything metal. You get burned by your seatbelt and you never forget the first time you left your chap stick in the car.”
Anthony is a native of New England, the place he began his construction career back when he was 18 years old. Anthony took Carpentry classes at Minuteman Tech. He worked for two years in the field and then he attended Wentworth, where he graduated with a degree in Construction Management. Anthony worked in the residential sector for a few years and then made the jump to the commercial sector and to A.J. Martini. Anthony worked as a project manager with Peter and Paul Martini, managing bank projects mostly for BayBanks – during their conversion to Bank of Boston. That was 65 projects done in 60 days, all managed from an off-site war room!
During that same time at A. J. Martini, Anthony managed a project for The Savings Bank in Wakefield, working with Scott St. Aubin. Anthony recounts a trip he made to check on a Guatemalan millwork factory. While there, he simultaneously survived a major case of food poisoning and a minor earthquake. Anthony will be managing two of our Sovereign Bank projects, working alongside Mike Price and Dan Connolly. Although our Sovereign projects can be demanding, they are not likely to put Anthony’s life at risk!
After spending time at A.J. Martini, Anthony joined Sienna Construction, where he helped manage the construction of an $80M out-of-the ground biotech facility in Cambridge. After that, he headed west and settled in Scottsdale – the only place he’s ever lived outside of Massachusetts. Over the next 9 years there, he was the on-site owner’s project manager for the $120M W Hotel in Scottsdale and the lead project manager for the new $35M Aloft Hotel in Tempe.
Anthony decided to move back home to Massachusetts when Paul Martini reconnected with him on LinkedIn. Anthony says. “All my family is here, so the decision to move was easy for me. I was drawn to Commodore by the opportunity to work with Peter and Paul again and to do it in a part of the country and for a company where organization is the norm, rather than the exception. They don’t call it the Wild West out there for nothing.”
Anthony will be jumping right into project responsibilities for Sovereign Bank. But, when he’s not working, Anthony says he’ll be doing anything outdoors that can be done with his dog – Buddy – a 100 pound Rhodisian Ridge Back. “The dog was bred to chase lions – but Buddy chases cats. He saw his first squirrel yesterday. Luckily he was tied up.” Anthony likes to camp in the White Mountains. He goes mountain biking, likes to hike and is looking forward to getting reacquainted with the greater Boston area.
Elena comes to Commodore from Architectural Resources Cambridge (ARC), a firm that focuses on planning and interior design for independent schools, higher education, athletic facilities and the life sciences sector. During her three years with ARC, Elena prepared proposals and qualification packages, managed photography and planned the firm’s corporate events. Prior to ARC, Elena co-founded a boutique PR firm called 5s Public Relations that specialized in fashion, life style and hospitality.
We will be calling upon all of Elena’s skills and experience in her new position as Marketing Coordinator. Elena will be preparing new business proposals, managing our Sales Force data base and providing the public relations support we will need to publicize all of our recent Big Wins!
Elena was born and raised in Kazakhstan and immigrated to Florida with her family when she was nine years old. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, Elena moved to Boston to start her own PR firm and eventually settled in the Back Bay. Elena likes to run. She recently took up mountain biking. She likes to travel and to visit friends, especially in New York City and Florida. Elena speaks fluent Russian and is including a trip back to Russia in her future travel plans. We know that Heather Seymour will be heading the Commodore West office someday – and now we have the head for our Russian Operation!
Elena chose to join Commodore after she met with the Marketing team, felt the chemistry and sensed the opportunity for professional growth. She says, “After I accepted Commodore’s offer, I kept hearing really positive feedback from people in the industry who had experience working with Commodore or knew someone who had. It confirmed that I made a good decision and I’m excited to get to work!”
Adele has joined the ranks of our perspicacious PAs!
She comes to us from Whiting Turner where she was both a PA and a superintendent. For those of you who think that sounds like an unusual combination of skills – you’re right - it is! But Adele tells us that over the last 16 years at Whiting Turner, there was hardly a job she didn’t do! And Rebecca Barlage attests to that! (Thanks to Rebecca for introducing us to Adele!)
Adele is as comfortable in the field as she is in the office. She has held positions as Safety Officer, Client Liaison, Accountant, Contract Administrator…all for the same company! Now, at Commodore, she will be focusing her talents on the position of PA, working with Jim Loud, Bill DePippo and Mike Price.
Adele lives in North Reading with her husband, Rob and their two children, Adrianna who’s 10 and Aldo who’s 7. Aldo is on the boy’s gymnastics team at his school, where he reached the state finals, placing 15th out of 75 competitors. Adele describes Adriana as 10 going on 25. She’s into softball and soccer and everything that girls like to do. Between the two, they keep Adele and Rob very busy. Adele confesses that her own personal passion is photography – she says she has a camera attached to her hip at all times! Get ready to say, “Cheeeese.”
The foursome loves to be together, having fun at the beach –and hanging out with their very large, very Italian family.
Adele chose to join Commodore because of the potential to grow with an expanding firm. “I’ve been juggling so many responsibilities for so long; it’s going to feel good to focus in on doing a few things really well.”
Joe is Commodore’s newest Senior Project Manager.
Joe comes to Commodore from the Fort Lauderdale-based Stiles Corporation, following a brief stint with W.T. Rich Company here in Newton.
Joe was born in Lawrence, MA and raised on Cape Cod. He joined the Navy following high school and served aboard the U.S.S. Vicksburg, a guided missile cruiser. He worked in the Combat Information Center (C.I.C.), specializing in anti-surface warfare. He spent 2 years on active duty and then 6 more years in the Reserves, including mobilization for the Iraq War. During his 6 years in the Reserves, Joe attended U. Mass Dartmouth and then joined Stiles – AND the Construction Management program at Everglades University – all at the same time. He emerged from the University with a degree in Construction Management – and from Stiles with an impressive portfolio of projects.
As a Stiles Senior Project Manager for over 7 years, he built many of the firm’s largest, signature projects including the $70M Lexus North Miami dealership – the world’s largest luxury dealership, with over 1 million square feet of not only cars, but restaurants, spa, gym, boutique and nail salon!!
Joe built the $80M Miami airport expansion project, a 500,000 square foot warehouse, hanger and business center. He also built the 75,000 square foot NOVA South Eastern Pharmaceutical and Nursing School, on their new Palm Beach Gardens campus.
Joe’s technical abilities reach across sectors; Institutional, Industrial, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Retail and Commercial. He says the reason he enjoys construction is the “always changing challenges of each project; building new client relationships, and the sense of accomplishment I get after successfully completing a project.”
Joe lives in Plymouth with his wife, Stacy and their 4-year old son, Anthony. The family likes to go boating, fishing, diving – anything near the ocean. Joe says, “It’s great to be back close to family – and to the Patriots,” his favorite team. “The weather’s great here in New England, “ he says. “I’m sure I’ll miss the winters in Florida- but the summers there are brutally hot. You never want to go outside and I won’t miss that.”
Joe will be working on several projects, including a new MIT assignment in Peter Martini’s orbit.
Cadman comes to us from JLL, (just like Bill DePippo), where he worked for over 6 years as a Senior Estimator. Cadman has worked on projects that range from medical offices at Boston Medical Center, to Boston-based corporate offices; banks; building lobbies; restaurants and bars.
Cadman attended Northeastern University. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management. He was born and raised in Montserrat, in the West Indies (a British dependent territory). He came to the States for his studies – and hasn’t gone back yet – although he says that’s a plan in the works.
Cadman lives in Randolph with his wife, Blondel and their son Leon. Blondel is a nurse practitioner working with Prima Care, in the New Bedford, Fall River area.
When Cadman isn’t working, he loves to read Jack Reacher novels, written by Lee Childs. He has a passion for comedy & action movies and he plays cricket in the Massachusetts State Cricket League.
Cadman says he chose to join Commodore because he says “it’s similar to a previous, positive experience I had working with a mid-size construction firm, one that provided me with a personalized, family feeling– along with all the opportunity that comes with a growing company.”
Drew is Commodore’s newest APM.
Drew comes to us from Tocci Building Corporation, where he worked as an Assistant Project Manager for almost 2 years.
Drew graduated from Norwich University in 2011 with a degree in Construction Engineering Management. He became interested in construction during high school, when he was doing landscaping during the summers. When he arrived at Norwich, he continued landscaping and added small renovations to his repertoire of building skills. He got his first internship through Norwich, building a self-sustaining, solar powered mobile lab used for geology research. A team of students completed the project with the help of some professors – but Drew’s interest in construction had taken hold - and he was only getting started.
Following graduation, Drew joined Symes Associates, a home developer in Beverly, MA. He worked as an assistant superintendent for 6 months before leaving there to join Tocci. Drew says he likes to participate in the progress of building things. “I like the speed of building and think I do well when schedules get tight. The challenge is a real motivator for me.”
In his spare time, Drew is an accomplished caddy and golfer. He plays in an ice hockey league and he’s a runner, too. He says running is his main focus right now - and his most disciplined sport - since he has a lot of races coming up this summer. The list includes a 50-miler in New Gloucester, ME. Yesterday, Drew ran 30 miles – his peak day- in training for the Maine run. From here on, he slows down to a mere 12 miles a day. Right.
Drew will be working with Laurent Sika, in Bob McAuliff’s orbit, on assignments that include the two Capital One projects.
Joe is Commodore’s newest Estimator. He comes to us most recently from Cutler Associates, where he worked as an Estimator for 2 years on projects in the institutional and assisted living sectors.
Joe is attending Wentworth classes at night and is one semester shy of receiving his degree in Construction Management. Joe comes from a family of masons. He was born and raised in Shrewsbury and now lives in Worcester. “I was 14 when I started laboring for cousins and uncles in the business. My Dad builds houses – which is what I thought I might end up doing, too – but the opportunity to move into commercial work came along and I couldn’t pass it up.”
Another thing that came along a bit more recently is Joe’s new baby daughter, Lydia – born just 4 weeks ago. According to Joe, he and his wife Ashley are “ecstatic – sleep deprived- and very happy!”
When Joe’s not working, he’s either tuna fishing in the summer or duck hunting in the winter. He says, “I can’t get enough of either sport. (We’ll see how Lydia figures into that picture!) Since Joe was a kid, he’s been going to his family’s home on the Cape, where he learned from his grandfather the finer points of both sports.
Joe gives John DeVito credit for teaching him the finer points of Estimating. The two worked together at Cutler and it was John who brought Joe to Commodore. Thank you, John! The two will continue to work together as a team on some of the larger out-of-the-ground projects currently in Estimating.
Natalya’s exact title isn’t official yet – but her role certainly is! She’s Commodore’s new in-house BIM expert – and catalyst!
Natalya just completed her studies at Wentworth and will officially graduate on August 25 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture.
Natalya is passionate about Virtual Design and Construction and BIM practices. She is fluent in the design and analysis software that’s becoming essential to the clients we serve. Software like Revit, NavisWorks, AutoCad, Bluebeam, and InDesign are just a few of the tools she uses to analyze and optimize project design and efficiency.
Natalya will be working in almost every facet of our organization. She will be collaborating with Marketing and Business Development on the ways to use BIM in the pursuit of new business opportunities. She’ll be working with Bob Otto on MEP coordination. She’ll be working with Estimating to extract information from 3D design models to make the take-off process more efficient. She’ll be focused on helping Commodore use technology for maximum efficiency in the field and she’ll be working internally to educate all of us on the impact that BIM will have on our project delivery.
Natalya spent almost 2 years working with Bond on MEP Coordination, document management in the field, and the development of presentation materials for Marketing and Business Development. Natalya has the unique ability to be as comfortable in the field as she is in the conference room. And we intend to make great use of that ability in her work at Commodore!
Natalya was born in Boston and grew up on the Cape, in Falmouth. She enjoys sailing and tennis, has a flare for interior design and a passion for gardening. To give you some idea of Natalya’s energy and eye for detail – last year she documented the full spectrum of her gardening efforts with a photo book depicting every phase from seedlings in the sun room, to the fruits of her labor in the kitchen – and the ultimate feasts with family and friends.
Natalya chose to join Commodore because of what she describes as the “real, down to earth people I’ve met here.” Natalya says, “Everything feels positive and progressive here. I love the environment.” And Natalya has been privy to an insider’s view of our environment. She comes to us at the recommendation of Kaitlin Prendergast – thank you, Kaitlin! The two attended Wentworth together and both participated in Wentworth’s Architecture Study Abroad Program in Berlin.
Bill is Commodore’s newest Senior Project Manager. He comes to us from Jones Lang Lasalle, where he was a Vice President of Construction and an associate Director.
Bill has spent his entire career in construction. He attended St. Joseph’s College in Maine and graduated with a degree in History and Philosophy – which obviously has nothing to do with his construction career – other than teaching Bill how to solve tough problems.
His career path to construction began back when he was playing semi-pro baseball for the Boston Park League. He met a team mate who was working as an APM at Payton. That was his junior year in college. He joined the firm and it wasn’t long before Bill was hooked on working in the Big City and on working in the Construction Industry. Coincidentally, when he graduated from St. Joseph’s, he took a position as the assistant baseball coach at Wentworth – and that additional exposure to construction sealed the deal.
Bill remained at Payton until 2001. He left there to run the Special Projects division for J. Calnan. Two years later he moved on to Spaulding & Sly, which became JLL in 2007. Bill’s career highlights include the $65M EMD Sorono Research Center and the $35M Entegris I2M Center. Bill attributes his professional success to being “super-organized” and driven to get the best results for each project he manages.
Bill lives in Franklin with his wife Betsey and their two daughters, Lily who is 6 and Mia who turns 4 this summer. The family loves to go to the Cape, to go camping and swimming and anything that can be done outside. Recently Bill and Betsey (who is a Literacy Coach for the town of Framingham) attended a series of dance recitals and gymnastic meets for the girls – not exactly the baseball field, but both parents are loving it.
Bill chose to join the Commodore team “because of the personal and professional growth gained by working with a privately held firm, like Commodore. I like the bigger and more personal common goal that exists in a privately held firm. I can bring my experiences to Commodore and help this company continue to grow.”
John is Commodore’s new MEP Manager! He comes to us most recently from Limbach Company, a mechanical contractor based in Woburn. During the three years that John worked with Limbach, he was a Project Manager and CAD Coordinator. Prior to joining Limbach, John was a Project Manager at N.B. Kenney. The experience he gained working with both mechanical contractors has given John a detailed knowledge of the installation of MEP systems and the ability to streamline and perfect mechanical designs for constructability.
John will be reporting to Bob Otto, working closely with Natalya Cappellini, as well as with the entire Operations team to ensure the quality of our MEP delivery to clients. John knows the John Hancock Tower inside and out from his work on multiple mechanical projects there. He was the MEP Liaison for the 600,000SF EMC headquarters and he worked on the 300,000SF Newton North High School, right in our backyard.
John lives in Holden – north of Worcester, with his wife Kari and their 5 children, ranging in age from 18 to 12. It’s a very busy household – still ringing from the 18th birthday last Wednesday. The whole family snowboards – last week they all hiked up Mount Wachusett and snowboarded down, according to John, who says, “We did it just for fun, because we could! It was such a gorgeous day. There was no one else on the mountain and it was spring in New England at its best.” Once the snow melts, the family takes to the water, on their boat moored in Marblehead Harbor.
John golfs, mountain bikes, plays Frisbee golf and restores furniture in partnership with his wife, who is an artist (and superb cook).
John says he chose to join the Commodore team because his passion for building and for providing high quality services to clients is in sync with Commodore’s mission - and he adds, “I feel at home in the culture here. The most important thing to me personally is my family – and I feel the same kind of family culture here, that’s essential to me in my professional life.”
Today is Ken’s first day as Commodore’s newest Senior Project Manager. He comes to us from O’Connor Constructors, where he worked for 11 years on projects that included the New Balance HQ in Brighton, the addition to Terminal B at Logan Airport for Massport, and projects on the campuses of Babson, MIT, Harvard, and Boston University. Before joining O’Conner Constructors, Ken worked at Richard White Sons.
Ken has spent his entire career in construction. His degree in History from St. Anselm’s gave him an appreciation for the history of architecture and his family’s life long involvement in construction gave him an appreciation for building.
Ken explains that while he considered the possibility of pursuing many different careers, by the time he graduated from college, he’d been doing construction for so long, he just decided to DO IT. Now, twenty + years later, here he is – still in the business, still getting excited about building. Ken says, “The business has its ups and downs, but a good project is always rewarding.”
Ken was born and raised in Newton and now lives in Westwood with his wife, Tish and their three children, Kelly who’s 16, Kaity who’s 15 and Ryan who’s 12. Tish works at the Westwood Recreation Department. All three kids are into sports. “That’s our life,” Ken explains. “Between taking them to their games and coaching them in their various sports, we’re doing something sports-related every weekend.”
Once you meet Ken, you won’t have to ask if he’s related to Rich Healey. The family resemblance will speak for itself. The two are cousins. Ken has an insiders’ view of life at Commodore – one that comes not only from his cousin but from a former colleague and friend, Tim LeBlanc. Ken and Tim have known each other from early Richard White Sons days and were laborers together in the summers between college.
John is Commodore’s newest Assistant Project Manager. He comes to us most recently from Garland where he worked on projects for BNY Mellon at One Boston Place, Goodwin Proctor at 53 State Street and the rebuild of the old Reebok warehouse into new space for IKEA, in Stoughton. Before Garland, John worked as a superintendent for Gilbane, based in Boston and Salem, NH. While at Gilbane, John worked in the Special Projects Group, as well as on three existing elementary schools in Salem. There he built new gyms, classrooms and completely overhauled the existing buildings, while the students were present on campus.
John was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and came to the States in 2000. He continued to develop his skill at exterior, interior and ornamental plastering, a trade he had begun as an apprentice in Ireland. In 2004 he established his own plastering company in Boston. In 2006 he enrolled as a full time international student at Wentworth, while still maintaining his business. During the next 4 years, he completed his degree in Construction Management, got married to his wife, Elena and joined Gilbane on a part time basis.
When he graduated in 2010 he joined Gilbane full time. The Great Recession ensued and the opportunities at Gilbane required John to relocate. With baby #1 on the way, John chose to leave Gilbane instead, and joined Garland where he could work closer to home.
Today, John lives in Watertown with his wife and 8-month old son, Jamie. Elena is a preschool social worker for the Arlington public schools. When they’re not working, the couple loves to travel, play golf and hang out with Jamie. In the years leading up to married life, John was a world traveler. He trekked through the jungles of Thailand, and traversed the Golden Triangle of Burma, Thailand and Laos. He lived in Sydney Australia for almost 2 years, skied in Austria and spent time in Prague, which he describes as one of the most beautiful cities he’s ever seen. That could have a lot to do with the amount of ornamental plaster involved in Gothic architecture!
Now a family man and firmly rooted at home, John will be working with Nick Brown on our CIC project in Cambridge – and sharing tips on what to do with a newborn!
Doug is Commodore’s newest superintendent. He will be working at the 100 Arlington Street project, alongside James Apodaca and Brian Cooper.
Doug comes to us from A.J. Martini where he worked for 15 years on projects ranging from the renovation of major banks to the conversion of old wharf buildings into upscale condos.
Doug grew up in Waltham and now lives in Upton with his wife, Sandra and their four sons, Tyler, Preston, Brent and Reid. Doug says, “My wife and I agreed that I would name our boys and she would name our girls…but she got shortchanged!” At 18, Reid is the couple’s youngest son. He’s slated to graduate from high school this May and is entering Army Boot Camp in August. Preston and Brent are identical twins. At 23 they are both working and going to school part time. Tyler, 25, is a graduate of Unity College.
When Doug isn’t working he says he’s either golfing or smoking cigars. His predilection for stogies originated while he was on assignment for A.J. Martini in Miami. He and Sandra enjoy walking their dog, Mable, who Doug calls, “his only girl.” He roots for all the Boston sports teams and relishes a good steak.
John is Commodore’s newest Senior Estimator!
John comes to us most recently from Cutler Associates in Worcester, where he worked as the Chief Estimator for 6 years. Before that, John worked at firms including the Channel Building Company and R.W. Granger.
John is no stranger to the construction industry - he’s spent his entire career in it! His focus has been on the academic and senior living environment, working on projects for institutions like Babson College, Clark University, Endicott College, Shelter Group and the RiverMead Continuing Care Retirement Community.
John says he always knew he wanted to make his career in construction, from the earliest days of working with his uncle in the summer. He stuck to his plan, got his degree in civil engineering from Wentworth and never looked back.
Today, John lives in Clinton with his wife, Carla and their son Francesco. Carla is a medical billing specialist for U. Mass. The family likes the outdoors - hiking, fishing and camping - and of course, John plays golf. (He refused to divulge his handicap – but it sounds like he’s pretty good…maybe even single digit good. We’ll have to see.) John’s also a big Bruins fan.
According to John, the reason he chose to join Commodore is because he likes the young company environment here. “Jim Stadler and I hit it off from the start and I know Mario, from serving on the board of ASPE. The work Commodore does fits with my background and I look forward to passing on my experience to upcoming professionals in this business.”
Jason is Commodore’s new Senior Project Manager for Life Sciences.
Commodore’s Strategic Plan includes increasing our market share in the Life Sciences sector and we’ve hired Jason to lead the charge. His extensive experience, relationships, leadership and reputation in the Life Sciences sector make him uniquely qualified for the job.
Jason comes to us from Shire, a specialty biopharmaceutical company where he was a Senior Capital Projects Manager for five years. Jason’s time at Shire was spent in a group that managed over $500M of manufacturing, lab, office and warehouse projects that provided the infrastructure to support Shire’s huge growth – growth that occurred despite the economic downturn! That’s one of the many things we like about the Life Sciences sector!
Jason has spent most of his 18-year career working closely with – or as – the client for major Life Sciences construction projects. He graduated from Clarkson University with a dual degree in Civil Engineering and Engineering Management. Right out of school he joined Kiewit, a Fortune 500 company and one of the oldest and most respected construction organizations in North America. He worked on a 100-year old rehab of a historic swing bridge in New Bedford and on the Brooklyn Battery tunnel in NYC. Then he tackled the Big Dig, working on the South Boston Interchange – what he calls “an awesome project.”
After five years with Kiewit, he moved on to Architectural Environments, a construction management firm and preferred service provider for Biogen. Jason spent four years there, managing Biogen projects - mostly in building Bio 2 – Biogen’s manufacturing facility in Cambridge. That was also Jason’s first experience with Commodore – as a competitor! (In his new role at Commodore he’ll be back, managing the Biogen account.)
Jason moved to Jacobs Engineering, a global design and construction company and one of the largest players in the life sciences sector. Jason remained there for four years, managing numerous manufacturing-related projects for the pharmaceutical giant Wyeth, now a part of Pfizer.
When he joined Shire, Jason became Commodore’s client. He got to know our company and our people, including Tom Comeau, Brian Baynes and Bob McAuliff. Jason explains that the more he got to know us, the more he realized that Commodore was the place for him. “Commodore has exactly what I desire,” Jason explains. “I think this company has the right approach; the right mentality in dealing with clients; strong senior leadership and a family atmosphere. Those elements are extremely important to me. Leadership is what makes a company successful.”
Born and raised on Orrs Island, Maine, Jason spent his entire youth fascinated with bridges and tunnels. “I’d be crossing a bridge with my Mom, and ask her who does this? She would tell me engineers and so that’s what I decided to be. I pursued that passion right through college.”
Jason’s Dad is a residential contractor. Jason started working for him at a very young age, first as a laborer and later as a master carpenter. Jason continues to have a passion for woodworking and plans to build his own shop someday.
In the meantime, he lives in Middleton with his wife Kerry and their 6-year old identical twin daughters, Mia and Megan. When time permits, Jason enjoys snowboarding, golfing and ice hockey. He warns that he never sits still – so catching Jason at his desk may be a challenge – but please take a moment to welcome and say hello to Jason Theberge!
Chris comes to Commodore from A.J. Martini, where she worked for almost 14 years, in many different capacities. Chris started her career with Martini in the Accounting Department - first in corporate accounting and then project accounting. She took on the responsibilities of office manager and then full time administrative support for Paul Martini. All the while, she continued to manage project accounting for the firm’s Florida office. Chris will take on the role of Accounting Manager here at Commodore.
Chris graduated from Assumption College with a degree in Accounting. She will be working at Commodore 30 hours a week, here each day until mid-afternoon.
Chris was born in South Hampton Beach, NY, where her father was stationed during the Viet Nam war…and then she moved with her family to Reading, MA, where she finished growing up. Today Chris lives one town over, in Wakefield, with her husband Mike and their three children; Katie who’s 18, Meghan who’s 16, and Daniel who’s 11. Chris says it’s a busy, fun household. All three kids play ice hockey and Dad coaches, so the sport consumes a lot of the family’s time. It’s not untypical to have seven games in a weekend, but according to Chris, they enjoy every moment of it.
Chris is an avid reader, always looking for new book suggestions. She loves to bake – and makes a mean chocolate chip cookie. She skis with her family, but nothing makes her happier than sitting in a beach chair in the sand, with a book in her lap and an umbrella drink by her side!
Deanna comes to Commodore from A. J. Martini, where she worked in the firm’s Corporate Accounting department for almost 13 years. During that time, Deanna managed the payroll and accounts payable. At Commodore she will be working closely with Tim LeBlanc and Charles Services managing similar accounting activities.
Deanna has worked in the Accounting field for her entire career. She’s worked for seafood companies, electronic companies and country clubs. When her sons were in college, she even bartended at the Warren Tavern in Charlestown – a city landmark and the oldest tavern in the US. You won’t be surprised to learn that Deanna is well known for concocting superb martinis!
Deanna was born in Boston, raised in Hingham and now lives in Stoneham, with her husband Mike. They have three grown sons and five grandchildren. All three sons live in Massachusetts, so Deanna gets to see her grandchildren…and to babysit for them a lot! Deanna says that if you’ve seen the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’ve seen her life. According to Deanna, everyone in her family is a great cook – they all love Greek music – go to Greek schools and everyone speaks Greek! She was the first in her family to marry somebody who WASN’T Greek – and it wasn’t pretty at first, but the family got over it!
Deanna and Mike play golf and belong to Bear Hill Golf Club in Stoneham. They enjoy water skiing, and snow skiing…and of course there’s that Greek cooking that consumes a lot of time.