Culture

People

Organization

Our Company structure provides Clients with direct access to the senior management team responsible for their projects.  We are committed to providing exemplary Client service.

This approach offers Clients peace of mind that the high standards of service and technical expertise for which are well known is assured.

Our teams include specialists in a range of disciplines from pre-construction, purchasing, scheduling, logistics, BIM, CAD, accounting, and estimating.

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James C. McKenna, President & CEO

James McKenna is a co-founder of Hunter Roberts Construction Group and is responsible for leading Hunter Roberts to the forefront of the construction industry. As President and CEO, he is responsible for establishing and maintaining the quality of individualized services delivered to our clients. He has set precedents for hands-on management and senior-level involvement in our clients’ projects as well as a high standard of excellence for all Hunter Roberts employees. He has created a company that is small enough to quickly respond to our clients’ needs with flexible, forward thinking solutions, yet large enough to attract some of the best talent in the construction industry. Jim is a civil engineer and a talented builder with extensive experience in the Metropolitan New York area. He has been responsible for delivering some of the most challenging projects built in the metropolitan area. With his extensive construction expertise, he welcomes every construction challenge with a creative solution. Under Jim’s exceptional leadership qualities and building skills, Hunter Roberts has quickly positioned itself to adapt to market trends and demands and is a leader in many markets, including: Healthcare, Laboratories, Residential, Mixed-use Developments, Commercial, Higher Education, K-12, Public Sector (Federal, State and Local), Hospitality, Interiors, Sports Stadiums, Transportation, Preservation and Cultural.

EDUCATION

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, B.S., Civil Engineering
  • Harvard Business School, Executive Education

AFFILIATIONS

  • Building Trade Employers’ Association, Treasurer
  • New York Building Congress
  • New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Real Estate Council
  • Columbia University’s School of Engineering, Advisory Board Member
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Greg Pulitano, CPA, Vice President of Finance

Greg Pulitano is Vice President of Finance of Hunter Roberts. He is responsible for tracking the company’s results against its annual strategic plan for all business units companywide. His responsibilities include overseeing project accounting, cash management, general accounting, payroll and benefits. In addition, Greg is responsible for reporting accounting requirements to the Board of Directors and senior management as well as maintaining and developing surety and banking relationships. As part of the senior management team at Hunter Roberts, he reviews new opportunities, business lines and provides financial models to streamline the decision making process. Greg brings over 20 years of experience providing consulting, auditing and financial advisory services to the construction industry.

EDUCATION

  • St. Johns University , B.S., Accounting

AFFILIATIONS

  • NYS Society CPAs
  • American Institute of CPAs
  • Construction Financial Management Association
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Joan Gerner, Executive Vice President

Joan Gerner, Executive Vice President, assists with developing marketing strategies and policies, helps expand the firm’s vertical markets, and is responsible for developing Hunter Roberts’ Preservation, Cultural and Higher Education portfolios. Joan is a trained Architect, Construction Manager, and Historic Preservationist with over 33 years of senior management experience. She has managed renovation, restoration and new construction for a variety of project types, including higher education, preservation, and cultural, corporate, transportation, commercial, residential and medical facilities. Previously, Joan served as Executive Vice President for Design, Construction & Capital Planning for the National September 11 Memorial, New York City, for three years and was Senior Vice President at Bovis Lend Lease for 14 years, where she founded and led their Preservation Division and Campus Services Division. Her project experience includes the restoration of Grand Central Terminal, several new buildings at Columbia University as Columbia’s Manhattanville Project, and the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC. Earlier in her career she served as Vice President of Tishman Construction, where she built several major high-rises over 11 years.

EDUCATION

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, M.S., Historic Preservation
  • Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Executive Education Program/Leadership Development
  • The City University of New York, School of Architecture, B.S., Architecture & Bachelor of Architecture

AFFILIATIONS

  • New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Commissioner
  • Columbia University’s School of Engineering, Advisory Board Member
  • American Institute of Architects
  • WX, Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Society for College and University Planners
  • Association for Preservation Technology
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Lisa K. Howlett, General Counsel

Lisa Howlett is Hunter Roberts’s General Counsel and is responsible for ensuring that the firm is provided with effective services, advice, and representation for all legal issues related to Hunter Roberts Construction Group, LLC. While her responsibilities focus on corporate and business unit contractual and uninsured litigation matters, Lisa coordinates with the Director of Claims Management to make certain that insured matters also receive the most effective representation. Lisa is an accomplished attorney with a strong business background. She has practiced construction, contract, corporate, transactional, real estate, and labor / employment law, as well as engaged in strategic business consulting and intellectual property matters. Her prior legal experience includes being associated with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, engaged as General Counsel of the Sheldrake Organization, and advocate work on behalf of publicly traded companies, privately held entities, and non-profits.

EDUCATION

  • New York University, SCPS, Advanced Certificate in Hotel Operations & Real Estate Finance
  • Brooklyn Law School, JD – Cum Laude, Honors, Dean’s Merit Scholar
  • University of Illinois, B.S., Journalism (minor Econ.) Dean’s List,Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

AFFILIATIONS

  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, RE Committee Member
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church, Fishers Island, NY, Vestryman
  • Church Club of New York City
  • Episcopal Property Assistance Corp., affiliate entity of the Episcopal Diocese of NY (former Co-President)
  • Junior League (former Board Member)
  • Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (former Board Member)
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Christopher Phillips, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

Chris oversees marketing communications at Hunter Roberts. He is responsible for building and managing the firm’s marketing and branding functions. He leads marketing strategy and tactics, including web design/development, advertising, branding, design services, and the corporate marketing database. Chris joined Hunter Roberts in August 2011 after 15 years with Tishman Realty and Construction, an international construction management and real estate development firm. Previously, he worked in a marketing capacity under Peter Lehrer at Lehrer McGovern and Ebasco Services Incorporated. Chris started in the construction industry building timber frame homes featuring complex designs and high-end materials. His education includes a BA in English Literature from Muhlenberg College and coursework in accounting and economics at New York University.

EDUCATION

  • Muhlenberg College, B.A., English Literature
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Philip C. Amarante Jr., Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development, Phil is responsible for maintaining Hunter Roberts’ overall business strategy in the New York region. He does this by identifying potential opportunities to secure new projects and developing and maintaining relationships with current and new clients. Phil prepares and executes business development action plans for specific target markets and then identifies and tracks project leads. He also coordinates both pre-construction activities and contract negotiations through the final execution of each project, and he provides specific project planning and procurement advice for prospective and current customers. Phil brings to Hunter Roberts over 20 years experience in real estate. Prior to joining the Hunter Roberts team, he worked as both a landlord and tenant representative for many prominent clients in Manhattan. He garnered recognition in 2000 for REBNY’s Deal of the Year award.

EDUCATION

  • Colby College, B.A., Government & Administrative Science

AFFILIATIONS

  • Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association
  • Industrial & Office Real Estate Brokers Association (IOREBA)
  • Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)

New York

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Kevin M. Barrett, Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President and General Manager, Kevin Barrett will ensure that the efforts and actions of Hunter Roberts’ staff are aligned with and are representing the Client’s best interests and those of the overall project. He will guide and prepare the team to thoughtfully monitor the budget, schedule, and safety considerations as well as focus on the quality of construction. Kevin is responsible for the successful execution and completion of all construction projects in New York City. He is a trained engineer with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, where he is well known for his expertise as a builder. Kevin has led pre-construction services for many Hunter Roberts projects, and has managed budgeting, scheduling, value engineering and constructability reviews. He has years of close relationships with trade contractors and has successfully guided Hunter Roberts project teams during the procurement phase. In addition, Kevin has led the construction of many high profile and extremely complex construction projects. He is known as a problem solver and has worked successfully on new projects with complicated structural and curtain wall systems, as well as challenging renovations. Kevin will ensure that Hunter Roberts is providing construction management services that meet or exceed client expectations in all phases of the work. He is also responsible for implementing and enforcing our Incident and Injury Free Safety Program as well as implementing risk management and control tools. Lastly, Kevin oversees staff personnel matters, including career development and training.

EDUCATION

  • Widener University, B.S., Mechanical Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

  • Building Trade Employers’ Association, Executive Committee
  • Building Trades Congress
  • New York Building Congress
  • New York Landmarks Conservancy
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Paul D. Anderson, Executive Vice President

Paul Anderson, Executive Vice President, is responsible for managing operations staff and successfully managing and delivering projects that meet client expectations for cost, schedule and quality. Paul offers over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Paul offers extensive experience in the construction industry managing large-scale projects. His strong leadership and team building skills and extensive experience across many market sectors have made him an invaluable resource to our project teams and our clients. He is known for successfully delivering complex, high profile projects and he has extensive experience in the New York market with Public Sector, Healthcare, Research and Development, Commercial, Residential, K-12 School Construction, Higher Education, Manufacturing and Retail projects. Paul’s clients include the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the New York City School Construction Authority, and the New York City Department of Design & Construction, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Paul has also served as a Board Member for the New York Building Congress.

EDUCATION

  • University of Illinois, B.S., General Engineering 

AFFILIATIONS

  • Habitat for Humanity, Chair of Construction Committee
  • New York Building Congress, Board Member
  • New York Landmarks Conservancy
  • Boy Scouts of America, former Executive Board Member
  • Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
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Sam Dilcer, PE, LEED AP, Vice President, Director of Estimating

As Director of Estimating, Sam Dilcer will be responsible for understanding construction costs as it relates to all building systems and performing drawing take-offs. Sam’s duties also include coordinating multiple trades on estimates and bids as well as completing multiple trade bid sheets and building relationships within the subcontractor community. Sam has worked for more than 17 years in the Tri-State construction marketplace. Prior to joining Hunter Roberts, Sam was the Vice President of Engineering for an international design/build firm, specializing in air pollution control equipment for the power Industry. As a civil/structural engineer for a top 50 design firm, Sam was assigned to various projects within the power, transportation, education, commercial, food, and pharmaceutical industries.

EDUCATION

  • Stevens Institute of Technology, M.E. & B.S., Civil Engineering    
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Tim Dillon, Vice President, Director of Purchasing

Tim Dillon, Director of Purchasing, is responsible for successfully procuring services and materials that meet our Clients’ economic, schedule and quality goals. Tim establishes the procurement protocols to be followed for all projects. He and his team manage the prequalified of trade contractors for each bid package. After bid proposals are received and scope meetings held with the Client and the bidders, Tim and his team produce and deliver leveling sheets to enable Hunter Roberts to establish a negotiating strategy for each trade on the project. Tim is responsible for managing the procurement and delivery of specified products and services from qualified subcontractors at the most favorable prices and terms as well as risk management, contract and change order negotiations. With over 33 years total experience in the construction industry and eight years with Hunter Roberts, Tim has managed the purchasing and delivery of materials and services for more than $3.6 billion in contracts since 2005.

EDUCATION

  • William Paterson University
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Jenny Freeman, PE, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Director of Healthcare Operations

Jenny Freeman is a well-known leader who is responsible for operations and sales related to Hunter Roberts’ healthcare practice in the New York metropolitan area. She has a proven track record developing healthcare projects from pre-construction through occupancy. Jenny is responsible for carrying out Hunter Roberts’ mission and message: to bring a streamlined, efficient and fresh approach to building healthcare projects. Jenny is a seasoned construction executive who has more than 26 years of professional experience in the New York metropolitan area. She offers a deep focus in healthcare and cultural projects. For the last 16 years, her work has primarily been concentrated in the healthcare sector, where she served as vice president, project executive, and valued professional at two of the Northeast’s leading builders prior to joining Hunter Roberts. Jenny is known throughout the industry as a builder with expertise in pre-construction, planning and construction of major overbuild, modernization, renovation, and ground-up new construction projects. Jenny has an excellent reputation for her strong leadership skills; she is a team builder and is known for bringing harmony to projects.

EDUCATION

  • University of Michigan, B.S., Mechanical Engineering 

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Professional Engineer in New York
  • LEED AP

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Society for Healthcare Engineering, Member
  • American College of Healthcare Executives, Member
  • New York Building Congress, Healthcare Committee
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Mark A. Lamble, Executive Vice President, Operations

Mark Lamble is an Executive Vice President of Operations for Hunter Roberts. As the head of the firm’s pre-construction efforts in the New York metropolitan region, Mark is responsible for the successful execution and completion of the pre-construction process on all Hunter Roberts projects. He is responsible for oversight of budgeting, scheduling, value engineering, and constructability reviews and the strict implementation and enforcement of Risk Management and control tools throughout the business unit. With over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Mark is well known for his expertise in pre-construction and construction. He has a unique understanding of the various trades and offers excellent relationships with trade contractors, resulting in guiding our teams through successful procurement processes. Mark has also led construction teams on the successful completion of many high profile and extremely complex construction projects. He has worked successfully on projects with complicated logistics, structural and curtain wall systems, as well as challenging renovations.

EDUCATION

  • Purdue University, B.S., Building Construction and Contracting 

AFFILIATIONS

  • CoreNet Global
  • New York Building Congress
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Bill Allan
VP, Project Executive

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Brian Aronne
SVP, Operations Manager

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Jeff Crompton
SVP, Operations Manager

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Paul Nichilo
SVP, Operations Manager

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Sean O’Connor, LEED AP
VP, Project Executive

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Roland Roeckle, PE
Project Executive

New Jersey

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Alexander Craig, Senior Vice President, Operations Manager

As Senior Vice President and Operations Manager, Alex Craig is responsible for the successful execution and completion of projects undertaken by Hunter Roberts in Northern and Central New Jersey. Alex ensures that Hunter Roberts is providing services that meet and exceed client expectations in all phases of the work and that Hunter Roberts project teams receive the resources required to meet these expectations. He is also responsible for implementing and managing risk management and project controls, handling staff personnel matters, and career development of Hunter Roberts personnel in New Jersey. Alex has over 27 years of construction experience in New Jersey and New York managing project in various market sectors including R&D, Pharmaceutical, Commercial Office, Education, Sports & Recreation, Hospitality and Healthcare. Alex offers extensive experience in contract administration, cost control, schedule development and site supervision. He has proven leadership and analytical skills with expertise in preconstruction, procurement, change review, safety management, trade coordination, budget development, problem solving and value engineering.

EDUCATION

  • Rutgers University, B.S., Civil Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

  • International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering
  • Building Contractors Association of New Jersey
  • NJAPPA
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Daniel Dirscherl, Executive Vice President, South NJ General Manager

Dan Dirscherl brings a diverse background to leading and managing building programs for government and corporate clients. As Executive Vice President, General Manager for the Philadelphia office, he is responsible for the overall operations and sales as well as all progress related to the firm’s growth within the Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey territory. Dan has over 27 years experience managing large-scale construction projects in the Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey marketplace. Prior to joining Hunter Roberts, Dan spent eight years as Vice President of Operations for Keating Building Corporation, a large Philadelphia-based Construction Management and General Contracting firm, managing construction projects and a staff of over 120 professionals in the Philadelphia region with an annual volume of $300 million. Previously, Dan was a project executive and project manager for the same organization managing projects ranging from $8 million to more than $100 million.

EDUCATION

  • Temple University, B.S., Civil Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Building Contractors Association of New Jersey
  • Temple University – College of Engineering Board of Visitors
  • American Red Cross Good Neighbor Committee
  • Youth Build Advisory Committee
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John Colt
Project Executive

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Brian McGillin
Project Executive

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Ken Shade
Project Executive

Philadelphia

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Daniel Dirscherl, Executive Vice President, General Manager

Dan Dirscherl brings a diverse background to leading and managing building programs for government and corporate clients. As Executive Vice President, General Manager for the Philadelphia office, he is responsible for the overall operations and sales as well as all progress related to the firm’s growth within the Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey territory. Dan has over 27 years experience managing large-scale construction projects in the Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey marketplace. Prior to joining Hunter Roberts, Dan spent eight years as Vice President of Operations for Keating Building Corporation, a large Philadelphia-based Construction Management and General Contracting firm, managing construction projects and a staff of over 120 professionals in the Philadelphia region with an annual volume of $300 million. Previously, Dan was a project executive and project manager for the same organization managing projects ranging from $8 million to more than $100 million.

EDUCATION

  • Temple University, B.S., Civil Engineering

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Building Contractors Association of New Jersey
  • Temple University – College of Engineering Board of Visitors
  • American Red Cross Good Neighbor Committee
  • Youth Build Advisory Committee
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Charles Petrusky, PE, Senior Vice President, Operations Manager

As Senior Vice President and Operations Manager, Chuck Petrusky is responsible for the successful execution and completion of all construction projects. Mr. Petrusky ensures that Hunter Roberts is providing construction management services that meet and exceed client expectations in all phases of the work. He is also responsible for strict implementation and enforcement of Risk Management and control tools throughout the business unit and for personnel matters, including the career development and appropriate training of Hunter Roberts’ staff. Mr. Petrusky brings over twenty-five years of industry experience to Hunter Roberts in all aspects of development, supervision, coordination and building for a wide variety of clients. Prior to his employment with Hunter Roberts, Mr. Petrusky worked as a Senior Project Manager for a separate construction firm with responsibility over multiple housing, commercial and public projects. He has extensive experience in pre-construction, contract administration, cost control, change review, schedule development, safety management and site supervision. His proven leadership, team-oriented efforts and commitment to customer satisfaction has led to repeat clients on his projects.

EDUCATION

  • Temple University, B.S., Civil Engineering

LICENSURE 

  • Professional Engineer  
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Steven Markley, PE, Vice President, Pre-Construction

As Vice President of Pre-Construction, Steve is responsible for leading the planning, estimating, value engineering, LEED certification studies, expediting and life cycle costing of all architectural, structural, civil and other specialty systems.  Steve has overall accountability of all estimates and bids produced by the department. He is also responsible for development and maintenance of client relations throughout the pre-construction process; department procedures and software; and benchmarking a database for all market sectors. Steve brings more than 30 years experience to Hunter Roberts Construction Group.  For the 10 years prior to joining the firm, Steve held the position of Estimating Team Leader at L. F. Driscoll Co. He has worked successfully on many challenging projects and is known in the industry as a problem solver. His knowledge and expertise allow him to provide leadership, advisement and vision to our clients throughout the planning and pre-construction phases of a project.

EDUCATION

  • Drexel University, B.S., Civil Engineering

LICENSURE 

  • Professional Engineer  
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Brian Weisser, Vice President, Estimating & Purchasing

As Vice President of Estimating and Purchasing, Brian is responsible for overseeing the estimating and purchasing departments of Hunter Roberts’ Philadelphia office including lump sum bidding and GMP development. In his role Brian procures the delivery of specified products and services from qualified subcontractors at the most favorable prices and terms. He is also responsible for negotiation of contracts and change orders with subcontractors and the administration of risk management programs. Brian Weisser brings more than 17 years of industry experience to Hunter Roberts Construction Group. Prior to his employment with Hunter Roberts, Brian held the role of Pre-Construction Manager of the Philadelphia Regions, Interiors and Renovations Division for the nation’s largest builder. Brian managed over $100 million a year as the Division’s purchasing and estimating manager. Previously, Brian was a project manager for the same organization successfully completing various projects for clients such as the University of Pennsylvania, Centocor, Lockheed Martin, Albany Airport and others.

EDUCATION

  • Rutgers University, B.S., Civil Engineering
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Peter A. D’Antonio, Director of Business Development

In his role as Director of Business Development, Peter is responsible for the growth of the Philadelphia office across all market sectors, identifying potential projects and clients, developing and maintaining client relationships, and organizing the overall business strategy for the Philadelphia office. Peter prepares and executes business action plans for each specific target market and identifies and tracks project leads. Prior to contract execution, Peter tends to our clients’ requirements by providing project planning and procurement advice.

Peter has 30 years of experience working in all facets of the construction industry in the Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey marketplace. Previous to Hunter Roberts, Peter held positions as Project Executive, managing one of the company’s largest accounts; as Project Manager, overseeing a multitude of complex, high profile projects; and as Purchasing Agent, handling preconstruction activities, such as estimating, bidding and GMP development, for one of business the nation’s largest builders.

EDUCATION

  • Spring Garden College, BSCE

AFFILIATIONS

  • General Building Contractors Association
  • Virtua Foundation Annual Gifts Committee
  • Technical Institute of Camden County College Advisory Board
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John Colt
Project Executive

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Brian McGillin
Project Executive

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Ken Shade
Project Executive

Interiors

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Michael Beirne, Vice President, General Manager of Interiors

Michael Beirne, our Vice President and General Manager of Interiors based out of our New York office, brings more than 31 years experience in the metropolitan architecture, engineering, and construction industries. Mike has led teams of all sizes to deliver some of the most significant corporate interiors, high-end retail, and hospitality jobs in New York City. His move to Hunter Roberts comes after many years at another leading construction manager, where he contributed to the build-out of the four-level, 240,000-SF World Trade Center retail concourse; the addition of all food, beverage, and merchandise components at the new Yankee Stadium; and the 225,000-SF interior fit-out of the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building. Most recently, he completed the Nomura Securities project at Worldwide Plaza, an 800,000-SF fit-out and infrastructure upgrade project, as well as the 1.2 million-SF anchor tenant fit-out for Conde Nast at One World Trade Center. Prior to this, Mike served as a Principal and Chief Operating Officer for a renowned architecture studio where he managed the development of a design/build company within the organization. At Hunter Roberts, Mike oversees the planning, organizing, and executing of our New York commercial interiors and retail markets. He manages a staff of 28 and contributes to the overall discussion of Hunter Roberts’ sales, finances, and annual business plans. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from New York Institute of Technology.