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, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Greg Pulitano is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer 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 25 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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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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Sam Dilcer, PE, LEED AP, Senior 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, Senior Vice President, Purchasing Director, and EEO Officer

As Senior Vice President, Purchasing Director, and EEO Officer, Tim manages the procurement and delivery of specified products and services from qualified subcontractors at the most favorable prices and terms while ensuring that Hunter Roberts uses anti-discriminatory practices in hiring these subcontractors. At the same time, he carefully manages risk management within the purchasing process, contract negotiations, and change order negotiations. Tim uses the same care when maintaining and promoting diversity within Hunter Roberts’ staff, assuring legal compliance in hiring practices and regulating and reporting our EEO programs in order to maintain compliance with state and federal regulations. Additionally, Tim implements and enforces proactive anti-discriminatory policies within the workplace and investigates and resolves any reports of discrimination. With over 38 years of experience in the construction industry, Tim has spent 20 of those years providing procurement services in the metropolitan area on many projects in virtually all market sectors, including high-density residential projects. Tim ensures that Hunter Roberts provides procurement and EEO services that meet or exceed client expectations.

EDUCATION

  • William Paterson University
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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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Brian Aronne
SVP, Operations Manager

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Antonio Cabrera
VP, Project Executive

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Jeff Crompton
SVP, Operations Manager

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Aeran Doron
VP, Project Executive

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Dan Halajian, LEED AP
VP, Project Executive

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David Kane
SVP, Project Executive

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Darran Mullahy
VP, Project Executive

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Paul Nichilo
SVP, Operations Manager

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Sean O’Connor, LEED AP
SVP, Project Executive

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Roland Roeckle
VP, Project Executive

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Joseph Russo
VP, Project Executive

New Jersey

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Daniel Dirscherl, Executive Vice President, General Manager

Dan Dirscherl brings a diverse background to leading and managing building programs for residential, institutional, corporate and government clients. As Executive Vice President 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’s extensive industry knowledge as well as his 37 years of experience make him an invaluable resource to our project teams and clients. For eight years prior to joining Hunter Roberts in 2005, Dan worked as Vice President of Operations for a large Philadelphia based CM/GC managing construction projects and a staff of over 120 professionals in the Philadelphia region with an annual volume of $300 million. For seven years prior to that, 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
  • Temple University – College of Engineering Board of Visitors
  • March of Dimes – Transportation, Building & Construction Board Member
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David Chipman
VP, Project Executive

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John Colt
SVP, Project Executive

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Brian McGillin
VP, Project Executive

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Ken Shade
SVP, 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 residential, institutional, corporate and government clients. As Executive Vice President 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’s extensive industry knowledge as well as his 37 years of experience make him an invaluable resource to our project teams and clients. For eight years prior to joining Hunter Roberts in 2005, Dan worked as Vice President of Operations for a large Philadelphia based CM/GC managing construction projects and a staff of over 120 professionals in the Philadelphia region with an annual volume of $300 million. For seven years prior to that, 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
  • Temple University – College of Engineering Board of Visitors
  • March of Dimes – Transportation, Building & Construction Board Member  
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Brian Weisser, Senior Vice President, Purchasing Director

As Senior Vice President of Purchasing, Brian Weisser is responsible for overseeing the purchasing and procurement department of Hunter Roberts’ Philadelphia office as well as select lump sum bids and GMP developments. 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 overseeing Hunter Roberts’ Economic Opportunity Plan, negotiation of contracts and change orders with subcontractors, and the administration of Risk Management programs. Brian has been employed by Hunter Roberts’ since 2005 and brings 26 years of industry experience to our projects. He has held positions as Pre-Construction Manager and Project Manager through his previous employer.

EDUCATION

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

In his role as Vice President of Business Development, Peter D’Antonio is responsible for the pursuit and procurement of sales and projects for the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey regions, 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 31 years of experience working in all facets of the construction industry in the Pennsylvania and 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 pre-construction activities, such as estimating, bidding and GMP development, for one of the nation’s largest builders.

EDUCATION

  • Spring Garden College, BSCE

AFFILIATIONS

  • Virtua Foundation, Board of Trustees
  • St. John of God School, Board Facilities Committee Member
  • Camden County College, Instructor, Adult Evening Electrical Technology Program
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David Chipman
Project Executive

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John Colt
VP, Project Executive

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Brian McGillin
VP, Project Executive

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Ken Shade
VP, Project Executive

Interiors

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Michael Squilla, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President, General Manager of Interiors

As Vice President and General Manager of Interiors, Michael Squilla is responsible for the organization and execution of the New York and New Jersey commercial interiors and retail market sectors. He is responsible for managing the Interiors business including staff, sales, and finances. Mike has over 17 years of experience in the New York Metropolitan area construction market. Before his current position, Mike collected a wide variety of experience in both responsibilities and multiple market sectors. He has held positions as a chief purchasing manager, superintendent, and project manager, with experience in higher education, commercial, entertainment, healthcare and scientific research, interiors, and telecommunications. Mike brings this varied experience, and his first-hand knowledge of all phases of construction, to bear in managing Interiors projects.

EDUCATION

  • Villanova University, B.S., Computer Science

CERTIFICATIONS

  • LEED AP BD+C