Richard Wood Chairman & CEO
Chairman & CEO
Richard Wood has served for over three decades in increasingly visible leadership roles, cultivating and transforming Plaza into one of the most preeminent construction management firms in the country. He has overseen construction of some of the nation’s most innovative, interesting and highly complex projects. He has been instrumental in establishing regional offices in the Mid -Atlantic and Southeast corridors of the United States. He attributes the company’s success to those experienced and highly qualified men and women who possess the know-how to apply indispensable problem-solving skills alongside cutting edge technology.
Despite its remarkable growth and development, Plaza has never lost sight of its original, defining mission – attentiveness to the client’s vision, on every single project, down to mastery of the finest detail.
Furthermore, given its acquisition by China Construction America (CCA), Plaza is poised for increased breadth with dynamic growth opportunities, enhanced financial strength, increased bonding capabilities, and the opportunity for its clients to benefit from global procurement.
Brad Meltzer President
Brad Meltzer is a seasoned professional in the construction industry having begun his career at Plaza Construction as a summer intern in 1989. As President, he is responsible for directing the day-to-day activities for the firm’s operations, including strategic development, forecasting, and client management across all of Plaza’s market regions. His portfolio of work encompasses a large range of project types from new out of the ground facilities, to high end interiors and large scale renovations. He has managed over $4 billion of construction projects in South Florida including some of Miami’s highest profile and most complex projects such as One Thousand Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects, Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach, The Four Tower Paraiso District, 1 Hotel & Homes, Biscayne Beach, Aventura Mall Expansion III, The Marquis, W HotelSouth Beach, Dadeland Mall Expansion, and Icon Bay, among many others. His over 30 years of professional experience in the construction industry coupled with an educational background that includes a Master in Architecture, gives him a unique perspective and extensive understanding of the industry. He brings innovative solutions and informed leadership, successfully meeting clients’ goals with the highest level of quality and integrity. Together with Plaza’s CEO and parent company, he sees Plaza “Moving Forward” into expanded market sectors and new geographic locations raising the bar with continued growth.
Christopher Mills, LEED AP Chief Operating Officer
Christopher Mills, LEED AP
Chief Operating Officer
Christopher Mills has served for over three decades managing the construction of notable projects at Plaza Construction and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the company. As an industry innovator, he has applied his technical competence and experience to managing large, complex and significant construction projects, including 99 Hudson Street (New Jersey’s tallest building), award winning Fulton Center in New York City as well as New York’s newest super tall structures 45 East 22nd Street and 111 Murray Street. He has been involved in managing more than 10 million square-feet of construction throughout New York City with projects spanning across educational, residential, cultural, transportation and power/energy market sectors.
Jack Yang Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Jack Yang began his industrial career in 1994 as manager of the construction department of the Pakistan Branch of China Construction America’s (CCA) parent company China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC). He joined Plaza in 2017 and has worked to establish a solid foundation in the project management, risk management as well as business development aspect of the firm. His prolific career in managerial positions and his demonstration for strong leadership culminated in his current position as Board Member and Executive Vice President of Plaza. His expertise in risk management makes him the longtime leader in CCA’s bond and insurance operations. With over 20 years of hands-on managerial experience, he has been involved in commercial and residential, industrial, educational, and infrastructure projects.
Kristen Askin-Gerhold HR and Marketing Manager
HR and Marketing Manager
Kirsten Askin-Gerhold began her career in the construction industry when she joined Plaza Construction in 2010. She is responsible for the marketing and human resources needs for the Plaza Washington, DC office. She leads the marketing initiatives with a focus on fostering improved and consistent employee relations. Her hard work and close attention to detail provides a quality product for existing and prospective clients.
Ben Baffer VP - Operations Manager
VP - Operations Manager
As Vice President & Operations Manager for Plaza Construction, Ben Baffer provides a broad management control over project assignment, construction planning execution and administration. His leadership is with items related to project planning and schedule analytics, safety quality, risk management, and contract negotiations, among others. The highlights of his work experience include the Albert V. Bryan Federal Courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C., the Miami Freedom Historic Restoration in Miami, Fl, and the Temple Beth El Beck Campus in Boca Raton, Fl. He has 32 years of experience in the construction industry, including 12 years of building high profile projects in Washington D.C. and 20 years in South Florida, working in a variety of construction market sectors. The Miami Freedom Tower Restoration received numerous local, state and national awards, including Engineering News Record’s “National Project of the Year”.
Alrazi Ballal VP - Project Controls
VP - Project Controls
Alrazi Ballal is mainly responsible for monitoring the company’s profitability, liquidity, and solvency while ensuring timely and accurate financial and schedule reporting. He ensures that the company has established and maintains an effective set of internal project controls as a top priority. He leads the Project Controls team in implementing and managing the firm’s operational and financial policies and systems, in addition to forecasting and monitoring the company’s overall financial model and annual business plan.
Stacey Blume Director of Marketing
Director of Marketing
Stacey Blume is responsible for directing and developing all marketing strategies, collateral and materials for the Northeast region. She has successfully created and implemented marketing initiatives such as rebranding programs, website designs, and marketing databases. She currently oversees all advertising, public relations and social media efforts for the New York office. Throughout her career, she has directed the marketing/communications efforts for various international construction management firms.
Mike Bruner VP - Operations Manager
VP - Operations Manager
As VP, Operations Manager, Mike Bruner provides management control over project assignment, construction planning, execution and administration. He has built a myriad of residential, hospitality commercial, healthcare and education developments within the Southeast Region and throughout the Midwest. His extensive relationships with various governing agencies, local subcontractors and suppliers, will ensure that the project is priced accurately, sequenced efficiently and meets the highest quality standards.
Steven Bunzel VP - General Superintendent
VP - General Superintendent
Steven Bunzel has nearly four decades of construction project experience from planning to completion. As VP- General Superintendent, he is responsible for leading the overall teams of superintendent’s accordance with the company’s policies and procedures regarding safety, scheduling, budge, quality, as well as meeting client satisfaction.
Mr. Bunzel ensures that the day-to-day coordination of Plaza’s trade contractors and their subcontractors turn out the highest quality work that adhere to the firm’s level of standards and project schedule. He develops and maintains site logistics plans in coordination with senior management and project managers, conducts quality inspections, and site testing efforts.
Joe Cerri VP - General Superintendent
As Vice President and General Superintendent, Joe Cerri provides leadership with items related to project planning, budget and schedule analysis, safety, quality, risk management, and contract negotiations, among others. He has built a myriad of notable residential and commercial developments including One Thousand Museum, W South Beach and the Paraiso District in South Florida, among others.
Jonathan Cohen VP - Director of Preconstruction
VP - Director of Preconstruction
Jonathan Cohen leads project pre-planning activities in support of the operations team overseeing budget and detail estimating, constructability reviews, life cycle cost analysis, value engineering, preliminary scheduling, subcontractor prequalification, and permitting, among others. He has been involved with several notable Florida hospitality, commercial, residential and retail projects.
Anthony Cosenza, LEED AP Senior Vice President
Anthony Cosenza, LEED AP
Senior Vice President
Mr. Cosenza is a proven leader on complex construction projects, detailed renovations near operational facilities. Anthony has extensive experience managing high rise residential, hospitality and commercial projects. Currently, Anthony is overseeing three residential projects in Jersey City 99 Hudson Street, a residential/mixed-use tower that will be the tallest building in the state of New Jersey, 75 Park Land and Shore House. He is also spearheading Harborside Plaza involving a 435,000-SF renovation and new facade located along the Hudson River in Jersey City.
Tom Cossu Senior Vice President
Senior Vice President
Tom Cossu ensures Plaza meets and exceeds client expectations in all phases of the work pertaining to risk management and project controls, as well as handling staff personnel matters and career development. He brings proven leadership and analytical skills with expertise in preconstruction , procurement, change review, safety management, trade coordination, budget development, problem solving, and value engineering. As an experienced, detail-oriented administrator, he effectively interacts with project consultants and fosters a strong sense of partnering necessary to the successful completion of the projects. He has spearheaded numerous residential projects, as well as, very prestigious cultural and educational mixed-use projects in New York City.
Thomas Crozier VP - Core & Shell Preconstruction
VP - Core & Shell Preconstruction
Thomas Crozier is responsible for overseeing the development of project budgets during the preliminary design phase in preconstruction consultation with the owner/client and architects. In addition, he provides value engineering techniques, and cost evaluation throughout the design development phase all the way to final bid documents.
Erin Decandio Director of Contracts Administration/Risk Manager
Director of Contracts Administration/Risk Manager
Erin Decandio has over 20 years of industry experience and is currently responsible for the management of Plaza Construction’s property and casualty insurance programs. Along with marketing, negotiating and purchasing of all regional corporate insurance programs, she has extensive experience with securing project-specific coverage for all types of exposures. Additionally, her widespread knowledge of OCIP and CCIP programs has allowed her to successfully oversee numerous projects.
Alex Gutman Chief Information Officer
Chief Information Officer
Alex Gutman serves as Chief Information Officer overseeing all technology services and innovation for the company. His responsibilities include ensuring that productivity, efficiency and value result from technology investments, while utilizing technology as a competitive advantage and integrating it into the company’s vision and mission. Prior to joining Plaza Construction, he served in various technology leadership and management positions across the consumer-packaged goods and financial services industries.
Tomasz P. Dering Corporate Safety Director
Tomasz P. Dering
Corporate Safety Director
Tomasz Dering serves as Plaza’s Corporate Safety Director responsible for developing, implementing, and managing all safety programs, policies, and procedures. He is also charged with managing all claims on both corporate and contractor policies. He is a New York City Licensed Site Safety Manager, NCCO Level II Rigger and a OSHA 500 Outreach Trainer.
Ariana Echevarria VP - Regional Director of Accounting and Finance
VP - Regional Director of Accounting and Finance
As Vice President and Regional Director of Accounting and Finance, Ariana Echevarria oversees accounting staff in managing matters related to project administration, accounting, billing and payment review, subcontractor bonding and insurance application administration, and owner direct purchase program implementation, among others. She has extensive experience working on many notable South Florida residential, mixed-use and commercial developments.
Thomas D’Ercole Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice president, Thomas D’Ercole provides management oversight and executive leadership to large portions of the New York portfolio. He serves as the Principal-in-Charge for the projects under his responsibility, and as such can ensure that all operational and administrative resources are in place to meet the needs of projects and address the concerns of clients. Additionally, working closely with the chief operating officer, he is an instrumental part of the strategic planning for the New York office and in the development of new opportunities. He brings over 30 years of experience across various sectors of the construction industries such as healthcare, residential, educational, hospitality, retail, governmental, landmark, and recreational, as well as an in-depth development experience to the residential/mixed use projects.
Paul Fleckenstein VP - Operations Manager
VP - Operations Manager
As Vice President and Operations Manager for Plaza Construction, Paul Fleckenstein provides a broad management control over project assignment, construction planning, execution and administration. He provides leadership with items related to project planning, budget and schedule analysis, safety, quality, risk management and contract negotiations, and preconstruction services. His vast experience includes One Thousand Museum in Miami, Disney’s Boardwalk Resort, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, and John Hopkins University Shaffer Hall among others. His career highlights include the Plaza Redwood Tower, the first air rights high-rise in Maryland, One Thousand Museum, the first high rise structure in the world to use permanent GERC framework for the structure and Loew’s Miami Beach Hotel, the first hotel to be built on Miami Beach in 50 years, which began the beach hotel boom. The One Thousand Museum project won the International Award for Best Special Project in 2018.
Todd Fultz Managing Director Central Florida
Managing Director Central Florida
Todd Fultz oversees the Central Florida office. His responsibilities include business development, resource management, fiscal planning, quality control, project management, field operations, safety and estimating. He ensures all aspects of operations are being properly managed in this region according to company standards and established goals. His background includes the building of a myriad of residential, hospitality, commercial, educational and transportation developments within the Central Florida region.
Joyce Gomez Manager of Project Accounting
Manager of Project Accounting
Joyce Gomez has over 30 years of accounting experience. As Manager of Project Accounting, she contributed to the development of Plaza’s accounting procedures and training tools. During her 25 years at Plaza, she has handled major clients including JP Morgan, Alliance Bernstein, Fisher Brothers, The Related Companies, Goldman Sachs, NYC School Construction Authority, and others.
Daniel Hardnock VP - Preconstruction & Estimating
VP - Preconstruction & Estimating
Daniel Hardnock has been a leader on many large and complex projects throughout the U.S. He works to support the operations team in Washington, D.C. by managing all aspects of the preconstruction process. He is responsible for the oversight and development of bidding projects, assembling comparisons, completing conceptual budgets, and change-order reviews. He also handles trade analysis, scope of work, quantity take-off of all trades, purchase orders, subcontractor buy-out, value engineering, cost variance and cost reports.
Scott Harman Director of Safety
Director of Safety
Scott Harman began his career in the construction industry in 1983 as a laborer, working his way up the ranks to Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent, and to his current position as Director of Safety for the Plaza Mid-Atlantic region. He is responsible for performing safety audits and assuring safety compliance on each of Plaza’s jobsites. He teaches various OSHA approved courses including 10- and 30-Hour OSHA classes.
Peter J. Hulbert VP - Project Executive
Peter J. Hulbert
VP - Project Executive
Peter Hulbert has over 30 years of professional construction experience. He is responsible for his team’s performance from the early planning stages through subcontractor bid, award and procurement, field supervision, accounting and the successful executive of the project. His vast experience in the construction industry has been in residential conversions, infrastructure upgrades, retail work, and corporate headquarters. He also has extensive knowledge of techniques for effective mechanical systems integration critical to the success of most interior installations. He has worked on projects for the Port Authority, JP Morgan Chase, Ziff Davis, Winter Garden, among others.
Adele Kiracofe Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis
With a strong background in commercial finance, Adele Kiracofe works closely with the Corporate CFO to deliver timely, accurate reporting to executives; pilot the automation of financial systems and processes; engage analytical perspectives to improve profitability; and establish and enhance financial procedures to improve overall productivity throughout the entire organization. She utilizes strong business acumen and positive influence to assist Plaza in achieving its best corporate financial goals.
Charles Ko Chief Estimator – Interiors Group
Chief Estimator – Interiors Group
Charles Ko has over 20 years of industry experience in construction estimating. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasoned in preparing cost estimates for all types of building construction, both new and renovated. He has determined budgets and cost control techniques and provides cost evaluation for a myriad of projects. As the chief estimator of the interiors group, he is responsible for the development of project budgets during the preliminary design phase in preconstruction consultation with the owner/client and the architect. In addition, he provides value engineering techniques, and cost evaluation throughout design development to final bid documents.
Alison J. Knowles, SPHR & SHRM-SCP
VP - HR
Alison Knowles has over 20 years of experience working in the field across several different industries. Her background includes Strategic Planning & Implementation, Organizational Development and overseeing the busy day-to-day operations of Human Resources spanning domestic and international locations. She has successfully implemented organizational change management programs, all while aligning the needs of the company with what is of value to the employees.
Lindsay Levin VP - Corporate Counsel
VP - Corporate Counsel
Lindsay Levin has over ten years of experience as an attorney in the construction industry. Before joining Plaza Construction in 2013, she worked in private practice representing owners, general contractors and sureties in construction litigation and other construction related matters. She is licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. She provides legal guidance and a solution-oriented approach to Plaza’s complex projects.
Paul Loughran Director of Safety
Director of Safety
As Safety Director for Plaza Construction’s Southeast division, Paul Loughran is responsible for implementing and overseeing all safety and security procedures. He works with the project team to develop a comprehensive and site-specific safety plan for employees and subcontractors at each jobsite. He visits the sites weekly to ensure the safety and security plan implemented is carried out by field personnel, and tracks and records all safety-related meetings, programs, inspections, and OSHA correspondence throughout the duration of each project.
Robert Masucci Director of Business Development
Director of Business Development
Robert Masucci is a 40-year veteran of the construction industry. As Director of Business Development, he is responsible for seeking out clients with whom to build core/shell and interiors throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Among his many accomplishments include the building of the first Virology (AIDS) Laboratory in New York City, the NY Helmsley Palace Hotel and several other projects nationwide. He is a graduate of the Mechanics Institute of Technology.
Mike Metcalfe VP - Operations Manager
VP - Operations Manager
As Vice President & Operations Manager for Plaza Construction, Mike Metcalfe provides broad management control over project assignment, construction planning, execution and administration. Mr. Metcalfe has more than three decades of industry experience and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management with a minor in Business Administration. He has built several notable developments across the East Coast including significant residential, hospitality, commercial, education, and government developments. Project highlights include: Ritz Carlton Residences in Miami; Paraiso District in Edgewater; Federal Reserve Bank 6th district headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia; Sam Nunn Federal Center Complex in downtown Atlanta (9th largest federal building in the U.S.); and US Census Bureau Headquarters in Maryland.
Maria Molina Director of HR
Director of HR
Maria Molina oversees HR functions for the Southeast offices where she manages reward and recognition programs, prepares and monitors annual HR budgets, conducts annual open enrollment processes, administers employee benefit programs (dental, life, medical, STD, LTD, 401k and wellness program), conducts full background check processes and new hire orientations, and administers unemployment and workers compensation claims among other duties.
Michael Moore VP - Project Executive
VP - Project Executive
Michael Moore has over 30 years of construction experience. As a Vice President – Project Executive, he is responsible for overseeing the project managers on several construction projects, including Department of Building expediting, value engineering, scheduling, budgeting, trade contractor shop drawing/submittal review, subcontractor and client meetings, logistics planning, cost analysis and financial reporting. He specializes in working in concert with the architect and client to resolve design and cost changes. He has managed the construction of such important projects as New York Mercantile Exchange, Chelsea Piers, Four Seasons Hotel, Morgan Stanley, Bear Sterns, McGraw Hill and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.
Jorge Moros VP - Director of Business Development
VP - Director of Business Development
Jorge Moros is a member of the Executive Management team focusing on strategic growth, project forecasting, client management, preconstruction, business development and marketing. He has built several notable developments in South Florida including significant residential, retail and education projects.
John Onnembo VP - Assistant General Counsel
VP - Assistant General Counsel
John Onnembo has over three decades of experience as an attorney in the construction industry. Before accepting an in-house position with a major construction management company in 1994, John practiced law for over ten years, first as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and then in private practice. Beginning in 2010, he served as an outside attorney to Plaza Construction and became a full-time employee in July 2014. He is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.
Victor Pacheco, CSP, CHST Regional Safety Director
Victor Pacheco, CSP, CHST
Regional Safety Director
As Regional Safety Director for the northeast region, Victor Pacheco oversees and directs company safety, health and environmental policies and procedures and is responsible for the supervision of all safety managers. He has over a decade of professional experience in construction safety and health. Prior to joining Plaza he worked as an OSHA federal Safety Officer. He is also an accomplished bilingual safety trainer who holds a multitude of certifications including Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Construction Health and Safety Technician (CHST), New York City licensed Site Safety Manager and OSHA 500 Train the Trainer.
Daniel L. Peyton Executive Vice President
Daniel L. Peyton
Executive Vice President
Daniel Peyton currently serves as Executive Vice President of Plaza and oversees the executive operations of the Washington, D.C. office. His experience includes various other positions in field operations, project management, preconstruction and executive management. His portfolio of work exceeds 30 million square feet of construction. Some of his notable projects include a 3,000,000 square foot convention center, major league sports stadiums, and over 4,500 hotel rooms for the Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Conrad, Loews and Hyatt brands.
Iwona Pietrus, LEED AP BD + C Assistant Chief Estimator
Iwona Pietrus, LEED AP BD + C
Assistant Chief Estimator
Iwona Pietrus is responsible for the development of project budgets during the preliminary design phase in preconstruction consultation with the owner/client and the architect. She determines budget and cost control and provides value engineering and cost evaluation throughout design development to final bid documents.
Harold Post General Superintendent
As Superintendent, Harold Post provides exceptional leadership with an in-depth knowledge of all construction trades and professional laborers. He has a track record of providing quality construction and timely completion of his projects. He has personally directed over 300 personnel daily with responsibility for their safety and project quality and success.
Alexander Rey Director of Estimating
Director of Estimating
As Director of Estimating for the Southeast division, Alexander Rey managed the operations team throughout the preconstruction process including providing estimates at design intervals, constructability and life-cycle cost analysis, value engineering, and scope reviews in preparation for GMP and lump sum submittals. He has provided preconstruction consulting on a myriad of residential, commercial, hospitality and institutional developments.
William Rogers Senior Superintendent
William Rogers has more than two decades years of professional construction experience as a project superintendent in the MEP trades. He provides direct supervision of the MEP subcontractors demonstrating strong leadership and communication, organizational and time management skills. He monitors costs, including labor time and materials, and schedules. He communicates and strictly enforces Plaza’s Safety and Health Management Program to all workers and visitors on site. Additionally, he attends and participates in project and subcontractor meetings.
Ray Romani Senior Superintendent
Ray Romani is knowledgeable in all aspects of the construction process of building construction, interior development, renovation, restoration and modernization programs. He has a comprehensive background in the pre-construction and construction phases including design review, estimating, cost control, value engineering, procurement and turnover. As Senior Superintendent, he oversees constructability planning and review, on-site logistics, safety adherence, quality standard, cost control and labor relations.
Alan Sparn, PE, LEED AP Senior Vice President
Alan Sparn, PE, LEED AP
Senior Vice President
Alan Sparn provides leadership and management oversight for the day-to-day operations of Design, Construction, Project Management and Project Administration, as well as direction for the teams and projects under his division. He has demonstrated unique skills and ability in prioritizing multiple tasks and demands to lead ground-up development and modernization construction projects from inception through construction and final move-in. Among his many accomplishments, he successfully managed to completion the award winning CRRC MA manufacturing facility for MBTA subway cars.
Rosie Toscano Corporate Compliance Director
Corporate Compliance Director
Rosie Toscano is a veteran of 30 years in the construction industry. Rosemary has diversified professional experience in business operations, risk management, contract negotiations, company development, administration, employee training, and human resources, which prepared her well to take on the challenging role of Corporate Compliance Director. She was instrumental in developing and assuming the leadership of Plaza’s Compliance Department. In her current role, she interfaces with City, State and Federal agencies, trains employees in ethics, code of conduct and compliance issues, communicates project compliance requirements to team members and works with all departments within the company. In furtherance of Plaza’s diversified corporate culture, Ms. Toscano advanced Plaza’s supplier diversity program in which small businesses owned by women, minorities, veterans and other disadvantaged firms, are invited to bid on Plaza projects.