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Construction Project Operations Manager

Baldwin, New York, United States
February 23, 2018

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Construction Project Manager with expertise in all facets of total project management in the construction and solar industries. Verifiable track record for successful market growth and the completion of multi-million dollar projects through exemplary leadership and attention to detail, coupled with safety, quality, profitability, team leadership, knowledge and experience. Dedication to business efficiencies, impeccable customer service and education, and building positive and productive relationships with employees, vendors, trade partners, and regulatory officials.

● Executive Level Leadership

● Team Building

● Safety Compliance

● Vendor and Material


● Quality Control

● Budget Analysis

● Employee Development

● Customer Experience

● Mentoring

● Organization and Time


● Permitting and Building Code

● Contract Negotiation


1ST LIGHT ENERGY, Manteca, CA 2016-2018

Commercial, Industrial, and Residential solar sales and installation company. Director of Operations - East Coast

Overall operational responsibilities for the existing divisions in NY, NJ, MA, RI, NH, and SC.

● Increased installation capacity by 150% in NY, 200% in MA and 100% in SC within 6 months to meet sales volume.

● Opened 1 new operations division in RI.

● Relocated the MA office and warehouse. Improved warehouse efficiency and decreased installer drive times by 1-2 hours per day.

● Implemented safety standards and reduced workplace injuries by 66% through education, training and enforcement of expectations.

● Replaced underperforming employees with willing and able team members committed to the success of the business.

● Direct reports included Operations Managers, Warehouse Coordinators, Regional Inspection Coordinators, and Regional Permitting Coordinators.

NRG HOME SOLAR, LLC., Wall, NJ (formally Roof Diagnostics Inc.) 2013-2016 Residential solar sales and installation company operating under NRG Energy Inc., a Fortune 200 company. Regional Operations Manager - NY and NJ 2015-2016

Overall operational responsibilities included electrical and HIC licensing, installations, building permit and rebate processing, utility interconnections, site assessments, inspections, pre-installation services, O&M, facilities, warehousing and fleet management.

● Promoted to Regional Manager of NY and NJ. Reduced NJ’s administrative payroll by 50% while increasing production by 20%.

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● Opened 3 new successful NY markets and developed the processing and installation operational teams in NYC, Albany, and Rochester.

● Reduced workplace injuries by 75% through education, training and enforcement of expectations.

● Increased productivity by 40% while reducing costs – Cultivated employee input on standard operating procedures, material selection, training, scheduling, job completion, and skill utilization.

● Developed a new Corporate and Market-Level Organizational Structure based on sales projections, resulting in right-sizing the market level staff and cutting payroll expenses by 20% without compromising production.

● Direct reports included General Managers, Install Managers, and Operation Support Managers in each market.

● Led an overall employee count in NY and NJ of 300+.

● Obtained and maintained all necessary HIC licenses in order to seamlessly conduct business in all necessary municipalities.

Senior Regional Director of Operations - NY and NJ 2014-2015

● Promoted to Senior Regional Director of NY after 6 months and assumed responsibility for the existing market in Hudson Valley.

● Established and implemented new company policies and standard operating procedures in safety, reducing injuries by 50%.

● Drove 20% growth through processing and installation efficiencies.

● Reduced employee turnover by 80% with gained trust and respect through leadership with a positive attitude, problem solving skills, and creating a safe and productive work environment by understanding the roles and needs of all team members.

Director of Operations - Long Island, NY 2013-2014

● Opened the company’s fourth successful market. Assembled and trained the administrative processing and installation operational teams.

● Within 6 months, led the market to become the 2nd highest revenue generating territory.

● Obtained and maintained all necessary HIC licenses. CONSERVATION SERVICES GROUP, Hauppauge, NY 2012-2013 Non-Profit Organization specializing in the administration of energy efficient rebate programs. Senior Technical Field Representative

Program development and implementation of the local utility's new Post Installation Inspections and Rebate Qualifications for residential and commercial solar installations. Established constructive working relationships with the utility’s solar department managers.

ISLAND SOLAR ENERGY, LLC., Huntington, NY 2008-2012

Commercial, Industrial, and Residential solar sales and installation company. Co-founder, President, CEO

Overall operations and sales responsibilities including design development and review, site assessment, licensing, building permit applications, material ordering, roofing, subcontractor selection, coordination and supervision of installations, system activation, O&M, inspections, and communication with all building departments, utility companies, fire departments, customers and building owners.

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● Active partner and pioneer in the successful startup for the commercial, industrial and residential solar markets in the 5 boroughs of New York City and Long Island NY.

● ISE became the solar educators for local customers, building departments and electric utility companies.

● Sales: 2009-$1 MM; 2010-$4.2 MM; 2011-$17.5 MM.

● Identified commercial buildings as an untapped market when NYS amended its net metering law in August of 2008 to include non-residential accounts. Changed the business model to focus on C&I customers.

● 2010 - Con Edison (utility) announced ISE installed over 70% of the solar kilowatts in Manhattan, and over 20% in Queens.

● 2011 - Installed a 2.3 megawatt system on a single warehouse - one of the largest commercial building solar installations on the east coast. Beat timeline and budget expectations by 15% and 10%, respectively.

● Installations ranged in size from 50kW to 2.3MW


Custom Luxury Home Builder

Founder, President, CEO

Plan, organize, and manage the overall residential and light commercial development operation for a successful Construction Management Company in the custom luxury home market.

● Secured 75% of submitted contract bids.

● 100% project completion on schedule while meeting strict timeline and budget requirements.

● Recognized as the highest quality custom builder on Long Island.

● Increased sales by 20% through educating clients on value-added extras to increase property value and homeowner quality of life.

● Oversaw the construction of over 30 custom homes ranging in size from 5,000-18,000 square feet and construction costs of $3-10 MM.

● Managed up to 70 specialty contractors per project.

● 2003 – Featured in Custom Home Magazine for exceptional quality of a residential renovation, resulting in an additional contract for a new custom home to be constructed.

● 2004 – Featured in Newsday for whole house renovation award, resulting in validation as a top quality builder.

● 2005 – Featured in House Magazine for whole house renovation, resulting in exposure to a targeted high-end audience.

● 2005 – Recipient of the prestigious Diamond Award from Long Island Builders Institute (LIBI ) . As quoted by the LIBI President: “It just shows that this is a quality builder doing a quality job. It’s a unique thing for a small builder to win an award like this.”


● Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

● University of Delaware - Coursework in Engineering

● University of Pennsylvania – Coursework in Business Administration

● The Solar Center, Farmingdale State College - Coursework in Installation and Maintenance of Residential PV Systems. Received NAPCEP Entry Level Certification

● NYSERDA Eligible Installer

● New York City Department of Buildings Filing Representative

● C.W. Post University - Coursework in Construction Bidding; Cost Control; Unit Price Estimating; Construction Management

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● National Association of Home Builders

● New York State Builders Association

● Long Island Builders Institute

● Better Business Bureau


● Microsoft Office Suite

● Google Suite

● Salesforce

● Workfront


● Concur

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