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A Specialized Niche
Fall/Winter 2021

Finishing touches such as granite and shiplap get a lot of attention, especially on home improvement TV shows dealing with renovations.

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Mission: Life, Liberty and Hope
Fall/Winter 2021

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, a beacon of light for at-risk youth since 1965, as well as its building and trades program, is putting alums to work. For the past six decades, the nonprofit has been in the business of building lives—molding…

A Million Masks and More
Fall/Winter 2021

John Orfanides, President of Work Force Inc., is great at spotting an opportunity—and even better at seizing it. It’s how he’s grown the company into a nationwide supplier of high-visibility apparel in just five years. And it’s how he’s been…

Taking It to the Next Level
Fall/Winter 2021

J Han grew up around the construction industry watching his father build a plumbing, HVAC and electrical firm into a small construction company in his native New York City. Han followed in his father’s footsteps, but has taken his own company,…

Passion and Purpose
Fall/Winter 2021

As soon as Dustin DuBois, Chief Operating Officer of JWR Construction Services, Inc., was old enough to hold a broom and push a wheelbarrow, he was on a construction job site with his father, Jerry. “I learned the business from the bottom up,”…

Unique Scaffolding for Unique Areas
Spring/Summer 2021

To say the team of Haynes Scaffolding and Supply, Inc. (Haynes Scaffolding) has no fear may be an understatement. After all, the company’s scaffolding experts are tasked with seemingly daredevil challenges—from erecting a 60-foot system from…

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Nimble and Quick
Spring/Summer 2021

Shayne Ettienne, CEO of The Audio Visual Group, knows how to adapt and overcome. A native of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, he moved to South Florida in 1989 after his island home was essentially devastated by Hurricane Hugo.

Diving Deep For Space to Build
Spring/Summer 2021

When it comes to construction, there is likely more buildable space out there than you think—underwater, or below the water table, for example.

Collaborative, Creative Construction
Spring/Summer 2021

Paul Seltzer, President of Seltzer Consulting Group (Seltzer Consulting), can’t remember a time he wasn’t around the construction industry in one form or another. He founded Seltzer Consulting, a certified general contractor, in 2009 in Fort…

The Right MIX To Master Risk
Fall/Winter 2020

No two contractors are the same—and no two risk-management packages should be either.

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Construction on a Firm Footing
Fall/Winter 2020

Before towering skyscrapers can reach into the clouds, companies like Florida-based Universal Engineering Sciences, Inc. (Universal) and GFA International, Inc. (GFA) make certain that they can reach down into the earth—and stay there. Their…

A Specialized Niche
Fall/Winter 2020

Finishing touches such as granite and shiplap get a lot of attention, especially on home improvement TV shows dealing with renovations.

A Leap of Faith
Fall/Winter 2020

In 2016, Pete and Jennifer Zanmiller were looking for a business opportunity that would allow them to relocate to Florida to be closer to two of their three grown children. At the same time, Stanley Baker, owner of Professional Glass, was ready…

Centered on Community
Fall/Winter 2020

Nearly seven decades have passed since Howard Stiles founded a general contracting company in South Florida in 1951 with two employees and a strong set of core values: personalized service, honesty and integrity. These values have served as…

Super Steel for Super Bowl
Spring/Summer 2020

While most football fans were getting ready for Super Bowl watch parties the day before the big game on Saturday, February 1st, Ruben Diaz was watching Lady Gaga perform from VIP seats at a pregame extravaganza in a building that he and his…

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Windows of Opportunity
Spring/Summer 2020

Rick Suarez, CEO and owner of Ready Windows Sales & Service Corp., laughs as he comments on his heritage, “What’s that saying? I think it’s, ‘It is hard to be Cuban and be humble.’ ”

The Home of their Dreams
Spring/Summer 2020

When contractors Ricky Duffield and John Garcia found their residential remodeling business growing, it was only a short leap to add a new business, Sunstate Home Design LLC. The pair founded Sunstate Contractors in 2016 in Port St. Lucie, Florida,…

Transparency. Integrity. Diligence.
Spring/Summer 2020

“Construction is in our DNA.” This statement is powerful and indicative of how Kyle Rafferty, Owner’s Representative of KMR Construction Management, Inc. (KMR), defines his family’s business. It was founded in 1986 by Kevin M. Rafferty, the…

Pathway to Success
Spring/Summer 2020

In the early 1990s, Jody Adametz, who had worked in the construction business as a general contractor for a decade, moved from New York to Florida and began to explore a new specialty. He became interested in brick pavers and their emerging…

From Dirt to Done
Spring/Summer 2020

Craig Danto, CEO of South Florida-based Danto Builders, LLC, comes from a long line of builders. His great-grandfather was a ship builder in Spain, his grandfather poured thousands of yards of concrete at Detroit Metro Airport runways in the…

Cutting the Red Tape
Fall/Winter 2019

The old saying that time is money is perhaps no truer anywhere than in the construction industry. The wheels of local government turn slowly, and the longer it takes for a project to make its way through the plan review and permitting process…

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A Stroke of Genius
Fall/Winter 2019

Five years ago, Owners Mike and Rick Haynes ushered in a new era at Haynes Scaffolding & Supply, Inc. (Haynes Scaffolding) when they stepped into the leadership roles at the West Palm Beach, Florida-based company. But their deep appreciation…

Diving Deep For Space to Build
Fall/Winter 2019

When it comes to construction, there is likely more buildable space out there than you think—underwater, or below the water table, for example. It’s a message Aqua-Nautik GmbH Ltd. (Aqua-Nautik) delivers to potential clients early in the planning…

Community Connected
Fall/Winter 2019

First chartered in 1964, the Greater Palm Beach Chapter 87 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has long been a place for women in the Palm Beach County construction industry to come together under a common umbrella.…

Constructive Minds
Fall/Winter 2019

Like grandfather, like father, like son. The Marcos family has a rich heritage of creating successful companies, which has been passed down from generation to generation. And like his predecessors, Hiram Marcos, President and Owner of Aim Con…

Not Playing Around
Fall/Winter 2019

Make no mistake about it—Recreational Design & Construction, Inc. (RDC) may be in the business of athletic fields, playgrounds and swimming pools, but it’s not playing around. “When you tell people you work in parks and rec, they tend to look…

Watch It Come Down
Spring/Summer 2019

That’s the motto for AlliedBean Demolition, Inc. (AlliedBean) and its President, Kevin Bean, who has built a successful business in tearing down what’s been built.

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Safe and Durable Homes for Bikes
Spring/Summer 2019

A Finnish bicycle rack company wants to capitalize on increasing bicycle use in the United States by changing the way that Americans park their bikes.

The Next Generation Steps In and Out
Spring/Summer 2019

East Coast Services, Inc., is a powerhouse in Pompano Beach, Florida. Since 1981, it has provided heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation and repair for residential, commercial and new construction projects from Broward…

Industry Matchmaking
Spring/Summer 2019

Florida Construction Connection, Inc. (FLCC) is an employment consulting firm based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, that assists construction and real estate development companies with hiring, employee retention and professional development. The…

Integrity Above All
Spring/Summer 2019

The way companies operate has changed significantly over the years. The saying “My handshake is my word” was once a commonplace statement of reliability in the business world, often used when closing a deal. It communicated an agreement—“What…

A Code, a Craft …and Community
Fall/Winter 2018

Some tools, a van and lessons learned at his father’s side was all Edward Cannatelli needed to turn a home-based business into a multimillion-dollar design-build and construction management company…with a personal touch.

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Rock-Solid in South Florida
Fall/Winter 2018

Within minutes of speaking to Robert Delgado Jr., owner and operator of Rock Power Paving, Inc., the bold, seemingly cliché claims displayed proudly on his company’s website are validated and brought to life. The company boasts standards like:…

Automating the Art of Interior Demolition
Fall/Winter 2018

With more than two decades of experience under their belt, the Bader family knows a thing or two about the construction industry.

Concrete Path to Success
Fall/Winter 2018

While Speedy Concrete Cutting, Inc. (Speedy) has been sawcutting, coring and removing structures for the last three decades, it’s also been working to build things up for its team.

Right at Home With Success
Fall/Winter 2018

Almost 30 years after launching Kaufman Lynn Construction, Inc. (KL) with a $12,000 loan from his family, Michael Kaufman’s company has grown from a modest team of three employees to a company with four regional offices building multimillion-dollar…

“Work Ain’t Cheap and Cheap Ain’t Good”
Spring/Summer 2018

William Valdes-Zuazo was a new high school graduate, on his way to college to study radiology. To make ends meet, he took a job as a shop helper for Coral Gables Glass & Mirror. He liked the work and liked to learn, and quickly added glass installation…

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Windows of Opportunity
Spring/Summer 2018

Rick Suarez, CEO and owner of Ready Windows Sales & Service Corp., laughs as he comments on his heritage, “What’s that saying? I think it’s, ‘It is hard to be Cuban and be humble.’ ”

Family Atmosphere Drives Success
Spring/Summer 2018

The Allied Trucking family of companies is one of Florida’s largest trucking operations. Since its launch in 1984, the business has maintained a reputation for reliability and responsiveness in serving the trucking and hauling, demolition and…

Rolling Out A Fresh Approach
Spring/Summer 2018

While setting out to change the perception of the painting industry may seem like a lofty goal for most people starting their own company, it’s something that the leadership of Tru Colors Contracting embraced from the beginning.

Networking for a Good Cause
Spring/Summer 2018

What general contractor doesn’t do it “by the numbers”? Take, for example, Danto Builders of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, achieving something truly special with sets of numbers like 8, 14, 38, 600, 1,800, 5,400 and 40,000.

The Right Mix
Fall/Winter 2017

Floors are often overlooked when describing aspects of great buildings, but there’s no ignoring the work of Harvey Namm, owner of Artistic Surfaces.

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The Ins and Outs of Quality Windows and Doors
Fall/Winter 2017

Windows and doors in our homes, offices, restaurants and stores bear greater challenges than people often realize. The expectation is that they let in sunshine, light and even a cool breeze when opened; but they also must keep out heat, harmful…

Building a Legacy from the Ground Up
Fall/Winter 2017

While Richard Ahrens is the sixth-generation member to carry on his family’s construction business, he’s quick to credit his predecessors’ integrity as the cornerstone for the company’s longevity.

Standing Tall in the Eye of the Storms
Spring/Summer 2017

When a disaster is caused by violent meteorological phenomena, there can be extensive property damage and even the loss of human life. And in Florida’s coastal communities, livelihoods can be utterly devastated by natural disasters such as

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Whether Sunlight or Storm
Spring/Summer 2017

In a moment, with a ruthless hit to his knees, suddenly Richard “Dick” Platt’s lifelong dreams of playing professional football were over. Just before the tackle that changed his life

Leaders of the Land
Fall/Winter 2016

For five decades, the name Bergeron Land Development Inc. has been synonymous with hard work and family values in the land development industry.

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