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Exceed, Excel, Stay Safe
Fall/Winter 2020

When Gustavo Hermida and Fred Gallo founded the company that would become CIC Construction Group in Puerto Rico in 1983, they had big dreams; but they didn’t know their newborn company would succeed as it has, growing into an island giant now…

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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…

It’s All in the Details
Fall/Winter 2020

The last mile of a construction project is the on-time handover to the owner. Detail Dynamics of Florida, Inc. (Detail Dynamics) provides final cleaning services and post-construction cleanup for commercial and industrial projects.

The Right MIX To Master Risk
Fall/Winter 2020

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

Bringing Designs to Life
Fall/Winter 2020

Bringing architectural design concepts to life in an immersive, multidimensional visual format is the core of what Arktek3D delivers to its global clientele. From the United States to Canada to the Middle East to Australia, the company’s photorealistic…

Racing to Win
Fall/Winter 2020

When Nichole Tindall and Josh Murray decided to start A+ Backbone and Utilities LLC, a utility installation and repair company, the parents of six children already knew what it meant to have their hands full. At the time, Josh had just finished…

Big Business Served Family Style
Fall/Winter 2020

Things did not go smoothly for Jim Wohlfiel and his sons during their first PAW Demolition trucking job in Florida. On the second trip of moving stone from the Brooksville Quarry to a septic system company, a switch was bypassed causing the…

Paving the Way
Fall/Winter 2020

With a dream and about $120,000, Mondragon Paving President/Owner Isidro Mondragon launched his asphalt paving company. That was 2016. He started with his two sons and in less than six weeks, he was up to a team of six. Fast-forward four years…

Quality Work Keeps Roofs Over Their Heads
Fall/Winter 2020

At age 13, Gene Taylor began working his first summer for Tallahassee Roofing Inc., his dad’s Florida-based roofing company. And that’s how he spent many summers, helping the other roofers and learning all he could about the roofing business.

Lady in Red
Fall/Winter 2020

“You have no idea what people say on social media,” says Cynthia Santa, the President of LPC Scaffold Services, Inc., located in Ocala, Florida.

The ‘Young Guns’ Construction
Fall/Winter 2020

People say age is just a number—but when it comes to an increasingly aging construction workforce, numbers matter. They do, at least, to Ryan Carnley and Mark Bruzek, who view themselves as the “young guns” intent on shaking up the dynamics…

Local Values. Global Reach.
Spring/Summer 2020

Steve Browning was studying mythology in college in 1985 when his father decided to rebrand a company specializing in steel building construction. “Dad wanted a name with more national appeal, so I suggested Vulcan, the name for the Roman god…

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The Revitalization of a Company
Spring/Summer 2020

Brownie’s Septic and Plumbing (Brownie’s), established in 1948, has grown exponentially since Marc Barhonovich, President, stepped in to run the business in 2012. Before then, the company, based in Orlando, Florida, focused almost entirely on…

Hands, Heads & Hearts
Spring/Summer 2020

There are plenty of itinerant roofers who travel in nameless packs, stomp all over a roof, tack down whatever shingles, take shortcuts, and get on down the road. This is not that story. For Reggie Reed Roofing of St. Petersburg, Florida, there’s…

Building the Future, Recycling the Past
Spring/Summer 2020

“I love garbage!” exclaims Michael Morea, and his passion is to keep as much of it out of landfills as possible through aggressive recycling efforts. His success is evident from the amount of client testimonials on his company website. But few…

Grand Designs and Big Ambitions
Spring/Summer 2020

Amber Clore knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the design industry. She geared all of her elective courses in high school toward design and studied at Florida State University College of Fine Arts, Department of Interior Architecture…

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…

Creative Carvings That Wow Clients
Spring/Summer 2020

When Corint Industries, LLC Owner
 Nicu Iacobescu flips on the light switch in his shop in the morning, he is greeted by his hardest working employees: two computer numerical control (CNC) router machines. Even though they aren’t humans,” Nicu…

Comprehensive Coverage for Construction
Spring/Summer 2020

Kelly White, a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist and native Floridian, has had an eventful decade. She opened her agency in April 2010 in Jacksonville and has been growing ever since. “It’s been a fun 10 years!” she says.

Grounded in Excellence
Spring/Summer 2020

Florida is known for many things—scenic beaches, entertainment parks, retirement communities and, of course, its tantalizing orange crops. For one family-owned company rooted in the Sunshine State, the citrus industry served as the springboard…

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,…

Diamond in the Rough
Spring/Summer 2020

In 1981, Kurt Dys was a young man with dreams of a career in professional golf management, so one day he packed up his belongings and moved from Michigan to Florida—a rather appropriate relocation for his aspirations.

True Expertise
Fall/Winter 2019

According to world-leading scholars and psychologists, true expertise is a multi- faceted phenomenon involving continuous learning, deliberate practice and practical intelligence. This is a fitting portrayal of Frederick “Art” Barthlow, a lifelong…

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Masters of Electricity
Fall/Winter 2019

From building submarines to troubleshooting rides at waterparks to developing a live-action role-playing game enjoyed by children around the country, Dave Pherson has had a unique career. The President of the specialty construction company Tech…

The Art of Natural Stone
Fall/Winter 2019

Mario Montes, owner of Bella Stone, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida, knows what it’s like to embark on an unknown path and get established in a new country. In 1993, he came to the United States from El Salvador, went straight to Boston and started…

Holding the Line
Fall/Winter 2019

Architects, general contractors and land and building owners keep Terminus Surveying, LLC busy every day. The Terminus team of Tampa, Florida, is a disabled combat veteran-owned-and-operated business that has a proven record in providing expert…

Doing Well by Doing Good
Fall/Winter 2019

In the 1970s, the federal government under President Jimmy Carter was developing the national Community Reinvestment Act, which aimed to provide funding and programs to build affordable housing while also providing training and employment opportunities…

A Better Way to Build
Fall/Winter 2019

When Hurricane Michael hit Mexico Beach, Florida, in October 2018, the Category 5 storm leveled entire neighborhoods. But many of the buildings that had been constructed using insulated concrete forms (ICF)—designed to withstand the more than…

Steel Fabrication Done Right
Fall/Winter 2019

At Skyline Construction, Founder Sam Ramkissoon knows his way around a set of blueprints. And for good reason— the plans his company receives from clients, which often exceed 500 pages, must be transformed from 2D diagrams into the real thing.…

Commercial Space Solutions
Fall/Winter 2019

Morris H. Adkins Jr. doesn’t like surprises. As President of Adkins Construction Company LLC (Adkins) he goes to great lengths to learn the ins and outs of a project’s parameters before the subcontractors, tools and equipment arrive on a construction…

Keeping Things Cool
Fall/Winter 2019

With more than 1,100 registered air conditioning contractors in the Jacksonville, Florida, area, Wayne Estes makes sure his company, 
Estes Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., stands out from the crowd. It’s about more than providing quality…

General Contracting with an Owner Mindset
Fall/Winter 2019

High Mark Construction, LLC (High Mark) is a general contractor with a strong understanding of how buildings are operated. The company, based in Winter Garden, Florida, specializes in commercial construction, light commercial construction and…

Bringing Buildings to Life, for Life
Fall/Winter 2019

If you want big ideas and big results, you need a firm that invests in people first, according to Domenic Scorpio, President and CEO of Scorpio. “I am passionate about building people. When employees come to work inspired by what they do, they…

Partnerships & Trailblazers
Spring/Summer 2019

Few accounts of company origins inspire as much hope as the storybook beginning of LPC Scaffold Services, Inc. Several years ago, Cynthia Santa, a minority single mom was in the right place at the right time. A fateful encounter at a networking…

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Sowing Seeds of Success
Spring/Summer 2019

Not even the threat of a hurricane could keep Ishaq Hugger from tackling a big project—and getting it done on time and done right. It was October 2016 when Hugger’s Lawn & Landscape, Inc. was called on to clean, prep and lay sod for a big event…

Driving Quality for 95 Years
Spring/Summer 2019

If you play shuffleboard or tennis in Florida, chances are you have played on a court either originally built or resurfaced by Nidy Sports Construction. And your favorite collegiate or high school sports team may be playing on a field built…

Reclaimed, Restored, Repurposed
Spring/Summer 2019

In 2014, a shared love of authentically restoring old houses led Michael and Annie Murphy to found Eco Relics in Jacksonville, Florida. The company offers a vast number of services, including “deconstruction-light”—strip-out services—and the…

Super Sleuths
Spring/Summer 2019

The precision and care needed to work in a hospital environment can’t be overstated.

Keeping It Simple FROM ‘Giddy Up to Whoa’
Spring/Summer 2019

Having been born and raised in the family cabinet business, Bill Oxley, President of Oxley Cabinet Warehouse Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida, has gained abundant knowledge about cabinets from 50-plus years of being in the industry.

One-Stop Service: All Year, Every Day
Spring/Summer 2019

If you want to keep customers’ business, always be ready to add services they need, says Mimi Freeman, President and CFO of Asphalt365, Inc. After doing just that, the Kissimmee, Florida-based paving and pressure-washing company is celebrating…

The Business of Caring
Spring/Summer 2019

Imagine waking up in a cozy, elegantly designed space, fully equipped to meet your needs. The artwork, furniture, bedding and flooring are all designer quality. You step out your front door to hear the calming sounds of water cascading from…

Generations of Problem Solvers
Spring/Summer 2019

In 1973, Joe Miorelli, a trained civil engineer, left his career as a consultant to NASA and decided to launch his own company, now called MEC Contractors-Engineers (MEC), a general contractor and civil and structural engineering firm based…

Hospitality, Hope and a Hand Up
Fall/Winter 2018

AMH Construction Inc.’s Aaron Hope, founder and President, and Doug Miller, co-owner and Vice President, are on a multifaceted mission to build a company that improves the lives of employees, customers and community.

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A Guest in the Customer’s Business
Fall/Winter 2018

In 2005, with minimal notice, the large corporation that Stanley Courtney Jr. was working for announced that it was closing. Stan declared, “I’m starting my own company,” and asked co-workers David Gencarella and Alex Kirkpatrick to go with…

A Clean, Clear Look for the 21st Century
Fall/Winter 2018

Leon Cruz doesn’t know how to lose. He also understands that it’s all about perception. Owning a company with a five-star rating is of the utmost importance to him. Cruz imparts that to his employees at Orlando’s House of Glass, Inc., with a…

Explosive Growth
Fall/Winter 2018

Martin Roofing Services, Inc. (Martin Roofing) is enjoying tremendous growth by focusing on specialization among staff members and integrity throughout its processes.

Innovation in Action
Fall/Winter 2018

The hands-on, deep and diverse experience of Mainstream Construction Group, Inc.’s (Mainstream) leaders has clearly influenced its bold embrace of innovative technologies and new opportunities for growth.

A Clear Grade of Respect
Spring/Summer 2018

Sixteen years ago, what started out as a hobby for a college grad has transformed into a career filled with passion and purpose. Today, as the owner of Good Neighbor Fence Co., Jeffrey (Jeff) Bognolo strives to deliver high-level service to…

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Controlled Chaos
Spring/Summer 2018

Knocking down walls, blasting through ceilings, bulldozing entire structures and hauling off hundreds of thousands of pounds of debris certainly have all the makings of chaos. But with carefully orchestrated choreography, demolition doesn’t…

Pece of Mind in Orlando, Florida
Spring/Summer 2018

Let’s face it—everyone loves to watch a building implode. How many times have TV newscasts shown us sports arenas, office buildings or manufacturing plants reduced to rubble in seconds? Perhaps the appeal is in the visual explosion, or the noise,…

Measured Growth with a People-First Pledge
Spring/Summer 2018

When he was 37, Gary Boyer, a professional construction manager with a decade of experience, knew two things: 1) the construction business can be turbulent and 2) he wanted control over his career.

The Women of NAWIC: Leaders, Mentors, Game‑Changers
Fall/Winter 2017

The Greater Orlando Chapter 73 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is more than a group of women with a common profession. It’s much more than a networking environment defined by gender, more than a community outreach…

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Overcoming Tragedy
Fall/Winter 2017

In 2009, during the Great Recession, Joanne Caccamisi lost her husband, Danny, to cancer and found herself taking over his role as owner of Central Food Equipment, Inc. (CFE) in Lakeland, Fla. The company outfits commercial kitchens, a specialized…

Finding Meaning through Mops
Fall/Winter 2017

Out of the Florida sun, inside of Pine Castle, Inc. in Jacksonville, white lengths of cotton are placed onto mop heads and passed down the line to adults who are finding purpose through work.

Females Climb High in Roofing Industry
Fall/Winter 2017

Two self-made women have combined talents to create and run one of the top roofing companies in the state of Florida. While the roofing business as a whole is male-dominated, this hasn’t stopped Camille Austin and Kim Sanford from collaborating…

My Kind of Company
Spring/Summer 2016

“People here know my kids; they see them grow up; they see them at the office with me or participating in company events. I would 100 percent encourage my kids to come into this company.” These are the words of Juan Garcia, the Chief Estimator…

A Belief in Handshakes
Spring/Summer 2017

Just over 30 years ago, the Sander family founded its business with a simple handshake in a gentleman’s agreement. Today, owners Jason and Scott Sander continue to operate Tailored Foam of Florida, Inc. (Tailored Foam) with a similar approach…

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Improving the Built Environment is Better for Business
Spring/Summer 2017

The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) has been the driving force in a widespread effort to generate awareness and credibility of green building in the state. The nonprofit corporation, founded in 2000, is dedicated to improving Florida’s…

Lending Heart & Hand
Fall/Winter 2016

Highway work zones are one of the most dangerous environments in construction today. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that, in 2010, there were 32,999 work zone accidents, resulting in 586 deaths. By 2014, the…



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