• The Problem Solvers

    George J. Cambourakis was born to be an engineer. After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, he proceeded to teach himself everything there was to know about foundation and geotechnical engineering.   read more...

  • The Green Giant

    A lot of people think of recycling as a magic act; you put a piece of junk into a recycling bin and—poof!—it vanishes like a rabbit into a magician’s hat.   read more...

  • Ahead of the Eco-Friendly Building Curve

    John Kruzshak founded Evergreen Environments in 1982—decades ahead of the current green movement—as a small atrium construction business focused on interiorscapes.   read more...

  • Getting Down to Business

    Lots of builders and contractors talk about completing a project from the ground up. But what about what’s going on under the ground? That’s where Jim DeAngelis and Soiltesting, Inc. come in.   read more...

  • ‘Where Strong Girls Are Forged’

    In the 23 years that Judaline Cassidy has worked as a plumber, she has seen one consistent trend: the lack of women in the construction industry. This inspired her to educate girls and women on career opportunities that can be economic game-changers, jobs in which they can earn $100,000 annually without overtime and without a college degree. Her solution: a nonprofit called Tools & Tiaras.<   read more...

  • From Manhattan to Montauk

    Charlie Hall, President and owner of Hall Enterprises, Inc., got his start mowing lawns as a kid growing up on Long Island.   read more...

  • A Window of Opportunity

    Jilco Window Corp.’s story began in 1982 in John McDonough’s garage. It was there that he began selling aluminum windows, eventually expanding the business into a wide variety of window and door treatments, cabinetry and countertops, in addition to customized and complex specialty millwork.<   read more...

  • The People in the Pipeline

    Carolyn Olsen started Holbrook Plastic Pipe Supply Inc. with her sister, Betty Olsen King, in 1975. They rented a 3,500-square-foot warehouse in Holbrook, New York, which seemed like “the middle of nowhere,” according to Olsen, who is President and CEO. Their first order was for a small piece of pipe for a grand total of $5.63.   read more...

  • WellBuilt Company Has International Roots

    For a couple of ambitious fellows from Australia, starting a business in the United States just seemed like the right thing to do. Without a network of contacts, Mitch Kidd and Scott Lumby built their business—Wellbuilt Company—in one of the most demanding markets in the U.S.   read more...

  • All the Right Stuff

    Zach Kerzner is the third generation to head Kerzner Contracting Corp. and is carrying on the company philosophy of building lasting relationships with the integrity to do the right thing.   read more...

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