First it was the women. Now we recognize some of the industry’s leading male ambassadors, as Commercial Construction & Renovation’s first CCR Awards salutes those professionals who pay it forward. This issue highlights four men, nominated by their peers, who not only help continue the industry’s path forward, but also play vital roles in their communities.
International Director (Retired)
In his 37 years in the business, Steve Jones has done it all—design, construction, multi-site program management and real estate. His extraordinary accomplishments are complemented by his focus on his clients and team, where he served as teacher and coach.
During his 22 years with JLL, Steve was International Director and PDS multi-site national lead, serving in leadership roles like Southeast Regional PDS Business, JLL management committee and overall practice lead. A hands-on client manager, his involvement with strategic planning facilitated long-standing relationships with Arby’s, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, CVS, Dollar Tree/Family Dollar, Microsoft, Tim Horton’s, and others.
His industry efforts also include being active in board positions for CoreNet and BuildPoint, and a member of Commercial Construction and Renovation People (CCRP).
Managing Director Design & Construction
Build A Bear
Even when the eyes of the retail world are upon him, Gerry Tagliaferro doesn’t blink. Take the iconic Build a Bear store the brand built in China. Overseeing the much sought after store to the residents of Shanghai was something Gerry put his heart and soul into, helping deliver priceless memories for scores of the brand’s Asian fans.
As VP of Logistics, Design and Construction, Gerry continues to demonstrate his broad depth of knowledge and expertise in rolling out new, relocated and remodeled stores in the US, UK, China and Denmark. Additional roles also include VP of Design and Construction at rue21, where he was responsible for 1,100 new, relocated and remodeled stores, and Director of Design and Construction at Gateway Country Computer stores, where he opened 365 new store locations. He also spent time as Sr. Project Manager at Toys R Us.
Known as a team player and leader, his ability to meet—and tackle—difficult situations head on help keep his teams ahead of the game.
Founder & CEO
Ask Michael Pink to name his company’s “secret sauce” and he’ll tell you it’s the ability to analyze data contained in construction schedule files for project control. As founder of SmartPM Technologies (smartpmtech.com), , a leader in schedule analytics software, Michael believes you are only as strong as the team you invest in.
As CEO, he remains involved in the company’s marketing, development, sales and customer success processes. He also leads a 10-person team and outsourced development group in India. The goal: better outcomes, less risk and fewer overruns.
In his off time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and giving back to his community, where he is an active member at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech. He also has spent time assisting the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, Georgia Tech’s School of Building Construction and Flashpoint.
CREATE Architecture Planning & Design
In one of the most trying years in memory, leaders like Frankie Campione are the ones who make it a little easier. As Principal of award-winning CREATE Architecture Planning & Design, Frankie decided he wouldn’t leave any employee behind during the pandemic, including ones who started a week before it hit. Located in the heart of NYC, this made that promise even more daunting. Despite this, Frankie made no pay cuts, no lay-offs and no furloughs.
Operating with a contagious passion, Frankie fosters CREATE’s great success combining his around the clock hard work, his humbleness being a Principal in the trenches with everyone in the studio.
He has truly created a team that is equally strong and passionate. A dedicated team that works as hard as they do for the mutual success of their clients giving 110% because he has shown them that they’re not just disposable employees working a 9-5.