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    Our Leadership


    President/CEO, Ferreira Construction Co., Inc.
    CEO, American Pile and Foundation, LLC
    CEO, Vanguard Energy Partners, LLC

    As the President/CEO of Ferreira Construction Co., Inc., Nelson Ferreira has spearheaded many prominent infrastructure and renewable energy projects. His hands-on approach to managing Ferreira Construction’s day to day operations enables Mr. Ferreira to lend valuable insights, extraordinary technical expertise, and unparalleled leadership on all projects. A critical component of Mr. Ferreira’s leadership vision is his unwavering commitment to his employees’ workplace safety as well as their continuing education. He encourages all members of his team to acquire additional training and certifications to keep the company on the cutting edge of innovation, technology and safety programs.

    His experiences have enabled him to gain insight, technical expertise, and provide effective leadership, crucial to his daily management of Ferreira Construction and its affiliates. Overseeing a fleet including more than 1200 pieces of construction equipment and a combined staff of approximately 1000 employees, Mr. Ferreira is known for his dedication to each employee’s personal and professional development. The success of all the firms is clearly evidenced by the continual growth and expansion of resources and capabilities, as well as the dedication of Mr. Ferreira’s employees to his vision for the future of Ferreira Construction and its affiliates.


    Senior Vice President

    Tino Garcia has been with Ferreira since 1995, and was Nelson Ferreira’s first management hire. Alongside Nelson, he guided the company through its early years as a small contractor, helping to transform Ferreira into a major contender in the New Jersey market. He then accepted the challenge to start up operations in Florida, and is now responsible for managing Ferreira’s southern division which has expanded its operation to include a national dredging division. His critical role of overseeing the southern operations has led to several significant contract awards including major dredge and diving projects. Tino also plays a key role in overseeing the estimating division of the company, and has a unique ability to key in on critical items while bidding and building projects. He is actively involved in industry associations, and served as President of the UTCA in 2016. Tino is a key part of the company’s executive management team that defines company policies and procedures and he has been and continues to be instrumental in the company’s growth and development.


    Senior Vice President

    Nancy Vliet Cucco has been with Ferreira since 1999, and is responsible for the overall successful execution of Ferreira’s projects in New York and California. Nancy is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New Jersey and is a member of The Moles and The Beavers. Her passion for construction began with her first job out of college as a field engineer, and she uses her experience and technical background to work with the owner’s representatives and the project staff to ensure projects are completed safely, in a professional manner, and within budget and schedule. Nancy also coordinates senior staff meetings and spearheads the development and implementation of innovative management techniques, employee conflict resolution, and employee professional advancement. Nancy is a key part of the company’s executive management team that defines company policies and procedures and she has been and continues to be instrumental in the company’s growth and development.


    Senior Vice President

    Brian Delpome has been with Ferreira since 2000, and is responsible for managing the New Jersey field operations. As a New Jersey based company, this results in him overseeing a significant part of the company’s projects. He ensures that all company resources are deployed in an efficient and professional manner to perform work safely, within budget and on schedule. Brian also reviews critical complex bids, and is the company’s union liaison and labor relations negotiator for New Jersey operations. In addition to his field responsibilities, Brian is a key part of the company’s executive management team that defines company policies and procedures and he has been and continues to be instrumental in the company’s growth and development.


    Vice President, New York Operations

    A key player on the Ferreira team since 2008, Mr. Groark brings 35 years of construction management and major project experience, including underground/tunnel work, major mass transit rail projects, and building construction. Tom is an engineer who directs Ferreira’s New York operation.

    Prior to joining Ferreira, Tom worked with Morrison Knudsen and Slattery. There, he was involved in marine construction in Connecticut, tunnel work in Washington, DC, and Chicago, and subway rehabilitation efforts in New York City.


    Vice President

    John Ciabattari is General Manager for Ferreira Construction bringing more than 20 years of marine and heavy civil construction experience to his role. As the Southern Division General Manager, he is responsible for the overall administration, management and supervision of the of all construction activities, including project coordination, safety and interaction with all persons or entities involved with Ferreira Construction’s Southern Division construction activities. Ciabattari oversees the proper training of employees and ensures that his project supervisors are proficient in onsite coordination of construction projects.


    Vice President, California

    Brandon has over 20 years of experience in the underground construction industry. He has managed a wide variety of utility projects for the California Department of Transportation, Inland Empire Utility Agency, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, the Oakland International Airport, counties and municipalities, and many private entities.  As Vice President, Brandon is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations at Ferreira Coastal under the guidance of the President Nelson Ferreira. He ensures that all company resources are deployed in an efficient and professional manner on all projects, in order to perform work within budget and ahead of schedule. In addition, Mr. Pensick monitors project objectives, company policies, and procedures and performance standards of all field personnel.  Brandon has managed and successfully completed projects ranging from $100,000 to $15 million on time and on budget.  Brandon’s primary responsibilities include senior construction management; proposal and budget development; client, agency, and labor union negotiations; and personnel management.


    Chief Financial Officer

    Jerry Killian is responsible for overseeing all of  the accounting, financial and tax functions in the Company.  Jerry joined Ferreira Construction in 2015. Prior to Ferreira, Jerry has 35 years of public accounting experience as a CPA and as the Partner-in-Charge of Construction Services at a national and regional CPA Firm. As a construction industry expert, Jerry has extensive experience in business process improvement, systems and internal controls and in the selection and implementation of construction specific software. He is also experienced in performing litigation support consulting in connection with construction contract disputes and project cost audits.


    COO and Vice President

    Al has over 25 years of construction and engineering experience in the utility and public market sectors. His passion has been designing and constructing bridges, highways and major gas pipeline infrastructure servicing much of the East Coast and Greater New England areas.

    Educated with a Bachelors Degree of Science in Civil Engineering and an MBA in Finance, Al started as a field engineer and progressed diligently through the years to where he most recently worked as an operations executive for a large gas and electric utility company servicing much of the New England region.

    Al is a key part of Ferreira’s executive management team that defines and focuses on company policies, procedures, and strategic initiatives. His experience is instrumental to the growth and development of the company.