|Peter Morandi – Chief Executive Officer, LEED AP
Peter comes from a long line of contractors. Growing up just outside Boston, he watched his father, grandfather, uncles and cousins build the business by managing workers’ personalities, keeping the equipment running and living up to clients’ expectations. He learned a lot in those formative years, and never doubted that construction would be his life’s work. Peter studied Construction Management and Engineering at Roger Williams University and headed south to New York shortly after graduation. After 10 years as a construction manager, director of operations and chief operating officer for a leading NYC contractor, Peter started Eastman Cooke in 2009. Taking great pride in his team and projects, he runs the company with a focus on collaboration, innovation, safety and reliability. He believes in asking clients the right questions, creating solutions, and delivering projects without surprises.
“Using the experiences we have as a foundation, we build on a client’s individual needs. We always want to create value in everything we do.”
|April Intrabartola – Vice President
As vice president, April plays a key role in Eastman Cooke’s industry growth. She leads the firm’s business development, strategic planning and brand and talent management initiatives. Her unlimited energy, meticulous attention to detail and creative problem-solving skills help make our firm a trusted advisor and partner to so many clients. Her in-depth knowledge of all facets of the business make her an invaluable resource for ensuring ECA’s business operations are aligned with the company’s long-term strategic plan. Active in the community, she is on the Board of Trustees of Family & Children’s Association and a member of numerous professional and charitable organizations. Her many industry accolades include SmartCEO’s 2016 Brava Award and Schneps Communications’ 2017 Power Women in Business Award.
“We’re here to build our clients’ vision. We listen to their needs, come up with a solution, and build the job together. As a client-focused company, we have the freedom to do whatever it takes to get there. We’ll go to the end because we want our clients to be satisfied.”
|Robert Hancock – Senior Project Manager
Robert brings more than twenty-five years of construction management experience to Eastman Cooke. As a project manager and former business owner, Robert has completed large commercial construction projects including renovations and new buildings as well as multi-million-dollar public sector projects. Robert manages his work proactively, finding creative solutions and strategizing how best to get the job done. Having the support of management and his colleagues through constant communication and collaboration is critical to his projects’ success.
“Instead of saying something can’t be done, we think outside the box to say, ‘this is how it can be done.’ We are creative and we find solutions. As a result, the client knows their project means as much to our team as it does to them.”
|Ray Ruggiano – Project Superintendent
In his role as superintendent for ECA, Ray supervises and coordinates all construction activities in the field including trades, materials, permitting and logistics. With over 20 years of industry experience, including the construction of major new buildings and interiors for retail, commercial institutional and residential clients, Ray tackles all of his projects with a client-centric approach.
“ECA is a company that cares about its employees and its clients. It provides the environment I need to manage my projects with personal attention and exceed our clients’ expectations.”
|Art Schumann – Project Superintendent
Art is one of Eastman Cooke’s most seasoned superintendents, with experience managing a variety of complex and unique commercial projects. Responsible for all aspects of onsite job coordination, his calm demeanor and high level of expertise in large-scale, out-of-the-ground buildings is unparalleled.
“Our clients like the way our projects are run. We have very innovative construction management procedures in place that allow us to give them excellent service while building their projects.”
|Paul Weiss – Project Superintendent
Paul Weiss brings more than 15 years of experience in residential construction to his role as Assistant Superintendent. Growing up on Long Island and working for the family business, Paul got involved with every aspect of a project. He has made a successful transition to commercial work for Eastman Cooke, currently supporting project management on site by managing reports, lists and logs, while coordinating laborers and subcontractors to keep the project on time and on budget. He enjoys the variety of project types and challenges that arise, because it gives him the opportunity to learn from his colleagues at all levels of the firm.
“As a young company, we’re adaptable to new technology and other changes in the construction business, and we work together to solve problems. Our clients see that we are all on the same playing field, and it gives them a good feeling.”
|Jonathan Gonzalez – Project Superintendent
With 10 years of industrial, residential and commercial construction experience, Jonathan joined Eastman Cooke as an Assistant Construction Superintendent and advanced quickly to his current position of Construction Superintendent. Whether contributing to predesign planning and scheduling or working alongside a senior superintendent on site with field coordination, Jonathan values the importance of collaboration. He has an expertise in safety procedures and earned his Site Safety Training (SST) card, assuring that NYC building codes and safety procedures are followed. Jonathan has played an integral role on many demolition, renovation and building projects at Eastman Cooke – among them, Jaguar Land Rover, 75 Spring Street and various medical projects for a long-time healthcare client.
“The Eastman Cooke team is always building for the future, assuring that the best safety standards are in place, never leaving a project unfinished. It’s the people who make Eastman Cooke different from the competition. Every team member is supported and recognized. We work together to get the job done right and always on time.”
|Imani Milima – Project Management
Imani joined Eastman Cooke as a results-oriented leader, who brings an entrepreneurial spirit to the project management team. She has two decades of experience in both general business management and project management, including several years in the construction industry and two years as an owner representative. Whether working on core and shell/new build projects or medical interiors, Imani anticipates stumbling blocks and coordinates day-to-day activities to stay on target. Imani’s well-rounded education includes earning a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ, as well as an MBA from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She also received a Construction Management Certificate from the Mechanics Institute in New York City. Imani is no stranger to volunteering, as she demonstrated by helping rehabilitate homes, businesses and parklands in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“Eastman Cooke is unique in that clients get a focused team that works well together to solve problems and deliver successfully. To every project, we offer a well-tested approach that brings consistency, while allowing for creativity. What further differentiates Eastman Cooke from competitors is its willingness to drive the success of a project by thoroughly understanding a client’s expectations.”
|Isabelle Nguyen – Senior Estimator
As a Senior Estimator at Eastman Cooke, Isabelle is recognized for the quality of her work, garnered from nearly a decade of estimating and project management experience in residential and commercial construction. For Eastman Cooke’s potential client projects, Isabelle is responsible for conceptual and hard-bidding. For awarded and proposed projects, she creates and maintains budgets during pre-construction/project development. Throughout her distinguished career, Isabelle has been vital to the success of build outs and renovation projects. At Eastman Cooke, she has played a role working on behalf of clients such as New York University, Central Assisted Living, Greystone, JLR, and our extensive list of healthcare clients. Isabelle is a member of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC), the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), North American Women In Construction (NAWIC), American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).
“I love working in construction because it’s a very humbling profession that calls for honesty and integrity with every detail. Knowledge may come from books and reading, but quality work comes from experience.”
|David Ojofeitimi – Estimating
A passion for construction – from the challenge of solving problems daily to seeing buildings constructed from infancy through completion – drew David to the business. In his job in Estimating at Eastman Cooke, he reviews architectural drawings, issues them to subcontractors or the project management team and puts together budgets. A stickler for details, he is driven to assure accurate estimates on time, cost, material and labor for every project. Early in his career, David acquired invaluable experience working on a range of public, private and commercial projects, where he gained expertise in estimating. He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY. In his free time, David enjoys photography. Like many of his colleagues at Eastman Cooke, David believes in giving back to the community. He volunteers in the STEM program at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in East Garden City, NY, where he assists in teaching theoretical physics to middle school students and high school freshmen.
“At Eastman Cooke, clients are the first priority. Every day, we strive to bring fresh and innovative ideas to the work. It’s absolutely inspiring to be part of the Eastman Cooke team.”
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