Product Meets Process
I grew up in Erie, PA, within walking distance to Lake Erie, riding dirt bikes, fishing, grape farming, working on cars, and occasionally having our inflatable boat dragged back to shore with my friends by the Coast Guard for missing life vests.
I graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in economics. I attended Princeton University for a couple years, then was off to Boston College for graduate school in economics while working at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Shortly after graduate school, I worked in Silicon “Alley” (not Valley) during that ridiculously insane dot-com bubble at Multex (now part of Thomson Reuters). At Multex, I worked as a software engineer, project manager, and product manager for various web-based delivery systems for delivering real-time and historical equity, fixed income, and economic research services such as research, morning notes, earnings estimates, etc. for buy-side, sell-side, and numerous other professional and academic users. The standards there were ridiculously high. Now for the total 180° career change… In 2002, needing a change of scenery, I joined Pinneo Construction as co-owner with my friend Tom Pinneo.
Obviously, I’m not the guy who will be pouring your foundation or installing trim in your kitchen renovation. I’m the financial/business end of Pinneo Construction. What I learned from my academic and fin-tech days are a few non-negotiable components needed in our business: clear proven processes, excellent project management, and financial transparency. From beginning to end, sharing our underlying costs is crucial to building trust with our clients. Geek alert – the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is cool, thus, the transparency we believe in as a company.
In my free time, I enjoy running, snowboarding, hiking, rock climbing, MTN biking, yoga, traveling, and cooking with my family and friends. I long to spend more time kiteboarding, and diving.