Our Team

With backgrounds and experience that complement each other, Justin and Chris have built a team of senior construction managers, designers, and account managers who fully support their values and professional approach. The Hamilton Stern team boasts experience in the commercial, education, healthcare, manufacturing, residential, retail and office sectors.

Justin Hamilton
Owner

Justin is a results-oriented, hands-on construction professional with experience in virtually every facet of the industry: contract negotiations, project estimating, impending design problems, document preparation, building code and regulations, material purchasing, and personnel management. His construction management portfolio includes numerous commercial projects in higher education, retail, healthcare, and manufacturing as well as many residential projects and renovations. Among his credentials, Justin earned the National Association of Home Builders title of Certified Green Professional and made Rochester Business Journal’s 40 under 40 in 2017. Designated a NYS EPA Lead Supervisor, Justin earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Chris Stern
Owner

Chris’s track record for the successful completion of multiple projects is based on his skills of coordinating trades, developing partnerships, and building a positive rapport with architects, engineers, vendors, and clients. Like his business partner, Chris’s experience encompasses residential and commercial construction including projects in higher education, multi-family housing, retail, and healthcare. In 2009, the Urban League of Rochester honored Chris with its Outstanding Businessperson Award for helping to successfully deliver its largest construction project to-date. A member of the Construction Financial Management Association, Chris graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management; he returned to RIT to earn an Executive MBA.

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Rich Potts
Vice President of Construction

Rich brings more than 20 years of construction management leadership to the Hamilton Stern team. Throughout his career, Rich has been involved in numerous types of construction projects including affordable housing, senior living, multi-family, higher education, and healthcare. As Vice President of Construction, Rich is actively involved in building client relationships and developing new business. Additionally, he provides complete oversight for multiple projects, including, but not limited to, pre-construction, supervision of project teams, and project close-out. As a LEED AP, Rich offers Hamilton Stern clients and projects extensive knowledge and accomplishment in green/sustainable construction techniques.

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Chuck Armbruster
Project Executive

Chuck brings over 35 years of experience to Hamilton Stern Construction and has joined our team as a Project Executive. He has been fully immersed in every phase of the construction process and provides a great deal of knowledge and skill to the executive team. Chuck is very capable at managing as well as supervising construction in the field. He is proficient in scheduling, estimating, accounting and budgeting. His attention to detail and the client’s needs make him a valuable asset to our team.

 

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Gary Lyons
Operations Manager

Gary Lyons began his construction career as a surveyor for the US Army. His expertise expanded to include design and blueprint review, preparation of construction documents, estimating, bidding, subcontractor selection, material purchasing, scheduling, building code compliance, quality control and project management. As Operations Manager, Gary coordinates day-to-day construction activities and serves as the point of contact for clients during construction. He manages all employees and trade activities, supervises all subcontractors and suppliers for commercial projects, and provides safety education and training. Gary, along with Hamilton Stern co-founder Chris Stern, was honored by the Urban League of Rochester in 2009 with its Outstanding Businessperson Award for their supervisory roles in the successful delivery of a large mixed-use project in downtown Rochester.

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Paige Leackfeldt
Creative Director

Paige has experience in multiple facets of design, having worked on large-scale healthcare projects and one-room office renovations to high-end residential and home renovations. Prior to joining Hamilton Stern, Paige was an interior and architectural designer for a small firm that specialized in the high-end residential, small commercial and hospitality sectors. She brings 10 years of CAD and Revit expertise to Hamilton Stern, developing high-resolution 3-D renderings from a variety of computer-aided programs. Among her talents is a strong capability to form a cohesive set of construction drawings utilized throughout the construction process. She implements Hamilton Stern’s marketing strategies and develops the company’s branding techniques. Paige graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design with a focus in Architecture.

Stacey Waxtan
Designer & Marketing Coordinator

Stacey joins Hamilton Stern with a diverse background rooted in design and marketing; from television to non-profits, advertising to hospitality. Along the way, she has helped strengthen brands through community involvement, social media marketing, and creative interior design. She is a firm believer that a brand extends not only through print and online media, but also in the space one creates. Stacey graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Studies.

Wendy Dunn
Office Manager

Wendy brings 46 years of construction office management and accounting expertise to Hamilton Stern, having mastered the multiple facets of construction financing. She currently plays a major part in the organization and facilitation of the fiscal aspects of the firm’s projects. Wendy has in-depth experience with contract administration, project management, documentation and record keeping, and real estate management. She’s committed to creating a systematic and functional office environment and helping to achieve a higher level of overall office moral.

Mike Twining
Project Manager

Mike has been gaining expertise in the construction industry in both field work and management for 15 years. He has provided leadership for a variety of commercial projects, specializing in the Health Care, Education and Retail markets. Mike’s keen sense of the detail and exceptional follow through have served him well. As Project Manager, he is responsible for the coordination and supervision of all on- and off-site work.

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Ken Pelliccia
Superintendent

Ken has more than 25 years of construction industry experience, and is a talented carpenter by trade. Throughout his career, he has provided a leadership role for numerous residential and commercial construction projects, specializing in industrial, higher education, retail and banking markets. Ken is exceptional at overseeing medium to large commercial projects.

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Gary Streber
Superintendent

Gary brings more than 25 years of construction industry experience to our team. Throughout his career, he has been involved in numerous types of both residential and commercial construction projects, including health care and retail. Gary specializes in small to medium commercial and large residential projects.

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Vince Volpe
Superintendent

Vince has more than 30 years of construction industry experience. His expertise is in fine woodworking and cabinetry. He is a master planner and excels at creative, unique and challenging one-of-a-kind projects. Vince has served in a leadership role on some of our most intricate and complex projects.

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Tommy Nacca
Superintendent

Tommy brings 17 years of construction experience to our team. As Superintendent, Tom leads both small to medium commercial and large residential projects. His focus is on job site coordination including safety compliance, schedule adherence and quality assurance.

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Joe Krizan
Superintendent

Joe has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. His leadership skills includes team building, quality assurance and safety compliance. Joe has completed a multitude of various types of commercial projects, and excels at those medium to large in scope.

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Nick DiMeo
Assistant Superintendent

Nick brings 12 years of construction experience to our team. Nick has been involved in numerous types of construction projects, specializing in custom residential construction. As Assistant Superintendent, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of a project. His focus is on maintaining safety standards, schedule adherence and quality assurance.

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Ty Ross
Assistant Superintendent

Ty brings 17 years of construction industry experience to our team. As Assistant Superintendent, Ty provides support on large projects and leads the way on smaller ones. He has been involved in numerous types of construction residential and commercial projects, specializing in Affordable Housing and Healthcare.

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Carol Page
Service Account Manager

Carol joined the Hamilton Stern team in 2014 with the objective of developing the firm’s Service Department and organizing the day-to-day support activities for Service customer accounts.  Her duties involve job costing and technician scheduling, customer billing, status reporting and scope-of-work estimates for the firm’s Service clientele. She works closely with Maintenance Supervisor Dave Cenzi in documenting the work that needs to be done and delegating the proper sub-contractors and maintenance specialists so the job is completed to the high standards Hamilton Stern upholds.

Dave Cenzi
Maintenance Supervisor

Dave brings 17 years of experience in facilities service to Hamilton Stern. Working closely with the service account manager, he directs the diagnosis of clients’ facility problems and supervises the necessary repairs. Dave has extensive experience in plumbing, electrical and lighting as well as in small office build-outs and remodels and is known for providing quick, efficient and cost-effective solutions.