Jack’s construction career started in 1953, when after four years with the US Navy, he hired on as an Engineering Assistant with Madigan-Hyland Engineers of Long Island City, NY, to do engineering inspection and survey work on roadway and bridge construction for the New York State Thruway.Upon completion of the Thruway, Jack spent seven years with McFarland-Johnson Engineers of Binghamton, N.Y., running survey parties and doing highway design and inspection work over a series of state turnpikes in the northeast, rising to the position of Resident Engineer.In 1962, he took an engineering position with the City of Elmira, N.Y., and after a few years of leading the City’s Engineering Department, was appointed Director of Public Works.He also held the title of Assistant City Manager. In a 1968 move to Ipswich, Massachusetts, he organized the town's Public Works Department, holding the position of Director of Public Works and serving as Acting Town Manager during the absence of the Manager.In 1970, he returned to Elmira as Construction Manager for Streeter Associates, overseeing construction of a new mental hospital for the New York State Health and Mental Hygiene Facilities Improvement Corporation, a state superagency.He was solicited by the New York State Urban Development Corporation (UDC), another state superagency, when, near the completion of the mental hospital, the project was overrun by floods resulting from Hurricane Agnes in 1972, causing an indefinite stoppage of work.As Chief of Construction for UDC’s new community named Radisson, in central New York State, Jack was responsible for all construction on the 2,500 acre site, including new infrastructure, multifamily residential and commercial buildings. The development included a Robert Trent Jones championship golf course, a large lake with fishing piers, and woodland pedestrian and equestrian paths, as well as the normal urban utilities and streets.
In 1976 Jack set up Elcon Contractors, a general building construction firm, and built residential, commercial and industrial projects in southern New York, and northern Pennsylvania. His clients included well known companies such as GTE Sylvania, Masonite Corporation, and General Electric Company.His pride was the conversion of the old State Theater in Elmira to the Samuel Clemens Theater for the Performing Arts, known in New York State as the “Little Apple.” Jack moved to Florida in 1984, has managed shopping centers and served as construction representative on local projects.
In 1988, Jack began his tenure with Zimmer Construction Consultants, bringing with him a perspective gained by more than 35 years of varied responsibilities and experience in the construction industry. Jack has studied engineering, taken accounting courses at Elmira College and has completed management and public works seminars at Cornell University, Syracuse University, Michigan State University and the University of Georgia.He has grown children and resides with his wife in Boca Raton.<< Back to Our Team