james campenella

Managing Member

James represents the third generation of the Campenella family to enter the construction field. Not only has he acquired a solid foundation of knowledge from his father and grandfather, he has worked as a laborer, carpenter and tradesman while attending Saint Joseph’s University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Additionally, he has acted as a Superintendent and Project Manager on various projects serving such clients as SEPTA, Greater Philadelphia Health Action and Western Union Locust Partners. As managing member of Columbus Construction, James works with the entire Columbus Team to deliver every project on time and within budget.

david stein

Director of Operations

With over 18 years of experience in construction, Dave is a key member of our managing team. He comes with hands on experience in planning, design, and construction of diverse project renovations (major or minor) in healthcare, commercial, and institutional facilities. As a graduate of East Stroudsburg University, Dave is well versed in contract negotiations, project estimating, impending design problems, and much more. His long list of accomplishments prove he can carry out all management functions, which is why Dave has joined the Columbus managing team. As Director of Operations, he will continue developing and managing contractual and strategic relationships with key large suppliers.

robert w. brockway

Director of Preconstruction

Rob brings to Columbus Construction over 30 years of progressive experience in construction estimating, scheduling, project management, and expert analysis as both a practitioner and teacher. His experience has allowed him to develop a mastery of the construction materials, processes, and protocols necessary to plan, bid, and build multiple types of structures for various end-users. Rob leads our Estimating team and works in concert with Executive Management to focus the resources necessary to accommodate our clients and achieve the objectives of the company. His diverse, comprehensive operational background in multiple construction disciplines allows Columbus to compete at any level and allows our clients to benefit from a unique combination of skills in the form of development and execution of appropriate strategies relative to desired results.

john p.

Chief Financial Officer

John is a 1978 Temple University graduate with a concentration in finance and accounting. He has worked with contractors since the beginning of his public accounting career. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a valued member of our financial and management team since starting with Columbus in June of 2017.

Cynthia thompson

Office Administrator

Cindy brings 25 years of professional administrative experience to Columbus Construction. Her organizational abilities, problem solving, communication and interpersonal skills are an immense asset to our team. As Office Administrator at Columbus Construction, Cindy monitors planning, scheduling and project performance maintaining high standards of quality, professionalism, and service for the company.

colleen ruggear

Full Charge Bookkeeper

Colleen is an essential part of the Columbus team as she manages the day-to-day bookkeeping, accounting, and financial reporting of Columbus Construction.  Colleen also manages the handling and processing of all vendor and subcontractor invoices and maintains project budget controls and systems. Additionally, she works very closely with the Vice President of Operations and the Project Managers to monitor job costs and properly code all subcontractor and vendor work.

alyssa martin

Brand Manager

Alyssa's role at Columbus Construction is to manage the website and branding of the company. She controls all social media aspects and keeps the public up to date with the company's new and current projects. It is her administrative duty to increase the company’s visibility through the development and distribution of content and information. She utilizes her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Temple University as she organizes and delivers information on projects through the website and social media.

joe wagner

Chief Estimator/Project Manager

Joe is a key contributor to Columbus Construction.  He has an acquired skill for the construction business, as it shows beyond his education at Drexel University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. His job is to manage construction projects and subcontractors in main office through on-site superintendent, provide daily reports, RFI’s, submittals, weekly OAC meetings, cost projections, field coordination between subcontractors and scheduling. He maintains efficient labor production while staying ahead of schedule and achieving a high valued product at the most economical price possible.

gary picard

Project Manager

Gary contributes to Columbus Construction in a variety of ways. He is skilled in coordinating trades, developing partnerships, and building positive reports with architects, engineers, tradesman, local officials, vendors, and clients all while maintaining budgets. Gary has experience in managing 5-8 projects at a time ranging from $200,000 – $1 million each. His techniques in business development and general contracting has allowed him to run jobs smoothly and continue his track record for successfully completing projects as Project Manager.

MEET THE TEAM

Mrunalini Phadnis (M.P.)

Assistant Project Manager

MP (as we call her) has a degree in Civil Engineering and more than twenty years experience with a Real Estate/ Construction firm in Mumbai City, the Metropolitan Hub of India. She moved to the United States in 2016 and before joining Columbus Construction, she worked as Quality Control Inspector on 30th Street Station exterior façade restoration project. Her role at Columbus consists of project planning, coordination, cost control, resolving issues on the site, as well as administrating contracts, change orders, requests for information and submittals.

frank cardone

General Superintendent

Having owned his own concrete business for 35 years, Frank brings leadership skills and comprehensive knowledge of building experience to Columbus Construction.

Frank is responsible for the on-site operations of all jobs that Columbus performs including the scheduling of multiple crews, compliance of all OSHA regulations and is responsible for the overall timely delivery of every project.

joe verbitski

Assistant Project Manager

From real estate to construction, Joe is quickly acquiring the skills it takes to be a lead Project Manager.  His Bachelor’s degree in Business and Engineering from Drexel University with his experience in supervising on-site construction, has created a perfect fit for him here at Columbus. His role consists of project planning and coordination, cost control, resolving issues on the site, as well as administrating contracts, change orders, RFI’s and submittals.

zachary fuentes

Assistant Estimator

Zach is a graduate from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Business and minor in construction management. His job duties are to work with both, the estimator and project managers, on jobs we are working to procure through public bids. He helps facilitate bidding and contacts all the necessary subcontractors to cover each trade on a job. Zach is gathering skills to spearhead/manage projects by assisting the project managers on any paper work they need done for jobs they are running.