6B — May 15 - 28, 2015 — New Jersey — M id A tlantic

Real Estate Journal


N ew J ersey Corporate sponsors of PWC-NJ are Montana Construction, Binsky & Snyder Service PWC-NJ celebrates Extraordinary Women of Achievement at annual luncheon

EWARK, NJ – Offer- ing a special salute to Women’s History Month, Professional Wom- en in Construction- New Jersey (PWC-NJ) Chapter President Carolyn Pugacze- wski , president of M. Adams & Associates , launched the organization’s annual Women of Achievement luncheon on March 18 in the penthouse Metropolitan Room of the New- ark Club, an appropriately lofty space that overlooks both the Manhattan and “new” New- ark skylines. Noting that the honorees “reveal exceptionally N

1980 “a dozen determined women” strove to achieve suc- cess in the “male-dominated construction industry” asking “How far would the concrete ceiling reach?” She spoke of the import of PWC: “being a member means you’re involved and committed, it means you’re part of a vibrant organization, you’re well-informed and well- positioned.” PWC-NJ Vice President Anne Marie Almasi , presi- dent of Almasi Companies , introduced the other honor- ees beginning with Karen Rossilli-Kiefer , president

strong role models who share an expansive vision of what a woman can do,” she said that their success stories will “en- courage young women to think larger and bolder.” Pugaczewski introduced PWC President Emeritus Le- nore Janis , one of the national organization’s original dozen founders in 1980, thanking her for helping in the formation of the New Jersey chapter and for “giving us the tools to become a major force in the NJ construc- tion industry.” Janis summarized the his- tory of PWC saying that in

& CEO of BRAVO! Building Services which counted rev- enues of $65 million last year, spoke of the need to “be pas- sionate, love what you do, do it with integrity, listen to your customers, and give them the value and service they deserve.” She reminded all that success isn’t “going to be handed to you.” Developing leaders and creating opportunities in janito- rial, mechanical and electrical service contracting motivates Karen and her senior leader- ship team every day. Lisa Santaite Ballerini , president of Montana Con- struction , said that her moti- vation for success “has and al- ways will be my family.” Under Ballerini, Montana which now has annual sales of $40 million “grew and flourished” despite the recession. She attributes the success to “our dedication and never compromising on quality and service.” Montana employs a staff of close to 100 and has an extensive fleet of equipment. Theodora Sergiou , vice president, Nicholas Pools, Inc. , praised her parents and the president of her alma ma- ter, Georgian Court University – where Sergiou now teaches marketing and management - who told her to “always dream the impossible.” She chronicled her journey, the company’s vol- unteer efforts after Sandy and with Ocean County Community and said that her goal remains to “keep growing the business.” Sergiou was recently included in NJ Monthly Magazine’s Top 25 Leading Woman Entrepre- neur and Business Owners. Maria Yglesias and Maria Del Mar Lopez , managing partners, M & M Develop- ment , developer and builder of “superior and distinctively beautiful affordable housing,” took the podium together. M & M projects include work for the Coopers Hill Housing Development in Camden and the Harmony Square project in Newark. Noting that M&M is “trans- forming communities,” Yglesias noted that a common thread among all honorees is the “pur- suit of excellence.” She urged all women to mentor women to help “make a better world.” Corporate sponsors of PWC- NJ are Montana Construction and Binsky & Snyder Service; platinum sponsors are Torcon; Tishman, an AECOM Compa- ny; and Turner Construction. n

TeamPAR: PARflooring & PARsolutions , a highly suc- cessful WBE. Rossilli-Kiefer told of her courageous business launch pointing out that “net- working is the key to success and hard work will prevail.” She attributed her companies’ success to value engineering; helping clients increase their ROI while decreasing lifecycle costs; teamwork; and a willing- ness to listen. She credited her team for all accomplishments. The company has been much honored for its philanthropic efforts. Karen Martinez , president


June 12th, 2015 NORTHERN NEW JERSEY DEADLINE: May 29th

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