We understand that each client is unique and has a unique vision of success as a result. Our goal is to amplify and exceed that vision together. All of our leaders have the expertise to build and maintain client partnerships while strengthening our relationships within the commercial construction industry and beyond.
Acting as a Class A Certified General Contractor, LEED Accredited Professional, and a licensed real estate broker, Eric has overseen a development pipeline of more than $250mm in the US and Europe. As a developer, he qualified for a $12m Recovery Zone Bond Federal project and successfully partnered with 123 Venture, a €1.15bn investment fund specializing in hotels.
Some noteworthy projects from his portfolio include: the adaptive reuse of an abandoned assisted living facility into an award winning Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel, the first LEED Certified office building in the City of Sarasota, the first LEED Certified Hampton Inn and Suites in the country, and the first Hampton by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn in France.
Eric is a very active member in the Sarasota community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce's Government Issues Committee, as a Director of the Indian Beach Sapphire Shores Association, and Chair of North Trail Redevelopment Committee where he championed decisive land use changes. (Language proficiencies: French, Italian, English)
Director of Business Development
Bringing close to twenty years of experience in international construction and sales to Firmo, Stefan identifies and assesses new business opportunities and relationships, and responds to requests for proposals. Stefan acts as a liaison between clients and the project team to ensure clients' needs are met; from project inception through completion, with regards to project design, budget, and schedule.
Stefan establishes strong collaboration between client, design team, contractors and suppliers with preparation of project budget and construction documents (DDs and CDs). He manages required administrative reviews and approvals within agreed upon schedule, including site plan approval, building permits, and financing package preparation for financial institutions. Work Stefan has had the pleasure to be involved with includes several LEED projects and Sustainable Modular Construction Projects in the US and Europe.
Born and raised in Africa, Stefan later attended business school in France, then came to the US, originally to obtain his commercial pilot's license. He's spent the past 25 years living and working in the US and Europe, with work experience also in Mexico, the Middle East, and Africa. He has a passion for architecture, sustainable design and aviation. (Language proficiencies: French, English)
Business Development Manager
Managing our existing clients and projects, while pursuing strategic growth for our company and cultivating new business opportunities, Heather Gilpatric is a broad-minded, big-picture thinker that oversees the growth of Firmo in the community and beyond. As our business development manager, her proficiency in implementing goal-focused organizational strategies, understanding and communicating customer needs, negotiations, and relationship building will allow her to develop and connect the expertise of Firmo to both potential and current clients.
With more than 6 years of experience working at a nationally recognized, uniquely structured advertising company, Heather is accustomed to a fast-paced, development-oriented environment. This also stems from experience in negotiating multiple deals with development firms for companies such as Whole Foods and Tesla. She's also managed several large commercial offices in Bradenton and Sarasota.
In the community, Heather loves to volunteer or participate in runs for charities and, very soon, her drive to learn new skills will take her to sitting for her real estate license.
Overseeing the management of our client projects, the coordination of subcontractors, and the provision of estimates, Andrew brings with him substantial expertise of team management, leadership, and customer service. His proficiency in client relations allow him to foster relationships and trust while communicating needs and wants between subcontractors and our clients.
Andrew came to us with more than 6 years of experience with the offshore oil and gas industry in New Orleans. His work in the Gulf involved prioritizing safety and quality control as well as maintaining precision in a fast-paced environment. He spearheaded project management and client relations for a Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) installation company, in addition to running a refurbishing construction company, where he supervised the installation of over $10 million in industrial power equipment. He was also involved with the creation of One Thousand Museum, a high-rise residential condominium which will soon be one of the city's tallest buildings.
In the community, Andrew is an active member of the Rotary Club of Sarasota. His association with a youth exchange program also led him to the Italian island of Sardinia, where he resided for a year.
Director of Design
Maegan oversees company operations and leads the design department, developing and implementing creative strategies for Firmo. Her dynamic experience, academic accolades, and cultural capital enable her to focus on building connections with community stakeholders to identify and execute redevelopment projects.
A summa cum laude graduate from the University of Hawai'i and urbanite of many metropolitan cities, Maegan brings with her tenured experience in the film industry and an understanding of the facilitation of diverse communities and cultures; capitalizing on her ability to lead, coordinate, and execute a project under an array of challenging circumstances and environments. (Language Proficiencies: French, English)
Jovana manages the office and its day to day affairs, in addition to finances for Firmo. She has her General Contractor License, Roofing Contractor License, and is a Certified Bridge Inspector as well. She enjoys the environment and the team she works with, feeling satisfied with a job well done.
Originally from Havana City, Cuba, Jovana has been working in design and construction, with a background in finance for over twenty years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering, and was recently part of the design team for a new high end home community, Oasis Park Square at Doral, in Miami, Florida. (Language Proficiencies: Spanish, English)
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