Leadership

Bravo Builders’ strength is in its people

Our unique team and value engineering approach ensures maximum results for our clients. We have a group of dedicated and highly qualified people who all have previously worked together to successfully deliver a broad range of large scale complex construction projects in the New York City Metropolitan Area.

  • ROBERT PALUMBO
    ROBERT PALUMBO
    PRESIDENT

  • CHRISTINA ESPARRAGOZA
    CHRISTINA ESPARRAGOZA
    PROJECT EXECUTIVE
  • DAVID LEVY
    DAVID LEVY
    PROJECT EXECUTIVE
  • LISA VILLASMIL
    LISA VILLASMIL
    DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

  • ALBERT FIORILLO
    ALBERT FIORILLO
    CONTROLLER
  • JASON O’KEEFE
    JASON O’KEEFE
    CHIEF ESTIMATOR
  • JOSEPH MANFREDONIA
    JOSEPH MANFREDONIA
    DIRECTOR OF PRECONSTRUCTION

  • NIKI BENNETT
    NIKI BENNETT
    CONTRACTS MANAGER
  • CHARLENE DODSON
    CHARLENE DODSON
    DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND SAFETY
  • NEIL SINGH
    NEIL SINGH
    IT MANAGER

ROBERT PALUMBO
PRESIDENT

Robert Palumbo serves as President at Bravo Builders, LLC. In this role, he oversees the company’s overall operations, construction project management, and the delivery of construction consulting services. He is tasked with translating plans into action. His experience in all aspects of pre-construction planning gives him a superior vantage point from which to help develop innovative strategies to manage project budgets and processes.

Mr. Palumbo has over 22 years of experience in the construction industry, working principally in New York City. He has helped develop many tools and processes for the successful management of complex construction projects. These projects include new construction and major renovations.

Mr. Palumbo received his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College.

CHRISTINA ESPARRAGOZA
PROJECT EXECUTIVE

Christina Esparragoza serves as a Project Executive for multiple projects at Bravo Builders, LLC. In her role, she oversees projects from the conceptual stage at preconstruction and planning to completion including overall cost control, scheduling, logistics, and management of project teams. This involves close communication and maintaining strategic meetings with the clients, design consultants and all key stakeholders to ensure a successful project completed on time and within budget.

Ms. Esparragoza brings to Bravo Builders, LLC over 18 years of construction management experience, which entails high-rise residential, mixed use, hotel, and educational projects in New York City.

Ms. Esparragoza received her Bachelors of Science in Architectural Technology from New York Institute of Technology, NY, NY.

 

DAVID LEVY
PROJECT EXECUTIVE

David Levy serves as a Project Executive at Bravo Builders, LLC. Mr. Levy has over 12 years of experience in the construction industry and received a Bachelors in History from Florida State University, and a Construction Management Certificate from New York University.

LISA VILLASMIL
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Lisa Villasmil joined Bravo Builders in 2015 as Director of Human Resources and Administrative Services.  She holds a Bachelors in Business Management from Iona College Hagan School of Business and an Advanced Certificate in Strategic HR Management from Cornell University ILR School.  She also holds the Society of Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credential.

Ms. Villasmil brings a wealth of business experience to Bravo, having managed human resources as well as compliance and auditing in a legal environment. In addition, she has run her own entrepreneurial venture for several years. She has extensive employee relations, human resources and compliance policy experience. Ms. Villasmil truly enjoys the HR role because she believes putting people first in an organization, and recognizing their efforts, yields extraordinary results.

ALBERT FIORILLO
CONTROLLER

Albert J. Fiorillo serves as Controller at Bravo Builders, LLC.  Mr. Fiorillo is a seasoned financial management professional with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry.   At Bravo Builders, he oversees the activities of the corporate accounting department for the accurate and timely issuance of financial management reports including but not limited to, internal and external monthly financial statements, annual audits and annual budgets, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash control, core payroll processing and total corporate payroll compliance.

Mr. Fiorillo obtained a BBA in Public Accounting from Baruch College and a MBA in Finance from St. John’s University.

JASON O’KEEFE
CHIEF ESTIMATOR

Jason O’Keefe serves as Chief Estimator at Bravo Builders, LLC. In this role, he oversees the Estimating Department and manages budgets for all projects throughout each stage of the design and construction process. Mr. O’Keefe works closely with Bravo’s Project Executives and clients to reach each individual projects budgetary needs through intelligent value engineering and subcontract negotiation.

Mr. O’Keefe brings over 22 years of overall construction management experience which include many years working directly on job sites. This on-site experience allows Mr. O’Keefe critical insight into the development of an estimate through the eyes of the Operations Team who are building the projects. These projects include working in market sectors such as hospitality, residential, corporate, government, interiors and pharmaceutical construction.

Mr. O’Keefe received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from The State University of New York at Cortland.

JOSEPH MANFREDONIA
DIRECTOR OF PRECONSTRUCTION

Joseph Manfredonia is an accomplished Director of Pre-Construction with over 25 years of construction management experience building various types (residential, commercial, religious and hospitality) of brand new, high end, ground up, high rise buildings throughout New York City.

Mr. Manfredonia has also performed large scale renovations to historical buildings ($100 + Million), hospital, medical and educational facilities including unusual construction projects such as a national award-winning renovation to the U.S.S. Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum as well as completed and lectured on the first ever modular high rise in the United States.

Mr. Manfredonia attended New Jersey Institute of Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture, and soon thereafter continued on with his higher education by attending Stevens Institute of Technology where he earned his Master of Science in Construction Management.

Mr. Manfredonia is also a retired Chief and veteran in the emergency services with over 30 years of related training and lifesaving emergency mitigation experience, during which he has completed many additional training courses in Hazardous Materials, Structural Collapse Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Fire Inspector Code Official, etc. at the National Fire Academy, Texas A&M University, etc.

NIKI BENNETT
CONTRACTS MANAGER

Niki Bennett joined Bravo Builders in 2015 and serves as its Contracts Manager, overseeing all phases of the contracting process from the prequalification subcontractors to resolving contract disputes and final contract execution.

Niki entered the construction industry in 2005, working in Legal & Compliance for a major NYC based specialty-construction company. She has a strong real estate and compliance background, as she started her career resolving disputes in Manhattan Housing Court then moved on to managing lease compliance at a Real Estate Management firm to obtaining her real estate license.

Niki is a native New Yorker and holds a Masters’ in Urban Policy and Management from The New School for Public Engagement with a specialization in Urban Development and a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University.

Managing duties is not new to Niki.

She prides herself on integrity and the ability to multi-task as she believes both are key to her position as Contracts Manager at Bravo.

Niki Bennett is a member of the National Association of Realtors and National Notary Association.

CHARLENE DODSON
DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND SAFETY

Charlene Dodson recently joined Bravo Builders and serves as Director of Health and Safety. She develops, implements, enforces and oversees the environmental health and safety program ensuring compliance with the New York City Building Code, Administrative Codes 28, Local Laws, New York City Fire Code and all other Federal, State and Local Codes and regulations as well as ensuring compliance with Bravo Builders best practices.

Charlene has experience providing safety oversight on multiple projects such as multi-story mixed use high-rise skyscrapers and multiple mid-rise buildings simultaneously.  Charlene has provided safety oversight for Con Edison storm hardening projects in the Bronx and Manhattan. She has experience conducting safety in all phases of construction, on different types of projects, including new building, gut renovation, alteration, facade and demolition. She also provides occupational health and safety training across all levels of the organization to the construction workforce throughout New York City.

Charlene holds a Construction Health and Safety Technician certification from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals, New York City Department of Building Site Safety Coordinator license, Construction Fire Safety Managers license, OSHA Construction Authorized Trainer, along with other certifications. Education is ongoing to stay current and abreast with safety regulations and she a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

NEIL SINGH
IT MANAGER

Neil Singh  serves as IT Manager at Bravo Builders, LLC. In this role, he oversees the company’s overall IT infrastructure and its operations.

Mr. Singh has over 22 years of experience in the IT industry working throughout the tri-state area as well as overseas. He is experienced in the deployment of LANs, WANs, SANs, VOIP, Virtualization, Data Migration, Security and Cloud technologies.

Mr. Singh received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from City College of CUNY and also holds a number of technical certifications.