I’ve been restoring or, should say trying to restore my ’71 Le Mans convertible.I can’t wait for the day when I can put the top down, and drive my beautiful wife and three children around in it! One of the toughest things I’ve ever done is hike down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.Joe has a degree in Civil Engineering from UMass Lowell and an MBA from Boston University. Martini, an executive at Macomber and later as a senior executive at Shawmut, before starting his own firm in 2002.He joined the Navy after college and then pursued a career in the construction industry. In September, 2009, after twenty-eight years of military service concurrent with his civilian career, Joe retired as a Captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps.Current Industry and Community Involvement • Advisory Board, UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering • Immediate Past Chairman, Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts • Chairman of the Board of Directors, New England Center for Homeless Veterans • Board of Directors, Navy Civil Engineer Corps/Seabee Historical Foundation • Board of Directors, The Village Bank, Newton Massachusetts • Chairman of the Board, Leading Cities James Apodaca is a Project Executive with construction in his DNA. Martini, where he spent 6 years as a Project Manager and ran Martini’s Miami office. He has managed the construction of three million square feet of concrete tilt up warehousing and manufacturing facilities.He has a degree in Business Management, but he grew up on project sites, working with his father who is a prominent General Superintendent in New Mexico. During his career, James has also held positions as an estimator and field superintendent, giving him a unique and comprehensive perspective on the entire construction process. In Florida, James became a licensed contractor and managed the pre-con and permitting for hi-rise residential towers and interior fit-outs throughout Miami.Josh says that James Apodaca is the only person he’s ever known who already knew the breed…and has 2 of them!
When I was a senior Naval officer I was constantly thinking strategically about world defense, security and the global economy.There’s no boundary between my professional and personal life and I don’t want any boundaries limiting the way I think about the world, either. I’m working on my ability to prioritize – but, I gave up on balance years ago. They brought an experienced staff to Commodore and a large portfolio of commercial office buildings and major institutional projects.You’ve always said that achieving “balance” in life is over-rated. I think we have to be successful carving out the time we really need to do what we really want to do. Their history of managing large, complex projects, including large office parks, restorations and commercial jobs, has strengthened and accelerated our combined growth. I’ve got 3 kids, all graduated from college – another reminder that I’m not a young gun anymore. Just the same way that I never quite feel like I’ve arrived – they haven’t arrived either – but I’m hopeful for all of us.He was awarded the distinguished Legion of Merit medal for his outstanding service and achievement.Active in the community as well, Albanese serves on several boards, including as chairman for the New England Center and Home for Veterans and as a board of advisor member for the UMass Lowell Department of Civil Engineering, The Village Bank, and an overseer for the USS Constitution Museum and Boston Architectural College.