Joseph J. Kokolakis - PresidentA graduate of Emory University School of Law, Joe first joined the firm as General Counsel in 1989. Since 1998, he has served as its President and sole shareholder. As a LEED® Accredited Professional, Mr. Kokolakis has spearheaded his company's commitment to environmentally conscious design and construction. He is a licensed General, Building, Roofing and Plumbing Contractor. Joe's proactive and hands-on approach has helped define J. Kokolakis Contracting, Inc. for over 20 years.
Nick Leo - Executive Vice PresidentNick joined the firm in 1980 after studying Architecture at NY Institute of Technology. During the early years of his career he worked side by side with the founder of the company, John Kokolakis, developing a greater understanding of the Public Sector market. Nick has held various management positions over the years and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 1999. Nick manages the day to day operations of the New York office as well as being involved in corporate decisions. Through his commitment, experience and expert knowledge he has propelled this firm from a small business concern to a trusted construction partner.
Roderick C. Voigt - Vice PresidentRoderick has been with the company since 1996. He has over 20 years of construction experience and moved through the ranks serving in the capacity of Project Manager, Estimator, Senior Project Manager and Purchasing Agent. Roderick was promoted to Vice President in 2007, he currently oversees the Florida operations to include marketing and business development. Roderick holds a Civil Engineering Technology Degree from Farmingdale State College as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida.
Artie Gureck , Jr. - Vice President of OperationsArtie is a 20 plus year veteran to the construction industry and has diversified experience in construction operations, cost accounting, and estimating and project management. He has been with our company since 2000, and was instrumental in completing some of the highest profile projects in our company's history, including the Design/Build Preparatory School, Design/Build Renovation of Scott Barracks, Thomas Jefferson Hall Library and Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center for the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. He was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2008. Artie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Lafayette College and a Master of Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology.
Machell Baetens - Corporate TreasurerMachell joined the company in 1995 with an accounting background in construction serving as Contracts Administrator and Corporate Controller. In 2016 she was promoted to Treasurer. As Treasurer, her responsibilities include corporate risk management and insurance, investment management, including the 401(k) and employee benefit plans, capital structure, and all matters relating to corporate finance, forecasting and budgeting.
Bob Banta - Project ExecutiveBob joined the company in 1992. He is credited with project management involvement in complex projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State University of New York, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY and the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to name a few. Bob provides overall leadership and direction for pre-construction and construction activities on multiple projects. Bob received an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction from Utica College of Syracuse.
Kathy Gallagher - Corporate SecretaryKathy joined the company in 1996, serving initially as Contracts Administrator before being promoted to Director of Administration. In 2016 she was promoted to Corporate Secretary. As Secretary, Kathy is responsible for JKC’s governance structures and mechanisms. This includes ensuring compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements of our clients. Sound corporate governance is essential to company performance and Kathy’s responsibilities include everything from legal and risk management to the development of strategy and corporate planning.
Chris Kasper - Director of Procurement - NYChris joined our firm in 1998 as a Project Manager where he successfully completed many buildings for the State University of New York. He has held positions of Project Superintendent and Technical Consultant. Chris is now responsible for all material, labor and equipment purchases for all projects run out of the New York Office.
Bill Athanasoulis - Vice PresidentBill joined JKC in 1994, throughout his career he has served as Superintendent, Project Manager, Sr. Project Manager, Director of Preconstruction and Business Development. Bill was promoted to Vice President in 2013, he manages construction operations for the Florida and Colorado regions. Bill earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida and is a State of Florida Certified General Contractor.
Jim Cummings - Director of Preconstruction - Florida & ColoradoJim manages the Florida and Colorado Preconstruction Department which includes assisting with requests for qualifications, preparing bid proposals, as well as estimating services for fully designed projects and conceptual estimating for projects seeking funding or during a preliminary design phase. For qualification based proposals, Jim manages the entire preconstruction phase including confirmation of client budgets, milestone estimates, value engineering analysis, constructability review, project planning and scheduling, as well as subcontractor prequalification and procurement. Jim has over 20 years of construction management and design-build expertise. Jim received his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University, is a LEED® Accredited Professional, and an active member of the American Society of Professional Estimators.
Paul Schnabl - Director of Preconstruction - New YorkPaul has been with our company since 2008 and has nearly 20 years of experience in the management of commercial construction projects throughout New York. In 2004, Paul earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and Engineering from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. Paul manages the New York Estimating Department that includes preparing bid proposals, estimates, pre-construction budgets and value engineering.