Our People

To Deliver the Best Client Service, You Need the Best People

While you may weigh a multitude of different criteria when selecting a builder, ultimately you will choose the firm, and the people, that you most trust to deliver your project. That’s why we always seek to hire the best employees—whether a seasoned veteran of the industry or a new college graduate with a passion for building quality projects. It’s also why we always provide our staff with opportunities to further their education within their discipline, to learn about the latest technologies, and to use their expertise to mentor younger team members in the field.

The BW Kennedy & Co. staff is made up of expert craftsmen and managers who share a passion for building and a sincere dedication to client service. We stake our reputation on seven core values, which you will find in each and every one of our team members: Integrity, Trust, Professionalism, Collaboration, Credibility, Transparency and Dependability.

BRIAN KENNEDY

Founder

Brian incorporated BW Kennedy & Co. in May 2009, after working in the construction industry for over twenty years. Born into a family of builders, Brian’s career began at age 17 when he became a carpenter’s apprentice for his father’s construction firm, Kennedy & Rossi. After graduating from Assumption College in 1994, Brian spent several years gathering experience as a project engineer, assistant project superintendent and project manager. He quickly moved through the construction ranks to become a project manager on multi-million dollar commercial and educational projects.

When Brian decided to form BW Kennedy & Co., it was with a goal of creating a client-centered organization that would employ a collaborative approach to managing challenging technical projects. Since forming the company in 2009, Brian has grown the business to one which develops more than $50 million of construction annually, with particular expertise in life sciences facilities.

When he's not at work, Brian serves on the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) Board of Directors, and spends free time skiing, running and coaching his children's teams.

JEAN MCQUESTION

Senior Project Manager

Jean has worn many hats during her career in the construction business. She began in 1985 as Project Assistant for Edward R. Marden Corporation, quickly moved up to Office Manager and then Team Manager at Linbeck Group, and then spent four years at RF Walsh Collaborative Partners/Hill International as a Project Manager. Jean has been with BW Kennedy & Co. since 2014 and is currently a Senior Project Manager. Jean has expertise in managing complex projects in the biopharmaceutical sector, as well as extensive projects in both public and private education. Jean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Northeast University and is a LEED AP.

JASON BRUETSCH

Senior Planner

As a Senior Planner, Jason works with clients during the preconstruction stages of a project to evaluate feasibility, create detailed programming requirements, and to plan the logistics that will result in a successful project. A seasoned professional, Jason has 15 years of experience working in the life sciences industry managing and building programs for clients such as Genocea Biosciences, Altus Pharmaceuticals, Agenus (formerly Antigenics), and T2 Biosystems. During his career he has been responsible for a wide range of tasks – from overseeing facility and laboratory operations, capital projects and relocations, managing cross functional projects and teams, and lease negotiations. With his experience in life sciences and understanding of what the client requirements are, Jason will be an instrumental member of our management team as the company continues to expand our life sciences business. Jason holds a MBA from UMASS Dartmouth and a BS in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences from Keene State College. When not working, Jason’s hobbies include golfing, going to the beach, fishing and spending time with his family.

BILL GRIFFITHS

Senior Project Superintendent

Bill joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2010, where he has managed life sciences building and tenant fit-out projects. Prior to that, Bill spent more than 20 years in the construction industry with builders such as Kennedy & Rossi/Linbeck Group and Barletta Engineering. He has managed a variety of challenging projects for clients in Biopharma, Higher Education and Commercial, including Wyeth, Sanofi-Aventis and Tufts University. Prior to working in construction, Bill worked as a structural engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and is a Registered Professional Structural Engineer. He holds a Boston Builder's License and Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License.

JON ATWOOD

Project Superintendent

Jon has assumed a variety of roles in the construction industry—from draftsperson, to Engineering Change Analyst to Carpenter to Construction Supervisor. He has made his mark on everything from historic residential projects to commercial medical projects, working with Highland Development Associates, Seaver Construction and Medical Construction Management, Inc.

Jon joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2013 where he has served as Superintendent for historic restoration projects and new laboratory projects. His client roster includes Middlesex School and King Street Properties. Jon holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License.

An outdoor enthusiast, when time allows Jon enjoys hang gliding, paragliding, kayaking and camping.

MARK BRENNICK

Carpenter/Foreman

Mark began his career in the construction business at age 17 performing labor and demolition for a company that specialized in high-end condominium sales. There, Mark worked his way up to foreman while concurrently being trained in minor carpentry. He spent the next dozen years honing his skills for a variety of construction and subcontractor firms, including Columbia Construction, CM&B, Stack Construction Co., BRS Construction, and JK Scanlan—as well as for development companies such as New Boston Development, Dream Realty, and South Boston Realty. Mark joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2015, where he currently serves as a Foreman.

PATTI CHAREK

Marketing Manager

Prior to joining BW Kennedy & Co., Patti spent 15 years as marketing manager for Kennedy & Rossi/Linbeck Group, 2 years with RF Walsh Collaborative Partners, and 3 years with Integrated Design Group. As a marketing consultant, she has provided marketing services for a variety of companies including Commodore Builders and SAK Environmental. Patti holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is a long-time member and volunteer for the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), where she has served as President, Vice President, Secretary and a member of the Communications Committtee.

MIKE DUFFY

Senior Project Superintendent

Mike joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2014. A highly experienced construction manager, Mike has worked for a number of respected general contractors including CMB, Kennedy & Rossi/Linbeck Group, Columbia Construction, Congress/Interstate Construction and Beaver Builders. During his career, he has managed a wide variety of new construction and renovation projects, ranging from retail stores to car dealerships to higher education and secondary schools to healthcare facilities. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License.

SANTIAGO PENA

Carpenter/Foreman

Santiago Pena serves as a Carpenter/Foreman at BW Kennedy & Co. Santiago, a native of the Dominican Republic, came to the U.S. in August 2000 at the age of 13. His diverse background includes employment as a Department Manager for Walgreens, a commercial truck driver for Kraft Foods, and a Sales Representative at Nestle Foods, where he received awards for being their top northeastern representative of the year for three years in a row. Santiago began his career in construction in 2013, working for a general contracting/demolition company. He joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2015 as a carpenter/laborer and since that time has been promoted to Carpenter/Foreman. Santiago has contributed to the successful completion of many of the company's most challenging projects.

GEORGE DOHERTY

Project Superintendent

George joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2015 as a Carpenter/Foreman after owning and managing his own residential construction business for nine years. Prior to that, he worked in construction for companies such as Arlmont Roofing, Xenergy, and Carney General Contracting. In addition to a broad range of specialty knowledge, including roofing, framing, and demolition, George has experience in custom high-end finish work and construction management.

In 2018, George was promoted to his current role as Project Superintendent. He holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License.

MIKE GRIFFITHS

Estimator

Mike joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2012 as a laborer and was later promoted to foreman, then to assistant project superintendent, then to his current role as an estimator. While at BW Kennedy & Co., he has worked on numerous projects for clients in the life sciences business sector including Amgen, Celgene, T2 Biosystems, and UNUM Therapeutics. Mike holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Framingham State University and a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License. When not working, he enjoys surfing and fishing.

JOHN KENNEDY

Estimator

John brings a wealth of experience in construction to his role, having founded and managed his own firm, Kennedy & Rossi, for over 25 years. During his career, John specialized in the construction of biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and healthcare facilities with projects ranging from a fermentation pilot lab in 1981, to a new site development for EMD. At BW Kennedy & Co., John provides estimating expertise for life sciences and commercial projects. Additionally, John has served as a Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1994, currently at the Center for Real Estate and previously at the Center for Construction Research and Engineering.

As a lecturer he has taught Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning for the Design, Build, and Real Estate Development segments of the built environment. John is also a Partner of Kennedy Ventures LLC, which works with companies within the built environment to unlock latent businesses or real estate development opportunities. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Merrimack College and a Master of Science from MIT.

Katelyn Martin

Assistant Estimator

Kate joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2020. She is a recent college graduate from Vermont Technical College in Randolph, Vermont, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management. She also holds an Associate’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the same college, is proficient in drafting, and is OSHA 30 trained. Kate previously worked for EBI Consulting in Burlington and Trinity Building + Construction Management Corp. of Wilmington where she gained experience in estimating as well as project management. As an assistant estimator, she works in partnership with a senior estimator and project planner to develop conceptual, schematic, and final budgets. In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking and yoga.

PATRICK O’BRIEN

Foreman

Pat O’Brien joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2012. Since then, he has worked on project teams responsible for base building and tenant fitouts in the life sciences market. Pat’s expertise includes supervising and managing contractors, and hands-on labor through electrical, plumbing, dry wall, installation and demolition projects. Prior to joining the company, Pat worked for MIG Construction of Acton as a laborer. He holds an Associates’ Degree from Middlesex Community College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In addition, Pat has served as a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard from 2010 through the present. When not working, Pat enjoys volunteering for Special Teams for Exceptional People (S.T.E.P.) where he teaches Karate and football to children with various physical, development, and or cognitive disabilities and coordinates major fund raising events that benefit the organization.

MARILYN SIMMONS

Office Administrator

One of BW Kennedy & Co.’s first employees, Marilyn joined the company in 2011. She is responsible for a wide range of tasks, from payroll to billings and monthly requisition waivers, to Human Resources. Prior to working in the construction industry, she performed paralegal work for a real estate attorney in Andover. Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from Framingham State University.

ROLAND JENKINS

Project Manager

Roland Jenkins joined the company in 2014 as an assistant project manager. He was assigned to a team building a new life sciences facility and parking garage and made immediate contributions to the successful turnover of the project. Since then, Roland has assumed additional responsibility on a number of complex fit-out projects for clients such as Celgene, Wave Life Sciences, and Codiak Biosciences resulting in on-schedule, on-budget project delivery and pleased clients. In 2020, he was promoted to Project Manager, with responsibility for all aspects of project management from conception to successful completion. Mr. Jenkins earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2014. While there, he received his CMAA CMIT certifications. His interests include sustainability and green building and he is currently preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam.

JOHN BIDGOOD

Project Superintendent

John is a highly experienced construction site manager who brings over 30 years of experience to his role. He joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2017, most recently from The Richmond Group and previously he worked for other local builders such as Jones Lang Lassalle Construction, Barr & Barr, RF Walsh Collaborative Partners, MMS Northeast, Wes Construction, Chapman Construction & Design, and J. Slotnick Co. He has managed many challenging projects in the life sciences, education, and government sectors. John attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, Civil Engineering Technology/Building Construction Technology programs, and holds a Boston Builder’s License and Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License Unrestricted. In his free time, John enjoys skiing and fly fishing.

JOHN WHITE

Project Superintendent

John is project superintendent who brings over 20 years of experience working in the construction industry to his role, including supervising projects ranging from $2M to $50M+ in the healthcare, commercial, hospitality, assisted living, large residential and industrial sectors. He joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2017 and previously worked for companies such as Tocci Building Company, Caswell Construction, Carlson Design & Construction, Craffey Construction, and Dialysis Constructors. John holds a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor License Unrestricted. When not working, he enjoys wood working in his shop and boat restoration.

NATE KROCKE

Project Manager

Nate Krocke joined the company as an assistant project manager in 2017 assigned to the 828 Winter Street team (responsible for the construction of a 200,000 SF life sciences building) and made immediate contributions to the successful turnover of that project. He was promoted to project manager two years later after taking on increased responsibility and accountability on several successful projects, including tenant fitouts for Blossom Innovations and Arrakis Therapeutics. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management from State University of New York at Oswego and is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), obtained through Project Management Institute. Before joining BW Kennedy & Co., he worked for Jones Lang LaSalle where he served as a project manager/move coordinator for their Sanofi account. He also brings hands on building experience to his role having worked for a residential construction company where he completed a variety of projects ranging from roofing, windows, home additions, to decks and retaining walls. In his free time, Nate enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

Darian Ahmadi

Darian Ahmadi

Project Manager

Darian brings over 20 years of experience working in the construction industry to his role as a project manager. Previously, he worked for Boston-area builders such as Lee Kennedy Company, Suffolk Construction, RF Walsh Company, and Payton Construction. During his career, he also started and operated RD Custom Builders, and later created AP Builders Corp., both of which focused on high-end residential construction.

Darian joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2018 most recently from Lee Kennedy with projects including Accenture Boston Innovation Hub, Intuit, and headquarters for Boston Beer Company.

Darian holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University and a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor’s License, and is CPR & OSHA 30 Certified. When not working, he enjoys cycling and hiking.

Adam Dufault

ADAM DUFAULT

Assistant Project Manager

Adam joined BW Kennedy & Co. after graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. During his school career, Adam gained hands-on construction experience in project management and estimating through internships with Campanelli Construction, Chapman Construction/Design and JW Construction. At WIT, Adam was a member of their Varsity Lacrosse team. His first project with BW Kennedy & Co. was a tenant fit-out for Wave Life Sciences at their Lexington campus.

Stasha Greenalch

Stasha Greenalch

Assistant Project Manager

Stasha joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2018 after graduating from WPI with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Engineering, with a focus in Operations and a minor in Entrepreneurship. At WPI, Stasha participated in four years of competitive athletics as a member of the Women’s Varsity Basketball Team. She was also selected to be a member of the Student-Athlete Leadership Program, on which she served for two years. At BW Kennedy & Co., Stasha has joined our 75 Hayden Ave., Lexington project team that is constructing a new 1000 car parking garage, with a 200,000 SF life sciences building to follow.

Julian Sookikian

Julian Sookikian

Assistant Project Manager

Julian Sookikian joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2020 as an assistant project manager. Julian has 8 years of combined experience in construction from various angles of the industry. Previously he managed logistics of exterior building products at ABC Supply Co., where he serviced multiple commercial contractors on million-dollar projects and was awarded their Service of Excellence award. Julian has worked hands-on as a roofing technician at AS General Construction and ascended to project manager overseeing the completion of over 300+ residential roofing jobs. He attended Middlesex Community College in Bedford, Massachusetts and acquired an internship with LDL Studio developing 3D photorealistic conceptual renderings. Julian’s initial projects with BW Kennedy & Co. are tenant fit-outs at 828 Winter Street in Waltham, MA.

Shane Farley

Shane Farley

Assistant Project Manager

Shane joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2020 as an Assistant Project Manager, assigned to our LogicBio fitout project team at Hayden Research Campus in Lexington. He is a 2018 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Engineering with a concentration in Operations. His background includes working for Consigli Construction as a Project Engineer, and a co-op position with Weston & Sampson. During his school career Shane was a member of WPI’s Men’s Basketball Team.

Florian Cela

Florian Cela

Project Manager

Florian Cela joined BW Kennedy & Co. as a project manager in 2020, bringing with him over ten years of industry experience. He joined the company most recently from Maggiore Construction Corp. of Woburn where he managed a variety of lab, commercial and residential buildings projects. Previously he worked for Ascon Construction of Boston and Nardone Electrical Corporation of Medford. His diverse portfolio includes The Residences and Shops at Wakefield Station which involved construction of a new mixed-use condominium complex consisting of 60 high-end luxury residential condominiums as well as ground level retail space and parking. Florian holds a Bachelor of Science in Management with a Concentration in Project Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Jacob Reid

Jacob Reid

Assistant Project Manager

Jacob Reid joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2020. Previously he worked for Consigli Construction of Boston where he gained experience in commercial construction with projects such as 50 Rogers Street Apartments for Alexandria Real Estate Properties Equities, upgrade of the MBTA Quincy Adams Station, and a renovation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. He also worked for Consigli's Washington, DC branch on projects such as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Revitalization. Jacob holds a Master of Science in Project Management, with a Construction Specialization, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, both from Northeastern University.

Victor Blatz

Zachary Tomaszek

Assistant Project Manager

Zach joined the company in 2020 as an assistant project manager. He joins us most recently from Bond Brothers where he served as a QA/QC Specialist and Scheduler. Zach earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is OSHA 30 trained. In addition to his experience with Bond Brothers, he worked for Gilbane, WT Rich, and Rizzo Corporation as a co-op during his college career. At Wentworth he was a four-year member of the NCAA Division III Lacrosse team. Zach has joined BW Kennedy & Co.’s Winter Street, Waltham team responsible for multiple, concurrent life sciences tenant fitout projects at 828 and 830 Winter Street.

Andrew Dobbins

Andrew Dobbins

Project Superintendent

Andy Dobbins joined the company in 2020 as a project superintendent. He held prior positions with Gilbane Building Co., Consigli Construction, Bond Brothers, Beacon/Skanska and Jackson Construction Co. During his 30 year+ career, Andy worked on a variety of projects in the higher education, commercial and healthcare sectors. Clients include Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the College of the Holy Cross. Some notable projects in his portfolio include Mathworks Lakeside Master Plan, Boston Public Library Johnson Building Renovations, AstraZenica Hope Lodge and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Watson Geochemistry Building. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology and licenses including the City of Boston ABC, City of Cambridge Type 1, City of Quincy Class A, and MA State Builders License Unrestricted.

John Bishop

John Bishop

Assistant Project Superintendent

John Bishop was hired in 2020 as an assistant project superintendent joining our 828 Winter Street, Waltham team for several life sciences fitout projects. He joined the company most recently from Shawmut Design and Construction and has previous experience working for Malcolm Construction of Natick. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management, with a Sociology Minor from Southern New Hampshire University. At Malcolm, John gained skills in residential construction and team management. At Shawmut, he worked on projects such as a sewer lift station, ground up core/shell buildings, and landscape projects. When not working, John enjoys camping, spending time with family and friends, and watching and participating in different sports.

Justin Rusko

Justin Rusko

Assistant Project Superintendent

Justin Rusko began his career with BW Kennedy as a co-op in 2020 and upon completion, was hired as an assistant project superintendent. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. Justin joined our team at The Hayden Research Campus in Lexington, performing tenant fitout work for Voyager Therapeutics and Frequency Therapeutics at the newly constructed 75 Hayden Ave. building.

James Murnane

James Murnane

Assistant Project Superintendent

James Murnane joined BW Kennedy & Co. in 2021 as an assistant project superintendent assigned to our 45 Jackson team that is building a new 120,000 square foot life sciences building in Devens, MA. James is a 2018 graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology where he received a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management. Prior to joining BW Kennedy, he worked for Cafco Construction, specializing in hospitality projects, high end restaurants, and luxury residences with previous experience working for Shawmut Design and Construction as an estimator in their Hospitality Department.