Joe brings a unique set of skills and strengths that has helped him to grow Commodore Builders into a $400 million construction management firm in just 18 years. He has deep roots within the Boston area and strong ties to the A/E/C community. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and is committed to mentoring young leaders by speaking at local colleges and universities. Joe is also passionate about engaging with industry initiatives that create affordable housing, develop smart resilient cities and a more diverse workforce. Joe has devoted his entire professional life to service – serving the A/E/C profession as an engineer and leader, serving our nation as a Naval Officer, and serving the people of New England as a philanthropist and community volunteer.
In 2009, Joe retired as Captain in the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps, after 28 years of dedicated active and reserve duty. In 2007, Joe mobilized to the Middle East for 10 months serving as Commander, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (FWD), and Commander of Expeditionary Task Group 56.2. He provided leadership to more than 2200 Navy Seabees throughout Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, and The Horn of Africa. He is a qualified Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist who has been awarded the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Joe’s experience in the military has shaped Commodore’s mission and unique perspectives to approaching projects.
One of the more recent highlights of Joe’s career came on September 17, 2018 when he was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker as the Chief Recovery Officer, leading the disaster recovery and restoration efforts following the September 13th gas line explosions impacting three municipalities in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. The gas over-pressurization impacted over 58 miles of gas pipeline and more than 10,500 residences, community and municipal buildings, schools, and businesses. Joe took a 3-month leave of absence from Commodore to lead this effort. Over a 12-weeks, he led a team that put more than $750 million of work in place.
Joe’s primary focus at Commodore is building the next generation of leadership and succession, furthering diversity and inclusion at Commodore and within the construction industry, building Commodore Academy, an institutionalized training program, and driving the highest levels of client service across all markets and projects.