As KBE Continues to Grow, Ownership Expands

Feb. 7, 2017 – In response to its continued growth and expansion, KBE Building Corporation has named four new principals in the firm: James Culkin, Chief Operating Office and Executive Vice President; Robert G. Dunn, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel ; Antonio Mancini, Vice President of Field Operations; and Timothy M. O’Brien, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President.

“We are very excited about the growth and leadership opportunities these four new principles offer to KBE,” explains Michael Kolakowksi, President and CEO. Kolakowski acquired the firm in 2007, along with Simon F. Etzel, Jr. and Eric Brown. Prior to acquiring the business, Kolakowski, Brown, and Etzel had been long-time senior managers of the major East Coast commercial construction services firm, which was founded in 1959. “Simon, Eric, and I are very pleased to have these four focused and dedicated individuals as our business partners.”

Learn more about Mssrs. Culkin, Dunn, Mancini, and O’Brien:

James Culkin was named Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President in 2015. He oversees KBE’s Field Operations, Preconstruction and Estimating, as well as long-range strategic planning for the firm. Jim’s construction industry career began in 1986, working on projects in New York City and Long Island, among other locations. He joined KBE in 1996 as a Project Manager and was later promoted to Project Executive. He received his BS in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Jim has served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Building Congress since 2015.

Robert Dunn joined KBE in 1999 and is a Vice President and KBE’s in-house general counsel. He holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas, and received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School. In addition to general compliance oversight and duties as KBE’s ethics officer, Bob proactively oversees contract negotiations, risk management, and dispute avoidance efforts to strengthen relationships among KBE’s clients and vendors, and to ensure the success of KBE’s projects. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, the Hartford County Bar Association, and the Architectural Engineering Institute.

Antonio Mancini is a Vice President of Field Operations for KBE, and is responsible for the management of field construction and project management staff and services on assigned projects. He began his construction industry career in 1990 and joined KBE as a Project Superintendent in 1994. Tony has worked on a variety of project types over the years as he moved into his roles as a Project Manager and then as Project Executive. He was named Director of Field Operations in 2011, and was promoted to Vice President of Field Operations in 2013. Tony holds a BS in Construction Engineering technology from Central Connecticut State University.

Named Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President in 2015, Timothy O’Brien is responsible for all aspects of KBE’s accounting and financial functions, as well as strategic planning for KBE’s long-term growth. Tim has more than 20 years of experience in business and financial management roles in the construction industry. Before joining KBE in 1996, he worked for a national development and construction firm in Phoenix. Tim received his BS in business administration from Bryant College. Tim is a member of the Construction Financial Management Association and for the last two years has served as Chairman of the Board of Associated Builders and Contractors.

About KBE Building Corporation
With offices in Norwalk and Farmington, CT, as well as Columbia, MD, KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the $300 million firm provides preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the senior living, health care, retail, educational, federal, corporate, hospitality, and institutional markets.

KBE has managed more than $4 billion in construction volume during the past two decades alone and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally.

KBE’s team of 120+ construction professionals and support staff is deeply committed to the firm’s corporate philanthropy program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $2.5 million and 12,832 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.

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