William I. Cote
Founder/Chief Executive Officer
William Cote has a career spanning over 35 years in project management within the construction industry and has acted as consultant to various property management groups in New York and New Jersey. Prior to Hudson Meridian, he was COO of the 36th largest construction services firm in the nation managing offices throughout the east coast. William has experience in managing complex commercial/retail, high-end residential and institutional projects in both private and public sectors. He has been responsible for complex and demanding projects including the renovation and construction of government-owned and landmark buildings such as schools, offices, correctional facilities, and energy systems. He also has extensive experience in residential construction for low-income housing projects to some of the most high-end condominiums in Manhattan.
William is on the Board of Directors as well as Co-Chairman for the New York Construction Alliance (NYCA). NYCA aligns open shop construction organizations through its core values of workplace diversity, professionalism, safety, quality craftsmanship and industry advancement. NYCA promotes strict safety standards, fair compensation and a continuous improvement philosophy through comprehensive training, education and legislative advocacy.
William has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College, advanced courses in Business Management and Accounting, as well as additional training in Construction Claims Prevention.
President/Chief Operating Officer
Peter Monte brings over 30 years of invaluable knowledge and expertise in the construction industry. Having joined as COO at Hudson Meridian in 2017, he oversees the ongoing operations and procedures of the firm setting comprehensive goals for performance and growth. Mr. Monte previously held the role of Senior Vice President for Toll Brothers City Living. While at the firm, Mr. Monte oversaw Toll Brothers’ design and construction activities in the five boroughs of New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties in Long Island and managed seven various stages of development in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Prior to Toll Brothers City Living, Mr. Monte held various positions at Skanska USA, finishing his career there as a Project Director, overseeing many of the company’s largest construction projects. Mr. Monte holds a degree in Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Douglas J. Shaeffer
Chief Financial Officer
Douglas Shaeffer has over 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, and management with construction and real estate development firms in Philadelphia and New York. As Controller, Mr. Shaeffer manages the financial function and cash flow, supervises project accounting, and is responsible for developing the company’s short- and long-range financial plans. Mr. Shaeffer will oversee all banking and external funding relationships for future growth and will develop and establish standard procedures for the accounting and financial processes. Mr. Shaeffer holds a BS in Accounting from Millersville University, a master’s degree in Business from the University of Baltimore and completed a Graduate Certificate in Construction Management at NYU.
Executive Vice President
Richard Cote brings over 30 years of experience in project management, facility operations and construction including extensive expertise in project development, planning and execution. He is a seasoned construction and facilities manager with hundreds of millions in construction projects that he successfully completed over his career. As EVP, he is heading the public sector division that includes all waterfront and infrastructure projects in NYC. Mr. Cote is a retired military officer where he served in the United States Army in various capabilities since 1982 and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Retired Reserve.
Senior Vice President of Estimating & Technical Services
Sam Amin has over 25 years working in the tristate construction industry, where he has directly managed complex public and private projects, offering clients and partners a proven skill set from concept to completion. Prior to joining Hudson Meridian, Sam owned a general contracting firm where he worked on numerous federal, state, and city agencies such as US Army Corps, GSA, NAVY, US Coast Guard, FBP, West Point, and NYSOGS. He has also worked on stadiums; school/college renovations; HVAC design builds; laboratories; hospitals; senior centers; houses of worship; courthouses; airports; and state office buildings. Sam earned a master’s degree in Construction Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Gujarat University.
Ruben R. Figurasin
Vice President, Procurement Manager, Director of Technical Services
A seasoned professional with 30 years of experience, Ruben has been involved in construction estimating for major projects all along the east coast, particularly in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Ruben has performed estimating work for numerous clients and has an extensive portfolio of projects in hospitality, higher education and commercial projects. Ruben has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines and is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP, BD+C). He has continued his studies at NYU University for HVAC Design and attended and completed management workshop for managers at Dale Carnegie and Bergen Community College.
Senior Vice President
Luciano Bana has over 25 years of broad-based experience in General Construction, Construction Management, Project Leadership, and Business Development. As Senior Vice President, Luciano is involved in operations, future business, and strategic planning as well as coordination and production of high-level construction projects. He also provides leadership and oversight for the day-to-day operations for construction and project management activities and assures that all OSHA, health and safety guidelines are followed for the safety of employees, subcontractors and clients. Luciano has a portfolio of successful projects ranging from commercial and retail projects to high-end residential, hospitality, technical, educational, and institutional facilities. He has served as a Senior Project Executive on multiple projects ranging from $1 million to $40 million per year.
Daniel Hooker has been a construction professional for over 30 years. Throughout that time he has served as a construction foreman, senior engineer, senior project manager, and project director. His portfolio consists of public and private sector projects from high-end residential and commercial to educational and institutional projects. He received a Master’s of Science in Material Science, Metallurgical Engineering from Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.
As a Vice President for Hudson Meridian Construction Group, Daniel provides leadership and oversight for the day-to-day operations for all Construction and Project Management activities. Some of his primary duties include client maintenance, subcontractor performance issues, constructability and technical issues, risk analysis, and development and implementation of corporate policies and procedures. He also works closely with ownership lenders, consultants, and site representative to outline project controls and delivery methods.
With over twenty years of experience in the construction industry, Vytas Sipas has extensive knowledge on all aspects of construction and project management with emphasis on working in NYC. His experience includes healthcare, pharmaceutical, institutional facilities, cultural, core and shell, renovations, retail and residential projects. Mr. Sipas’ responsibilities include being 100% accountable for his projects, contract negotiations, cost/project controls, business development, risk management, supervision of all team members, and mentoring and training project managers.
Vice President, Director of Risk Management
As Vice President and Safety Manager for Hudson Meridian, he is responsible for monitoring construction sites to ensure that Hudson Meridian complies with state and federal regulations on health and safety in the workplace. Walter visits all construction sites on a weekly basis to ensure implementation of the correct safety policies and procedures. He liaises with external parties such as government-employed inspectors to facilitate evaluation of construction sites. He reviews blueprints, evacuation plans, designs for disposal systems, lighting and ventilation, and ensures there is no danger to the health or safety of workers or site visitors.
As a representative of the company, he is involved in arranging training programs on safety measures in the workplace. He also formulates and implements policies, procedures and programs on construction safety that comply with OSHA regulations.
Walter has his DOB suspend and supported scaffold licenses. He is also certified as an OSHA outreach trainer in construction and marine activities. He is a Member of the New York State Associated General Contractors Safety Committee (AGC NYS).
VP, General Manager of the Westchester Office
Phil Pignatelli is an accomplished, goal-driven professional with over twenty five years of executive management experience in the construction industry. He is an accomplished leader with a successful track record of managing complex large-scale residential and commercial projects and build-outs for private and public corporations. Phil was a former COO for Phoenix Associates Construction Corporation where he expanded the company’s presence into the five boroughs of New York. As former COO for Foremost Industries, Phil provided operations management, brand recognition and marketing resulting in the development of new business in both New York and New Jersey. Phil’s success is fueled by his accessibility and commitment to client satisfaction.
Director, Human Resources
Brian Perlis is a hands-on, results-driven Human Resources professional with extensive experience in identifying and implementing processes and initiatives. With over twenty years’ experience in the human resources field, a majority of them leading HR departments in the Construction/Real Estate field, Brian joined Hudson Meridian in July 2019 and will oversee the Company’s recruiting, employee relations, performance management, benefits administration as well as other HR-related functions. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the State University of New York at Albany.
Jackie is the Executive Assistant for William Cote, the Company’s Founder & Chief Executive Officer, as well as Peter Monte, President & Chief Operations Officer. Since joining Hudson Meridian, Jackie assists in the day-to-day operations and business development, providing high-level support to C-Level executives, spearheads special projects and directs all marketing efforts. She is proactive, collaborative and flexible, building strong relationships at all levels of the Organization as well as with Clients.