Tom began his career at the age of 15 when he took on a full-time job in construction during the summer of 1977. Since then, he has held nearly every position in the industry — from laborer to estimator to project manager — which gives him a comprehensive perspective on the construction process and instilled the confidence to establish Potomac Construction in 2005. He credits all of the mentors who taught him and guided him along that path.
His role in the company consists primarily of two components. First, he supports the team members on the front lines: field superintendents, project managers and estimators — all while making himself readily available to external project stakeholders, including our clients, architects and trade contractors. Second, he works with our management team to establish the company culture and provide ongoing advancement opportunities for team members.
Tom has led the team through the completion of numerous notable and award-winning projects in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area. During that time, the company has grown in size and scope while staying true to its collaborative approach and unparalleled standard of service.
He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He serves on the board of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) and is an active member of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington.
Director of Operations
Nina’s experience in the industry began even before college when she started working for her family’s site-work construction business in 1984. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a CPA designation, both in 1988. She worked in finance for several years before moving into positions in real estate, including financing, investing, construction and operations. With that well-rounded background, she joined Potomac Construction Services in 2012.
As the Director of Operations, her responsibilities span the areas of finance, human resources, legal, IT and corporate strategy. In applying those disciplines, she ensures that the logistics of the business are consistent with the company culture and mission, and in how team members’ interact with internal and external project stakeholders.
Nina recognizes that every customer’s focus and sensitivities are different, and every project is unique with its own set of challenges. From that view, Nina believes direct and honest conversations are the best way to establish mutual expectations and build trust.
Joseph R. Brocato, AIA
Senior Vice President of Construction
Joe joined Potomac Construction in 2017 and has made significant contributions that extend from his diverse background — from laborer to owner’s representative to project executive. He can relate to every member of the project team no matter their role and at the same time relate to the needs of the project owners. Joe brings decades of relationships in the Washington, D.C., region, giving him the ability to connect our firm with reputable architects, subcontractors, and other specialty resources. He helps to pull together the ideal project team.
Joe has managed construction projects for retail, corporate and government clients, with a specialty in ground-up historic renovation. Highlighted historic projects include National Archives – DC Renovation Study for funding from Congress; Cady’s Alley (one square block of nine buildings) in Georgetown, plus eight other historic buildings in Georgetown. In addition to local commercial and education renovations, Joe has also worked on high-end retail projects in Chicago, Boston and Miami.
Something that excites Joe most about this point in his career is the ability to mentor junior staff as they progress through the ranks. He wants it to be automatic for the team members in the field to think, “Safety, Quality Control, Time Management” as they work.
While at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Joe earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction. He has been a registered architect since 1990. AIA honored his team’s work with the Catalyst Award for the retail and residential historic redevelopment project in Cady’s Alley in Georgetown, and the Award for Excellence for the 1247 Wisconsin Avenue Mixed-Use Project, also in Georgetown.
Director of Project Management
Jeff entered the construction field in 1978 as a laborer for the John Driggs Excavation on the Mobil Headquarters in Fairfax, Va. Since then, he’s held nearly every position from carpenter to president at multiple construction companies.
In his current role, he’s applying that depth of skill and knowledge to the construction management process, including conceptual estimating, scheduling and value engineering in support of stakeholders in the earliest stages of a project. On the human capital side of the business, he’s responsible for the coordination and cohesiveness of the team, along with maintaining a positive and professional environment for his staff to thrive and grow.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a
Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with honors and received the Leonard DiGiulian Scholarship from the University of Maryland Civil Engineering school. He is an officer of the Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Northern Virginia chapter of NAIOP and the Washington Building Congress
Nacho has nearly 10 years of experience and technical knowledge at Potomac Construction, and is respected for his relationships with the Subcontractors and his communicative, responsive nature. But, by far, his greatest attributes are his passion for work, commitment to our customers and infectious enthusiasm.
Kevin is Potomac Construction’s leading Hospitality Superintendent and prior to Potomac Construction, had experience in other roles, such as Estimator and Project Manager. Kevin’s flexibility and proactive thinking onsite allow him to take on large renovations and buildouts in aggressive timelines.
Bruce is Potomac Construction’s longest tenured employee and has led some of Potomac Construction’s largest and most complex projects. A proven leader onsite, Bruce’s strong relationships with both clients and subcontractors make him a valuable asset to the company.
Brad’s background has taken him around the globe: from Arizona to Hawaii, as well as in the South Pacific, the Middle East and Mongolia, in addition to the DC Metro Area. Brad has performed multiple large-scale Education and Government projects, which come with a number of strict regulations and schedules that are relevant in Potomac Construction’s projects.
Laura was raised in a Construction-oriented family and started at Potomac Construction as an Assistant Project Manager, before following her interests as an onsite Superintendent. Laura’s time in the office and strong communication skills have allowed her to develop strong relationships with Potomac Construction’s Subcontractors.
Shawn got his start in Residential Construction in the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC regions before joining Potomac Construction, intrigued by the large Restaurant projects we perform. Shawn is adept at both the Site Supervision and Project Management aspects of these jobs.
Kord came to Potomac Construction with a background as a travelling Superintendent and Carpenter in the South Dakota region. Kord’s experience in the Hospitality, Medical and Educational sectors tie in with Potomac Construction’s high-end interior Specialty projects.
Dylan comes to Potomac Construction from the Charleston, South Carolina area with a background in Hospitality construction. His experience lends itself well to Potomac Construction’s aggressively scheduled renovations and buildouts within the Hospitality sector.
Coming from a background of Carpentry and Millwork expertise, Luciano is proficient at complex jobs with short installation/fabrication windows. He is aware of the importance of proper planning and pre-construction, making him a great fit at Potomac Construction.
Senior Project Manager
Jeremy came to Potomac Construction with nearly 20 years of experience in project management, both from a Pennsylvania-based General Contractor and DC-based Trade Contractor. Jeremy manages complex projects at Potomac Construction, where he serves as an advocate for our clients and supports the entire project team. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas and is Green Advantage Certified.
Andrew, who was raised in a construction family, has honed his Construction expertise with years of Field Experience before moving into a Project Management role. Over the years, Andrew has participated in many of Potomac Construction’s premier restaurant projects and is admired by both clients and architects for his ease in working together.
Chad’s background includes all aspects of Construction as well as large Governmental Clients. This experience provides Chad a wealth of Communication, Documentation and Relationship-building skills. Chad is known to dig deep into project details and solves issues thoroughly and proactively.
Assistant Project Manager
Prior to Potomac Construction, Jarrod’s worked in Residential Construction at a quickly growing company and became a leader amongst the employees. Jarrod is proactive and is familiar with a number of different trades, which allows him to interface effectively with Superintendents and Subcontractors alike.
Assistant Project Manager
Mitchell comes to Potomac Construction with a Biological Systems Engineering background, but an interest in interior construction and its processes. Mitchell graduated from Virginia Tech.
Maria has years of experience as an estimator, and her diligence in analyzing architectural details ensures thorough estimates, budgets and proposals. Maria’s experience has also grown to include onsite coordination and project management functions.
Leo has spanned a variety of positions in his Construction career, both for General Contractors and Developers, and as a Project Manager, Superintendent and Estimator. Leo prides himself on diligent, procedural thinking, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
Coming to Potomac Construction with a background in Mechanical Engineering, Karan is detail-oriented and a meticulous worker. He is fully aware of the various processes that are needed to deliver a project on time and on budget, and the best ways to achieve those goals.
Monique serves as Potomac Construction’s Subcontractor Liaison and Bid Coordinator within the Estimating Department. Drawing upon relationships created throughout active Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) participation, Monique strives to create new partnerships with all Trade Contractors
S. Jae Lee, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Before joining Potomac Construction in 2013, Jae held high-level roles in a public company, private investment firms and real estate development. Currently, he oversees our project accounting team, while monitoring cash flows and trade contractor payments. In partnership with operations, he is responsible for all financial results and controls many financial analysis efforts.
What Jae enjoys most about Potomac Construction is building strong relationships with the accounting team and other staff members, while being a part of a company known for bringing expertise and ethical practices to its clients.
Jae earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Corporate Finance, is a Certified Public Accountant and received his Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2003 with a major in accounting and minor in computer science.
Robin came to Potomac Construction to assist during the company’s introduction to new Accounting Software and helped create new policies and procedures for the Accounting Department. Robin’s financial expertise quickly acclimated her to serve as a dedicated Project Accountant for our largest Clients.
Michael performs a number of support activities at the company, including Business Development, Marketing, Information Technology and Human Resources. Michael is a Business Management graduate from the University of Maryland.