executive team

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Joel I. Picket

Joel I. Picket is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Gotham Organization, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiaries including Gotham Construction. Mr. Picket assumed leadership of the company in 1965 and to the present day has overseen the direction of this fourth-generation, 80-year-old, family-owned firm.

Mr. Picket is responsible for growing Gotham into a major developer and one of the largest, privately held construction contractors in the country; with construction of more than 35,000 residential units in the New York metropolitan area.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Picket has spent his career shaping the city that he loves with significant contributions in the institutional, commercial, hotel and residential sectors. Mr. Picket graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Picket has been actively involved in various real estate trade organizations. He is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York, a former director of the National Housing Conference and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Building Contractors Association. Mr. Picket’s philanthropic endeavors involve a number of educational, medical and arts institutions. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of Continuum Health Partners, which consists of Beth Israel Medical Center, at which he is Vice Chairman; Long Island College Hospital; St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital, where he is Vice Chairman; and the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University; the Advisory Board of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, where he is also on the University Council and a trustee fellow of the Board of Trustees of Fordham University. Mr. Picket is a member of the Boards of the New York Philharmonic, Overseas Shipholding Group, the Park Avenue Armory, and the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. An astute history buff, Mr. Picket is also the Vice Chairman of The Foundation for the National Archives in Washington DC.

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John Giammarella

John Giammarella, a Licensed Professional Engineer in the states of New York and Ohio is a leading expert in construction management, with over 37 years in the industry and hands-on experience in every facet of the business, ranging from Field Superintendent, Project Manager, Project Executive, Operations Manager and Territorial Manager, to President of Gotham Construction Company.

Throughout his career, John has successfully managed the construction of all building types, including residential, commercial, healthcare, hotel, educational and financial projects, and is skilled in managing projects under both Construction Management and Guaranteed Maximum Price contract scenarios. John is personally involved in providing executive support throughout the life-cycle of each Gotham project, encompassing pre-construction planning and design with the client and project team, to construction feasibility, monitoring cost and schedule, through to obtainment of the Certificate of Occupancy. His multiple-task management approach enables him to oversee a number of projects at various stages of development and construction. He received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Columbia University, and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Ohio State University. John was the recipient of the 2000 Rising Star Award from BTEA, and he received the 1999 Labor & Industry for Education (LIFE) Industrial Achievement Award. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Building Contractors Association and is a member of the Board of Governors of the Building Trades Employers Association.

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David L. Picket

David L. Picket joined Gotham in 1991 and serves as Executive Vice President of construction. David is involved in the overall supervision of projects currently under contract, and the marketing of the firm's general contracting, construction management and development management services division.

David also provides advisory services to clients that topically range from site identification and acquisition, design mapping, agency approvals, and sourcing project financing, to the setting up of rental or sales programs and on-going operational management. David received a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University, and earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia University. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for Continuum Health Partners, serves as member of both the Cornell University Council and Cornell University College of Arts & Sciences Advisory Council, is on the Board of Trustees of the Harrison Jewish Community Center, is a Member of the Building Committee for Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, is on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and is the Board Chairman of Ten O’clock Classics.

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Christopher Jaskiewicz

Christopher Jaskiewicz is Chief Administrative Office and General Counsel of Gotham Construction Company, LLC and Chief Operating Officer of its parent company, Gotham Organization, Inc. Christopher supports Gotham’s executive team by leading contract negotiations with developers, assisting with subcontractor negotiations, handling disputes with adjacent property owners, administering the processing of insurance claims, and representing the company in crisis control situations, litigations, arbitrations and mediations.

Christopher previously represented Gotham while he was an attorney with Proskauer Rose LLP, where he was an associate in the corporate and litigation departments. As a transaction lawyer, Christopher worked on mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions in the technology, hospitality, and real estate industries. As a litigator, he litigated matters involving entertainment, franchise agreement, employee raiding, trade secret misappropriation, securities fraud, and professional sports issues

Christopher’s career started at PepsiCo, Inc., where he worked for two years prior to law school as a Pepsi District Manager where he was responsible for sales and profitability objectives and managed a team of 10 sales representatives. He lived in Europe for a year while studying international business at the American University of Paris and he received a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. Christopher obtained a law degree from St. John’s University School of Law where he was a Dean’s List student. In 2008 Christopher was named a New York Real Estate “Executive of the Month” and a Real Estate Weekly “All Star”. Christopher founded a 9/11 scholarship and he has volunteered for several charities, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 9/11 “Adopt-a-Company” Program and the March of Dimes.

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Lawrence W. Feiner, CPA

Lawrence W. Feiner has served as Gotham’s Chief Financial Officer for over 20 years, and has 40 years of career expertise in the financial operations of the real estate and construction industries. He oversees a talented accounting team, many of whom have worked for the company for over 10 years.

He works directly with clients and the company’s principals during the lifecycle of each project through to successful completion. Prior to joining Gotham, Lawrence was a partner in a leading certified public accounting firm serving both the real estate and construction industries. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Construction Financial Management Association. He has served on various real estate committees and has spoken before numerous trade associations on a variety of industry-related issues pertaining to construction accounting and taxation. Lawrence’s comprehensive understanding of the financial workings of the construction industry has made him a respected and recognized leader in his field.

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Jennifer Bernstein

Jennifer Bernstein oversees the financial controls of all active projects for Gotham Construction, and supervises the day-to-day activities of the construction accounting staff. Jennifer functionally and administratively reports to the Chief Financial Officer, but maintains a close working relationship with the project managers and executive management team.

Her principal responsibilities include upholding accounting policy and procedures; budget implementation and forecasting of anticipated project related costs; maintaining transparent account receivable management programs and protocols; development and the maintenance of overall project budgets; and preparation and distribution of project anticipated cost reports to clients and management teams. With over 21 years in the construction industry and related fields, Jennifer is highly regarded in her profession and has established long lasting relationships of mutual respect with clients, architects and consultants, subcontractors, and project managers that enhance job progress and performance. Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Transylvania University, and is an active member in the Construction Financial Management Association.

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Senior Project Management

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Andres Sosa

Andres Sosa has over 21 years of experience in the construction industry, and has an extraordinary track record on a variety of large scale projects in New York and the tri-state region. He has managed the completion of over 9 million buildable square feet of construction.

Andres has civil engineering expertise in a number of market sectors, and is currently overseeing the 1,360-unit Silver Towers for Silverstein Properties, considered the largest single residential structure ever built in New York City. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project and managing the flow of information between the client, project team, and subcontractors.

Prior to joining Gotham, Andres completed a number of distinguished projects throughout New York. His resume includes multiple dormitory and academic research buildings for institutional clients such as New York University and Mount Sinai Hospital, and high-rise commercial office buildings for private developers Boston Properties and Forest City Ratner Companies. Career highlights include serving as project manager of the New York Times Building office tower in Times Square, Five Times Square for Boston Properties, and Brooklyn’s Renaissance Plaza for Muss Development. Andres holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University College of Engineering. He previously served as Secretary for the Contractors Association of Greater New York and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Building Contractors Association.

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Andrew Alt

Andrew Alt brings to Gotham Construction over 26 of years of diversified experience in the construction industry. He has managed a variety of projects in New York and throughout the tri-state region that include an array of hospitality, big-box and boutique retail, residential, and a myriad of notable healthcare projects.

Andrew is responsible for the overall performance and success of each project within his charge, and manages the flow of information from the client, design team, and subcontractors while simultaneously accounting for the project budget and schedule, site safety, and quality control issues. Andrew is currently directing construction on two of the city’s most innovative projects, the SoHo Mondrian Hotel and 100 Eleventh Avenue.

Prior to joining Gotham, Andrew served as the executive project manager on a number of significant new construction and alteration projects, including the completion of two Target Department Unique stores, the 2,000-room Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, a new 300,000 square foot Tiffany & Co. robotic Customer Fulfillment Center, and a wide range of healthcare projects that include the Long Island Jewish Hospital, the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Flushing Hospital, the Beth Israel- Philips Ambulatory Care Center, the Hospital for Joint Disease-Pediatric Orthopedic Center, and the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. Andrew received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Technology at New York Institute of Technology.

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Kevin Connolly

Kevin Connolly’s 29 years of experience in the construction industry has included a comprehensive spectrum of projects in the residential, retail, educational, and sustainable market sectors.

As a Gotham Project Executive, he is responsible for the daily operation of projects under his supervision including management and coordination with clients, consultants, subcontractors, and the project team to ensure successful completion that is within budget and adheres to time constraints. Kevin has led the completion effort on a number of sustainable construction projects that have been certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is experienced with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building requirements.
He has negotiated, written and awarded subcontracts; developed scheduling and logistics and phasing plans; consulted with clients, architects, engineers and contractors; and ensured compliance within contract documents. Kevin’s expertise is also actively sought by clients to provide building operation evaluations on the project’s front and back-ends to ensure efficiency controls. Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Purdue University.

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Edward Bigley

Edward Bigley is a 28-year veteran of the construction industry and has directed field operations on a multitude of projects in the residential, commercial, hospitality and aviation sectors.  

As General Superintendent for Gotham, his duties include participation at the pre-construction planning phase, project scheduling, and coordinating corporate-wide field operations and staffing for the firm. He serves as Union Labor Coordinator on behalf of Gotham for all union trade disputes and resolutions. His expert navigation skills in challenging logistic conditions and a thorough knowledge of complex building systems have resulted in a number of successful projects for Gotham, including 310 East 53rd Street, a 30-story condominium residence completed for Macklowe Organization, and 200 West 72nd Street, a JV development between Philips International and Rhodes NY.

Prior to joining Gotham, Edward completed a number of varied and notable projects - British Airway’s Terminal 7 at JKF International Airport, a multi-phased 5-year renovation and modernization; the renovation of Hyatt Hotel’s flagship 1200 room luxury hotel in Times Square; Brooklyn’s Renaissance Plaza, a 1.3 million sf mixed use 384 room hotel and office building for Muss Development; 1 New York Plaza, a 2.5 million sf, multi-phased renovation; 546 5th Avenue, a 32-story office tower for Greycoat Development; and The Club at Turtle Bay, a 40-story residence, for the Hakimian Organization. Edward studied Civil Engineering at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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