Having served as FBN’s president for more than 20 years, Bob has helped grow the company into one of the premier residential construction and remodeling organizations in the greater Boston area and developed a reputation for transparency, high quality craftsmanship, and nearly unparalleled customer service among general contractors. Throughout his tenure heading FBN, he’s tried to make client satisfaction his top priority. To this effect, he introduced the revolutionary business model of giving his clients full control of budget and project decisions, believing that the contractor’s job is just to provide the clients with all the necessary information to make those decisions and then implement them to the highest standard. Under his leadership, FBN has grown from $750,000 in annual revenue to more than $10 million and won dozens of local and national awards. Personally, Bob has won both Builder of the Year and Remodeler of the Year from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB); been honored at an American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) gala for his contributions to the association; won a community service award from the International Furnishings and Design Association; earned a President’s Citation from the ASID President; and served as president of the BRAGB for 2015-2016. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy, Bob decided to travel across the U.S. and work in Europe for two years instead of attending college, a decision he still regards as one of the most rewarding he’s ever made. After returning to the U.S., he worked his way up from dishwasher to manager at the popular 33 Dunster Street restaurant in Harvard Square where he began to develop his philosophy on the importance of customer service. After entering the construction industry as a carpenter in the early 1980s, Bob quickly rose to become president of BEEM Construction in 1987 and then became the head of the growing FBN team in 1995. He enjoys FBN’s fun, collaborative atmosphere and heading a team that is incredibly easy-going about pretty much everything except customer service. Bob tries to ensure that every client trusts that he and his team always have their best interests at heart. The best part of his job is proving daily that nice guys don’t always finish last. When he’s not helping his clients build their dream homes, Bob loves to travel and spend time with his wife and family and play golf with friends, though he enjoys when people put their trust in him perhaps more than anything else. He also supports causes including cancer research, human rights and equal opportunity, and ethics in business.
Chris has been working in construction for over 30 years and has significant experience not just in executive-level management but in practicing carpentry himself as well. He has built a wide variety of projects over his career—many of them while he was the owner of Aztec Construction, Inc.—including historic mill conversions, large production multi-family units, low-rise and mid-rise commercial buildings, and specialized commercial facilities such as cleanrooms, labs, and testing rooms. He then narrowed his focus specifically to high-end residential construction and renovation and became a Principal and Operations Manager of BayPoint Builders Corp., growing BayPoint from a start-up to one of Boston’s larger residential builders and remodelers. Chris studied at Northeastern University and the Boston Architectural College, and he is OSHA and EPA Lead Certified and has a Construction Supervisor’s License. His interest in civics and leadership led him to become a member of the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and other professional organizations, and he served on the Clinton, MA Zoning Board of Appeals for 24 years as well as on three school building committees. Chris finds the day-to-day interaction with his colleagues incredibly enjoyable, especially in the context of FBN’s supportive and collegial but challenging culture. He also enjoys sharing the wealth of experience he has accumulated over his career by mentoring some of his younger colleagues. For Chris, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a client’s joy and satisfaction upon completion of a project. When he’s not satisfying clients or fulfilling any of his civic duties, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, cycling, mountain biking, running, and swimming.
Larissa’s work at FBN is dynamic and constantly evolving. She creates and implements project estimates and budgets, provides anticipated and ongoing cost updates to both our team and to our clients to keep everyone informed and on the same page. The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston has recognized Larissa for her work several times over the past decade. Most recently, they presented her with the Executive Officer Appreciation Award in 2015 and naming her the Rising Star of the Year in 2014. Prior to working at FBN, Larissa briefly worked for an interior design company in Florida and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Larissa enjoys that FBN has become like a family to her with years of having fun with her coworkers while attending award shows and going on company summer outings. She strives to carry this culture into her relationships with clients, architects, consultants, and subcontractors. This allows her to help FBN's clients relax while we realize their vision for their dream home. When she’s not crafting and maintaining project budgets, Larissa enjoys traveling, advocating for animals, and horseback riding.
Bob is one of FBN’s partners and serves as the head of production. In this role, he works directly with FBN’s teams in the office and in the field as well as with homeowners to maintain project budgets and schedules. Bob has accrued a wealth of construction expertise after working in the industry for more than 30 years, and the projects he has managed have ranged from small bath upgrades to the construction of an 8,000-square foot homes, the complete renovation of a large estate, and several Rebuilding Together Boston projects. Bob is OSHA and Lead Paint Certified, and he is also a Certified Graduate Remodeler. The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston recognized his work in 2014 with the Gold PRISM Award for Project Manager of the Year. Bob worked as a laborer for a local builder during the summers while he was in high school and found his calling in constructing and renovating high-quality homes. After graduating, he began working full-time and learned every aspect of carpentry from frame to finish. Over the course of his career, Bob has learned the importance of being patient in starting projects and developing them thoroughly first to allow better control of both budget and schedule, and he still learns from his talented colleagues every day. When he’s not overseeing projects, Bob loves to play guitar, go to Patriots games, and vacation at the beach, not to mention his voracious crossword puzzle addiction.
Peter has enjoyed a long and successful career in construction management and brings decades worth of experience to his role as Vice President. He founded Woodbourne Builders Inc., a residential renovation company in the Boston area, with his lifelong friend Marc Murray, and he ran the company as its president for 31 years before he and Marc joined FBN’s team. Together they won numerous awards, including five Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry—for the Best Exterior of 2010, the Best Historic Renovation of 2010, the Best Interior of 2010, the Best Bathroom of 2012, and the Best Commercial Project of 2012—and the 2014 Remodeler of the Year Award from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. After graduating from Don Bosco Technical High School, Peter studied Building Construction and Architecture. Peter appreciates being surrounded by talented coworkers in a cooperative environment at FBN and how the company treats it clients just as it treats its own employees and trade partners. He promotes FBN at all business-related events and at every opportunity he gets. Apart from construction, Peter enjoys attending his kids’ sporting events and practicing with them as well as golfing, riding his motorcycle, and skiing. He also supports causes that address the environment, substance abuse, and homelessness.
Peter’s primary role at FBN is helping to pick up and deliver materials to the carpenters, but he also serves as a set of spare hands on the job site from time to time. Before joining the FBN team, he served as a lead framer after graduating from Elder High School in Cincinnati and remains a proud Cincinnatian. Despite ironically vowing to never end up in construction when he was growing up, Peter genuinely enjoys working in the industry and especially being part of the FBN team where everyone shares a team first mentality, which makes it easier for him to learn valuable skills as a younger employee. He also likes having his coworkers be able to count on him, so he is constantly looking for an opportunity to step up and help out on the job site. As an avid hockey player, he is on the ice four nights a week, and he also enjoys grilling and playing guitar.
As an associate project manager, Jacob works with other project managers in the FBN office to coordinate the work of the on-site team and ensure that each client’s vision is fulfilled on schedule and within the budget. He recently joined the FBN team after graduating in 2016 from UMass Amherst, where he made the Dean’s List and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Building and Construction Technology. His love for construction and his passion for learning help him grow and excel in his role at FBN. Prior to joining the FBN team, Jacob was a carpenter’s assistant at Steveworks LLC and a Student Maintenance Supervisor for UMass’s Auxiliary Services. He was also proud to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in 2011 to work on building projects to provide relief to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Jacob enjoys how the values of professionalism, honesty, and putting the client’s preferences first are central to FBN’s culture. His favorite part of the job, though, is visiting job sites and seeing the projects he manages progress and his client’s dreams get realized. Outside of the office, Jacob’s hobbies include exercising, cars, and cooking.
John has been honing his carpentry skills since high school and has been building custom homes for more than a decade. Over his career, he has worked on projects ranging from small-scale home remodels to the complete construction of large custom homes, and his keen eye and perfectionist style complement his years of experience. John first started developing his skills doing landscaping at 13 and continued to work on projects for neighbors through high school, helping him realize how much satisfaction he gets from standing back and viewing what he’s built for someone and seeing their face light up during and at the end of a project. After graduating from high school, he was working at a gas station when he met a contractor who took him on as a laborer and helped him develop into a carpenter and then into a high-end construction supervisor. John enjoys the exciting work of building custom, unique homes for each project and the connection he builds with homeowners while working with them for months at a time, and he strives to involve his clients in site meetings so they know what’s happening each week. A natural outdoor person, John enjoys fishing, walking, and hiking with his dog and girlfriend as well as attending Patriots’ games and working on his own house and yard.
As the Home Care Client Manager, Jeff addresses various client needs to make sure that they are completely satisfied throughout the construction process. He began his career in the construction industry as a laborer for DC Construction Associates and then was quickly promoted to superintendent. He then transitioned into building relationships with clients as a Business Development Manager for ServiceMaster by Gilmore before joining the FBN team. Jeff studied for a few years at various colleges, including a period where he studied business at Assumption College. He enjoys working alongside his coworkers as well as golfing with them after work, and he has embraced the FBN mantra of always doing what is right by the client’s interests no matter how difficult. Jeff works to make sure that once someone becomes an FBN client, they’ll want to stay a client for life. Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys golfing, traveling, spending time with his family and friends, supporting Boston sports teams, and going to the beach, and he supports cancer and diabetes research. He is also excited to be getting married soon.
Shalini works at FBN with the project management team to ensure the success of many ongoing projects. She attended the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, where she received a Design Excellence Award. Prior to joining the FBN team, Shalini was a Project Manager at Jill Litner Kaplan Interiors for over five years, where she provided high-end residential clients with full-service design solutions and oversaw complex construction projects through all phases. She loves the honesty, trustworthiness, and transparency of FBN as well as the fun, supportive environment, and she enjoys going on site for jobs. Shalini values preparedness and feels that thoughtful planning is important to any renovation or homeowner's decision. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to Red Sox games and concerts, and spending weekends in Portsmouth, NH. She supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Jude’s.
Greg joined the FBN team in 2013 with more than a decade of experience in the residential construction industry. He began his career working as a finish carpenter for the Miley Construction Company, then became a supervisor, and then transitioned to the office to become a project manager at FH Perry Builder before coming to FBN. Over his career, he has worked on or managed a wide range of projects in the greater Boston area, including additions, new homes, and large-scale remodeling. His extensive building knowledge combined with his ability to manage the intricacies of high-end residential construction and consistently complete projects on schedule and within budget earned him the 2015 Gold PRISM Award for Project Superintendent of the Year from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. Greg graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Art History, with a focus in architecture, and studied in the North Bennet Street School Carpentry Program. He is also EPA Lead Certified and has his Construction Supervisor’s License. Before going into construction, Greg worked in several architecture offices, and that background allows him to build and foster strong working relationships with architects and designers and help them find solutions to design challenges. Greg is excited by the opportunity to build unique projects and he enjoys working alongside and laughing with his talented, honest, and “real” colleagues in FBN’s supportive and collaborative office culture. Outside of the office, Greg likes to go mountain biking and spend time with his family, especially in his house, which he is proud to have designed and built himself.
Mike has developed and honed his carpentry skills over five decades in construction and is one of FBN’s most experienced carpenters. Over his long career, he has worked in almost every phase of carpentry, from framing to finish, and he is capable of tackling any kind of residential home remodeling or construction need with expert attention to detail. Mike began his career as a Seabee during the Vietnam War building roads, bridges and airstrips and then became a self-employed machinist and a self-employed carpenter after the war. He trained at concrete construction school and he also worked for a time as a bartender and as a certified commercial deep-sea diver. He enjoys working at FBN because there is always a new challenge with every project and the chance to use skills that he has been perfecting for most of his life. In his free time, Mike likes to go fishing relax, root for his Minnesota Vikings, and show his support for fellow veterans.
As a site superintendent, Stephen runs projects on the job site. He ensures that his team of carpenters, subcontractors, and tradesmen stick to project schedules and that the work routine continues smoothly. Before becoming a superintendent, Stephen spent years in the trade performing the exact duties that he expects his team to perform, allowing him to have a strong relationship with his crew but still hold them to high standards. Stephen attended Gordon College and then studied cabinetmaking at a trade school. He has served as a supervisor on residential construction projects for more than 20 years, most recently working for BayPoint Builders as a project superintendent. Stephen appreciates working at FBN because to him, although there is a respected hierarchy, it feels as if all members of the team are naturally equals and show the same amount of respect to their clients and subcontractors. With his years of experience managing projects, Stephen is always willing to share his opinions with architects and homeowners to help them make decisions and keep the job running smoothly. In his free time, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, reading a good book, swimming, and hiking.
Corinne was one of FBN’s earliest members and has been a key part of the office team for more than 20 years. She currently heads the company’s accounting department and oversees all day-to-day bookkeeping operations, working closely with Karen Birnbaum in this role. Corinne’s decades of experience give her unique patience and confidence to calmly and reliably tackle any challenge in the office. Corinne attended Framingham State University and Quincy College and After helping FBN grow over the course of her career, the company has become her “home away from home,” and the best part of her job is getting to work with colleagues that have become more like family members to her. In her free time, Corinne enjoys reading and supporting causes addressing veterans’ needs, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis, and she in fact originally wanted to be a sewing teacher.
Sejal manages project schedules and budgets while coordinating with FBN’s on-site teams and with homeowners. She has almost two decades of experience satisfying clients’ needs across multiple industries, earning three Star Awards for Outstanding Performance at internet service provider Excite@Home and rising to Ruby Tier Rank as a pharmaceutical salesman at GlaxoSmithKline. Sejal grew up in California and earned her Bachelors degree in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley. Before joining the FBN team, she worked as a project manager at Next Step Living, Inc. Sejal strives to help homeowners understand the renovation process and address their concerns to minimize stress. She enjoys being in a caring and cooperative environment at FBN and appreciates that it is “not the stereotypical contractor.” The best part of her job is facing down daily challenges and leaving clients happy and satisfied at the end of a project. Sejal enjoys travelling, yoga, and spending time with her family and friends, and she supports causes addressing mental health and world hunger.
Regan boasts an exciting and varied resume of carpentry experiences with extensive experience in high-end production and management around the world. He started developing his carpentry expertise while growing up on a farm in southern New Zealand, earning his National Certificate in Carpentry there and building his first house at the age of 21. He went on to build a fully off-the-grid, self-sufficient vacation home near the Able Tasman National Park in New Zealand and won multiple New Zealand House of the Year awards while running high-end projects for InHaus, a construction company based in Nelson, New Zealand, building on some of the country’s most desirable coastal properties. Regan also helped build boats for two editions of the around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race and built racing yachts in Valencia, Spain. In addition, he spent three years living in and travelling through South America. Coming from an international background and having so many diverse construction experiences allows Regan to quickly adapt to the demands of any challenging situation or project, and he enjoys continuing to learn new skills in new environments and solving difficult problems on the job site. He also appreciates the wide array of jobs that FBN tackles and how they all have the common element of high-end finishing. Outside of work, Regan spends time with his wife and son, plays golf, and builds new things for his house, and he is passionate about green and sustainable building.
Dan works in the FBN office coordinating with the other project managers, clients, and designers to plan projects and keep them running smoothly. His ability to listen to clients’ needs and concerns and incorporate them into project planning and management makes him particularly effective. Dan enjoys problem solving with his team and appreciates having a well-coordinated group to work with. Outside of the office, Dan is an avid Patriots fan and sports enthusiast, and he has volunteered for the Special Olympics.
Dave has spent a large share of his 17 years of remodeling experience overseeing day-to-day operations on job sites. Prior to joining the FBN team, he founded and ran his own remodeling business where he maintained a 96% customer satisfaction rate as reported by Guild Quality Surveys. Dave graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Clemson University and then earned a Masters degree in Education from Wheaton College. He is also a Licensed Construction Supervisor. After running his remodeling business, he also served as a site supervisor at Landmark Services, Inc. But Dave particularly enjoys FBN’s business model, centered around establishing trust with their clients with an emphasis on doing the right thing at every step of the process. Recognizing that clients are generally more satisfied when they’re involved in the process, he tries to keep communication open with clients and include them in decision-making. Dave is happiest when projects are humming along, but also when he can walk away from a site knowing the project was built well. At home, Dave enjoys spending time with his three young children and playing the piano, and he supports programs for at-risk youth.
James brings decades of carpentry experience to his role as a Lead Carpenter at FBN. Prior to joining the FBN team, he started and managed his own contracting business, meticulouskitchens.com, for over 20 years. While heading the company, he maintained a reputation for connecting well with his clients on both a personal and a professional level. After graduating from high school, James earned a degree in business management from Tallahassee Community College and completed a continuing education program in real estate with Lee Real Estate. He also attended classes on Boston history through the Harvard Extension School and attended the Peterson School, where he studied light plumbing, HVAC, and electrical engineering while he worked for the Equity Office at Rowes Wharf. James is excited to be able to work on a wide range of interesting projects with some of the best people in the industry as part of the FBN team, and he enjoys the freedom he has to be creative in his carpentry. He strives to build trust with homeowners so there can always be effective, two-way communication to keep projects running smoothly. Apart from carpentry, James enjoys spending time with his daughter, paddleboarding, surfing, biking, building and riding motorcycles, and supporting the Patriots and the Red Sox as a member of one of the best sports communities in the country.
Charlene handles a variety of administrative responsibilities for FBN’s Home Care Division, assisting in intake, scheduling, and project tracking. Last year, the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston recognized her work with the Silver PRISM Award for being the Most Valuable Team Player. She brings more than three decades worth of organizational expertise across a variety of fields to her role at FBN, previously working as a real estate paralegal at a Boston law firm, earning the Secretary of the Year award while working at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and even serving as a certified medical assistant to a doctor early in her career. After graduating from Fontbonne Academy in Milton, MA, Charlene earned her Associate’s Degree from Aquinas Junior College before earning her Certified Legal Assistant Degree. As a proud mother herself, Charlene values the family-oriented culture of FBN and how the company tries to build strong relationships with each client and make sure they are completely satisfied with FBN’s work. She lives by the motto “treat others the way you want to be treated,” so satisfying clients genuinely pleases her. Outside of work, Charlene enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, reading, listening to music, and relaxing at the beach, and she is passionate about child welfare.
Marc brings a full career’s worth of construction expertise to his role as Vice President and site supervisor. Marc founded Woodbourne Builders Inc., a residential renovation company in the Boston area, with his lifelong friend Peter Griffin, and the two experienced builders ran the company for 31 years before they both joined FBN’s team. While he and Peter helmed Woodbourne, the two won numerous awards for their work, including five Contractor of the Year awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry—for the Best Exterior of 2010, the Best Historic Renovation of 2010, the Best Interior of 2010, the Best Bathroom of 2012, and the Best Commercial Project of 2012—and the 2014 Remodeler of the Year Award from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. After graduating from Boston Technical High School, Marc studied Building Construction Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is excited to be “not just an employee but a part of the FBN family,” and he loves working with talented colleagues and team players on the job site and in the office. Even after such a long career, Marc still gets most of the satisfaction from his job when he sees his customers happy at the end of a project. Besides that, he is happiest when he’s hiking, biking, golfing, or skiing, and he is an avid chess player and supporter of the Wounded Warriors Project.
Wayne has more than 30 years of experience in the residential construction industry, with much of that spent in his current role as site superintendent running day-to-day operations on job sites. Before joining FBN, he worked for another high-end custom home builder in the Boston area for 11 years and ran his own building company for 10 years. Wayne got into carpentry right after high school, and of all the experiences he has had in construction since then, he has enjoyed being a member of FBN’s close-knit and cooperative team the most. His attitude when it comes to helping clients figure out how to achieve their vision is, “let me know whatever it is you need and I will make it happen.” Off the job site, Wayne enjoys working on his own house, vacationing with his family, and supporting environmental causes, and he speaks French after growing up learning French before English.
Kevin has been part of the FBN team for 18 years and has handled several responsibilities and worked on various kinds of projects. His ability to frequently complete projects ahead of schedule and under budget earned him the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston’s Silver PRISM Award for Site Superintendent of the Year in 2015. Kevin began developing his carpentry skills at his high school in Lowell and has been honing them ever since then. Over his career, he has worked with a diverse clientele and he enjoys getting to know each client to understand their vision for their home. Kevin also enjoys being a part of the FBN family and bonding with his colleagues at the company golf tournament and the annual Christmas Party. When he’s not on the job site, Kevin likes to play golf, spend time with his family, and work on his own home.
Stephen has played a number of roles over the course of his 16 years on the FBN team. He manages day-to-day operations and scheduling as a site superintendent and onsite coordinator and he also works in both rough and finish carpentry tasks. His fine carpentry skills, attention to detail, and project management have won him several PRISM awards, most recently garnering the 2014 Silver PRISM Award for Superintendent of the Year from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston. After graduating from Exeter High School in Exeter, NH, Stephen was fortunate to get his start learning “old school” techniques from an experienced group of carpenters who taught him how to use the finest wood species to fabricate custom doors and windows and do architectural carving and millwork. His extensive carpentry expertise allows him and his team to handle any type of job or punch list, from minor residential maintenance up to the construction of large, high-end estates. Stephen appreciates the sense of camaraderie shared throughout each project not just among our team members but also with our subcontractors, designers, architects, and homeowners as well as they all work together to achieve a common goal. When he’s not honing his carpentry skills, Stephen enjoys organic gardening, reading about Native American cultural studies, and using drawing and writing as a creative outlet. He’s also an ardent supporter clean air, water, and food, and he’s been known to attend protests in support of these causes.
As a site superintendent Tim’s work ranges from small services, to warranty work, to long-term projects. He contributes wherever he's most needed at the moment. As early as high school, Tim started working in the trades, learning all he now knows from four decades of experience in remodeling and repairs. He's worked both as an independent general contractor and an employed lead carpenter in Massachusetts in previous years. Additionally, he's held positions as an officer in the fire service and as an EMT in Medford, MA. These opportunities to serve his community are points of pride for Tim, and they've lead to commendations for service and extraordinary actions from both the Medford Fire Dept and the Medford City Council, along with the MA House of Representatives. Tim's favorite thing about his position at FBN is being a part of a talented and constructive group of people. He enjoys listening to the expertise and shared stories of old timers within the company. FBN's community, confidence, and priority placed on their customers are facets of the company that hold significant importance for Tim. He is a big believer in the importance of finding the positive in every moment and constantly being of service to those around you. Tim built his dream vacation home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for his family some time ago. He enjoys fly fishing, hiking, long motorcycle rides, and time with friends and family around the campfire. For Tim, the greatest moments in life are around those he holds dear. He enjoys helping homeowners' own dreams come true in the same way that building his own vacation home was a dream fulfilled for his family.
Matt first forayed into construction by founding his own construction company straight out of college. Matt operated that company for 13 years before joining the FBN team. With this significant experience in construction, leadership, and individual responsibility, Matt makes an excellent project manager. A notable accomplishment of his is that he built the first LEED-H* multi-family home in the U.S. Sustainability and the environment are causes close to Matt’s heart. Matt’s favorite thing about working with FBN is being able to engage with people and focus on building spectacular projects for his clients. The greatest joy of his position comes from personally delivering excellence for all FBN customers, in both the final result and the journey to get there. The biggest piece of advice he offers to homeowners is to find a builder who you truly trust. The process of your project needs to be comfortable and enjoyable for you, not just the final result. Matt graduated from Connecticut College in 2001 with a BA in Comparative Religious Studies. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs, playing golf, and getting outside. His dream home has modern lines, lots of windows, and bold accenting. *LEED Certification is a globally-recognized symbol of sustainability in construction.