PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC has announced three appointments to its Iselin, NJ office team.
Lisa Vickers-Walwyn has joined as a project administrator, and Vincent DeCaro is employed as a project manager, the company says. As well, Danielle Stafford has been hired as office manager and project administrator.
Vickers-Walwyn has more than 20 years of experience in project support and office administration and brings a people-first, positive mindset and results-driven attitude to PREMIER.
“I’m excited to contribute my talent and expertise to a true leader in the industry. This opportunity allows me to leverage my experience to help facilitate PREMIER’s distinctive project delivery system and 24/7 dedication to their clients,” she said. “It’s refreshing to work for a company that takes a contemporary and individualized approach to each of their clients’ projects.”
She spent her career earning increased responsibility and respect as a resourceful teammate who interacts well with clients, executives, project managers and colleagues. She developed a keen eye for spotting efficiencies in the role of office manager, and supervised adherence to OSHA standards, project and office protocol. She has been in charge of project management scheduling and helped teams manage estimates and collections.
Vickers-Walwyn has helped maintain subcontractor/vendor lists and pre-qualifications, weekly submittals, RFIs and invoices. Her office management responsibilities have included general administration, office vendor coordination, scheduling meetings and maintaining project databases. She has prepared construction documentation and permits as well.
As a project administrator for PREMIER, Vicker’s-Walwyn fulfills front office duties and assists project managers with many aspects of the administrative tasks. She confirms all subcontractor licenses are current, maintains and updates bid lists, start-up and closeout documentation.
“Lisa helps promote progress at every milestone for our Northeast team. She gets things done for our clients and associates,” says PREMIER executive vice-president Alec Zocher. “She is a great addition to the PREMIER team and we are fortunate to have her with us.”
Vickers-Walwyn grew up in New Jersey and has a true affinity for the Garden State. She has a Microsoft Project certificate from Rutgers University and a Small Business Administration certificate from Middlesex County College.
Meanwhile, Vincent DeCaro has PREMIER as a project manager in the New Jersey office. He is a true leader and motivated professional who is dedicated to clients. He is productive, inspires his teams and believes that innovation drives better results. In short, DeCaro is a true credit to his home state of New Jersey.
“I am incredibly excited about joining the PREMIER team,” says DeCaro. “To be the best, I have to work for the best, and that’s exactly what PREMIER is all about.”
DeCaro oversees all aspects of the construction process including bidding, budgeting, scheduling, subcontract administration, financial management and closeouts for PREMIER projects. He utilizes his problem-solving abilities to navigate obstacles and work directly with consultants, subcontractors and field superintendents to direct activities.
DeCaro migrated into a project management role after serving as a business manager in commercial real estate for a leading financial institution. Subsequently, he took a position as a project manager at a prominent construction company in New Jersey where he built strong relationships with clients, architects, engineers and subcontractors and was responsible for all aspects of project delivery.
DeCaro honed his leadership skills as a member of the United States Navy deployed in Afghanistan and Africa. As a Navy Seabee, he analyzed, planned and estimated construction projects for the Department of Defense. He led multiple teams on the ground in building and security operations, provided tactical and technical guidance and professional support for personnel across several countries. He earned several commendations for his service with the military.
“Vince is a patriot and a leader,” says Zocher. “His discipline, dedication and spirit of innovation will pay dividends for our clients. We are proud to have him with us.”
Recently, DeCaro earned a business degree and graduated summa cum laude from Rider University. Commendations he received while in the military include the Joint Service Achievement, NATO, and good conduct medals.
In the third appointment, Danielle Stafford will work closely with peers, project managers, superintendents and executives to keep the New Jersey office running smoothly as office manager and project administrator. She has nearly 10 years of experience in project support and office administration and brings great enthusiasm to PREMIER.
“I knew PREMIER was the right place for me when I met with the team,” says Stafford. “There’s a culture here of absolute dedication to clients and pride in what they do—it’s exactly the right environment for me.”
Stafford began her career in the competitive New Jersey construction industry working for a top contractor, overseeing presentations and bids. She acquired experience in a financial institution as well where she maintained employee licenses and schedules. Stafford arranged appointments and meetings, submitted expense reports, maintained office inventory and supported the accounts receivable department.
She most recently served as an office manager and project coordinator for a leading design and construction firm in Westfield, New Jersey. While there, she supervised payroll, benefits information, paid time off and expense reports. Stafford coordinated onboarding and training for employees and upper management, administered the assembly of company and project information for business owners and lent a hand in the development of new company branding.
At PREMIER, Stafford handles her day-to-day office functions with a positive, problem-solving approach with everything from welcoming guests, developing positive relationships, maintaining consistency with office procedures and helping teams prepare important documentation. She sees to it that the office space is well organized, professional and welcoming to employees and visitors alike. Additionally, she provides administrative support to project managers from the initial stages of planning to project closeout. Stafford is most fulfilled when she is helping teams meet deadlines and promoting progress along the way.
“Danielle has the experience and vitality to help our Northeast team succeed,” says Zocher. “She knows what it takes to keep projects moving forward, while keeping protocol on track. We’re excited to have her on the team.”
Stafford grew up in New Jersey and has a true affinity for the Garden State. She is currently working toward a degree in business.
PREMIER Design + Build Group, LLC is a full-service design + build firm specializing in industrial, medical, commercial and adaptive re-use projects.
The company handles small tenant improvements to large-scale new construction developments and provide due diligence, full construction and out-sourced design services. It has completed LEED Gold and Silver projects, and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council.