Lia Benevides VP Of Finance

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Joshua Arruda VP of Operations

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Doug Fingliss VP of IT/MIS

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Allisha Jacyszyn Project Manager

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Tamarah White Project Manager

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Neil Swift Residential

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Ginger Barron Project Manager

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Nicole Dame Controller

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Blaise Erker Project Coordinator

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Tom Powers Information Technology Assistant

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James Carlson

Jim graduated from Southern Tech in 1971. While in school he began his construction career as a laborer. Over the years he advanced to foreman, superintendent, project manager, VP of Operations and Executive VP for a national based construction company. During those years he continued to attend classes and seminars on project management, client – customer – contractor partnership, quality control (project and corporate level), NAHRA inspection, multi-trade & building material seminars and OSHA.

Randy Gifford

Originally from Ohio, Randy graduated from the International Union of Operating Engineers in 1982. Over the years, he has continued his education receiving certificates from Harvard University in construction management and landscape design. Randy has worn many hats over the years, working as an Operating Engineer, Superintendent, Project Manager, and Vice President of Operations. His expertise is in coordinating and scheduling projects to complete on time and on budget. Randy holds licenses in 25 states across the country and founded Innovative Construction in 2005 with co-owner Jim Carlson.

Lia Benevides

Lia has over 20 years of experience in public and corporate accounting as well as internal auditing. A Rhode Island native, she graduated from Salve Regina University with a BS in Finance and a MS in Accounting. She began her career in public accounting through auditing not-for-profit, real estate, construction, healthcare and government agencies. Serving as the Manager of Internal Audit for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation and supporting the airport’s Board of Directors; she went on to become the Controller for a defense contractor in Middletown, Rhode Island. A Certified Fraud Examiner, she joined Innovative Construction in 2016.

Joshua Arruda

A Rhode Island native, Joshua graduated from the New England Institute of Technology in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Engineering which followed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. Joshua has worked in the construction industry since 2000 performing renovations and new construction in the residential and commercial sectors. He started his career with Innovative Construction in 2011 as a Superintendent. Joshua is consistently developing his skills along with numerous client relations as an estimator and project manager.

Doug Fingliss

Doug graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in “Business Information Systems” from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His early work experience included managing a computer services establishment to a later position with a self-service kiosk solutions company. Here he did everything from project management for large clients (including PepsiCo, the US military, the Washington Redskins, and more) to ongoing technical support to developing a product and sales channel aimed at self-service solutions for the banking industry. Eventually he left this company, becoming part owner of a technology consulting company. From this experience he then began his own technology consulting firm specializing in solutions for small to mid-sized businesses.
Throughout this consulting time he had the pleasure to work with Innovative Construction. As he continued through life he found himself spending considerable time working with ICI and their amazing team. Watching the company grow consistently, he became an employee in 2011 and, later, a full time employee. He now enjoys his time planning, deploying, and maintaining various communication and other technologies for Innovative and their family. Doug has recently decided to continue his education and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Computer Science at his alma mater.

Allisha Jacyszyn

Design and Project Management were always important to Allisha. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design. Allisha started out her career working with interior design firms that merchandised new construction single family homes, town-homes, and multi-family homes on the East Coast of the US. In 2008, Allisha started working for the largest timeshare company where she became a Project Coordinator for their Renovation Department and obtained her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. This certification helped in her use of Project Management practices and Quick-Changeover techniques to run multiple projects concurrently & synchronize project logistics; enhancing all aspects of any project. In 2015, Allisha became the Assistant Project Manager to Director of Engineering for the Orlando International Airport (OIA), Leading the Design Team selected in designing the new South Terminal C, Phase 1 for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). Allisha joined Innovative Construction December of 2017 as a Project Manager.

Tamarah White

Tamarah started her construction career working for a Construction Attorney. As her interest in the industry grew, she knew this was a career that she wanted to pursue. Over the years, she has advanced through the construction management ranks in multiple disciplines for both owners and general contractors. Much of her career has been working as an Owner’s Representative and Senior Project Manager for large hospitality and timeshare companies. In this role she has managed a multitude of projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. She is a Certified Construction Industry Technician and a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. She has held management positions for federal, state, and privately held firms and brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to Innovative Construction, Inc.

Neil Swift

A Rhode Island native, Neil owned and operated a successful general contracting company for the past 25 years, based in Warren, RI. Neil Swift Construction was a multi-faceted business, taking on a wide array of projects, including but not limited to the building of custom homes, home renovations, additions, commercial projects, and often multiple at the same time. Prior to this, he was a foreman for another local general contracting business. Outside of construction, Neil enjoys playing golf and spending time with his six children. Neil started working at Innovative Construction in February 2020.

Ginger Barron

Ginger is a 3rd generation excavator with a degree in Business Management. Before joining Innovative Construction in 2019, Ginger worked in Hospitality Resort Operations where she obtained her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Ginger continues her professional growth in Project Management through University of South Florida PMP courses, Rhode Island Builder’s Association membership classes and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training.

Nicole Dame

Nicole began her career as a Computer Programmer and Software Architect for the Pharmacy Data Warehouse at CVS Corporate. Before joining CVS corporate, she was a pharmacy technician in the stores and was hired to work on a special project that's focus was to help pharmacy operations run more smoothly and efficiently. One of the highlights working for CVS was spearheading a project working with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI to create a Beta program that would allow customers to have their monthly maintenance prescriptions automatically re-filled. She designed the Auto Refill program and how it would work. She wrote the initial code in an Access database and started out with a handful of medications. It was then tested in a few local stores and it is now a nationwide, CVS Program. Nicole then became a IT/Accounting consultant, for a national consulting firm, Supporting Strategies.

Nicole has a passion for physical fitness and nutrition and is also a Certified Personal Trainer. Nicole has her Bachelor of Science from Rhode Island College with a major in Computer Information Systems and minor in Business Management. Nicole was a consultant with ICI in 2017 and became an ICI employee in 2018.

Blaise Erker

Having a lifelong interest in mathematics, Blaise attended the University of Rhode Island graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in May 2019. Before joining Innovative Construction in September 2019, Blaise worked at the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority as an engineering intern while simultaneously waitressing at The Black Pearl in downtown Newport. With a passion for sailing inherited from her father, Blaise spends much on her warm-weather free time working on and delivering sailboats. She spends much of her cold-weathered free-time snowboarding at Killington mountain.

Tom Powers

Thomas graduated from Westfield State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems and a minor in Business Management. During his high school and college years, he worked many hands-on construction jobs from roofing to siding and flooring. Computers were always his passion so when offered a job at Innovative Construction in July 2020 with the Information Technology Department, he gladly accepted. Working here at Innovative Construction allows him to utilize his experience and knowledge while providing information technology support to the staff. Thomas played ice hockey through college and still enjoys men’s league today. With any remaining spare time, he enjoys 18 holes of golf with his father and friends.