OUR RESIDENTIAL DESIGN BUILD TEAM
Meet the leadership of our residential design build team responsible for driving the vision and ethos for Feinmann and for crafting a service organization that puts the client at its center.
From the company’s beginnings in Peter’s home in 1987, Feinmann has grown into a multi-million dollar, award-winning firm, with a staff of 20+. A leader among a new generation of design and build professionals, Peter is a nationally recognized writer and sought after speaker in the design/build industry. He is the recipient of numerous local and national awards, including the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) Contractor of the Year Award and Remodeling Magazine’s Remodeler of the Year.
Thoughtful management practices, honest communication, a team approach to every project and Peter’s emphasis on client satisfaction is why his company continues to be one of the most highly regarded design/build firms in the industry today.
Peter earned a certificate in carpentry from The North Bennet Street School in 1983. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT with a major in Philosophy. The father of two adult children, Peter has been married for 28 years. When not working, Peter enjoys hiking, yoga and traveling. Recently he has been to Cambodia and Thailand.
Barney Maier, R.A.
Barney joined the Feinmann team in 2001 where his design expertise and insight has contributed to many award-winning renovations and residential additions. His work has appeared in two recently published books: Asian Inspired Design and Contemporary Boston Architects. Barney was formerly a principal in his own Connecticut architectural firm, Maier and Giannelli, before coming to Feinmann.
Rejecting the idea of “name brand buildings,” Barney’s work is very contextual. He believes every design strives to be an inspired but sensible conversation between architect, client, building and site. “Good design skillfully arrives at a creative balance between these influences.”
Barney earned a degree in Chinese Studies from Middlebury College and holds a Masters of Architecture from UCLA. He lives in Arlington where he has coached youth soccer, baseball and wrestling. He has served on the Board of the Arlington Education Enrichment Fund, the Advisory Board of the Pierce Elementary School and the AHS Principal Search Committee. He also was instrumental in starting the Mandarin Chinese program at Arlington High School.
John Vining, LEED AP
John joins Feinmann after a 27-year career as a Project Manager at Margulies-Perruzzi Architects in Boston. Early in his career John specialized in high-end custom homes throughout the Boston area and Cape & Islands, and expanded his role into the commercial and healthcare design world. John brings a wealth of experience to Feinmann as an Architectural Designer/Developer. “I am excited to join the Feinmann team and return to my roots in high-end residential design.”
John resides in Woburn with his wife Joanne, daughter Jessica (18) and son Daniel (16). He is passionate about antique cars and works out religiously with the November Project Boston Tribe.
Joining the Feinmann design team in May 2014, Elvin Zayas-Lai is an Adjunct Professor in Interior Design at Suffolk University in Boston. He earned a Master of Arts in Interior Design at Suffolk’s New England School of Art & Design in 2011. With a strong background in graphic design, computer skills and interior architecture, Elvin brings notable experience and insight to Feinmann. He previously worked at Arrowstreet, an architecture and design firm in Somerville, and was a Project Manager and Designer at the Expo Design Center in Burlington until 2009.
When not working, Elvin enjoys gardening and going to the gym. A native of Puerto Rico, Elvin is fluent in Spanish.
Project Manager & Home Crew Manager
Tammy has been with the firm since 1993, and has more than 20 years of experience in all facets of construction. Her unflappable attitude and ability to anticipate clients’ needs embodies the company’s philosophy. Tammy has a way of keeping subcontractors and crews calm while making clients feel well cared for. Recently she has been earning certification as an Aging in Place specialist and overseeing Feinmann’s HomeCrew™ projects.
When she’s not nurturing others, Tammy cultivates her garden which boasts flowers as well as welded sculptures and other original works of art, including a cast-off toilet that Tammy reclaimed and turned into a planter.
Kyle joined the Feinmann team in October 2012 as a project manager after spending 26 years in the building industry as the owner of his own design/build firm. He brings many years of experience and skills to Feinmann clients. Kyle attended Roger Williams University for architectural engineering and graduated from Central New England College with a degree in electrical engineering. He has several certifications including lead carpenter, RRP lead, and sustainability as well as having his unrestricted construction supervisor license.
He enjoys the upfront planning of a project best “it ensures a smooth execution of the job.” He says “it takes multiple talents to do the job well, being able to understand various aspects of a project from knowing the costs to given techniques being used.”
When not working, Kyle enjoys spending time with his family. He is a member of the 4,000 Footer Club, having climbed all 48 peaks over 4,000 feet in New Hampshire. He also enjoys biking and golf.
Project Manager & Production Coordinator
Ryan Pirro joined the Feinmann team in May 2015 as a production administrator and assistant project manager. Beforecoming toFeinmann, Ryan owned Restoration Windows, a historic windows company based in Newton. He is RRP certified and has an unrestricted supervisors license. Prior to that he worked in the tool & die industry. Ryan says his favorite part of working at Feinmann is collaborating with such a great group of professionals.
Ryan is married and the father of two young boys. When not working, Ryan enjoys kayaking, fly fishing, jogging and spending time with his family.
Greg joined the Feinmann team in 2017 as a Project Manager after relocating back to New England. He brings a wealth of construction knowledge and problem-solving skills to his position with more than 20 years of experience in the residential building industry. Greg previously owned his own remodeling business in Connecticut. He has proficiency with restoration work in antique homes as well as building new homes. Greg earned an Aging in Place Certification.
A native of Connecticut, Greg graduated from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire where he majored in business. He earned an MBA from Southern Connecticut University. He became interest in remodeling with a series of fixer-upper homes. His hobby became his career. When not working, Greg enjoys spending time with his son and daughter. He has done several triathlons and enjoys bicycling, hiking and spending time outdoors.
Assistant Project Manager
Lauren joined the Feinmann team in February 2016 as an Assistant Project Manager, coming to us from Parterre Gardening Services, where she was an installation technician. She is working with both the design team and project managers. “I am quickly learning the design/build industry and enjoying the collaborative nature of Feinmann,” she says.
Lauren grew up in Wellfleet on Cape Cod and attended Plymouth State University where she majored in lighting design. Her hobbies include photography, biking and gardening.
Assistant Project Manager & Project Designer
Lori brings more than 20 years in the design industry to the Feinmann design and build team as of March 2017. Her expertise is in project design, extensive product knowledge and the selection of materials. She worked most recently as a liaison between clients and the construction team at Northland Residential Corp. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Lori majored in business and interior design. She attended Boston Architectural College and earned a certificate in Digital Design. “I am passionate about what I do and like the hands on nature of the projects at Feinmann where I can work closely with clients.”
Originally from Minnesota, Lori has lived in New England for the past two decades. When not working she loves spending time with her husband David and two children, Barrett and Ella. She enjoys traveling her daily exercising routine, skiing and seeking out great thrift stores, vintage clothing and antiques.
Another long time member of the Feinmann team, Chris celebrated 20 years with the company in February 2013. A licensed Master Carpenter, Chris is also NARI certified as a Lead Carpenter and is a licensed construction site supervisor. Chris says “the best part of the job is seeing people enjoy their new spaces.” He has enjoyed working on many award-winning projects for Feinmann through the years and appreciates Feinmann’s ongoing commitment to growth, organization and collaboration.
Chris grew up in West Acton, MA where he remains active in the community. He is the father of two children and has many hobbies outside of Feinmann, including restoring mid-year (1963-1967) Corvettes and handling sound and lighting for bands.
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Originally a native of Vietnam, “Andy” (as he is known to clients and staff) has lived in the United States for 30 years and has worked for Feinmann since 1998.His expertise is in carpentry and enjoys the finish carpentry work on Feinmann projects. “There’s a reason I’ve worked here this long,” says Andy. “I enjoy working with all of the people here.” When not on-site, Andy spends time with his family in Malden.
Before coming to Feinmann, Kevin ran his own residential custom woodworking company for 25 years. His specialty is custom staircases. He grew up Hollis, New Hampshire and built a log home in Weare several years ago. Kevin has been with Feinmann for more than four years and enjoys “doing interior trim, finish work and speaking with the clients. Seeing their joy at the end of the job makes it all worthwhile.” When not on a Feinmann project, Kevin plays acoustic guitar, putters in his woodworking shop and spends time with his two grown children and two grandchildren.
A native of North Reading, Eric has been doing carpentry for Feinmann for six years. Prior to coming to Feinmann, he framed houses and did siding jobs for 10 years. His father was also a tradesman, an ironworker, who was a member of Local 7 and worked on the Prudential Building. “My brother’s name is painted on one of the beams,” Eric says. He also enjoys seeing the Feinmann projects come together. Eric’s hobbies include skiing, canoeing and running around with his two kids.
Joining the Feinmann carpentry staff in June 2014, Kris has astrong appreciation for finish work and process management. He apprenticed with a master craftsman for five years in his home state of Connecticut before moving to Boston in 2004 where he has remodeled homes in Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline. Recently he worked for Benjamin Construction in Boston. Following a post-graduate year at Avon Old Farms, Kris attended CCSU where he studied language and business administration. Kris says that what he likes most about Feinmann is the professionalism of the people he works with and “the opportunity to provide a high level of craftsmanship and service.”
When not wielding a tool, Kris enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering. He has climbed the Matterhorn and Mt. Rainier and is currently planning his next expedition to Mt. McKinley in Alaska.
Dave came to us recently from Baystate Builders, where he had been working as a remodeler. His love for carpentry began with his father and grandfather who also enjoyed the pursuit as an avocation. Dave is a licensed building supervisor and is OSHA 10 certified. Remodeling full-time since 1995, Dave is a graduate of North Middlesex High School. He is a native of Pepperell, MA and still lives in the area. Since joining Feinmann in June 2015, Dave has become an integral part of the team. He says he enjoys his co-workers and the variety of work and clients.
He is a big Patriots football fan and enjoys canoeing in his off-time.
The newest addition to our field staff, Phil Blumberg joined the team in July 2016 after many years of working and living in New Orleans. He grew up in Pepperell, working for a local farmer and handyman in the summers. He graduated from George Washington University in D.C. Volunteering in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, Phil stayed and worked as a lead carpenter for an affordable housing developer. He is a HUD lead paint supervisor and has his certification in residential energy. He says he likes “working with the knowledgeable team at Feinmann and learning from their experience.” When not working, Phil likes to hang out with friends and family at his parent\’s cottage on Winnipesaukee, go skiing in the winter, and is earning his ultra light aircraft license.
Jean’s move back to Massachusetts in 2011 was Feinmann’s good fortune. Previously the Business Manager at a builder in Minnesota where she lived for the past two decades, Jean joinedFeinmann in 2012 andmanages the day-to-day business functions. “I love the team at Feinmann and the work we do,” Jean says. When not at her computer, Jean lives on the North Shore and enjoys sailing, cooking and reading.
The friendly voice you hear answering the Feinmann phone lines is our office administrator, Pepi. She joined the Feinmann team in March 2015 after working as the office manager at P.C. Myette in Groton for 18 months. An industrious person, Pepi also is a licensed real estate agent andmanages several sports teams for her children. She grew up in Hyannis, attended Salem State, graduating with a degree in business and sports marketing. A figure skater since the age of five, Pepi trained with Nancy Kerrigan. She is married with two children and lives in Groton.