STV|DPM Management Team
Team Builders, Facilitators & Leaders
Jim Kolb, Senior Vice President, New England Regional Director
Jim Kolb is responsible for leading the STV|DPM management group, developing key industry relationships, fostering the corporate culture and promoting client satisfaction by leveraging strategic partnerships and team assembly. He is also a key resource on issues of constructability, budgeting, scheduling, and procurement and serves as an advisor to project teams in reviewing preliminary designs, contract documents and construction delivery methods.
An industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in construction, design and project management, Jim has served as an owner’s project manager (OPM) for construction projects of varying size and complexity throughout New England. He is a skilled manager who is well-versed in project delivery methods and public construction laws and has successfully delivered new ground up buildings, major additions, interior renovations and historic preservation projects. His diverse portfolio includes Wentworth Institute of Technology’s Schumann Library and the new Center for Engineering and Innovation Sciences building; The Old Chapel restoration at UMASS Amherst, the renovation of Perry Hall at UMASS Lowell, the new Edward Brooke Charter High School, the historic renovation and addition of the Plymouth Town Hall, as well as libraries in the Towns of Reading and Foxboro Massachusetts.
Jim is a certified Green Globes Professional and a Massachusetts Certified Public Purchasing Official. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University, is the former President of the Massachusetts Building Congress and is also a frequent speaker on industry trends and procurement methods.
Phil Leonard, Vice President of Operations
Phil, vice president of operations, leads STV|DPM’s business operations and project management teams. Phil has nearly 35 years of experience in the management of business operations, capital and operating budgets, facilities, administrative systems, human resources, and project teams. During this time he has delivered over $200M in construction and renovation projects in the academic, corporate, high-tech & R&D, industrial, and lab & life sciences sectors. Former clients include Brown University, East Boston Savings Bank, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Diversified Project Management in 2000, Phil worked for a large national retail chain in the roles of facilities and administrative services manager, human resource information systems manager, business methods and procedures analyst, and space planner. Phil holds a degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Mark DuPre, Vice President
Mark brings more than 35 years of experience in architecture and construction to his role as vice president. Trained as an architect and a construction manager, Mark approaches his work on the client’s behalf from both the designer’s and owner’s perspectives, coordinating projects from conception through completion. He has represented clients’ interests across all business sectors, with a particular focus on healthcare, industrial, and academic facilities. Mark’s clients include Connecticut College, Pratt & Whitney, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Greenwich Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital, and Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. His prior experience includes roles as senior program manager at Aramark Facility Services, executive director at Medway Development Systems, and supervisory project manager at Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Services.
A veteran of the US Air Force, Mark’s education includes a BS in Industrial Technology and Construction Management from Central Connecticut State University; and an AS in Architectural Technology from Hartford State Technical College. He is a member of Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and is the Vice President for the Connecticut Chapter. He is also a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and holds the ASHE certificate for Healthcare Construction. Two of Mark’s projects have been published in Architectural Record, and he has received design awards for both new construction and historical restoration. He led the team that represented the Town of Newtown, CT in the rebuilding process of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which received eleven awards. In addition, Mark teaches Infection Control Risk Assessment and Mitigation in Healthcare for the Construction Institute, and the Construction Management Association of America. Mark has been with STV|DPM since 2006 and was promoted to Vice President in 2016.
Denise Pied, Vice President / Project Executive
Denise possesses nearly 25 years of extensive experience representing client interests on a variety of complex commercial projects in the corporate, financial services, high-technology and professional service segments. Her strong leadership skills and expertise in project budgeting, scheduling change management and workplace strategy ensure her client’s success.
Denise joined STV|DPM in 2000 as project manager and now as vice president and project executive, she has successfully delivered millions of square feet of interior fit out and move management projects. Under her stewardship, the firm has expanded its client base to include John Hancock, AutoDesk, Bose, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA, Mercury Systems, NetScout, The Predictive Index, and Nuance Communications. She specializes in the planning and execution of large-scale tenant improvement projects, focusing on Downtown Boston, its suburbs and the greater New England region. As a real estate professional prior to joining STV|DPM, Denise brings a unique perspective to the firm, allowing her to excel in client services. She is also active in overseeing STV’s internal real estate projects around the country.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, she also earned her Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management from Northeastern University. Denise is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and is currently an active member of CoreNet, a member of its Board of Directors and graduate of its Leadership 2.0 program, and Co-Board Liaison to the Education Committee.
Most recently, Denise co-founded Boston’s Real Estate COVID Consortium with director of business development, Sandra Gucciardi. The consortium is a multidiscipline industry team conducting a knowledge share of current industry best practices and due diligence around workplace design and construction requirements adapting to changes in codes and regulatory amendments in the post-COVID-19 world.
John Waitkunas, Vice President
John has served at STV|DPM for more than 20 years. He covers most industry sectors and leads STV|DPM’s high-tech & R&D, industrial, and healthcare business segments. John possesses more than 30 years of experience in construction and healthcare construction management, with an extensive background in managing out-of-the-ground and interior renovation projects totaling over $700M in value. During his tenure with STV|DPM, John has led significant accounts including Boston Medical Center, Akamai Technologies, Red Hat, NetScout, Takeda | Millennium Oncology, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Analysis Group, Eastern Bank, NESN, RSA Security and Tyco.
John routinely serves as a technical resource for both new construction and renovation projects and his depth of knowledge, leadership, staff mentoring, and client development skills have been a key part of the firm's success.
John holds an AS and BS in Building Construction Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.
Bob Gervasini, Project Executive
Bob leads STV|DPM’s project management and business development activities in Rhode Island. He works closely with the team to support existing and new clients throughout New England. His in-depth construction management experience both in the public and private sectors provide STV|DPM the foundation to continue to grow and expand its services in the region.
Prior to joining STV|DPM, Bob most recently served as director/project executive at a leading design, construction, and maintenance services provider where he spent several years overseeing the company’s largest projects and programs. Before that, he acted in several senior level positions leading large scale multi-year programs of every aspect in gaming, hospitality, restaurant, commercial, and school construction. Some of Bob’s significant clients included Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Tribal Government, Twin River Casino, New Haven Public Schools, South County Hospital, and several public school programs in Rhode Island.
The hallmark of Bob’s highly experienced career in the industry has been his commitment to building longstanding relationships with clients and promoting their best interests in every undertaking.
Steven Lacerte, Project Executive
Steve leads STV|DPM’s laboratory/life science market sector. He works closely with the team to support existing and new clients throughout Massachusetts and the greater New England region. His in-depth facilities and engineering experience, coupled with his highly developed understanding of operational support and business priorities, specifically in the drug discovery, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries, provides significant value to STV|DPM’s clients in the region.
Prior to joining STV|DPM, Steve most recently served as senior director, engineering and project controls at Sanofi/Genzyme where he spent several years providing direction in the development of campus strategy, capital program, facilities improvements, and commissioning/qualification in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). He oversaw a portfolio of more than 40 capital and expense projects for its 1.5M square-foot campus. Before that, Steve served as senior director of site engineering and facilities management at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals where he managed a portfolio of more than 30 capital and expense projects for its 800K square-foot campus.
Steve is an active member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE).
Sandra Gucciardi, Director of Business Development
Sandra is responsible for client strategy and business development initiatives in the corporate, laboratory/life science and academic business sectors for STV|DPM. She is based in Newton, MA where she assists with the strategic direction of the business and works with the firm’s leaders to develop new business and product offerings.
Sandra possesses more than 25 years of experience within the A/E/C industry. The common thread throughout her career has been developing strong relationships with various clients, business partners and colleagues.
Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and an interior design degree from Seminole College in Sanford, FL. She has her Massachusetts’ Realtor’s license and is an active member of various design and construction industry groups including; CoreNet, where she is a graduate of Leadership 2.0, the co-chair of the Education Committee, and on the Real Advantage Committee; International Facility Management Association (IFMA), where she co-chairs its Workplace Evolutionaries Boston Hub and its Membership/Engagement Committee; Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and Women in Bio (WIB). Sandra also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women in Construction’s Boston Chapter.
Most recently, Sandra co-founded Boston’s Real Estate COVID Consortium with vice president and project executive, Denise Pied. The consortium is a multidiscipline industry team conducting a knowledge share of current industry best practices and due diligence around workplace design and construction requirements adapting to changes in codes and regulatory amendments in the post-COVID-19 world.