Hillis Group Mangement Team

Michael Hillis, President

Michael founded The Hillis Group, LLC in November of 2004 in response to the need for a utility focused restoration/civil contractor in the tri-state area.  As president Michael is responsible for carrying out The Hillis Group’s mission of building relationships and developing repeat business with a can-do attitude and the willingness to tackle any project.  His expertise in all aspects of the construction industry, from preconstruction to delivery, is predicated on one important goal, client satisfaction.  Michael has always been a leader who is very involved in the day to day operations and makes sure that every job gets the attention to detail that ensures success at the highest level.

Jennifer Hillis, Vice President

Jennifer Hillis is the Co-founder of The Hillis Group, LLC.  Jennifer oversees the day to day operations to support the growth and add to the bottom line of the organization by focusing on strategic planning and goal setting.  Jennifer directs the internal operations of the company in support of its goals by measuring progress and adjusting processes accordingly.

Jim Ciminelli

Jim’s career began 25 years ago in the financial industry in New York City. Jim earned his CPA while working at Ernst & Young, a Big Six accounting firm. He earned his MBA from Fordham University while working for Deutsche Bank in the Structured Finance Group. Jim served for ten years as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for a Lehigh Valley based multinational manufacturer with $30 million in revenues, over 100 employees, three manufacturing plants, and presence in all fifty states. Most recently, Jim Ciminelli performed corporate finance and strategic advisory services to clients in a variety of industries with revenues ranging from $5 to $75 million. 

Brett Ehasz- General Manager

Brett Ehasz joined The Hillis Group team in 2005 and has journeyed through the ranks proving to be a valuable asset and a very capable Operations Director.  Brett brings his vast field experience to the management team.  He began his career at The Hillis Group as an experienced Operator with an advanced knowledge of field work and progressed into a Foreman position in 2007.  Brett excels at running projects and directing crews.  Brett’s ability to run multiple crews and meet project deadlines and client expectations every time; and his knowledge, experience, and work ethic, provide a winning combination for the company.

Tim Phalen, Senior Project Manager

As Project Manager, Tim is directly responsible for successful completion of all construction projects to meet and often exceed our client’s expectations.  Prior to joining The Hillis Group, Tim had worked in the construction industry for nearly 32 years, overseeing projects involving the construction of waste water treatment plants, bridges, and various industrial and commercial projects.  Tim has extensive experience in estimating, scheduling, project management, and site supervision.  Tim has vast experience in all phases of concrete construction and site development and has proven his leadership and analytical skills while functioning as the liaison between field personnel, construction managers, Architects, Engineers, and Owners.

Ana Guzman, Project Manager

Ana Guzman, EIT, brings over 8 years of construction experience to her role as Project Manager. She is responsible for overseeing multiple construction projects from the proposal stage to project completion. Ana is a results driven and detail oriented PM that has proven ability to lead personnel to successful project completion while exceeding client expectations.  Prior to The Hillis Group, Ana managed the construction of wastewater treatment plants, sewer systems, water mains, mechanical systems , architectural precast concrete, and various commercial projects. She also possesses extensive knowledge associated with municipal permits, building code compliance, special inspections and Certificates of Occupancy. Ana holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University.

Jason Costantino- Director of Operations

  • Billy Adams

  • Greg Kunes

  • Ana Guzman

  • Carolann Phalen

Sam Brockman, Safety Manager

Thirty years’ experience in Industry and Construction Jobsite Safety including:

  • Developing and Managing Safety Programs
  • Employee training
  • Supervisor and Manager training
  • Incident/accident/near miss investigations.
  • Conducting JHA’s, JSA’s, and Hazard Identification.
  • Producing safety procedures and policy’s.
  • Qualified in Chemical Plant Safety and Security through Rutgers University, NJ.
  • 12 year OSHA Outreach Trainer for General Industry and Construction, instructing OSHA 10 and 30 hour safety classes.
  • Member of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Wade Burnhauser, Superintendent

Wade joined the team in 2004 with a previous 15 years of construction and Operator experience. As Superintendent, his role demands an ever increasing level of professionalism and competence in a wide variety of areas. Wade is an expert in every department and oversees the Restoration, Clearing, Carpentry, Demolition, and Cellular Communications divisions. Wade is a strong leader and places emphasis on maintaining high morale amongst team members and customers. Wade is an expert at making quick, accurate, and solid decisions that on-the-job projects demand. As superintendent he is instrumental during project implementation and seeing projects through to successful completion. He is well liked and often requested by our customers because he demonstrates a strong work ethic, he has a diplomatic approach, solves problems competently, manages with a team-work spirit, and importantly, he is particularly responsive to our customers’ needs.

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