HERM BASSIN – is the founder and President of HBA Contractors, Inc. He holds a Masters Degree in Structures from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He has been in the construction and real estate development field for over forty years, primarily for industrial, commercial, residential and marine work. As President and General Manager of a group of consulting and general contracting companies, he has constructed hotels, single, multi-family and high rise residential developments, shopping centers, marine structures, and industrial, manufacturing and co-generation plants. He has also provided Construction Management services for mid-town high-rise buildings and uptown building renovations in New York City. His experience is both domestic and foreign, with first-hand and fully bilingual knowledge of the Caribbean, having resided for more than thirty years in Puerto Rico. In addition to many residential contracts, Mr. Bassin has built projects for major pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and retailers, international hotel chains, the Ports Authority of Puerto Rico, the City of San Juan and the U.S. Navy, with projects ranging in size up to $40 million.
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in what ever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both.
– Zen Buddhist text
ZEV BASSIN – is Vice President of HBA Contractors, Inc., in charge of sales and finance management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Florida Atlantic University and has 20 years of experience in banking, international sales and marketing. He also supervises bidding, planning and purchasing.
MARCOS CALZADILLA, P.E. – is HBA’s Chief Engineer and General Manager of Projects, with a Masters of Science in Engineering from the University of Texas. He is qualified by the Corps of Engineers as a CQC. He has extensive experience on multi-million dollar projects in Florida and Puerto Rico in Structural Design, General Contracting, Real Estate Development and Construction Management, and holds a supervisory role on all HBA construction projects.
Senior Project Manager
JOEL MARRERO – is HBA’s Senior Project Manager, with a degree in Architecture from Central University in Cuba, and postgraduate work in construction management and landscaping. He achieved extensive construction experience in South America and PR before joining HBA over ten years ago. In addition to management duties, he coordinates drawings and submittals and is client liaison for technical issues.
Manager of Mechanical Work
JOSE PACHECO – is HBA’s Manager of Mechanical Work, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UPR-Mayaguez and additional studies in Business Management. He has over 20 years of experience in design and construction of mechanical systems, including instrumentation and controls. He supervises mechanical subcontractors, oversees mechanical work warranties and serves as CQC on various projects.
CARLOS MIRANDA, A.I.A. – is HBA’s in-house Architect. He holds an M.S. of Architecture and a B.S. in Environmental Design from the University of Puerto Rico, and is a professor of Architecture at the Polytechnic University. Mr. Miranda has been a licensed Architect for over 20 years, with esteemed experience in both the Caribbean and the United States. He is also a Certified Construction Document Specialist, and is CQC for HBA’s Plaza Convalecencia project for the City of San Juan.
GUALBERTO ORTIZ – is Project Manager, with three years of Civil Engineering at the University of Miami and over fifteen years of experience in the construction industry. He specializes in interior finishes, civil and architectural work and is a Quality Control Manager qualified by the US Navy and the Army Corp of Engineers. He is also certified in Safety by OSHA and Dept. of the Navy and is in charge of preparing HBA Project Safety Plans and Schedules.
OLGA VAZQUEZ – is Project Manager, and an Engineering graduate of the Polytechnic University of P.R. She has over ten years of experience in the industry including site, bridge, roads and school construction. She has notable expertise in construction estimating, planning and scheduling.
CARMEN LEON – is an Assistant Estimator with a B. S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus. She is a recent graduate and acts as site clerk in addition to her estimating duties.
Assistant Project Manager
RACHEL DANAS – is Assistant Project Manager, with a degree in Civil Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and a B.S. in Management from the University of Phoenix. She has extensive experience in preparation of submittals and bid documents and provides support to the purchasing and the estimating departments, including verifying compliance, permits and Agency endorsements.
MARGARITA LOPEZ – is Chief Accountant, educated at Sacred Heart University with 24 years of experience in the construction industry. She also oversees HBA’s written procedures and is supervising office manager.
Assistant to the Chief Accountant
ELSIE PEDRAZA – is assistant to the Chief Accountant, with a B.S. in Commercial Administration from InterAmerican University. She is in charge of Accounts Payable.
Head of Purchasing & Expediting
JOSE A. RIVERA – is head of Purchasing & Expediting and is Government Agency liaison, with a degree in Business Administration from Metropolitan University. He has over fifteen years of experience in management of construction materials and architectural products, with special expertise in aluminum and glass, doors and hardware.
JAIME RODRIGUEZ – is General Superintendent, with over twenty years of experience in the construction of schools, industrial buildings, shopping malls and multi-story concrete structures. His is expert in site development, steel structures, pre-cast concrete and interior finishes.
EFRAIN AYALA – is a General Superintendent with twenty-one years of experience in all types of construction. His major expertise is in concrete work, structural steel and architectural finishes.
FELIX HERNANDEZ – is a Superintendent with forty two years experience in general construction work including earth movement. He has vast experience in carpentry.