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Leadership Team

At Shapiro & Duncan, we have more than 350 talented and knowledgeable industry professionals who take pride in their ability to leverage the latest in computer hardware and software, advanced fabrication equipment and the technology tools of the trade to maximize infrastructure life cycle and return-on-investment for clients. Guiding this dedicated group are the members of the Shapiro & Duncan Leadership Team:

  • Jerry Shapiro President
  • Sheldon Shapiro Chief Executive Officer
  • Amanda Raman Chief Financial Officer
  • Dave Holmes Director of Finance
  • Mark Drury Vice President of Business Development
  • Charlie Ayres Vice President of Service and Special Projects
  • Ron Churchey Vice President of Construction
  • Sarah Mueller Director of Human Resources, SHRM-SCP
  • John Main Director of Estimating
  • John Wildasin CPP, CPPM
  • Joseph Canter Director of Field Operations
  • Chris Canter Director of Virtual Design Construction and Fabrication
  • Justin Poka IT Manager

Jerry Shapiro became President of Shapiro & Duncan in 1993, after mastering the economics of the mechanical contracting business as a member of our estimating team from 1978 to 1993. As President, Jerry oversees business development activities as well as operations of the Service, Design Build and Estimating Departments. He also reviews and approves final bids and job cost budgets. In addition, he takes a lead role in communication with subcontractors, vendors and general contractors. Jerry has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shapiro & Duncan since 2008, Sheldon Shapiro guides the future of the company through his promotion and leadership training, professional development, team building and outreach activities. In addition, he oversees operations of the Accounting and Construction Departments. Sheldon began his career at Shapiro & Duncan as a field apprentice in 1983 and rose through the ranks as Project Manager, Director of Operations and Vice President/Project Executive. Sheldon has a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Amanda Raman was promoted to Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in early 2016. Amanda’s responsibilities include the production of financial statements, financial planning and budgeting, preparation for annual audits and ad hoc financial analysis to guide both strategic planning and tactical decisions. She currently manages the company’s payroll ,accounting and job cost analysis teams. Prior to her promotion, she served as the company’s controller for three and a half years and focused on organizational restructuring and development of internal controls. Amanda draws on 13 years of experience in financial reporting and analysis, organizational development and strategic planning both within the U.S. and internationally. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA in Financial Management from George Mason University. In addition, she is a Maryland-licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and successfully passed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) series of exams.

Dave Holmes, our Chief Financial Officer since 2002, has more than 30 years of progressive construction accounting experience providing financial statement preparation, budgeting, contract and lease administration, financial forecasting, and cost/risk analysis. Reporting directly to the CEO, Dave oversees all accounting systems and internal control procedures, production/distribution of monthly financials, and preparation/updating of the company’s annual budget. He also directs the annual financial audit. In addition, he maintains the company’s banking and borrowing relationships. Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Maryland.

Our Vice President of Business Development, Mark Drury, draws on more than 35 years of experience in construction management. His wide-ranging oversight responsibilities include corporate development, contracts negotiation/management, construction management and material purchases, project coordination/scheduling, project management operations/staffing, and production of marketing and sales materials. Mark serves on the Board of ABC Metro, is a LEED AP and Designated Design Build Professional. He completed his undergrad studies in History at Shepherd University and graduate coursework at Princeton and Clemson Universities.

As Vice President of Service and Special Projects, Charlie Ayres has led both teams since their inception and under his leadership they have grown to combined revenue of $7M. In Special Projects, Charlie directs our project managers, who not only manage their assigned projects but also participate in the sales process, and estimates. He also coaches and oversees the service manager and the Service Department, with a focus on developing sales strategies and supporting customer relationship management. Charlie graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Ron Churchey, our Vice President of Construction since 2010, plays a critically important role on the leadership team by ensuring all projects are completed on time, within budget and in accordance with Shapiro & Duncan’s quality standards. He has guided our project management teams, Planning and Field Operations to successful completion of high-rise residential, office, government/military, school, hospital and hotel construction projects. In addition to developing and updating project management strategies, policies and procedures, he also assists the Estimating Department in reviewing and analyzing bid proposals and vendor/subcontractor qualifications. He is LEED AP certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Sarah Mueller graduated from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) with a B.S. in Human Resources and began her career with the company in 2001 as a HR/Education Coordinator. In 2007, Sarah was promoted to HR/Education Manager. As director, she develops recruiting and retention strategies; designs and administers compensation and benefit programs; manages various aspects of legal compliance; handles employee relations matters; and is actively involved in a variety of aspects of risk management. As part of her role, Sarah oversees our Safety Department and serves as the EEO/Affirmative Action Officer, Ethics Officer and Plan Administrator for Shapiro & Duncan’s benefit plans. Sarah also obtained her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM-CP.

John Main brings more than 20 years of experience in the mechanical contracting trades to his role as Director of Estimating. His supervisory responsibilities include decisions on what projects to bid, reviewing bid schedules, helping estimators select subcontractors and equipment vendors, communicating with subcontractors and vendors prior to bid submission, negotiating prices with subcontractors and vendors, and supervising job turnover to our project management teams. Holder of numerous HVAC-related licenses and certifications, John is a graduate of Rapport Leadership Core Training.

As Director of Purchasing since 2004, John Wildasin supervises a staff of professional purchasing agents. He oversees procurement of fixtures, drains, water heaters, rough material, vehicles, equipment and tools as well as purchases for new construction, for special projects and for the HVAC Service & Controls divisions. He also assists in submittal and review processes for all jobs, and in preparation of operations and maintenance (O&M) manuals. In addition, John directs building maintenance at our Rockville headquarters, is responsible for all company cell phones and prepares vehicle and fuel usage reports. In 2012, he also became the IT Director. He ensures compliance with the company’s IT security procedures, evaluates and proposes hardware and
software upgrades, and supervises “help desk” operations. John holds certifications from the American Purchasing Society and is a Certified Purchasing Professional and Certified Professional Purchasing Manager. John earned his BBA in Business Management from Radford University.

Joseph Canter, a plumber/gas fitter Journeyman licensed professional, joined Shapiro & Duncan in 1994 as Superintendent and became our Director of Field Operations in 2003. He maintains the Construction Department schedule which includes manpower, coordinated drawings and fabrication. He makes decisions on scheduling foremen, labor and equipment and assists project managers with short- and long-term labor projections. He also ensures that pre-fabrication is being implemented on all projects. In addition, he manages quality control personnel in fabrication, helps maintain safety policies and procedures, and resolves customer concerns regarding field operations in a timely, efficient and cost effective manner.

Chris Canter holds an A.S.in Applied Science CAD/CADD Drafting from Chesapeake College and certifications in Autodesk Fabrication MEP, Revit & Navisworks. He started his career as a welders apprentice working on large commercial HVAC Piping systems. In 1999, Chris moved into a Pipe Fabrication Designer role. As the company continued to grow, a larger facility was needed. In 2007, Shapiro & Duncan’s fabrication shop was moved to Landover, MD and the Virtual Design/Planning department was added. Chris managed and grew a team of VDC Coordinators for six years before his promotion in 2016 as Director of Virtual Design and Fabrication. Chris works closely with the Vice President of Construction, Production Managers and Project Managers to understand upcoming workload; and provide input and recommendations for VDC and Fabrication support on all projects. In addition, he works with the Fabrication Manager, Sr. Quality Control Manager and Tool/Warehouse Manager to implement efficiencies and help balance daily work with overall capacity.

Justin Poka was promoted to IT Manager in 2012. He ensures that cost-efficient IT systems are in place and in align with corporate strategic objectives. He makes certain that all systems, software, and networks are secure and that end-users needs are served. Justin also works directly under John Wildasin, Director of Purchasing and IT, and with various consultants to advise and coordinate the acquisition, upgrade and repair of major computer hardware and software. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Ekiti State University.