UBS—An Innovative and Expert Team
Kevin O'Callaghan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
After graduating from Trinity College, Kevin began his career in 1983 with HRH Construction and subsequently Hunter Partners. He joined UBS in 1986 and became President and CEO in 1991. Under Kevin’s leadership, UBS opened offices in Washington, D.C., Canada, and the U.K. His most memorable projects include the AOL Time Warner Headquarters N.Y.C., The Washington Monument, St. Patricks Cathedral, and Grand Central Terminal.
Chris Evans, President, Chief Operations Officer, Professional Engineer
Chris has worked in the construction industry for over 25 years, beginning his career with Aluma Systems in 1989 before joining UBS in 2000. He oversees the daily operations of the company and is involved with corporate, field, and yard operations. Chris holds degrees from the University of British Columbia and Columbia University, and is a registered Professional Engineer.
Jacques Donovan, Vice President of Fabrication
Jacques started with UBS in 1987, overseeing fabrication and purchasing of all equipment and materials for the company. Mr. Donovan also runs the UBS Red Hook, NY Yard, managing inventory, the fleet and DOT requirements. Mr. Donovan studied Drawing at SUNY-Dutchess and completed a 5-year apprenticeship with Federal Products in machining and fabrication.
John J. Arvonio, CPA, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
John joined UBS in 2015 and serves as Chief Financial Officer, directing all of the company’s accounting and finance functions. John has over 30 years of accounting experience, including four years with Ernst & Young. Prior to joining UBS, John was an original founding member of Intervest National Bank and served as the bank’s Chief Financial and Accounting Officer for 17 years. John is a graduate of Iona College’s Hagan School of Business and is a New York State Certified Public Accountant.
Nizar Danial, Vice President, Engineering Manager, Professional Engineer
Nizar has worked in the engineering and construction industry for over 20 years beginning his career with Thornton Tomasetti before joining UBS in 2011 as in-house Engineering Manager. He is responsible for design, calculations, details, permits, inspections, and sign-offs on all projects. Nizar holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College. Nizar is a registered Professional Engineer in eight states.
John Curry, National Sales Representative
John has worked in the construction industry for over 35 years. Throughout those years he has held positions from Journeyman, Foreman, General Foreman and Operations Manager. His responsibilities ranged from recruitment, training, and development of all field personnel, resolution of jobsite design issues, as well as safety and coordination of personnel and material on all projects. John is a Certified Rigging Instructor, supervising projects from inception to completion including the Washington Monument, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Terminal, and Union Station. Moving forward in 2019 John will be working in various markets throughout the US to promote UBS Hoisting and Access Solutions on a National level.
Luiz Espinoza, General Foreman
Luis Espinoza joined UBS in 2007 and rose to General Foreman status in 2015. He is responsible for supervising the safety of the New York field workers as well as organizing daily scheduling of crews and deliveries. Luis is a certified rigger with 14 years of experience in the construction industry.
Bridget Cicero, Project Administrator
Bridget joined Universal Builders in 1988, and has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. Bridget handles all the administrative and office needs for the Construction Division, supervises and assists with field personnel, obtains all necessary permits with NYC Department of Buildings, acts as the insurance liason, and manages customer service. Bridget holds a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College.
John Evans, Project Manager
John has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years beginning his career in Toronto, Canada in 1987. John has specialized in Project Management within various industrial markets including Petrochemical, Offshore and Shipbuilding. UBS Canada was launched in 2012, with John overseeing all aspects of the Canadian office’s operations as President since its inception. UBS Canada services the Industrial and Petrochemical marketplace in Alberta, Canada.