Leadership

We always do the right thing. We do what others promise, plus… Joseph Mitchell Jr.
As president and chief executive officer, Joe has performed various roles in his Norwood career, having joined the family in 1994. His primary responsibilities are developing and executing the company’s Strategic Business Plan and providing leadership for the executive team. He excels at creating an environment where individuals continually learn and professionally grow. Joe’s construction experience, people management skills, strong work ethic, and focus on quality service are all attributes that have created highly productive leaders and mentors. Joe continues to build Norwood and a long list of loyal clients by mirroring these qualities with the company’s core values he helped establish—excellence, collaboration, integrity, and innovation. Combining Joe’s leadership efforts and the company’s creative approach, Norwood works to ensure that our clients’ visions become construction realities. Our definition of “success”! His free time is centered around family and friends. Weekends at the shore, spending time with with his wife and four daughters, is always at the top of the list.
My goal is to fully understand your thought process, to allow Norwood to provide an endless stream of options, before deciding what solution is right for your project. Eric Urbanski
Eric is a third-generation builder who joined Norwood in 2000. As an executive management team member with more than 20 years of construction industry experience, Eric collaborates with other Norwood leaders to create and execute the company’s strategic plan. He oversees all preconstruction and design technology functions, leads our suburban office practice, and assists with employee recruitment and marketing. He is an active participant in Norwood’s affiliate company, National Construction Solutions Group. By emphasizing collaboration-based, sector-specific expertise, Eric has developed lasting relationships with professionals across a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare, commercial & industrial real estate development, brokerage, and the facility design community. Eric is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania, where he holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics with an emphasis in Strategic Management. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and has completed courses in Construction Management at Drexel University. Eric is a member of the Board of Limited Jurisdiction for St. Agnes School in West Chester, PA, and he coaches several youth basketball, baseball, and softball teams.
By combining a deep immersion into our client’s goals with our core values of collaboration, innovation, integrity and excellence, Norwood delivers outstanding results time after time. Timothy Kelly
With 30 years of construction industry experience, Tim has been a member of Norwood’s executive management team for more than 20 years. In leading the company’s planning and marketing, he collaborates with other Norwood leaders to create and execute the company’s strategic plan. Tim serves as co-leader of Norwood’s Healthcare and Life Science practices and assists with preconstruction and employee recruitment. By emphasizing collaboration-based, mutually beneficial value creation, Tim has developed lasting relationships with many of Norwood’s networking partners, especially leaders in the healthcare, life science, real estate development, brokerage, and design communities. Tim is co-founder of The STEM Experiential Learning Foundation (“SELF”), a non-profit focused on bringing applied learning and career awareness in STEM to high school and middle school students, prioritizing underserved and at-risk communities. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University, where he holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a founding member of their chapter of Alumni in Real Estate & Construction. He has also coached several sports teams on behalf of his four sons.
The success of any construction project lies in the Team’s ability to overcome challenges. We put the best people on our projects and empower them to make decisions that serve the interests of our clients. I believe that is a great start to ensuring that success. Robert Risnychok
Rob joined Norwood in 2007 and has 30 years of industry experience. He is responsible for the successful completion of every Norwood project – from the executive level down to the smallest details. His passion for driving continuous learning and improvement with our processes and people helps solidify Norwood’s standing as a leader in our market sectors and region. Whether he is implementing operational functions, creating efficiencies in our daily tasks, promoting effective communication, acting as a soundboard for new ideas, or creating a forum for learning – the goal is clear and simple – to be the best at what we do. Rob earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Widener University and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, watching any baseball game he can attend, and spending time at the Jersey Shore or Florida with his wife and two children.
In the words of Warren Buffett, you should look for 3 things in a person – intelligence, energy, and integrity. If they do not have the last one, do not even bother with the first two. David Ferraiolo
Dave joined Norwood in 2019. Having served in finance leadership roles for 3 of the largest construction companies in the U.S., he brings two decades of progressive industry experience to the organization. As CFO, he provides oversight for the company’s financial reporting and risk management processes. He is also a member of the company’s leadership team providing strategic planning and financial analysis insight. Dave is the point of contact for all external financial affairs. In addition, he oversees the HR and IT departments. In extending his leadership role beyond finances, Dave prioritizes teamwork to accomplish goals and conveys Norwood’s core values throughout the Accounting Department and overall organization. Dave earned his bachelor’s degree from Johnson and Wales University and his master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. Outside of work, Dave is a member of the ACE Mentoring Program of Greater Philadelphia and enjoys a good day at the beach or hitting the ski slopes with his wife and three daughters.
The excellence in service provided to Norwood’s clients begins with the cornerstone of the company, its people. Eileen Hofmann
Eileen has been a dedicated member of the Norwood team since 1997. Advancing her career through multiple Accounting and Human Resources roles, she now serves as Director of Human Resources and Leadership Team member. By guiding management and personnel through the employment life cycle, Eileen allows Norwood’s team members to focus their passion on their work. She assists in driving success at Norwood by helping team members navigate through HR areas such as onboarding, benefits, payroll, employee relations, performance management, and compliance with policies and procedures. Eileen is a member of the Society of Human Resources and is a certified HR professional with PHR and SHRM-CP designations. Eileen holds a master’s degree in Human Resources Development and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Villanova University. In her free time, Eileen likes to play golf and is always looking for the next great read. She enjoys traveling with her husband anywhere tropical or where they can sneak in a few rounds of golf.
Fully understanding a client’s needs is critical for a project’s success, but it’s also important to recognize these needs often change. Clear communication throughout a project is paramount. The Norwood team adapts and re-evaluates continuously from the start of design through construction closeout to deliver high-quality projects. Gregory Kratz
Since joining Norwood in 2007, Greg has successfully managed many of our most technically challenging and schedule-driven projects. With more than 20 years of experience, Greg specializes in lab, life science, pharmaceutical, and healthcare facilities. He is an expert at speed to market and design/build deliveries. By taking the time to understand a client’s business and the needs that go with it, Greg acts as an advocate and extension of the client throughout the design and construction process. With that said, Greg understands that a client’s needs evolve during a project, and he adjusts accordingly. His meticulous follow-through and personable approach make him a highly effective leader. Greg holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Penn State University. He is an active member of ISPE and a LEED Accredited Professional. Outside of work, Greg enjoys spending time mountain biking, skiing, or relaxing at the shore with his wife and four kids.
Stellar customer service is a concept not easily defined, as it can mean many different things to each client. A willingness to first listen and then to adapt to the needs of the customer is always objective number one. Combining this approach with diligent follow through and delivery, results in a successful partnership. Benjamin Deitrich
With more than 20 years of industry experience and 15 years at Norwood, Ben leads our Special Projects Division, Norwood Construction Services (NCS). His goal is to consistently deliver projects in a nimble and single-source manner. To accomplish this, Ben oversees all aspects of each project, including planning, budgeting, estimating, scheduling, logistics, and closeout. His meticulous nature and no-nonsense approach to accomplishing project goals continue to help grow our list of repeat clients. Ben is a carpenter by trade, has studied Construction Management at Drexel University, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending time visiting National Parks with his wife and two children, as well as refining his BBQ skills on his custom ‘built – not bought’ offset smoker.