Our Story

Northeast Structural Steel, Inc. was started in January of 2000 by the current President, Danielle Define.  Her interest in steel erection began a few years earlier as an employee of Rice Mohawk U.S. Construction Co. Ltd; a major steel erector in the New York City Metropolitan area.  After honing her skills at Rice Mohawk and the untimely death of its founder Leon Rice, Danielle was determined to carry on in the steel erection industry.

Employing some of her former colleagues, she launched Northeast Structural Steel.  It did not take long for her fledgling company to establish a foothold in the industry and quickly become a sought after company for steel erection.  Her vision and strong convictions to provide safe, efficient and quality steel erection has become the hallmark of Northeast.

Northeast has expanded from its traditional base of bridge erection and rehabilitation to the erection of buildings, precast concrete structures and even a tennis stadium.  Northeast boasts one of the most impressive lists of clients in the Greater New York City area.  The attention to quality and timely performance while adhering to strict safety controls is a testament to the highly skilled workforce employed by Northeast.

Ultimately, determination, dedication and the relentless pursuit of success from everyone on the Northeast team has resulted in the successful completion of some of the most significant projects in and around New York City.


Our Team

Danielle Define President
Danielle Define

Danielle_1Danielle Define is the President of Northeast Structural Steel, Inc.  Danielle graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Iona College in 1995.  She has more than 20 years of construction experience starting back in college working for electrical contractor Monaco Electric & Daughter, Inc. and then for Rice Mohawk.  She started Northeast Structural Steel, Inc. in 2000.

Northeast Structural Steel, Inc. is a certified W/DBE under Danielle Define.


Peter Blandeburgo Executive Vice President
Peter Blandeburgo
Executive Vice President

Peter_1Peter Blandeburgo Sr. is the Executive Vice President of Northeast Structural Steel, Inc.  Peter stated his career in 1984 working for Rice Mohawk as an Assistant Purchasing Agent before joining Northeast in 2000.  He has over 32 years experience working as a structural steel subcontractor.

Kevin O'Leary Vice President
Kevin O'Leary
Vice President

Kevin_O_1Kevin O’Leary is the General Manager for Northeast Structural Steel, Inc.  Starting his career in construction in 1985 as a shop foreman for Rice Mohawk US, Kevin joined Northeast in 2000.  With over 32 years of construction experience, he oversees day to day operations and ensures each project is properly equipped.

James P. Sheerin, P.E. Director of Field Operations
James P. Sheerin, P.E.
Director of Field Operations

James_Sheerin_1James Sheerin graduated with honors from Tulane University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering.  He spent the first eight years of his career working for General Contractors (Grace Industries, Inc. & ECCO III Enterprises, Inc.) in the heavy highway construction industry working as an Estimator, Project Engineer, Superintendent & Project Manager.  He joined Northeast Structural Steel, Inc. in 2010.  James received his MBA-Finance from Fordham University in 2012 & became a licensed New York State Professional Engineer in 2013.

RJ Majernik Controller
RJ Majernik

RJ_1R.J. Majernik is the Controller for Northeast Structural Steel.  Prior to joining Northeast in 2014, R.J. spent 9 years at Anchin, Block & Anchin where he worked with various clients within the construction industry.  He is responsible for all financial reporting, tax planning, budgeting and forecasting.  R.J. received his MBA in Professional Accounting from Rutgers University and a B.S. in Management from Fordham University.

Tina Piscopo Payroll Manager
Tina Piscopo
Payroll Manager

Tina_1Tina Piscopo is the Payroll Manager for Northeast Structural Steel, Inc.  She has been with Northeast for over 13 years.  She attended Berkeley College and has an Associates Degree in Business Administration and Accounting.  Prior to Northeast, she worked for Rice Mohawk US Construction.  Tina is responsible for processing company payroll on a weekly basis and all other agency compliance.

Victoria Paciello Executive Assistant
Victoria Paciello
Executive Assistant

Victoria_1Victoria Paciello joined Northeast Structural Steel in 2015.  She is responsible for overseeing all quality control and safety issues within the company, as well as implementing more effective and efficient processes.  Victoria received her B.S. in Business Administration from Dominican College.

Heather Mirabito Cost Engineer
Heather Mirabito
Cost Engineer

Heather_1 Heather Mirabito attended Manhattan College where she received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She joined Northeast Structural Steel, Inc. in 2017 where she is a Cost Engineer. Heather is responsible for tracking costs to ensure the project stays within budget, as well as compiling and submitting all Force Account packages to the proper agency.

Thomas McIntyre, P.E. General Superintendent
Thomas McIntyre, P.E.
General Superintendent

Tom_Edit1Tom McIntyre graduated with his B.S in Engineering/Civil Engineering in 2004 from Tulane University.  He subsequently attended Rowan University where he graduated with his Masters of Engineering/Engineering Management. In June 2016, he recieved his Professional Engineering degree.  Tom started his career at ECCO III Enterprises in 2004 where he spent 8.5 years working on various projects and gaining valuable industry knowledge.  In 2012, he joined EE Cruz & Company where he spent 1.5 years working in the field.  Tom joined Northeast in 2013 and is currently the Superintendent on the Pulaski Skyway Rehabilitation Projects.

Costa Koulouris, P.E. General Superintendent
Costa Koulouris, P.E.
General Superintendent

Costa_1Constantinos “Costa”  Koulouris is a Project Superintendent at Northeast Structural Steel.  He graduated Manhattan College with a bachelors and masters degree in civil engineering.  Costa has an in depth knowledge of engineering and construction through his work experience as a general contractor.  He specializes in bridge and roadway construction and has worked on various heavy highway projects throughout Westchester County, Rockland County, and New York City.  Costa is preparing to take the Professional Engineering exam in 2016 and is a certified traffic control supervisor.  He is also trained in crane signaling and rigging.

Juan Santiago Chief Estimator
Juan Santiago
Chief Estimator

Juan_1Juan earned his B.S. in Construction Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been in Civil Construction for more than thirty-five years. During this time, he has held numerous positions. Juan has been involved in structural steel work for most of his construction career. Juan’s Structural Steel knowledge and Experience is what he brings to Northeast Structural Steel as Chief Estimator. His role is to read and interpret plans, specifications and other documentations to create bids.

Peter T. Blandeburgo Estimator
Peter T. Blandeburgo

PJ_1Peter Jr.  joined Northeast in 2014 after spending 6 years in the welding supply & industrial equipment industry.  Initially brought on to assist in the procurement of specialty equipment for a large project scheduled to begin, he subsequently showed interest in estimating and quickly learned through seasoned Northeast estimator’s.  Peter Jr. is now a full-time Estimator with Northeast and is the point of contact for estimating inquiries.

Sandra Byrne Receptionist
Sandra Byrne

Sandra_1Sandra Byrne joined Northeast Structural Steel, Inc. in 2017. She assists with certified payroll submittals, accounts payable, and daily office needs. Sandra received a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science from Salisbury University.

Fran Casareale Administrative Assistant
Fran Casareale
Administrative Assistant

Fran_1Fran Casareale Joined Northeast Structural Steel Inc. in September 2018. She has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Fran assists with the processing of company payroll.

Russ Turner, CHST Safety Director
Russ Turner, CHST
Safety Director

Russ_1Russ Turner joined Northeast in September 2018 as our first Safety Director. He has 25 years of experience with large general contractors in the area and has gained an extensive knowledge working with  NYCTA, LIRR, MTA, Amtrak, DEP, TBTA, and DOT. Russ’ responsibilities include visiting all active job sites and insuring the safety of our on-site Superintendents, Foreman, and Ironworkers.

Blake Pietrangelo Superintendent
Blake Pietrangelo

Blake_1Blake Pietrangelo received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2008 from Manhattan College and is scheduled to receive his M.S.E. in 2016.  He worked for ECCO III Enterprises from 2008 to 2014 as an Assistant Superintendent and Assistant Project Manager. Blake brought his experience here to Northeast in 2014 and has since been one of the Superintendent’s on the Pulaski Skyway Contracts (CCA Civil).

Joseph Glenn Cecala Superintendent
Joseph Glenn Cecala

Joe_1Joseph G. Cecala, E.I.T. received his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of NYU 2013 and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from NJIT in 2015.  Joe will be testing for his P.E. license in 2016.  He has worked as a Field Engineer and Superintendent on several Northeast projects including the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (El Sol Contracting), Gowanus Expressway Emergency Repairs (El Sol Contracting) and is currently the Superintendent of the RFK Manhattan Ramp project, RFK 23A (Defoe Corp./Northeast J.V.).

Kevin Sheerin Superintendent
Kevin Sheerin

Sheerin_1Kevin Sheerin joined Northeast Structural Steel in 2011.  He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College in 2014.  In his time at Northeast he has worked as a project engineer and then superintendent.  Kevin is responsible for managing daily operations on his assigned projects.

Paul G. Orso, P.E. Superindendent
Paul G. Orso, P.E.
Michael Ferraro Superintendent
Michael Ferraro

Ferraro_1Michael Ferraro graduated from Manhattan College in 2015 with a B.S. in Civil engineering and a minor in mathematics. He was hired in July 2015 and is currently the Superintendent on the Gowanus Expressway Rehabilitation project (El Sol Contracting).  Michael is a registered flagger and holds his FE & OSHA 30.

Karl "Bubbi" Platner Superintendent
Karl "Bubbi" Platner
Keith J. Fleck, P.E. Superintendent
Keith J. Fleck, P.E.


Peter Lividini, Jr. Superintendent
Peter Lividini, Jr.

Peter Lividini Jr., is a Superintendent at Northeast since 2009.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Syracuse University.  Pete has been involved in the Structural Steel Industry most of his life.  He started his career with Northeast as a Project Engineer on two Gowanus Expressway Emergency Repair Contracts and has since been a Superintendent on the Pulaski Skyway, RFK and Verrazano Narrows Bridge contracts.  Pete has a diverse background in bridge construction specializing in structural steel erection and structural steel repairs.

Jonathan C. Smith Superintendent
Jonathan C. Smith
Tommaso Di Gesaro Superintendent
Tommaso Di Gesaro

Tommaso_1Tommaso Di Gesaro is a  Superintendent for Northeast Structural Steel, Inc. He has been with Northeast for over a year.  He attended Stevens Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Structures. Prior to Northeast, he worked for Skanska USA Civil Koch in Estimating and at LaGuardia Airport. Tommaso is responsible for managing and maintaining all contractual terms and obligations, daily work activities, schedules, budgets and most importantly safety.

Kar Lwin P.E. Superintendent
Kar Lwin P.E.
John Dolan Superintendent
John Dolan
Daniel DelBene Superintendent
Daniel DelBene

Dan_1Daniel DelBene joined Northeast Structural Steel in 2019 as a field engineer after interning with the estimating department in the summer of 2018. He attended Manhattan College and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. Since joining Northeast, he has been tasked with overseeing several job sites and maintaining an efficient pace of work, while meeting with contractors to discuss progress and goals.

Mikkel Watts Superintendent
Mikkel Watts
Orian Johnson Superintendent
Orian Johnson
Adam Blandeburgo Field Engineer
Adam Blandeburgo
Field Engineer

Adam_1Adam Blandeburgo joined Northeast Structural Steel in 2017 after graduating from Manhattan College with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. For the past two years, he has been a field engineer for the Macombs Dam Bridge.

Michael Walsh Field Engineer
Michael Walsh
Field Engineer

Michael Walsh, E.I.T., graduated from Manhattan College in May 2015 with his B.S. in Civil Engineering.  He made the decision to join Northeast in September 2015.  Since then, he has been assigned as a Project Engineer and is currently working on the Pulaski Skyway contracts (CCA Civil) and is gaining indispensable knowledge working alongside veterans of the industry.  Michael maintains his OSHA 30 certification and is a registered Engineer-in-Training.

Ronnie Williams Foreman
Ronnie Williams
Chris Telford Foreman
Chris Telford
Brendan O'Leary Foreman
Brendan O'Leary
Tom Kelly Foreman
Tom Kelly
Scotty Dawes Foreman
Scotty Dawes
Luis Sosa Foreman
Luis Sosa
Eric Drepaul Foreman
Eric Drepaul
Mark Rice Foreman
Mark Rice

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