President & CEO, Peris Construction
“We are part of a process that fulfills our client’s vision. Getting them there is exciting, and very gratifying.”
B.S., Business Management, University of Virginia (Echols Scholar)
Advanced Degree, Harvard Business School – Owners/Presidents Program
Jeff Pellegrino graduated from the University of Virginia in 1985 as an Echols Scholar. He has an advanced degree from Harvard Business School in the Owners/Presidents Program (OPM). Jeff is on the Board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Washington DC and has played a leadership role for the Arlington Pediatric Center (Virginia Hospital Center). He’s an avid golfer, fisherman, and auto enthusiast. Jeff is married to Sharon Pellegrino and has two children, Anne, a junior at the University of Georgia, and a son, Charlie, a Freshman at the Lab School in Washington, DC.
Jeff Pellegrino has had an extensive career as a leader in the Washington DC Construction Industry. He grew up in the DC area and has deep ties to the community over his thirty-year professional career.
Jeff started has a project engineer with Glen Construction in 1985. His first project was the Electronic Data Systems (EDS) data warehouse in Dulles, Virginia. The first of its kind in the area, this data center comprised over 100,0000 square feet of raised floor and sophisticated electrical and mechanical work to support hundreds of main frame computers. Upon completion of the project in 1987, Jeff continued at Glen Construction as a project manager in the nascent interiors construction division, building high-end office space from Dulles, Virginia to Baltimore, Maryland. Jeff left Glen in 1989 to form Triad Construction Services, specializing in portfolio build-outs for a Bethesda development firm. He left Triad in 1991 to start his second start up.
Peris Companies, Inc. was formed in 1991 at Pellegrino’s kitchen dining table in Alexandria, Virginia. His vision of the company was to build on his relationships with the subcontractor and developer communities and to create a boutique interiors firm, working in the Northern Virginia and Downtown Washington, DC market of high-end office space. Peris focused on the law firms, consulting firms and architects who valued precision and beautiful end products.
Vice President of Construction, Peris Construction
“Construction is about more than just building. It is about being a team player from design inception to punch-list completion, and creating a trusting relationship that lasts well into a client’s future.”
B.S., Accounting, West Virginia University
Gary Starr is the proud father of twin daughters and a son. Gary grew up in Texas, Virginia and Europe of an Army colonel dad and CPA/property management mom. He has been with Peris Companies almost twenty years and has extensive experience in all aspects of construction management. He assigns each team and manages all project execution. His family is very focused on athletics.
Gary Starr has a strong construction services background, which he developed as a property manager for a large Washington, DC developer. For 6 years prior to joining Peris, Gary was manager on several large properties and in this capacity coordinated numerous life-safety, common area renovations, and tenant fit-outs. His experiences bring great sensitivity to property management and building engineering concerns during the construction process. He is very adept at pricing and managing large commercial interior projects as well as multiple service projects for large building owners and architectural firms. Gary is responsible for the daily operations with a focus on project quality, schedule and budget performance.
“A well-designed and constructed workspace can inspire innovation and creativity in every setting.”
B.A., Political Science: University of Hawaii
J.D., Santa Clara University of Law
PhD. Humanities, University of Hawaii
Elizabeth Birch was born in the United States, but raised all over Canada. Elizabeth finished her senior year of high school in an educational program that took her to Europe, North Africa. and the United States. She then attended the University of Hawaii, majoring in Political Science and Oceanography. Elizabeth then completed her law degree in California and joined the firm of Bingham McCutchen. She then joined Apple Computer, Inc. where she headed Litigation, Worldwide, for that firm, acted as Chief Human Resources Counsel and was General Counsel of Claris Corporation. In 1995, she left Apple to head the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a national advocacy group based in Washington, DC. At HRC she oversaw record growth and programmatic expansion of the organization. Prior to joining Peris Construction Birch consulted to various Fortune 500 Companies on issues related to diversity, inclusion, talent retention — all of which invariably touched on space planning and design.
While heading the Human Rights Campaign, Elizabeth oversaw construction of the organization’s headquarters building in Washington, DC. The award winning building features an Equality Center, Media Center and Green Roof. As an executive consultant to Rosie O’Donnell’s Production Company and Charities, Elizabeth lead the effort to build a home for Rosie’s Broadway Kids on West 45th Street. In the aftermath of Katrina, Elizabeth oversaw the construction of a small township (built like a Lego set) at the edge of the largest trailer park in Baton Rouge, LA. The entire structure was built so each part of it could be repurposed, and featured programs such as job training, Early Head Start, Head Start, town square, playground, and a sprayground. There were multiple buildings for community activities.
Senior Project Manager
“I have been working with wood since I was a kid, designing and building fine furniture. The beauty of construction is in managing the details with precision and making it all fit together like a tight dovetail. That’s what I bring to Peris each day.”
B.S., Architecture, University of Virginia
Kevin Fink grew up in Mount Vernon, Virginia, the son of a Naval engineer father, and a mother, who taught school. While Kevin always wanted to be an architect, he knew as early as high school he loved building things. He started building his first houses as a teen — a time when he also became deeply involved in his life long hobby of woodworking and cabinetmaking. When he is not managing some of Peris’ largest projects, he is building mission style furniture in his home woodshop. He is also an avid biker and clocks about 4500 miles a year.
Kevin Fink’s strong construction and design background is rooted in his architectural training and extensive experience in managing major projects over the past two decades. After finishing college in 1994, Kevin spent several years designing and building projects for a custom millwork shop. He then relocated to be on site during a one year Industrial construction project. Kevin has spent the past sixteen years working for Peris developing strong project management skills and refining his understanding of architectural detailing.
Senior Project Manager
“There is nothing like putting your signature on the clean, new space you build.”
B.S., Building Construction – Minor Real Estate, Virginia Tech
Debajit (“Deb”) Pal was born in the United States of East Indian parents who had a traditional Hindu marriage, and, after forty years are happier than ever. Deb grew up spending extended summer in India, traveling to every part of the country. He opted to major in Building Construction at Virginia Tech where he also studied Real Estate, graduating in 2010. He is a major athlete and, when he is not working hard Peris, he is out with his friend engaged in one sport or another.
Debajit Pal has several years of construction experience focusing on base building and interior construction. Deb has exceptional managerial and construction related skills including estimating, scheduling, and maintaining client relationships. His knowledge of the construction industry exceeds that of his peers and is reflected through the care and diligence he provides on all projects under his management.
“I have applied my skills as a computer engineer to construction engineering. I take pride in providing excellent service to our clients.”
B.S., Computer Engineering Technology, Northeastern University
Carolina Charry was born in Colombia, South America of a national police officer and a mother whose family immigrated to Colombia from Jerusalem. As a result of her multicultural background and extensive travel, Carolina has had broad exposure to a variety of cultures and speaks two languages. She followed her siblings to Boston where she studied information technology and graduated as a computer engineer. Following graduation, she spent several years in electrical construction engineering. In 2007, she moved to Washington, DC and joined Peris where she is a commercial construction project manager.
Carolina Charry, with her engineering and construction background, brings a concise management style across two languages. Carolina has a strong combination of project management experience. She brings her engineering background and construction related skills, including estimating, scheduling, and client relationship management, to every project. She is known for her ability to coordinate in two languages and her concise management style assures complete coordination between all members of the project group and timely completion of all outstanding issues.
Sarah J. Snowdon
“I bring to Peris the same commitment to excellence and detail to the running of our office that our teams in the field bring to every project we service.”
B.S., Finance, Virginia Tech
Sarah Snowdon is the quintessential Northern Virginia hometown girl. One of six children, Sarah was born and raised in Vienna. After graduating high school she went on to Virginia Tech, where she majored in finance. Leaving college she began working in the construction industry as an accountant, where she found her home with Peris Companies. Sarah is married and is most proud of her 21-year old son, a student at James Madison University, who she says is brilliant and should be working at Peris.
Sarah loves the outdoors and spends much of her weekends working on her garden, boating, and reading on her patio.
Sarah Snowdon brings to Peris more than 25 years of accounting experience in the construction industry. Before coming to Peris, Sarah handled the finances for the Capital Expansion Group in Tysons Corner, McArty Electric in Sterling, the architecture firm of Settles Associates in Arlington, and EMF Electric, Inc. in Chantilly, VA.
Sarah has experience with several different accounting software systems and is always looking for the best programs to meet Peris’ financial and project management needs.
“I love construction management because it keeps my mind keen and there is nothing like the fruit of the labor: a beautiful new workspace and so many people happy when we are done.”
Mike Meehan was born and raised in Panama. His family moved to the United States when he was 14 and they settled in Maryland. Before completing his carpenter’s apprenticeship, Mike studied business administration in San Diego. He joined Peris in 2001, and the parts of construction management he loves the most are the long associations and friendships in the industry. He has strong bonds with many subcontractors from years in the industry. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Mike Meehans’ experience includes over 30 years in the construction industry. Having been with Peris companies, Inc. for the past ten years, Mike has been a major contributor in day-to-day field operations. He has worked on a majority of our high-end projects. He is responsible for subcontractor coordination, schedule implementation, building engineer liaison, on site phasing coordination, RFI’s, progress meetings, site safety, quality control and punch lists.
“I really enjoy seeing an empty space and then taking it through all the stages to an excellent completion.”
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Maryland
Ribhi Abdulghani was born and raised in Kuwait and moved to the United States with his family as a young man. Ribhi has a business degree and studied civil engineering at Oxford, England and the University of Maryland. Construction management is a second career for Ribhi, who has already achieved a well-established career in complex logistical management. He speaks English, Arabic and Spanish.
Ribhi Abdulghani has over 8 years of experience in construction and construction related projects. In 2012, Ribhi came to Peris, where he’s worked as a superintendent on both larger construction and smaller construction services projects. Prior to joining Peris, Ribhi worked for the Zumot Real Estate Management firm in McLean, Virginia. There he worked as a project manager for base building and interior construction work.
“I am driven by my family legacy. We’ve always believed in the highest standards of quality from every member of the team.”
Mike Allwine is a local boy who grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Mike comes by his construction skills naturally. His great grandfather was the supervisor of the major kiln operatings that supplied bricks to the City of Washington. His grandfather and father were also both in the construction industry so their local family legacy spans four generatiuons. Mike’s grandfather took him under his wing when he was only 14 to teach him how to repair construction equipment. Eventually he learned all aspects of any operation, and has maintained his commitment to the highest quality possible in producing a project. Mike enjoys hunting and fishing with his two sons.
Mike Allwine, with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, brings a strong and diverse background to field management. He has had involvement with several of our large and “Class A” projects this year. He has worked on tenant interior projects and base building lobby renovations and completed numerous fast track renovations. He is responsible for subcontractor and building coordination as well as schedule adherence and overall quality. He dedicates himself to the successful completion of every project he is involved with.
“I grew up with a simple work ethic: do the best job I can, get along with others, be accessible, and eliminate chaos.”
Brett Crabtree grew up in Eugene, Oregon, the son of a nurse and professional football player turned sports gear salesman. He began his career in Phoenix, Arizona where he learned all aspects of the building trades. He also worked on construction projects in California, before moving to the Greater DC area, where he has continued to supervise a variety of projects. Brett is the father of three and when he is not supervising construction projects and parenting, he enjoys coaching and golf..
Brett Crabtree’s construction experience began in Phoenix, Arizona where he became a site development manager for a retail builder. He was responsible for taking projects from location scouting to completion at many sites around the country. Brett then launched his own company with a specialty in building out full store displays for retailers such as North Face, Champion and DKNY nationwide. Brett returned to his construction roots and recently joined Peris Construction where he is managing major projects for the company.
Director of Construction Services
“At Peris Service, we meet the day-to-day repair and maintenance needs of our clients to keep every space pristine — until the next move or renovation!”
BS Resource Management, Slippery Rock University
RPA, BOMI Real Property Administrator
Steven Schlosser lives in Maryland with his wife and two daughters. Steven enjoys playing golf, hunting, and working on exterior projects around his house.
Steven Schlosser came to Peris with more than 18 years of experience as a senior property manager for a large real estate developer in Washington, DC. Steven’s experience working with general contractors gave him a strong prospective of what tenants and building staff require for service work. Consequently, the opportunity to oversee the Peris Service team was a great fit for him.
Service Project Manager
“It makes me proud to be the one our clients think of when they need something done fast and right.”
Reuben Hunker’s promising career in construction started very early in life with the building of elaborate tree houses in his back yard, and building boats and go-carts in his family’s garage in Missouri. In 1970 Reuben’s family moved to Reston, Virginia where he started as a freshman at Herndon High School. During high school, Reuben traded in his amateur construction hat for a professional one, working weekends and summers in lumberyards and cabinet shops.
Reuben lives in Berryville, Virginia, is married, and is a great dad to his five children, three of whom are still at home, while two are grown and have left the nest. He loves the sport of kayaking, and often can be found paddling down the Shenandoah River.
Reuben Hunker has been working in construction for over 39 years. Reuben started out doing concrete formwork as a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. From there, Reuben went into framing houses for the residential housing construction firm of Allen Mendelson in Maryland. And in 1982 Reuben shifted gears once more into a niche of construction he enjoys much more … working on commercial interiors. In 1996 joined the Peris team, first as a superintendent and later being promoted to project manager for our construction services side.
Also noteworthy is that Reuben has worked on several high profile and some top-secret sites, including the White House and offices for the CIA, FBI, FAA and the Pentagon.