Leadership

The Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. leadership team has decades of experience in Getting it Done. Please reach out to us today and let us know how we can help you accomplish your goals.



Kevin J. Albanese
President and CEO
Having worked in the construction industry essentially his whole life, Kevin Albanese is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. (JJA). He is the third-generation leader of the business and follows his father, John Albanese, who was the President and CEO from the early 1980s until his untimely passing in June of 2014. The company was founded by Kevin’s grandfather in 1955.

Kevin grew up in the business starting at a very young age. He vividly recalls the first piece of Caterpillar equipment his father purchased—a 426 backhoe in 1985! In his early years, he spent a considerable amount of time in the shop and he used to run the company’s low bed. To this day, he still maintains his commercial license and can often be seen joyriding a concrete pump or low bed. In addition to his experience in the field, Kevin had served as JJA’s Chief Operating Officer before assuming his current role.

JJA is a strong believer in supporting industry and community organizations. As part of JJA’s leadership team, Kevin is very involved in the serving the construction industry in Northern California. Currently, Kevin serves United Contractors as its immediate past president. Further, he is a past president for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the CFMA, an employer trustee on the Operating Engineers Trust Funds, co-chair of the United Contractors Cement Masons Negotiating Committee and member of the UCON Executive Labor Committee. In addition, in 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Kevin to the Contractors’ State License Board, a term he holds through June of 2017. He also has been recognized for his leadership and contributions to the industry and the community, including being recognized as a top 40 under 40 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and top 20 under 40 by the Engineering News Record.

Kevin graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in economics in 1996 and then went back to law school where he graduated magna cum laude in 2008. He is an active member of the California State Bar. Since his admission to the bar, he has maintained a very small law practice where he practices employment, construction and personal injury law. Kevin lives in San Jose with his wife Julie and their two sons, Connor and Aiden.



Phillip Albanese
Chief Operating Officer/Vice President
Phil started working in the family business as a youth in high school, working summers as a laborer and apprentice carpenter. He credits this experience with providing first-hand knowledge of how skilled and hard-working JJA crews are, as well as instilling a true appreciation of the legacy of both his grandfather and father.

Serving in project management roles from 2009-2012, Phil managed more than $40 million in projects varying in all the scopes that JJA offers, affording him first-hand operational experience.

From 2012-2014, he served as the company’s operations director. As the operations director, he played a critical role in both operations and estimating. Operationally, he sought to capitalize on Joseph J. Albanese’s “experience capital,” which he believes to be JJA’s biggest asset as a self-performing sub-contractor. In addition to working with the entire team to highlight strengths, he also streamlined operations to ensure that the foremen, the professionals that are delivering the JJA product on a daily basis, have the tools to succeed. During the same time period, Phil was also working hands-on with the estimating team in reviewing and finalizing estimates and securing projects.

Now in his role as chief operating officer, Phil is responsible for sales and operations, securing and executing projects that fit JJA’s culture of safety, on-time schedules and top quality. His goal is to continue to strengthen the JJA brand by consistently beating expectations of its clients.

Phil graduated from Boston College in 2008 where he was a two-year captain and 2008 American Rugby News All-American for the men’s rugby team. During his time in Boston, he was also able to work for two general contractors, both local (Richard White & Sons) and national (Gilbane Building Co.). He credits those work experiences as being instrumental in his professional growth.



Filemon Calderon
Vice President - Field Operations
Filemon began his career with JJA as a mason in 1980 and quickly rose the ranks to superintendent by 1987, essentially making him the company’s first designated in that role. As the company grew, so did Filemon’s responsibilities. In fact, he was known as John Albanese’s right-hand man for more than 30 years, critical to the company’s success. Achieving the rank of vice president in 2000, he now oversees 15 superintendents and more than 80 foremen. The ultimate problem solver, he truly lives up to JJA’s “Get it Done” motto, subscribing to the belief that anything can be accomplished. He instills such thinking in the more than 550 tradesmen that work for JJA every day.

Filemon’s experience has several touch-points throughout the organization. He is the first in operations to review projects during pre-construction and he offers options for building and sequencing on every JJA project. Furthermore, Filemon is frequently found visiting as many projects as possible, which may include as many as 90 projects in a given week. In this capacity, he provides instant feedback for JJA field personnel. He is very hands-on and truly enjoys the thrill of building and working with JJA’s personnel as well as our clients.

Filemon enjoys traveling, riding his bike, golfing and enjoying a margarita with his wife Susan. He lives in Saratoga with his wife and two children.



Dan Dryden
Chief Financial Officer
Dan joined the JJA team in 2007, starting out as an assistant controller, moving up to director of finance in 2012, and eventually taking on the role of chief financial officer in 2016. As CFO, he manages and directs all financial operations, including general accounting, treasury management, tax and compliance, payroll and financial reporting, as well as maximizing operational efficiencies throughout the organization.

Dan earned a B.A. in business economics with an emphasis on accounting from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2001. Prior to his time with JJA, he worked with both a national accounting firm and a regional firm, where he served a variety of clients from the construction, energy, banking and agriculture industries. Much of his time was spent analyzing business workflows and related internal controls from an accounting perspective, giving him valuable experience to bring to JJA. Using this knowledge, he was able to automate several of the financial processes at JJA, ultimately converting the ERP system in 2014.

In addition to his work with JJA, Dan is also an active California CPA and a member of the Construction Financial Management Association. He lives in San Jose with his wife and two daughters.



Dave Alaimo
Executive Vice President

With an extensive experience in running businesses, Dave joined the JJA team in 1991 as the Chief Financial Officer.  In this role, he streamlined the accounting functions and was critical to the restructuring of the organization prior to the dot com construction boom in the Silicon Valley in the mid to late 1990s. Still in this role today, his responsibilities include economic strategy and forecasting and oversight across all financial functions of the organization. His prior business experience including owning his own business along with the experience of restructuring Joseph J. Albanese, Inc. makes him an asset to the company.   

Dave has a B.S. in business with a concentration in finance and marketing, as well as a B.S. in real estate with a math minor, both from San Jose State University (SJSU). He also earned his MBA from SJSU and has post graduate concentration in marketing and finance. He played D1 football while at SJSU and today enjoys golf, sailing, motorcycle riding and bocce ball.  




Jeff Jacobs
Vice President - Estimating & Sales
A native of the Sacramento area, Jeff began his construction career in high school as he spent his summers working for a concrete contractor. He started working for JJA in September 1980 while attending Santa Clara University (SCU). He worked mostly in the yard loading and unloading trucks; maintaining the material yard; delivering and picking up plans, material, tools and equipment to and from jobsites; as well as working at some jobsites. Upon graduation from SCU in 1982, Jeff was given the opportunity to build on his yard and field experience by learning the estimating side of the business.

During 1992-2004, Jeff worked for another concrete contractor, which gave him additional industry experience. However, his allegiance to JJA and the “Get it Done” approach to projects brought him back to the company in 2004 as the vice president of estimating and sales, a position he still holds today. In this role, he works hard to bring in opportunities for JJA to pursue. Further, he is very active in mentoring estimators and project managers at JJA, working closely with both groups. His experience provides leadership to both functions.

Jeff attributes his career success to the experience he has gained during the last 35 years in all aspects of JJA as well as the relationships he has developed.



John Franich
Vice President/General Manager
John has more than three decades of experience in the construction materials and contracting business arena. As a construction industry veteran, he has experience in strategic planning, whether growing or strengthening an organization. His operational expertise spans all areas, from hiring and developing talent to procurement, project performance, safety, quality and environmental concerns. He is known for being a catalyst for improving overall performance by focusing on strategic objectives and capitalizing on operational best practices.

With a B.S. in business administration-finance from California State University, Chico, John began his construction career in 1979 as an entry-level estimator, field, project and plant engineer. He spent more than 10 years pursuing and building many exciting and challenging projects on the West Coast, primarily in Northern California. His positions prior to JJA included project superintendent, project manager, estimator and chief estimator. This field experience lead to many leadership positions starting in the early 1990s with roles such as general manager, vice president and senior vice president.

John began working with the JJA team in May 2014 as an advisor related to the leadership transition from John to Kevin and Phillip. He officially joined the team in February 2015. In his current role, he builds on his experience to provide guidance throughout operations and the management team on a daily basis.

A past member of the board of directors for The Beavers, founding member of the International Partnering Institute, chairman of Transportation California and past president of the Associated General Contractors of California, John is a proven asset to our industry. He also has served as a committee member for the AGC/Cal-Trans Partnering Institute, a past member of the Cal-Trans Partnering Steering Committee and is a member of the Saint Augustine Catholic Church financial council.

John enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children, coaching youth sports, as well as biking, skiing, tennis, fishing and hunting. He also enjoys classic cars and motorcycles.



Phil Roby
Vice President
While not an Albanese family member by birth, JJA Vice President Phil Roby was a friend of the family since his early childhood. In fact, Phil personally learned the construction business from Joe Albanese, and also had the privilege of working alongside John Albanese for many years, starting at a young age.

Although he has more than 40 years of industry experience in all areas of the business, this tenure has afforded Phil with the opportunity of mastering his craft of estimating site concrete. During his time with the company, annual revenues have gone from less than $1 million to now to totaling more than $200 million. However, no matter the company growth, Phil brings the passion and enthusiasm for winning work to every project, just as he did four decades ago. His hard work and dedication to satisfying clients’ needs is an example for other team members.

Phil graduated from Santa Clara University in 1972. He enjoys running, walking, baseball, visiting the Tahoe area and spending time with his family.