Alexander ‘Sandy’ Jackson
President

Jackson’s passion for demolition is unmatched in the industry and he has been the driving force behind the company’s continued expansion. Our President has owned, operated and developed JDS since 1978. In that time he has grown the business from a local operation to a nationally renowned industry leader, and since 2012, he has increased revenue from $15 to $38 million since 2012.

Sandy is accountable for business management and administration, public relations, project planning and all the financial affairs of the company. He communicates directly with clients and subcontractors, and his hands-on management style ensures his 40 years of technical experience is also shared company-wide, from management team to operators and laborers. Sandy routinely inspects all JDS job sites, from the inception of work plans to project close-out, monitoring progress and advising on the best means and method of deconstruction.

Mark Hodgkins
Executive Vice President

Mark’s solid grass-roots experience, together with his leadership, diplomacy and tactical planning skills, have earned him a stellar reputation. An integral member of the JDS team since 1998, Mark’s illustrious career began as site foreman at a construction company in Albany back in 1975. Today he directs field operations for all JDS New York State projects and works with the Vice President of Operations to strategize nationwide contracts. He handles the timely deployment of company and rental equipment, is responsible for project scheduling and transitions project change orders with consideration to all parties. In addition, Mark is a qualified agent for state business licenses. He also plays a central role in JDS personnel recruitment and career development.

Experts in their field

William ‘Bill’ Rose
Vice President of Industrial Services

In spring 2015, Sandy invited Bill to join the JDS team. An outstanding resume that includes project managing building demolitions for NASA, combined with over 40 years of industrial experience, made him the perfect candidate to assist in taking JDS forward.

In 1986, following a successful career as an operations manager in off-shore oil drilling, Bill moved into the demolition field where he has worked in technical and managerial roles. He now oversees the timely execution of our large-scale industrial projects, including power plants and chemical facilities, and ensures safe, standardized working practices are followed at all times. Bill is also involved in contract negotiations, operations planning, change-order management, and as the assigning of the strongest team to meet site-specific goals.

David Nieminski
Chief Finance Officer

In his 25-year career, David has overseen the accountancy function for building construction, property-management and demolition companies. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of JDS accounts, including cash flow, budgets, forecasting and financial planning. David also prepares work-in-progress reports on all job sites, co-ordinates year-end reviews and pursues buying and leasing opportunities so that the company has the specialized equipment needed for our diverse project range. His good relationships with bankers and vendors has been vital in ensuring that we have always had available liquidity and operating capital. He graduated from the University of the State of New York, Albany in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and joined JDS in 2012.

Karen Skinner
Office Manager

With an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and 28 years of administrative experience in the demolition industry, Karen has all the skills required to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of our head office. She also provides comprehensive administrative support across our job sites. Her role is far-reaching and includes overseeing the completion of pre-quals and bid packages, processing pay roll, dealing with human resource matters, and organizing out-of-town staff travel and accommodation. In addition, Karen is our recruitment co-ordinator. She processes employment applications and ensures new employees receive the appropriate safety orientation. Her time in the industry has enabled her to acquire an extensive knowledge of labor relations and job-site safety and she has been a central player in the JDS team since 2012. Karen is also PA to Sandy Jackson.

Michael Kelly
Corporate Scrap Manager

Mike has a master’s degree in systems administration and is our corporate scrap manager. Before joining JDS in 2014, he was director of operations for a heavy-equipment construction company, where he coordinated daily operations, budgeting and asset coordination, sometimes for more than 50 projects running concurrently. At JDS, he manages the removal of assets from our job sites, including plant equipment for resale, and salvaged ferrous and non-ferrous metals. He contracts mills and scrap yards to process and purchase the materials and achieves the best price per shipment. He also organizes the haulage of commodities by road and rail and coordinates demolition schedules to ensure a steady revenue flow.

Joshua Frederick
Estimator

With a proven track record in project costing and competitive bidding, Joshua is our lead estimator. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management Engineering Technology, he worked as a foreman for a construction company specializing in heavy civil infrastructure. He was rapidly promoted to the position of estimator, reviewing proposals in both the US and Canada. Joshua joined JDS in 2014.

Terry Polena
Project Manager

An implosion veteran, Terry has razed many iconic structures, including Miami’s Sheraton Bal Harbor hotel and the historic Wellington Hotel Annex, in Albany. He has also tripped countless stacks and boilers across the nation. On site Terry runs a tight ship and has often coordinating teams of more than 150 men. We welcomed him to the JDS team in 2011.

Joe Gozelski
Project Manager

Graduating from Syracuse University in 1989 with a BSc in Construction Management, Joe started out as an estimator and went on to become a project manager at a construction management company. He joined the JDS team in 2014 and his responsibilities include preparing work plans, reviewing subcontractor and supplier proposals, co-ordinating scheduling and overseeing foremen and superintendents.

Chris Jackson
Superintendent

Chris’ demolition career began as a teenager when he would spend weekends and holidays assisting or observing his father Sandy at work. In 1998, he joined JDS full time and is now a highly skilled machine operator and technical specialist and the primary operator of the JDS CAT 330BL high-reach excavator. In addition, Chris supervises and co-ordinates field teams.