Meet Our Team in Western New York
Domenic is the President of Cortese Construction Services. The business was founded by Domenic’s dad and uncle in 1951 and currently is owned and operated as a third-generation business. Domenic is best known for his radio call-in show on WBEN 930 AM, HAMMERTIME-RADIO™ with Domenic Cortese. His radio show has been on the air since April 1989 and can be heard each Saturday morning at 10:00am. Domenic also is host of the TV show HAMMERTIME-TV™ which airs Sunday mornings at 10:30am on Channel 2 in Buffalo.
Domenic is a graduate of Canisius College ’78 with a BA in Political Science and International Relations. He is a past-president of the Alumni Association. Domenic also has completed the Center for Entrepreneurial program from the University Of Buffalo School Of Management (2006). He is also a Leadership Buffalo graduate (’92), a Forty Under Forty recipient (’96).
He lives in Clarence, NY where he is active in the Clarence Rotary Club where he has served as club president and as a District Assistant Governor. He has served as a mentor for a seventh grader at the Clarence Middle School mentoring program through Clarence Rotary. He is also a board member for the Brothers of Mercy Foundation Board and is active in his parish, Our Lady of Peace, where he has served as Parish Council President. He and his wife, Diane along with his three children, Philip, Nicholas, and Michelle, were honored as the Rotary Family of the Year (2001).Domenic and Diane are very proud of their grandparents of 6, three boys and three girls. Domenic was named Clarence Rotarian of the Year for 2007.Domenic and Diane where also honored in January 2003 by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce as their Citizens of the Year, and 2010 as family of the year from the National Conference of Just Communities. Domenic was inducted into the Williamsville South High School Wall of Fame, November 2011. Domenic and Cortese Construction were also the proud recipients of the 2012 Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award for outstanding business ethics!
Phil was born and raised in the Buffalo suburb of Clarence. Has been with the company since 1997 and started his career as a carpenter’s apprentice before he could even drive himself to the jobsites. From there he learned all facets of construction. Today he is co-vice president and operating owner of Cortese Construction Services with his siblings Michelle, Nick and father, Domenic.
In 2000, he graduated from Clarence High School where he enjoyed extracurricular activities like playing soccer for the Red Devils. After high school, Phil continued his education at Canisius College where he graduated in 2004 with a BS in Management. From there he married his college girlfriend Kristin. Together they have three children, Giovanni, Giuliana, and Gemma. They currently reside in Clarence.
Phil enjoys a plethora of activities to keep himself active. To this day he plays soccer, softball, ice hockey, and golf. He also enjoys traveling, the anticipation of traveling, and of course down time with his family!
Born and raised in the WNY area, Nick Cortese has significant experience in the residential home remodeling industry. He operates, along with his father and siblings, this prominent 68-year-old, 3rd generation, family construction company.
Nick is very active, he and his wife Sara travel extensively. So far, they have seen 3 continents, and have a goal to see all 7 continents before age 50. Nick has also been playing soccer since he was very young and continues to play at a competitive level. He also enjoys playing ice hockey, and golf. Sara and Nick have a 2-year-old son named Francesco, who is named after Nick’s grandfather Frank, the Founder of Cortese Construction Services.
Nick is a 2003 graduate of Clarence Senior High School, and a 2007 graduate of Canisius College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree. He also holds a degree from the University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
Nick has also been a licensed real estate salesperson since 2009, initially getting into real estate to buy, renovate and sell homes through Cortese Construction Services. Since he possesses a unique set of skills that allow him to look at your potential home from a contractor viewpoint, and from a realtor viewpoint, he has excelled into buying and selling for the general public, as well as our family of Cortese Construction Services customers- another service that sets us apart from our competition.
Nick started his career with Cortese Construction in 2001, as a rough framing carpenter, and worked his way up through the ranks over his tenure with the company, while simultaneously working towards his academic goals. Nick is now one of our 3 acting Vice Presidents, as well as the production manager of the Betterliving Sunroom Division of the company.
With an educated love for interior design, Michelle has acquired her more than 10 years of Interior Remodeling experience skills not only through working with her family’s third generation remodeling business, but also her post bachelor accreditation with Penn Foster Certified Interior Decorator program. As Co-Vice President and operating owner with her two brothers, Philip and Nicholas- she oversees office affairs while enjoying her main role as Design Consultant with all of Cortese’s wonderful customers!
Michelle has two young children, Vincenzo and Isabella and one furry son, Buddy Fluffkins Manfredo, who also works at Cortese as Office Mascot. When not at Cortese, Michelle enjoys family time and traveling as much as possible, with her husband, Michael and extended family and friends.
Michelle attending Buffalo’s own, Canisius College for her bachelor’s in marketing and business management and post graduate certification in Interior Decorating from Penn Foster school. The Cortese family is proud to not only have had their whole family graduate from Canisius College for their undergraduate degrees, but also to have completed the University of Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial leadership (CEL) program for small business, (which they highly recommend)!
As Cortese moves further into its third generation as a family owned and operated business, they continue to stride to make the atmosphere as comfortable and family friendly as possible for all their employees and customers!
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Brian was welcomed to Cortese Construction in December of 2015. Brian comes to Cortese with an extensive background in residential and commercial construction. Brian moved into the position of the project manager and has become a key player in the day to day operations of the field staff, subcontractors and customers for all large-scale projects. He also spends his evenings doing sales for the company as well.
Brian is a 4 year veteran of the United States air force, where he served in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during desert storm. Since leaving the air force Brian worked in multiple facets of the construction industry and then made the wise decision to join the Cortese Team. Brian was born and raised in Pembroke, NY along with his 5 brothers & sisters, including his twin brother who is a United States Marine. Brian currently resides in Akron, NY with his 17-year-old son Noah. He enjoys spending time with his son and supporting his sporting events. Some of his hobbies include boating & weight training. As a project manager Brian’s day typically consist of job scheduling, jobsite management and customer relations. He takes pride in helping our customers receive the quality workmanship we produce on our jobs, and ensures each job is completed in a timely fashion and within budget.
Eric is a Hamburg High and SUNY Fredonia graduate, spending his youth playing sports and growing up in a family owned kitchen and bath remodeling company for over 15 years. After high school, he went on to play four years of collegiate baseball playing in a college world series, state championship and earning a four-year degree in business finance from SUNY Fredonia. Following college, he went on to coach baseball professionally and program strength training programs for high school athletes in the WNY area.
Since 2015 Eric has been fine tuning his project accounting knowledge and has gained much experience in the Construction industry through servicing many leading general contractors and subcontractors in the Northeast region. Eric joined Cortese in August of 2019 as a Finance & Operations Consultant and helps Cortese Construction provide a smooth transition from the construction service provided, to the overall satisfaction we guarantee to every customer. Eric bring a strong work ethic and team-oriented mindset to Cortese Construction Services and hopes to continue their growth as they move into their new location in Clarence NY, Fall of 2020.
Linda was welcomed into Cortese over 40 years ago, when she walked into the original office hoping for an opportunity to heighten her office skills. Upon her initiation, she oversaw answering the phone, scheduling appointments and some typing. With much hard work, dedication and commitment, she has now grown to become Cortese’s controller; in charge of payroll, payables, GL entries, job costing, and simply whatever needs to be done! Being able to watch the company grow, and see the next generation bring it to the subsequent level has made all the hard work worthwhile to Linda.
Linda was born and raised in WNY and has watched her two children grow into young men! She now has a granddaughter, yes, finally a girl! She also enjoys baking, for many a birthday celebration in the office! Linda also enjoys spending time with her family, boating and tropical getaways with her husband.
Cortese Construction Services welcomed Rebekah Sudyn to their growing team back in April of 2015. Rebekah comes to Cortese Construction with an extensive background in the construction industry, office management, schedule coordinating and customer relations. Rebekah has moved into the position of assistant office manager and has become a vital role to the entire Cortese team. Her main goal is to always try to help our customers to the best of her ability! Rebekah was born and raised in the WNY area and has 2 siblings. Her father, Peter works in the trades as well, so she learned an extensive understanding of the industry from a young age.
In her spare time, you can expect Rebekah to be in the kitchen, as culinary arts are in her blood. Cooking has always been a passion of hers and she enjoys cooking for her family and daughter. She enjoys the outdoors and grew up camping every weekend at her father’s cabin in Ellicottville NY. Hiking, deep sea fishing and 4 wheeling are some of her favorite outdoor activities. Her sister’s both live out of state, one in Florida and one in Texas, so she gets the chance to visit them with her daughter Samantha, mostly in the colder months of the year! Rebekah’s responsibilities ensure the day to day operations of the office run smoothly. Rebekah also assists the salesman and foreman daily to ensure Cortese Construction Services delivers on the premier service we are known for.
Sheldon was born and raised in Buffalo and works as the small project’s department manager at Cortese. His wide knowledge and skill set in the construction field came from being in manufacturing and installing equipment on large construction projects. He also is well versed with his experience in installing windows and doors and interior/exterior trim. His extensive background gives him the ability to troubleshoot projects and have them run smoothly, in a methodical, organized fashion.
Sheldon is a Certified Lean professional through the University of Buffalo, and has been public speaking for 20 years. Sheldon is a husband and father of two and he loves working with Cortese as they are a tight knit family business. It absolutely shows in how they interact with each other, their coworkers, and their clients!
Tyler was born and raised in Syracuse and comes from a long line of carpenters. He started working in the trades at a very young age. He made his way to the Buffalo area in 1999 to go to college and eventually made a career in residential construction in 2001. He started his own remodeling company in 2006. His expertise excels in all facets of residential remodeling, stemming from his long experience as a conventional framer.
In 2016, Tyler was engaged to his now wife, Jessica, and it was time to transition his focus from running his business to starting a family. Cortese Construction Services was the perfect career change for him. Tyler took the position of Senior Estimator and quickly made a move to also include part-time sales. With Tyler’s wide range of background in construction, he has been able to develop a keen eye for detail and knows how to bring a customer’s vision to life.
While making the switch from working in the field to the office was a challenge, working for Cortese has been one of his best work experiences! When Tyler is not working, he is very busy with his growing family and volunteers in a Bible education work. He also enjoys time in his country home and watching football, GO BILLS!!
As a Lifelong resident of Western New York Tyler Samer received his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in the field of Naval History from the University at Buffalo. Since then he has worked in the fields of construction and home remodeling as well a four-year stint producing radio for WBEN, including Domenic Cortese’s HammertimeRadio™ program.
Tyler has been with Cortese Construction since 2013. Starting in the field as an apprentice, he was eventually promoted to a foreman, and given the responsibility of part time sales in the Betterliving department. After being a foreman for several years he accepted a position as a full-time sales consultant for all renovations and has been able to use his hands-on knowledge of the work to help guide his design and scope of work.
He is a great lover of history, music, sports, and architecture, often travelling with his girlfriend to see concerts and explore new cities.
Tyler is currently a full-time sales consultant for Kitchens, Bathrooms, Additions, and all Betterliving sunroom and shade products. He has said that his favorite reason for working for Cortese is the family atmosphere, and the love of being able to make homeowners visions and dreams into reality!
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