U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 292,000 new jobs in December—nearly 100,000 more than economists anticipated. It was an auspicious close to 2015 and exciting kick-off for the new year.
Meanwhile, here at Ernst we believe we’re doing our part for 2016’s employment statistics by doubling—yes, doubling—the number of non-partner project managers on staff.
Frank Bauer hired on in early March, joining project manager John Chirico, who has been with Ernst for over 25 years, as well as owners and principal project managers Tim and Joe Ernst and field managers Rick Rhoads and Mike Berg.
Frank’s face went up on the website rogue’s gallery last week, where he holds a spot between John and Rick—but still, considerably ahead of Ella, the Office Diva. Shhh, we don’t want her to know!
“We’re excited to have Frank on our team,” says partner and controller Jake Taylor. “Not only is he skilled and experienced; he also understands our client philosophy and business ethic.”
Jake added: “Even though we joke about doubling our project management staff, it’s true that this is a testament to the health of the housing and commercial construction market. Ernst Brothers has grown as our industry has rebounded from its recent major slump, and we must add a key position to our staff to accommodate that growth.”
Frank has spent nearly four decades in the construction industry, including operating his own carpentry business for 18 years and most recently working nearly 10 years with Cullen Construction in Wayne. His experiences as both owner and employee, which honed his abilities to respond to clients and stay on top of the details, helped him keep a $1.6 million project on schedule despite a tough challenge from Hurricane Sandy.
“I especially appreciate Ernst Brothers’ focus on quality and customer satisfaction,” Frank says.
Frank lives in Red Hill with his wife, Eileen. They have three adult children: Dan, Joe and Colleen. Besides his carpentry and project management skills, Frank is a musician.