Founder and partner of Rusk Renovations, John is a recognized industry building design leader, who is equally dedicated to client service and master craft. His expertise in the design and engineering of complicated mechanical systems, paired with a background in fine arts, has equipped him with the rare ability to understand and deliver the vision of both clients and their respective design teams. He is the author of On Time and On Budget, a homeowner’s guide to renovation, published by Doubleday. As an enthusiastic educator dedicated to developing the next generation of artisan builders, John teaches Residential Construction Management at Columbia University. He formerly taught at the Parsons School of Design. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.
As a fourth-generation family member in the building trades, Rusk partner Mary Kocy brings over 30 years of experience in organizational development, education and human resource management to the firm. By attracting the most talented professionals and supporting them with on-going training and education, Rusk Renovations under her direction, remains steadfastly committed to maintaining the most demanding standards of quality and service in our industry. Mary holds a Master’s of Education from Bank Street College and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University.
Senior Project Manager/Director of Construction
Rob is a seasoned senior project manager with over 20 years of experience in luxury residential renovations in New York City and Long Island. His multidisciplinary approach to managing projects is a direct result of his mechanical expertise, combined with a diverse background in architecture, drafting, and business management. Rob studied Drafting, Architecture and Engineering at SUNY, Delhi and Business Administration at Nassau Community College.
Kurt is an engineer and project manager with 13 years of experience in the luxury residential and retail sectors. His motto is “Do it right the first time and everybody wins.” Kurt holds a Master’s degree in Construction Administration from Columbia University, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University.
Chief Business Officer
Andrew is a construction professional with broad experience in both the luxury residential and commercial construction sectors. With a reputation for delivering challenging projects on time and on budget, Andrew applies the same principles to create efficient processes and develop the next generation of professionals. He supports Rusk’s strategic planning objectives and oversees operational excellence throughout the organization. Andrew holds a Master of Science degree in Construction Administration from Columbia University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science from Colgate University.
Jenny began her career as an architect 10 years ago before crossing over into project management which she found more exciting. She feels that the best moments in high end residential construction lie in the execution of key design elements. Jenny holds a Masters in Construction Administration from Columbia University and a B.A. in architecture from the Pratt Institute.
Keith holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Northeastern University, Boston. After studying architecture and art abroad in Florence, Italy for 4 months he went to start his career in Long Island learning estimating. Sicne then, he has been working in High End Residential Construction in New York City. Keith comes to Rusk with 10 years of experience.
Brian has over twelve years of experience as a construction manager in the commercial, institutional and residential sectors. He also spent four years owning and operating his own high-end furniture design and fabrication studio where he developed a strong interest in design and an expertise in woodworking. Brian's enthusiasm, knowledge and communication skills have allowed him to flourish in the construction industry. Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Studies from Rutgers University.
Assistant Project Manager
Holding a Master’s in Architecture, Matt started his career at Rusk as an “extern” from the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, Matt worked for a year as a corporate architectural designer before returning to Rusk. Matt’s dedication to customer service and creative problem solving, as well as his enthusiasm for great design and New York City has proved an invaluable asset on every project he’s worked on. Matt holds a Master’s in Architecture from University of Michigan where he also received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture.
Assistant Project Manager
Megan graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, Megan directed a team at a high-end property development firm producing long term rentals throughout Hudson County NJ and NYC. With previous management experience and a passion for problem solving, Megan displays dedication to her projects and her clients.
Burim started his career in construction by working with his hands on job sites each day. With his Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences/Environmental Control, he joined as a junior estimator who rapidly worked his way up to estimator thanks to his dedication, ability to visualize phases of a project in detail along with an affinity for numbers. Burim is a lifelong New Yorker and a BMW enthusiast.
Assistant Project Manager
Guadalupe has over 5 years of experience in high-end residential construction. Guadalupe’s experience, and continual development in the field has given her the opportunity to understand how critical it is to continually improve the process in which we build a project, maintain white-glove service and meet client expectations. Guadalupe holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at CUNY Hunter College.
Holly Weiss brings 15 years of construction industry experience to her role at Rusk Renovations. Holly is a licensed CPA who possesses a passion for all aspects of the work she performs. Her experience and skills in accounting, cash flow, and financial management provide the necessary tools to work closely with project managers. Holly holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and graduated Cum Laude.
Nataliya has 7 years of experience bookkeeping and six years of experience within the construction industry. Her role as bookkeeper plays a vital role in providing critical support for accounting and HR functions at the firm. Nataliya holds an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and Business Administration from ASA College; as well as a Master of Science in History and Political Science from Chernivtsi National University in Ukraine.
Marisa is an executive administrator with 10 years of experience working in high end residential construction in New York City. Her diverse skill set, combining the roles of office manager, project administrator and assistant project manager, creates a calm and streamlined work environment for all at the firm. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont.