Corporate Profiles

    Tom Poole

    Chairman

    Tom is Chairman of The Hallen Construction Company, Inc., an underground utility contractor founded in 1927. The company, which began as Hallen Welding Service under Arthur Poole’s leadership, expanded into the laying of natural gas pipelines and railroad tracks, and subsequently, into steam, petroleum, sewer and water pipelines, electric conduits, telecommunications, site work and station work.

    Tom was named President and CEO of Hallen in 1976 and guided an expansion of operations into the structural steel business, working on every bridge in New York City in some capacity. With an eye toward the future, Tom further grew Hallen’s portfolio of operations to include sewer work on Long Island.

    Earning his bachelor’s degree in 1961 from Hobart College in Geneva, New York, he would later serve as President of the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) in 1980 and was a long-time member of the Executive Committee of The General Contractors Association of New York.

        Shepard Thomas Poole

        President & CEO

        Shepard Poole is the President and CEO of The Hallen Construction Company, Inc. Starting at Hallen as a laborer in 1987, he is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company.

        Shep has served on the Board of Directors for the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), a professional trade organization of utility contractors and suppliers, and is a past president of the group. With the DCA, he was a member of numerous committees including Government Relations, Safety and Scholarship.

        Involved with many charitable and community initiatives, Shep was as a board member of The Marty Lyons Foundation from 1996 to 2010, including a stint as vice president.  In 2008, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Winthrop University Hospital and is now in the role of vice-chair.

        In 2009, Shep was recognized by the Long Island Business News as one of their “40 Under 40” honorees.  He was also a part of the first Energeia Partnership class, a regional stewardship program through Molloy College.

        A member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) international business peer group since 2010, Shep has taken on the role as the local Long Island chapter’s membership chair for three years and is currently the regional representative.

        His other charitable endeavors include serving as a Little Flower Children Services Gala Committee member and actively supporting the Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon.

        Further, he has spent time on the Executive Committee of the Commerce Bank Championship and was active in the Garden City Centennial Soccer Club, as well as, the Garden City Athletic Association.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Garden City Golf Club and the LaRonde Beach Club.

        Shep earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Hobart College and has continued his executive education at The Harvard Business School. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Hobart’s Statesmen Athletic Association.

        Shep resides in Garden City, New York, with his wife, Anne, and their three children, daughters Dale and Gwen, and son, Tom.

            Mike Hickey

            Executive Vice President of Operations

            Mike is the current Executive Vice President of Operations at The Hallen Construction Company, Inc. and has been the running the field operations since 1994.

            A veteran of the industry since 1978, Mike’s career began as a commercial diver for Oceaneering International in Morgan City, Louisiana.  In 1980, he moved back to the New York area and started working for Kalb Construction as a laborer.  He worked his way up the Kalb ranks in maintenance, then as a foreman, and ultimately became a supervisor overseeing distribution gas service and main installations in 1984.  In 1990, Mike joined the Hallen Construction family as a supervisor and held that title until being promoted to his current position.

            Mike belongs to several professional associations including the Northeast Gas Association (of which he is an associate member and served a four-year term on the Board of Directors), The Society of Gas Operators, and serves on the American Gas Association’s Construction Operations Committee.

            Mike is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) and will begin serving a term as President of the group in February 2019.

                Pascale J. Ambrosio

                Executive Vice President of Engineering & Estimating

                Pat is the Executive Vice President of Engineering and Estimating for The Hallen Construction Company, Inc. and has worked for the company since 1994.

                With over forty years of industry experience in various field operations, supervision and management roles, Pat’s areas of expertise include project engineering, planning and design, project management, client relations, code research, bid proposals, estimates and feasibility studies.

                This industry veteran has worked on major projects for companies such as National Grid, Con Edison, Iroquois Gas Transmission System LP, Spectra Energy Partners LP, Buckeye Pipe Line Co., LLP, Power Bridge LLC, Neptune Regional Transmission System LLC, Williams Partners LP, and Prysmian Power Cables & Systems USA, LLC.

                    Dennis Springer

                    Senior Vice President, Finance

                    Dennis is the Senior Vice President of Finance for The Hallen Construction Company, Inc., and also handles the role of Corporate Secretary. Joining the company in 2010 as Controller, he was recently elevated to his current position.

                    Including his time with Hallen, Dennis spent almost twenty years in the accounting field including tenures with a public accounting firm and a public benefit corporation. He remains active in the Farmingdale, NY community where he resides with his wife, Tracey, and daughters Alexandra & Keira.

                    Dennis is a member of the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

                        Eugene Hickey

                        Senior Vice President of Operations

                        Eugene Hickey is the Senior Vice President of Operations for The Hallen Construction Company, Inc.  In this role, he oversees all aspects of operations and manages a team of supervisors that oversee daily field operations.

                        Gene’s oversight includes all aspects of construction related activities including productivity, efficiency and safety.

                        No stranger to utility construction, Gene has spent 35 years in the industry, with the last 27 at Hallen. His career began in 1981 as a laborer, and he moved steadily through the ranks until being named to his current role in 2012.

                            Stuart Buhrendorf

                            Senior Vice President of EHS and Risk Management

                            Stu is the Senior Vice President of EHS and Risk Management at The Hallen Construction Company, Inc. and has been with the company since 1989.

                            Known for his commitment to worker health and safety and his passionate involvement in industry causes – particularly damage prevention and employee training – he plays a key role as a caretaker for the Hallen family.

                            A two-time winner of the Distribution Contractors Association’s Safety Director of the Year award, Stu is an Excavator Lead on the Common Ground Alliance Best Practices Committee.  He currently co-chairs the Northeast Gas Association Contractor Committee and is a frequent speaker at their conferences.

                            Stu is active as a committee member, speaker and panelist for several industry groups including the Gold Shovel Standard, American Gas Association-DCA Workshops, NYC-Long Island 811 and Underground Construction Conferences.

                            A 29-year industry veteran, Stu holds the Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP) accreditation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio

                                James P Small Jr.

                                Vice President - Purchasing

                                Jim is the Vice President of Purchasing at The Hallen Construction Company, Inc. He embraces the company’s 90-year heritage of commitment to quality, safety and innovative approach to utility projects.

                                A 30-year industry veteran, Jim started in the field as a laborer with Hallen in 1987 and worked his way up to be an officer of the company. During his tenure, he has been Laborer Foreman, Fuser, Project Manager and ultimately transitioned to the office as a Vice President. He is currently responsible for all purchasing and procurement, buildings and maintenance, sustaining strong vendor relationships, fleet management, and real estate purchases and leases.

                                Among the many large projects Jim has been involved with as both a Project Manager and Project Engineer are the Neptune, South Hampton Electric, and Iroquois jobs.

                                Jim is active with the Long Island Power Networking Group and is a member of the Long Island Contractors Association.  He was also the proud recipient of the Alchemist Award from Brooklyn Union Gas for Keyhole Tooling.

                                He and his wife, Barbara, have three children – Shannon, Jimmy and Derek.

                                    Linda Birkeland

                                    Vice President of Finance & Treasurer

                                    Linda holds the titles of Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at The Hallen Construction Company, Inc.

                                    A proud member of the Hallen team since 2010, Linda is a New York State Certified Public Accountant.  Before joining the company, she worked in public accounting for eleven years and has an additional ten years of accounting experience in private industry as Director of Finance for a non-profit organization and Manager of General Accounting for a publicly traded company.

                                    Linda graduated with a master’s degree in accounting and taxation from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

                                        Edward Fitzgerald

                                        Vice President of Operations

                                        Ed has been with The Hallen Construction Company, Inc. for over 30 years and is currently the Vice President of Operations. During his tenure with the company, he has been involved with securing and running various contracts from keyhole excavation to mains and services for Hallen’s two largest customers, National Grid and Con Edison.

                                        The epitome of working your way up “the hard way,” Ed has climbed the ladder during his career at Hallen from Dispatcher to Vice President of Operations. His passion and motivation are a testament to his continued success with the company.

                                        Currently overseeing the Paving and Drafting departments, Ed works daily with EHS and Operations to ensure the quality and safety for which Hallen Construction is known and respected.

                                        Ed also coordinates all New York City and community relations which involve negotiations and responsibility for all violations, customer complaints and permitting.