Photography by ChiChi Ubiña
Tell us about yourself and your family. Where did you grow up/go to school?
Born and raised in New Canaan, CT where my father started and ran the YMCA for 35 years. I married Patty Pierce of Stamford in 1985. After our first son was born we moved to Branford, CT where we have been for almost 30 years. My wife is a busy Interior Decorator working all over CT. Our oldest son is responsible for Digital Marketing for Performix and Toyota USA Northeast Region. Our youngest son is a Project Manager for Permasteelisa NA erecting curtainwall systems on the tallest buildings in the world.
Tell us about your job/business.
I have been in construction for all the working years of my life. I started out in the early 70’s in the residential business in Fairfield County, CT. I began my corporate construction career in 1984 in a senior role with a national developer. In 1994 after returning home from an assignment in Taipei, Taiwan I returned to the custom residential business by starting my company E.M. Rose Builders, Inc. E.M. Rose is a high-end residential builder working only on architect-designed projects in Connecticut and New York. Our projects demand the highest standards for quality and we have the financial controls to match. Our clients want to know everything about their project and want the control that comes with Knowing More. We perform all our work openly and transparently enabling our clients and architects to Know More about their project, so the entire team can Build Better.
What sets your company apart from the rest?
We pride ourselves on implementing the latest technologies in order to stay current, competitive and effective. Our Estate Care Group represents our uncompromising commitment to our clients and the homes we build. Our clients know that we not only build at the highest level of quality, but unlike most builders, we also take responsibility for our workmanship and quality by continuing to take care of your home long after construction is completed.
What led you to getting a Samsung phone?
Samsung’s reputation for innovation, reliability and warranty. We wanted to be on the Android operating systems because of its versatility and ease of implementing new apps and integrating with other systems we depend on. Samsung builds the best hardware for the Android operating system and our employees can also walk into any Verizon store and have their phones serviced and repaired.
Which one do you have?
All of our employees; from laborers to the CEO carry a Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S6 Edge.
What role does your Samsung Galaxy phone play at work?
Our smart phones allow all our employees to manage their time effectively and enter their payroll hours. We can work in our Project Management System, create and manage images of all our projects. Our employees can connect and participate in internal self-improvement and training projects. We can communicate seamlessly with all our colleagues and project stakeholders. We can review field conditions remotely via video or photos in real time increasing our effectiveness and reducing our management costs. We can scan, distribute, receive and view every kind of project document quickly and easily.
What are your 3 favorite features of your Samsung Galaxy phone?
- The pulldown notification panel that allows me to view all of the activity on my hone and quickly sift through all my various messages and received documents and prioritize what to manage first.
- Control over every type of notification in every app on my phone.
- The constant upgrading and improvement of all my phone apps.
What are your top 3 favorite apps?
- Google Maps
- Office 365
If you could design an app for the future, what would you make?
A phone app that could take a picture and place the image in any document or folder anywhere on my phone with no more than two clicks.
What do you think is the best invention (so far) in your lifetime?