About

At Innovative Construction, taking ownership in every single project, large or small, allows us to put an emphasis on producing a quality result. Across our diverse portfolio of projects, pride in our work is evident in the completed projects. Innovative Construction is committed to providing each client with a level of service that exceeds expectations. This is accomplished by an experienced and motivated team that is knowledgeable, reliable and thorough.

Innovative Construction is a leader in providing value-added construction service to our clients by creating a successful partnership throughout the construction process. We believe in QUALITY workmanship, which we consistently deliver through our EXPERIENCE. Our INTEGRITY is based on forming lasting relationships with our clients as evidenced by a high percentage of referrals and repeat clients.

 

Our Team

James Carlson

James Carlson

President
James' Bio

Jim graduated from Southern Tech in 1971. While in school he began his construction career as a laborer. Over the years he advanced to foreman, superintendent, project manager, VP of Operations and Executive VP for a national based construction company. During those years he continued to attend classes and seminars on project management, client – customer – contractor partnership, quality control (project and corporate level), NAHRA inspection, multi-trade & building material seminars and OSHA.

 

 

Randy Gifford

Randy Gifford

Vice President
Randy's Bio

Originally from Ohio, Randy graduated from the International Union of Operating Engineers in 1982. Over the years, he has continued his education receiving certificates from Harvard University in construction management and landscape design. Randy has worn many hats over the years, working as an Operating Engineer, Superintendent, Project Manager, and Vice President of Operations. His expertise is in coordinating and scheduling projects to complete on time and on budget. Randy holds licenses in 25 states across the country and founded Innovative Construction in 2005 with co-owner Jim Carlson.

Lia Benevides

Lia Benevides

VP of Finance
Lia's Bio

Lia has over 20 years of experience in public and corporate accounting as well as internal auditing. A Rhode Island native, she graduated from Salve Regina University with a BS in Finance and a MS in Accounting. She began her career in public accounting through auditing not-for-profit, real estate, construction, healthcare and government agencies. Serving as the Manager of Internal Audit for the Rhode Island Airport Corporation and supporting the airport’s Board of Directors; she went on to become the Controller for a defense contractor in Middletown, Rhode Island. A Certified Fraud Examiner, she joined Innovative Construction in 2016.

Josh Arruda

Josh Arruda

Senior Project Manager
Josh's Bio

A Rhode Island native, Josh graduated from the New England Institute of Technology in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree in Architectural Engineering which followed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management.  Josh has worked in the construction industry since 2000 performing renovations and new construction in the residential and commercial sectors. He started his career with Innovative Construction in 2011 as a Superintendent. Josh is consistently developing his skills along with numerous client relations as an estimator and project manager.

 

Alanna Harley

Alanna Harley

Project Manager
Alanna's Bio

A Rhode Island native, Alanna holds a BS in Interior Design from Mount Ida College. In 2013 she relocated to Los Angeles, where she worked for C.W. Eisner, as an Interior Design Assistant overseeing multiple high end residential projects. Working closely with custom woodworkers, upholsters and finishers to achieve the client’s vision, she oversaw projects through installation. She also coordinated photoshoots of completed residences, two of which appeared in LUXE Magazine. Upon returning to the Ocean State, Alanna worked for a tile showroom before joining Innovative Construction in January 2017.

Jonathan Yaghjian

Jonathan Yaghjian

Project Manager/Estimator
Jonathan's Bio
In high school Jonathan always had a passion for construction and architecture, after attending classes in high school for architectural design (CADD) – he decided to attend New England Tech; after graduation.  At New England Tech, Jonathan was enrolled in the architectural design program, where he graduated with a Associates Degree in Architectural Design. Jonathan decided to further his education in Construction Management at NEIT, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. After graduating from NEIT in 2012 Jonathan went to work for a local store front & curtain wall manufacture, where he acted as a Project Manager for the store front division. Jonathan joined Innovative Construction in May of 2014 as a Project Manager/ Estimator.

 

Dana Braun

Dana Braun

Designer
Dana's Bio

Dana has always had a passion for the arts and interest in the design field. Dana graduated from Bethany College in 1991 with a BA in English and spent 10 years working for MAY Company in their credit department. While working as an executive she realized how much she enjoyed space planning and went back to school where she received a certificate for residential design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2003. Since then she has worked as a kitchen and bath designer and loves guiding clients through the detailed design process from beginning to end. Dana joined Innovative in 2015.

Allisha Jacyszyn

Allisha Jacyszyn

Project Manager
Allisha's Bio
Design and Project Management were always important to Allisha. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design. Allisha started out her career working with interior design firms that merchandised new construction single family homes, town-homes, and multi-family homes on the East Coast of the US. In 2008, Allisha started working for the largest timeshare company where she became a Project Coordinator for their Renovation Department and obtained her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. This certification helped in her use of Project Management practices and Quick-Changeover techniques to run multiple projects concurrently & synchronize project logistics; enhancing all aspects of any project. In 2015, Allisha became the Assistant Project Manager to Director of Engineering for the Orlando International Airport (OIA), Leading the Design Team selected in designing the new South Terminal C, Phase 1 for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA). Allisha joined Innovative Construction December of 2017 as a Project Manager.

Meghan Pinksaw

Meghan Pinksaw

Lead Estimator
Meghan's Bio
Meghan is currently a student at the New England Institute of Technology where she is furthering her education to advance her career. She began her career in the construction industry working in the field on jobs sites with Innovative Construction, Inc. in 2012. She then started working in the office answering the phones and learning the basic construction terminology. Realizing that she enjoyed the construction industry and started to work hand in hand with the skilled team at Innovative, where she is consistency developing her knowledge in the construction industry.
Doug Fingliss

Doug Fingliss

Director of Information Technology
Doug's Bio
Doug graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in “Business Information Systems” from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His early work experience included managing a computer services establishment to a later position with a self-service kiosk solutions company. Here he did everything from project management for large clients (including PepsiCo, the US military, the Washington Redskins, and more) to ongoing technical support to developing a product and sales channel aimed at self-service solutions for the banking industry. Eventually he left this company, becoming part owner of a technology consulting company. From this experience he then began his own technology consulting firm specializing in solutions for small to mid-sized businesses.

Throughout this consulting time he had the pleasure to work with Innovative Construction. As he continued through life he found himself spending considerable time working with ICI and their amazing team. Watching the company grow consistently, he became an employee in 2011 and, later, a full time employee. He now enjoys his time planning, deploying, and maintaining various communication and other technologies for Innovative and their family.

Alex Saurette

Alex Saurette

Assistant Director of IT
Alex's Bio
Assistant Director of Information Technology
Alex is a graduate of Becker College where his focus was on Video Game Design, Art Design, and Music Production. He later attended classes at the Community College of Rhode Island for Information Technology. Alex began working at Innovative Construction in 2017.
Laura Valliancourt

Laura Valliancourt

Accounting Assistant
Laura's Bio
Accounting Assistant

Laura is a Tiverton, RI native and holds a BFA from the Maine College of Art with a concentration in photography. Laura has been working as a professional photographer since 2001 and also has over 20 years of experience in sales and customer service. Laura brings a strong team work ethic and that, coupled with her organizational skills, make her invaluable in our accounting department. Laura began working at Innovative Construction in 2017.

Chewbacca Gifford

Chewbacca Gifford

Office Pup
Chewie's Bio

Chews on everything.