James Carlson - President
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 - Vice President
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 - VP of Finance
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.
Our team of experienced professionals are dedicated to overseeing each project from beginning to end, ensuring control of the timeline, costs and quality. From bidding and design to purchasing materials and communicating with contactors and laborers, our team is invested in seeing every new build and renovation is completed professionally, safely and efficiently. We are all part of Team Innovative and as a team we all succeed.
Innovative Construction works with experienced local contractors, builders and laborers who work closely with the management team to adhere to project costs and deadlines. Our team complies with federal and state regulations to ensure each build or renovation is completed safely and efficiently, using only quality materials. We are all part of Team Innovative and as a team we all succeed.