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Pair of RIT Graduates Build Their Firm Rapidly

Rochester’s Top 100

Pair of RIT Graduates Build Their Firm Rapidly

Co-owners of Hamilton Stern Construction formed the company 5 years ago.

Rochester Business Journal, December 2014

RBJ-articleWhen Justin Hamilton and Chris Stern launched Hamilton Stern Construction LLC nearly 5 years ago, the two never looked back. “We were ready and knew we would do whatever it took to succeed, “Hamilton said.

The two civil engineers met as students at Rochester Institute of Technology and used the contacts they had made in the field, along with the right hires and old-fashioned hard work, to grow their firm.

The co-owners of the Pittsford construction management company said the company owes it’s early success to word-of-mouth marketing, several repeat customers and the chemistry between it’s cofounders.

Hamilton and Stern’s dream of owning a business together began in 1998, when they met as teammates on the RIT basketball team. They hit it off instantly.

After graduating in 2003, they worked as project engineers at MLB Construction Services LLC in Ballston Spa, Saratoga County, before pursuing separate ventures.

Stern went to work as a project manager for LeCesse Construction Services LLC; Hamilton became a project manager for Mazzarella & Cannan LLC.

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Article by Andrea Deckert