Hamilton Stern Construction has grown from two college friends to a team of over 50 employees headquartered in Pittsford, NY. Today, our team is made up of skilled craftsmen, experienced project superintendents, focused project managers, and an office support staff all rooted in our tagline “Small Enough to Listen… Big Enough to Deliver”.
We trust that our team brings the right mix of skills and experience to make each project a success. Our team is an extension of our principles, as well as our direct connection to ensuring a client’s vision is upheld through every decision along the way.

Meet Our Leadership Team


Chris Stern

– Principal –

Chris has a proven track record of success that stems from his keen ability to coordinate trades, accurately set expectations, and develop partnerships that extend beyond the initial project. He builds trust with clients, design professionals, engineers, and vendors alike. His experience includes multi-family housing, retail, healthcare, higher education, and custom residential. Through effective leadership and management, Chris ensures the vision on which Hamilton Stern was founded is not lost as the company grows.


Justin Hamilton

– Principal –

Justin is a results-oriented, hands-on construction professional with experience in virtually every facet of the industry. He has a great eye for details and is widely respected by clients for his creative instincts and use of materials. His construction management portfolio includes numerous commercial projects in higher education, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and many residential projects and renovations. With Justin’s direction, Hamilton Stern has grown from just three employees in 2010 to a multi-faceted company handling large scale commercial and residential projects.


Jason Van Zeilen

– President –

Jason has 30 years of construction experience ranging from superintendent to project executive. His vast experience allows him to effectively manage and understand all aspects of the business. Jason’s integrity, honesty, commitment, and team-focused approach make him a well-rounded leader for the day-to-day field operations. He helps to instill the same values to the Hamilton Stern field team. He frequently visits job sites to ensure quality standards and key milestones are being met.


Chuck Armbruster

– Vice President –

As Vice President, Chuck brings over 40 years of experience to Hamilton Stern Construction. He has been fully immersed in every phase of the construction process and brings a great deal of knowledge and skills to the leadership team. Chuck has supervised and managed projects in many different sectors, including fitness, healthcare, higher education, retail, hospitality, food prep and distribution, industrial and office renovation. His attention to detail and laser-focus on the client’s needs makes him a valuable asset to Hamilton Stern.


Rich Potts

– Executive Vice President –

Rich brings nearly 25 years of construction management leadership to the Hamilton Stern team. His expertise includes projects in affordable housing, senior living facilities, multi-family housing, and healthcare. Rich works closely with clients to understand all components of the project from the client’s perspective, not just the construction piece. This collaborative approach helps to ensure success and a positive outcome for all team members. He is actively involved in building client relationships and developing business.

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