Business Spotlight: Jesco Brick & Concrete Masonry

Here’s the story of a fellow Long Islander, Brett Ladd, President and CEO of Jesco Brick & Concrete Masonry.

Hey Brett! Let’s start from the beginning. As the President/CEO/Artistic Director/Founder of Jesco Brick & Concrete Masonry, have you always been entrepreneurial?

Absolutely! I was THAT kid! You know, the one who sold candy in school to make some extra money. Thankfully I learned to hustle and work hard at a young age and I still apply those principles in my work today.

Tell us about the pre-Jesco Brett.

I am originally from Queens but moved to Nesconset when I was 13 and attended Sachem Schools. At 17 years old, I decided to lease a coffee truck route as my first real entrepreneurial venture (not including my childhood candy game). two years later, I started a successful towing business with 4 tow trucks. After running the business for 14 years, I sold the towing business, having grown it to 32 trucks.

Is that when Jesco was born?

Yes, well sort of. At this point I am a young man who has already created a business, grown it and sold it. The entrepreneur in me was looking for more challenging work, and this time I wanted to do something I was passionate about where I could incorporate my artistic expression. I was always interested in design and creation. It was at this point that I spoke with a close family member who was in the masonry business. I spent the next year shadowing him on his every day routine. I must have asked a million questions of him in order to really get to know the business. I knew masonry and artistic creations was exactly what I wanted to do. After picking his brain, I asked for (and received) his blessing to go out on my own… and Jesco was born!

What is the one thing Jesco Brick & Concrete is known for over it’s competitors?

With Jesco, its not just about aesthetics. There are many talented masonry businesses in this area. What truly sets us apart is our meticulous workmanship and customer service. Not only are we about making things look great, we are built for longevity as well. We are about construction and base as well as aesthetics.

Our clients are treated like family and every job is done with the caring a precision we would give as if we were working on our own homes. This is why we get so many repeat customers.

What would you want current or potential customers to know about Jesco that they may not know already?

Jesco has also done over 100 house rehabs and flips throughout Long Island. So if anyone knows any potential fix and flips, give us a call.

Also, we do plenty of the “unglamorous” jobs as well, including basement entrances, stoops, sidewalks, etc.

Has Jesco received any awards or recognitions?

We are very proud to be featured in both the Nicolock and the Cambridge Paving Stone catalogues. These huge companies have their choice of thousands of mason’s work and they chose Jesco. It is both exciting and humbling to be chosen.

Is Jesco involved in any local charity work or community groups?

Both during and before the pandemic hit, Jesco has been involved in donations to essential workers. We also donate regularly to local not-for-profits, fundraisers, etc. It’s always been very important for me to give back.

What has been the biggest “win” in Jesco’s history?

The biggest win is definitely the loyal and repeat customers. They are the reason we have been able to achieve this level of success.

What was your favorite backyard creation you have ever done?

A few years back a gentleman with a home on the bluff in Rocky Point gave me total creative control with the project and I ran with it! He gave me a budget of $350K and I created what you see below. How did I do?

What is the biggest risk you have taken with your business?

Other than starting the business in the first place, the biggest risk I have taken is buying the building where my office is in Farmingville. I really wanted to make Jesco a permanent staple in the industry and on Long Island and felt having a permanent home for my business was important.

If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

Honestly? Nothing. Every bump and bruise is a learning experience. We try to get better every single day. Every mistake and misstep allows us to learn and get better. One of the keys to a successful business is to constantly learn new things and evolve.

Thanks for sharing your story Brett! How can our audience get ahold of you?

It was my pleasure! Check out our website at www.JescoBrick.com

Give us a call at (631) 846-9800 or message us on Facebook.

On Instagram, we can be found @patio_assassin or @JescoBrickLI

Business Spotlight: Ackerman Law PLLC

Ackerman Law PLLC, founded by Michael S. Ackerman, is based on Long Island, and its professionals have been serving Long Island’s real estate needs since 2002.

How did Ackerman Law PLLC get started?

Ackerman Law PLLC was founded by Michael S. Ackerman. Michael has focused in Real Estate since 2001. While in law school, Michael interned at a major title insurance company and from there went on to become counsel, where he advised attorney’s daily on real estate and title matters. The experience and knowledge obtained during that time helped form the solid foundation he now has in Real Estate law.  Michael went on to open his own law firm and has been in business since 2004.

Tell us more about Ackerman Law. How can you help fellow Long Islanders?

Ackerman Law PLLC is a law firm focusing in Real Estate transactions, servicing a wide variety of clients, ranging from the first time home buyer to the sophisticated real estate investor as well as the private to institutional lender.

We handle :

  • Single and Multi-Family Homes
  • Cooperative Apartments
  • Condominiums, Town Houses and Homeowner’s Associations
  • New Constructions and Condo-Offerings
  • Vacant Land
  • Bank-Owned and Foreclosed Properties
  • Commercial and Mixed-Use
  • Short-Sales

What is the one thing your business is known for over your competitors?

Ackerman Law PLLC is known for and prides itself on its ability and reputation for getting the deal done, providing its clients the highest levels of customer service, satisfaction and speed.   This is why we make ourselves accessible to move your deal and closing forward, at all times necessary. Ackerman Law PLLC understands that real estate moves quickly and therefore each transaction is treated with urgency all the while paying attention to detail.

Our reputation for service, experience and speed is based upon our results.  We perform same-day turnaround times on contract preparation and negotiation, accessibility to speak with our clients, realtors and other attorneys at all times necessary to move the deal forward, and our transparent approach.  Our clients appreciate how we treat them not only as clients but also as friends and family.

What would you want current or potential customers to know about your business that they may not know already?

Ackerman Law PLLC focuses in real estate so rest assured that when you work with us, you have a team behind you that has the experience, knowledge and resources necessary to get from contract to close as seamlessly and efficiently as possible.  

What is the biggest “win” in your business’ history?

We see every see every closing we do for our clients as a win, as well as the numerous referrals we receive from previous clients and real estate professionals as a win.  We like winning!

Thanks for sharing your story with us. Where can people get in touch with you?

Ackerman Law PLLC 

Michael S. Ackerman

Email: michael@ackermanlawyers.com 

Phone: 516-877-1500

Web: www.AckermanLawyers.com

Business Spotlight: George Scarpias – Licensed Real Estate Broker

Here’s the story of a lifelong Long Islander, George Scarpias, who, through his hard work and dedication, has helped hundreds of Long Island families buy or sell their homes.

Hi George! Lets start from the beginning. How did you get started in Real Estate?

I became a real estate agent because I saw a need for change in a very dated industry. Real Estate has become too much of a transaction and less of an experience. I wanted to give a fun and exciting spin to Real Estate by actually treating people like family. Since inception, the Scarpias Team has grown to a team of twelve like-minded, local parents.

What is your connection to Long Island?

Born and raised in Massapequa and a resident for almost 40 years, I have deep roots in the community. I graduated Massapequa High School as captain of the men’s soccer team and have three beautiful children in the school system. In fact, our entire team are local moms and dads.

My business involves buying, selling and renting both Residential and Commercial properties from Montauk to Manhattan. We have many ties to the local markets and have become some of the most referred agents in the local Moms and Dads Groups on Facebook. We are proud to have brought a fun and exciting real estate experience to over 400 local families from these groups.

What is one thing your team is known for over your competitors?

We give a one of a kind experience by always going above and beyond for our clients. Our family first approach makes every client part of the family.

We believe going the extra mile makes a world of a difference. Real Estate fast & furious leaves you with many questions. Our goal is to make your deal as smooth as possible.

What would you want current or potential clients to know about your business that they may not know already?

During the holiday season, we run a Christmas light show on our house that we customize with music and dancing lights. We are known as “The Massapequa Christmas House” on Facebook. We collect toys and donations for a local children’s hospital. During the pandemic, we were able to donate 10,000 “ear savers” for first responders.

What is the biggest “win” in your business’ history?

The biggest “win” for our business I would say, has to be the massive support we have received from the local Moms and Dads groups. The support has been amazing over the years and we are so unbelievably grateful every single day. The George Scarpias Team has become a household name for anything Real Estate.

Has your business won any awards?

Yes we have! We are proud of all of the awards and recognitions we have received:

  • Companywide Top Listing & Sales Agent 2017-2020
  • Top 20 Under 40 Rising Star
  • Coach Pinnacle Agent Top 1% Sales Long Island
  • Pulse Magazine Power Broker of Long Island
  • Presidents’ Club Hall of Fame

You mentioned the charitable work you have done through your Christmas House. What other charities and community groups are you involved with?

We are involved in charities for The John Theissen Children Foundation, The Ashley Wade Foundation, Be a Kid Foundation. We also support local businesses and sports teams in addition to the Massapequa Christmas House.

Thanks for sharing with us, George! Where can people get in touch with you?

People can reach me directly at (516) 330-1949 or via email at GScarpias@coachrealtors.com. Please also follow us on Facebook!

Homeowner Alliance

Here’s the story of fellow Long Islanders, David Pescetto and Cookie Tini, who have created a non-profit, Homeowner Alliance, where prospective home buyers and sellers could receive guidance and assistance.

Hi Cookie and Dave! How did you get started with Homeowner Alliance?

We started as a small group of individuals who were in search of helping homeowners create a place where they could receive sincere guidance and assistance. As we were sitting around and talking, we couldn’t believe how many homeowner’s had trouble with attorneys, banks, real estate agents, and investors taking advantage of them and sometimes even making matters worse.   Unfortunately, some of us have lived through these same nightmares with our own homes and/or family members.  We have learned firsthand the agonizing struggles working with incompetent banks, real estate agents, attorneys and investors alike.

​We have heard all too many times a client telling us:

  1. “The bank won’t talk to us.”
  2. “The agent was nice, but had no idea what they were doing.”
  3. “We have paid an exuberant amount of money to an attorney to try to save our house, but wound up losing it anyway.”
  4. “I trusted an investor who promised me a place to live and money, but never delivered.”
  5. “I was told that I would be able to get a modification done and paid the person to do it and found out that they never even sent in the paperwork and I was hung out to dry.”

​Unfortunately, the above are just a small fraction of what we hear. However, it is important to note that there are amazing banks, attorneys, real estate agents and investors out there.   In fact, we personally work with many of them who have a proven track record and an outstanding reputation.

After all the sad stories we heard, we decided to take matters into our own hands and opened up a non-profit. When working with us you will find FAIR and HONEST guidance regarding your situation.  We will do all we can to keep families in their homes and preserve communities.  Please remember YOU are not alone.

What services do you offer?

Homeowner Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to homeowners struggling with the many obstacles of home-ownership and navigating through difficult bank guidelines. Our first line of defense is to help you KEEP your home!  If you are having issues with your mortgage, we are here to help you.  Our services include: loan modification, foreclosure assistance, auctions, distressed properties, probate, tax liens, divorce circumstances, and real estate sales. Going through any of these situations can be very daunting and confusing, our goal is to educate homeowners and help them arrive at the best outcome. We know confidentiality is very important to most people and we value your privacy. 

What is the one thing your business is known for over your competitors?

First and foremost, we are ALWAYS honest, compassionate and transparent. Collectively we have over 20 years in the real estate and mortgage industry.  If we can’t help a homeowner, we will steer them in the right direction and recommend them to someone who can, even if that is a competitor.

What would you want current or potential customers to know about your business that they may not know already?

More important than our collective experience in the real estate industry is that we have experienced firsthand what it is like to be a distressed homeowner and/or lose a home. Experiencing sleepless nights, frustration, confusion and stress can be overwhelming and sometimes unbearable to handle.  However, we also know what it takes to alleviate these concerns and get the best outcome for the homeowner. 

What is the biggest “win” in your business’ history? Explain what it was, how it came about, and what it meant to your business.

The biggest win for us was when we realized we could help homeowner’s that have all types of mortgages including a reverse mortgage which we were told could not be done.  Marie was a 79-year-old widow who was being harassed by every investor, attorney and short sale company.  One day I knocked on Marie’s door and we talked through a window for some time and when she felt comfortable with me, she invited me in.  She was super stressed and extremely overwhelmed.  I sat at Marie’s kitchen table and listened to her story.  As we were sitting there, she received 4 consecutive phone calls from the same short sale company (she was very upset about this constant harassment), on the 4th call I asked if I could answer the phone and speak on her behalf, she agreed and fortunately I spoke with the caller and stopped the harassment.  As we continued to talk it came to light that Marie did not tell her children what she was going through for the past 3 years. When we were done speaking, I told her we would try to help her and if we couldn’t we would recommend her to someone who could. I suggested she speak with her children and let them know what was happening.  In addition, I suggested that the next time we meet it was important to have all or at least one of her children present. The next time we met she told me she discussed everything with her children and gave me her sons number and asked me to explain to him what was going on.  Once we had both Marie and her children on board, paperwork was signed, we were able to move forward and get the best outcome for Marie.  We settled with the bank, obtained moving and living expenses for her to start her new journey.   Knowing that we could now help the elderly with reverse mortgages has meant a lot to us and the homeowner.

What else should we know about Homeowner Alliance?

If you’re going through any of these situations or know someone who is please don’t hesitate to Call, text or email our office today and one of our advocates will be there to assist with any question you may have.

Our goal is to educate homeowners and help them arrive at the best outcome.

Homeowner Alliance

www.homeownerallianceusa.org

ha.advocate20@gmail.com

David Pescetto Cell: (516) 474-3944

Cookie Tini Cell: (631) 509-3886