Executive Team

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Mark E. Filanc, PE, DBIA

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Mark Filanc holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering/Water from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in Construction Management, from Stanford University. He has over 30 years of experience in water/wastewater design and construction, as well as extensive expertise in all areas of project management including: technical engineering, CPM scheduling, estimating, planning, safety, quality assurance/control, value engineering, groundwater evaluation and control, shoring systems, cost control, concrete design, formwork and falsework design, piping and mechanical installations, client relations, labor relations, jobsite organization, and resource allocation.

Mark is a registered professional engineer in the State of California and has been designated as a Design-Build Professional in Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) charter group for lifetime experience. This designation is intended to create an accepted and recognized educational standard for experienced, professional and knowledgeable practitioners who possess a qualified and quantified level of expertise in design-build project delivery.

An experienced negotiator, Mark has negotiated labor agreements for both Filanc and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) for over 20 years. He is past chairman and current member of DBIA’s Water Committee, President of the San Diego Chapter of AGC and an instructor at the national level for AGC’s Supervisory Training Program.

Mark was also on the 2008 Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America, Imperial Council and selected as a 2010 Silver Beaver Award recipient for his distinguished volunteer service with the Scouting program.

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Harry S. Cosmos

Harry serves as Filanc’s President and has 38 years of experience in the construction industry. He is the first non-Filanc family member to hold this position. Harry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Civil Engineering as well as a Post Baccalaureate in Construction Engineering. He began his career at Filanc 27 years ago as a project engineer, advancing to project manager then project executive.

Filanc was an early adaptor of the design-build delivery method; Harry has worked on and managed 7 design-build projects since 1996 totaling over $210 million. As design-build lends itself to partnering, Harry leads all design and construction partnering efforts, which involves the project owner and design engineer at the earliest stages of the project. This process ensures delivery of the most sustainable, efficient, and cost effective project for the owner.

Harry also facilitates Filanc’s in-house mentoring program, Leadership Edge, which cultivates continued education, personal development, and building relationships while working within Filanc’s Core Values of Integrity, Respect, and Problem Solving.

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Vincent L. Diaz

Vice President, Construction Operations
Vince has 41 years of industry experience and serves as Vice President of Construction Operations and is our most experienced senior project manager. Vince has been with Filanc for 26 years and started as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. In recent years, Vince has successfully completed two design-build projects totaling $74 million, one of which was a DBIA Regional Award winner. An active leader in the Design-Build Institute of American and Associated General Contractors of America, Vince brings his vast construction experience and exceptional leadership skills to each project he manages.

Vince oversees all field operations of the company, which involves: administering the quality assurance/quality control program, furnishing technical engineering and construction expertise to Filanc field personnel; coordination of construction equipment resources; staffing decisions; interfacing with project owners; overall responsibility for field safety; coordinating project CPM scheduling; reviewing project costs; and reporting the status of field operations to the President and Chairman. He personally leads all partnering efforts, which begin with pre-construction services and include assistance with city permitting and offering alternative design and construction options that are compatible with owner budgets. In addition to his role directing Filanc’s construction operations, Vince is involved as President Emeritus of Western Pacific Region, Design-Build Institute of America and is a Labor Negotiations Committee member of the Associated General Contractors of America.


Kevin J. Elliott

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Kevin is Chief Financial Officer of J.R. Filanc Construction. He comes to Filanc with 28 years of experience in the construction industry including the former Roel Construction Co., Inc., a 95 year old private commercial general building contractor operating in the Western US with peak revenues of $350,000,000. Kevin’s career as part of this well-respected family construction business, began in 1985 after graduating from San Diego State University with a BS in Business Information Systems. Holding positions from Estimator, Project Accountant, Project Manager, Comptroller, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operations Officer, and President has made Kevin an expert in all facets of the operations, Risk Management, Financial, and Executive Management of a successful construction company as well as the Standard of Care related to them. His participation in the industry and community through organizations such as the Associated General Contractors (AGC), where he has served on the National Board of Directors, and the San Diego Chapter of the AGC where he is a past president and serves on the board of directors, and as a member of numerous other associations, has provided opportunities to use his experience and expertise to bring attention to the challenges the contractor, the owner and the work force all face in delivering projects on time and on budget while minimizing the risks. Kevin is also an accomplished speaker and presenter.

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David J. Kiess

Vice President and Director of Repair and Maintenance Division
David directs the Repair and Maintenance Division at J.R. Filanc Construction, which specializes in performing maintenance and completing upgrades and scheduled repairs under Annual Maintenance Agreements, small construction projects through Job Order Contracting (JOC) arrangements, and making emergency repairs for wastewater and water treatment plants and related facilities.

With over 30 years of experience at Filanc, David is able to help our clients solve problems efficiently and cost effectively. His role involves providing the planning, resources, and supervision for the Repair and Maintenance Division.

Additionally, he has participated in the civil and mechanical design and engineering of several major projects. Through innovative value-engineering ideas, he has saved owners of water and wastewater treatment plants hundreds of thousands of dollars during his tenure at J.R. Filanc Construction.

David is a member of CWEA (California Water Environment Association) and AWPCA (Arizona Water & Pollution Control Association).

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Bob Zaiser

Chief Estimator
Bob began at J.R. Filanc Construction Company as a Senior Estimator and was promoted to the position of Chief Estimator. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. In 2009, he advanced to the Executive Team while still maintaining his duties as Chief Estimator. Prior to joining Filanc, he was the water group manager at ARB, Inc., for three years, responsible for managing the construction of multiple water and wastewater projects. He also completed earlier projects as project manager. Before working at ARB, Bob owned and managed his own company, JBI Water & Wastewater. He has been in the construction industry since 1981 and employed with J.R. Filanc Construction since 2006.

Bob’s responsibilities include overseeing and coordinating the estimating of water and wastewater projects including soliciting and evaluating subcontractors and equipment suppliers. His work includes analyzing value engineering options and conceptual estimates for all trades and major change orders on existing projects are evaluated, estimated and negotiated in conjunction with the project manager.

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Norbert J. Schulz

Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
Norbert has 25 years of experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology/Geophysics and a Master of Science in Geological Oceanography and Business Administration.

His responsibilities include development and implementation of marketing and business development strategies, including fostering strategic business relationships, developing the company’s annual marketing plan, and providing overall leadership to the company’s marketing department.

Previous to Filanc, Norbert has years of experience providing high level environmental and engineering consulting services to industrial, commercial and governmental clients on their most complex projects. He led the successful start-up of an office in San Diego for Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc. (BBL), which was subsequently acquired by ARCADIS U.S, Inc. (ARCADIS). Prior to joining BBL, he was the interim manager of URS Corporation’s San Diego office, which consisted of 125 staff members offering environmental (hazardous waste related, NEPA/CEQA permitting and planning, geotechnical, construction management, transportation engineering, and water resources services.

Norbert has written numerous publications and presentations including “Environmental Services and Hazardous Waste Technologies” and “Environmental Risk Management Tools”, to name a few. He currently is a member of DBIA, CWEA and participates in the Navy Liaison Committee for AGC San Diego.

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Omar Rodea, PE, DBIA, QSD

Director of Construction Engineering
Omar serves as Filanc’s Director of Construction Engineering. As Preconstruction Services Manager, Omar leads the performance of formal value engineering and constructability reviews performed as part of Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) and design-build projects, coordinates the bid handoff process between estimating and construction and initiates project controls including baseline scheduling, purchasing and project accounting. Project-specific construction quality, stormwater management and safety plans are also developed as part of preconstruction. Post-award, Omar oversees Filanc’s Construction Engineering Department responsible for the development of shop and lift drawings, work packages and other services to support construction.

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Gary Silverman, PE, BCEE, DBIA, ENV SP

Director of Design Engineering
Gary serves as Filanc’s Director of Design Engineering. Gary has a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Environmental) and is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Hawaii. As the Director of Design Engineering, Gary leads the effort for Filanc in becoming a truly integrated Master Builder. Gary has devoted his entire career to the water and wastewater industry. He has a well-rounded and comprehensive background having worked in both the public and private sector directing, managing and executing a diverse range of complex projects through multiple forms of project delivery. His experience includes water and wastewater system infrastructure design, treatment facility design, treatment process evaluations, alternative analyses, water supply planning, and water quality and regulatory investigations.