Company Information

Richard Senior – In Memoriam


Rich Senior was the guide and inspiration behind Empire’s creation. From the very beginning he worked closely with his son Richie Junior to create a business founded on integrity and trust. Senior’s background initiated around one and two family rehabilitation projects throughout the five boroughs… before expanding into all facets of construction as the company grew. Even though Senior is no longer with us, his spirt and guidance continues to strive within the company. His playful way, storytelling and limitless patience may be missed… but the memory of Senior continues to bring a smile to the people that knew him. We love and miss him.

Richard Junior


Richie Junior started learning sales early, while attending customer appointments with his father at the young age of 5. From that point forward there was no separating the father and son team.

Junior’s strength has always been found in his attention to detail and his natural ability to acutely understand client expectations. In 1992, when Junior completed his Business Management degree from Hofstra University, he solidified the foundation he needed to manage a growing business.

With a strong background in Commercial Rehabilitation, Security System Integration and Energy Conservation Methodologies, Richie Junior brings another facet to the EmpireHD company resume.

Vinny Farese

Senior Project Manager / Site Superintendent

As a member of the EmpireHD team since 2010, Vinny brings over 30 years of construction management experience. As our Senior Project Manager and a registered DOB Construction Superintendent, Vinny consistently leads multi-discipline teams in the successful completion of our most detailed projects.

Vinny’s strong communication skills and extensive knowledge of the construction business make him a vital member of our management team.

Vinny holds an Associates of Mechanical Engineering from New York City College of Technology and a Certificate for Plan Reading & Project Superintendent from Bergen Community College.

Robert Ciminera

Project Manager / Site Superintendent

Rob, with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, has been a member of the EmpireHD team since in 2014.

Since his early years, Rob has always been a quick learner and now finds himself overseeing multi-million dollar projects with precision and care. As a strong Project Manager, Rob is responsible for the overall performance and the success of many of our projects. His role as PM involves client liaison , design team coordination, subcontractor oversight, construction crew scheduling and material takeoffs… all important facets in the support of a successful project.

Marjorie Benson

Operations Manager

Marjorie has worked in the construction industry since 2014 and has over 20 years of experience in Management, Accounting, Bookkeeping and Payroll.

In her role as Operations Manager, Marjorie oversees the day-to-day operations and keeps the business side of EmpireHD running smoothly. Strategic planning, scheduling, purchasing, administration and field coordination are just a few of her strong areas. And when combined with her proficiency in the many industry platforms (AIA, DOB Now, DEP, DOT…), she has proven to be an indispensable member of our team.

Since joining EmpireHD, Marjorie has balanced her “bull-dog” style with her sunshine personality in order to get things done.

John Frechen

Client Relations

John has been in the construction industry for over 40 years. He brings wide-ranging skills… starting from hands on trade experience and progressing to an unmatched commitment to customer relations and open communication. Because of his extensive background, John provides strong problem solving skills for both Empire and the valued customers served. If you are looking to complete a new construction related project, John has the knowledge to help you through the process.


New York

• New York City License #0910164
• Nassau County License #H0430080000
• Suffolk County License #53294-H
• Westchester License #WC-12482-H02
• Yonkers License #4221
• NYS Security and Fire Alarm System License #12000306413
• NYSERDA – ENERGY STAR sponsored BPI Building Analyst Certification in energy conservation
• NYSERDA – ENERGY STAR sponsored BPI Envelope Certification


New Jersey

• Registration #13VH08199600


North Carolina

• General Contractor Builder License (Residential & Commercial) #63723
• Chapel Hill License #7578
• Low Voltage Electrical License #SP.FA/LV.26876
• Alarm License #1949-CSA


Federal and Product Specific

• EPA Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Certification #75373-2
• Firestone Building Products License #69604
• NTS Level 1 – Certified Alarm Technician