Leadership Team

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Leadership Team

Our People

First Finish is comprised of exceptionally diverse and experienced team members. We are leaders, who are empowered to think critically and creatively. Our collective expertise is unique, allowing us to provide honest and efficient responses and solutions.

We think far beyond the project at hand, and we pride ourselves on effective collaboration with our clients. At First Finish, we bridge the gap between all project team members, ensuring only successful results.

David Burman David Burman President & Founder

David founded First Finish with one mission in mind—to deliver fast-track, premier general contracting, and turn-key construction services to the hospitality industry. His in-depth knowledge of the construction industry as a whole and commitment to overall client satisfaction remains the cornerstone of First Finish's success. He takes a hands-on approach with all company projects. Whether tackling an 800+ guest room renovation or undertaking complex public space projects, David has personally overseen more than $175million worth of construction projects.

Bryan Higgins Bryan Higgins Principal/Executive Vice President

Bryan oversees client relations, sales and marketing, business development, operational processes, preconstruction services, and First Finish employees. He plays an integral part in various contract negotiations, having overseen projects in excess of $100 million, and his work has resulted in the award of some of the firm’s largest and most complex projects—including more than 75 large-scale renovation/construction projects. An important voice in the company’s strategic plan and future development, Bryan has also become a resource for ownership groups and management companies—assisting with the planning process of various programs for a number of projects. As First Finish’s environmental champion, Bryan manages compliance for extensive recycling efforts and direction into LEED accredited projects and designs.

Brian Bagniefski Brian Bagniefski Principal/Vice President

Brian is an established expert in fast-track renovation site logistics, including occupied spaces and FF&E installation. His experience ensures the highest level of quality from our team of project managers, superintendents, assistants, and labor staff. Detail-oriented and customer-focused, Brian was instrumental in the development of First Finish’s “punch and field check-off” processes—a cornerstone to the company’s superior track record. Working with our team of well-qualified subcontractors, Brian’s innovative approach to completing challenging projects has gained him a well-deserved reputation for meeting deadlines within complicated budget constraints. Additionally, Brian developed and maintains First Finish’s quality assurance, compliance, and safety programs.

David Puglisi, LEED AP ID+C David Puglisi, LEED AP ID+C Principal/Vice President of Operations

David is responsible for overseeing all aspects of field operations and for offering his professional assistance to the project management and field teams. Having served as an electrical engineer with the U.S. Air Force and being a previous owner and operator in the construction industry, he understands the importance of the simplest details and assists in applying them globally to the project. He has the ability to act as an effective liaison between individuals in the industry and those not in the industry to maintain a constant and productive flow of communication. As a previous superintendent for First Finish, David was involved with extensive renovations for the Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor, Embassy Suites Chevy Chase, Sheraton Baltimore City Center as well as with the Inn at Penn. He was equally instrumental in the award-winning Little Nell, Capital Hilton, and Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill projects.

Jason Stock, LEED AP Jason Stock, LEED AP Vice President of Business Development

Jason is responsible for facilitating strategic alliances as well as the development of all business initiatives. He is tasked with identifying, analyzing, developing and executing expansion into new geographic markets and new revenue streams. With a background in international trade, Jason was formerly a commercial attaché overseas, working with exporters to develop new markets for their products. Jason then founded and ran a bilateral chamber of commerce for several years prior to returning to North America. Additionally, he is heavily involved with directing First Finish’s marketing efforts. Fluent in English, Spanish, and French, Jason represents First Finish in hospitality, construction, and development associations and has held board positions on several state-level, national and international industry associations.

Todd Dagen Todd Dagen Director of Estimating

As director of estimating for First Finish, Todd has been instrumental in landing some of First Finish’s largest and most complex projects. As director of estimating, Todd oversees all projects bid by the First Finish estimating team and is highly involved in all projects with preconstruction services. He ensures the coverage of all materials and work required for a project is properly captured. Through his relationships with subcontractors and suppliers combined with his thorough analysis of all bid elements, Todd ensures the development of full scopes of work at the lowest possible cost, while also providing cost-saving, value-engineering possibilities to the client. Todd has a bachelor of science degree in Architectural Engineering with a focus on Construction Management from Penn State University.

Nick Douglas Nick Douglas Senior Project Manager

With a background in carpentry and business management, Nick has worked on numerous commercial projects in both Australia and the UK. He plays an essential role in maintaining the cohesion of a project—working closely with subcontractors and property management throughout the duration of a project. Having worked as a superintendent and as a project manager for First Finish, Nick has a unique perspective on project operations and utilizes his knowledge gained to ensure successful team collaborations. Skilled in the facilitation of productivity and resource management, Nick is continually driven to attain successful results on all of his projects.

Denis Dunathan Denis Dunathan Senior Project Manager

Denis has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, working in all phases of construction. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in preconstruction planning, budgeting, scheduling, project phasing, and execution. His background is in developing, building, and closing out multifamily apartment projects, having started and completed over 4,000 units in his career. Denis started his construction career at a young age working as a framer and worked his way up to leading teams of people and managing large complicated projects with hard costs ranging from $28 million to $67 million. His intuition and mentoring have helped him build lasting relationships that promote collaboration and teamwork. His positive leadership style has resulted in all of his projects being on schedule and on budget.

Billy Frishman Billy Frishman Senior Project Manager

OSHA-certified and holding a Class-A contractor’s license, Billy has an extensive background in construction. From his experience as the proprietor of BGB Builders, he understands the importance of collaborating productively with all project team members. He maintains a critical awareness of costs accrued throughout all jobs. With keen attention to detail, Billy immediately notices any unforeseen problems and quickly adapts to offer appropriate solutions. Billy is passionate about each project he partakes in, and he plays an essential role in subcontractor and client relations, quality control, and overall project supervision.