The Team

John A. Vigna, Chairman, CEO and President

Mr. Vigna is a seasoned and accomplished Chief Executive with 30+ years experience having held Visionary and Leadership Positions in various Sectors including Engineering Services, Project Management, Telecommunications, Wireless and Mobile Networks, Computers, Electronics and specialty devices.

He has a Broad background in Finance, Systems, IT, Product Architecture, Development, and Design, QA/QC, Manufacturing and Project Management. He has also been responsible for the Global Launch of Hardware, Software, and Networks, and a broad range of Services, Security and Controls Management.

John has Operations expertise in all areas of Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Process Improvement, Customer Services and Engineering and large scale Project Management. He has both the Strategic and Tactical skills to deliver results that exceed Shareholder, Investor, Board and Customer expectations.

He has held Executive roles in early stage ventures, middle market (Mezzanine and LBO) firms, IPO and large Public Companies. He has the overall leadership role in guiding Garden State to the next level of growth and success. John currently sits on two technology company Board of Directors, the Advisory Board for two technical/engineering schools, and has been an adjunct professor at a number of universities lecturing on project management and systems.

Gary Bender, Executive Vice President

Mr. Bender was previously Chief Financial Officer with three privately held manufacturing and engineering companies following a successful 20+ year career with Air Products and Chemicals.

At Air Products he held a number of key executive roles in finance, business development, operations and general management. Prior to Air Products, he held positions in the international unit of R J Reynolds Industries with assignments in Europe, Canada and Asia.

Gary received his MBA degree from University of North Carolina and his undergraduate degree from Penn State University.

He has served on a number of community zoning boards and is on the boards of two privately owned companies, the Life Sciences Council board, on curriculum advisory boards for two technical engineering schools, the Workforce Investment Board and the Board and Advisory Board of the CFO ALLIANCE.

Maria Bakes, Executive Vice President Business Development and QA/QC

Ms. Bakes has over 40 years of extensive engineering supervision, design and field experience with increasing responsibility in: Construction and Project Management, Scheduling and Estimating, Civil Engineering, Structural Steel Design, Pipe and Cable Tray Support Design, Bridge and Highway Structures, Irrigation Structures, Earth Dam and Hydraulic Structures Design, Site Development including Roads, Parking Lots, Railroads, Demolition, Drainage, etc..

Several noteworthy projects include:

  • South New Jersey Light Rail (from Trenton to Camden)
  • World Trade Center – Towers 1, 2 and 3 and Vehicle Security Center (VSC)
  • Maywood, NJ Remediation Project
  • Massachusetts DOT – Acushnet River Bridge and Dover River Bridge
  • Clinton Nuclear Power Station Construction (Illinois)
  • Rehabilitation of the Williamsburg Bridge Approaches

In addition, Maria is the executive contact for all major accounts in Survey, Engineering and Scanning service deliveries. Reporting to the CEO on all expansion plans and offerings she also heads Business Development, Marketing, and identification of new service offerings.

Ms. Bakes has over nine years of university lecturing on hydraulics and hydrostructures. She has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Bratislava, Czechoslavakia.

Kruno Kunkera, Executive Vice President Engineering, President Garden State, NY

Mr. Kunkera has over 30 years of experience in the surveying and civil/structural engineering fields, working on the planning, design and construction of numerous projects in Tri-State area and throughout the United States. He has done work in the transportation and infrastructure, buildings and sites, universities, power plants, nuclear plants and manufacturing.

Several noteworthy projects include:

  • NJDOT Route 46 and 23 (Wayne, NJ)
  • Route 1 over Millstone River
  • NJTPKE Driscoll Bridge (Woodbridge, NJ)
  • NJ Transit Plauderville Train Station (Lodi, NJ)
  • NJ Transit Broad Street ADA Capacity Relief Improvement (Newark, NJ)
  • NYCDOT Route 9A Battery Park Underpass (NYC, NY)
  • TBTA Whitestone Bridge Bronx Approach (Whitestone, NY)
  • NYCTA 207th Street Overhaul Shop (NYC, NY)
  • NYSDOT Reconstruction of NY Route 120 (Quaker Street ) over Metro North Railroad (Chappaqua, NY)
  • Linden VFT Transformers (Linden, NJ)
  • Conoco Phillips Bayway Refinery (Linden, NJ)
  • Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant (Oyster Creek, NJ)
  • DCO Energy CHCP Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ)
  • DCO Energy Borgata Hot Water Replacement (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • ConEdison/GE – Goethals Substation (Staten Island, NY)
  • Messer Industries – Siderperu (Chimbote, Peru)
  • Lotepro/Linde – KIG Ulsan Plant (South Korea)
  • BOC – Armex Tepeji (Del Rio, Hidalgo, Mexico)
  • Linde – Air Separation Plant (Delta, Ohio)
  • Linde – Air Separation Plant (Lewisville, Arkansas)
  • Keystone/Prologis – Greenville Yards Warehouse Complex (Jersey City, NJ)
  • Prologis – One Enterprise Drive Warehouse Complex (Secaucus, NJ)

Mr. Kunkera holds a B.S. in Civil/Structural Engineering from University of Zagreb, Croatia. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio and a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in New York.

Vincent Zakrzewski, Vice President Survey, Chief of Survey

Mr. Zakrzewski has over 30 years of experience in the surveying industry; focused on the New York City Metropolitan area. In addition to traditional surveying he has been actively involved in 3D Laser Scanning technology since 2004. He has worked on projects ranging from small residential sites to the some of the largest scale developments; in both the public and private sector. His past positions have included Manhattan Branch Manager at Control Point Associates and Langan Engineering, as well as Director of Surveying for New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC).

Several noteworthy projects include:

  • Hudson Yards Vessel & Culture Shed
  • 217 W57th Street
  • 220 Central Park South
  • Riverside Center
  • Waldorf Astoria renovation/li>
  • One Vanderbilt
  • Highline
  • Bryant Park
  • New York Public Library 5 th Avenue Main Branch
  • South Street Seaport redevelopment
  • Madison Square Garden reconstruction
  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • NYU Langone Medical Center master plan
  • Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay
  • Iglesia de San Jose, Old San Juan PR
  • WTC- Ground Zero recovery operations
  • NY Botanical Gardens

Mr. Zakrzewski is a licensed Professional Surveyor in New York.

Zoran Bolf, Vice President and Chief Engineer

Mr. Bolf has 30+ years of both national and international hands-on experience in Structural and Civil Engineering projects. He has worked and assumed responsibility in analysis, design, and preparation of drawings, specifications and proposals for a variety of projects including bridges, commercial, and residential structures. He is well versed in computer modeling and analysis using various engineering and surveying software. His expertise includes bridge rating analysis for super load crossings over existing bridge structures.

Several noteworthy projects include:

  • Trenton-Morrisville Bridge over the Delaware River
  • Driscoll Bridge over the Raritan River
  • Bronx-Whitestone Bridge Bronx Approach Construction
  • Hackensack River Bridge carrying NJ Turnpike Eastern Spur
  • Haynes Avenue Bridge in Newark
  • Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge in Pennsylvania
  • Montebello Commons
  • Temple Beth Torah
  • Georgia Dome
  • World Bank
  • Bank Lambert
  • Chapin School

Mr. Bolf has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Georgia.

HRVOJE KARAVANIC Vice President CAD

Mr. Karavanic has over 14 years of experience in various areas of civil engineering and surveying fields. He directs a staff of qualified CAD designers and survey technicians in successful completion of multitude of construction and rehabilitation projects, including transportation infrastructure, residential and commercial developments, and industrial and energy facilities throughout tri-state area. His main duties consist of projects oversight and quality control through all phases of preparation of engineering and survey drawings and execution of construction surveys, providing staff training and guidance, and standardization of company’s CAD procedures and deliverables. Mr. Karavanic is knowledgeable of engineering/surveying computer software such as AUTOCAD, Civil 3-D, MICROSTATION, EAGLE-POINT, Autodesk Storm and Sanitary Analysis, STORMCAD, Leica Cyclone, ArcVIEW 3.2, TSIS-6, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Office.

He has participated in site, utility, transportation planning, design, environmental
and construction permitting, and field inspections of numerous civil design and
construction projects. A representation of major projects include:

  • Wittpenn Bridge-Contract 3 Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey
  • Riverside Center Buildings 1 to 5 New York, NY
  • 217 Hudson Yards Tower A & Retail Tower New York, NY
  • Pier C and Brooklyn Navy Yards/ Pier 53/Pier 55/Pier 57 New York, NY
  • 108 Leonard Street New York, NY
  • Second Avenue Subway Phase I: 63rd Street New York, NY
  • Marina Thermal Facility Hot Water Improvement (MTF) Atlantic City, NJ
  • Route 18 Over Route 1 New Brunswick, NJ
  • Montague Tube (Tunnel) Rehabilitation “Sandy” Repair Manhattan, NY
  • Verrazano Bridge Toll Plaza Improvements Staten Island, NY
  • Rt. 17 Northbound over Route 80 Superstructure Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
  • Route I-280 over Whippany River Deck Replacement Parsippany, NJ
  • Replacement Water Siphons – Brooklyn & Staten Island New York, NY
  • Interchange at US Route 22 & Chimney Rock Road Bridgewater Town, NJ
  • Goethals Substation Staten Island, NY
  • Linde Air Separation Plant Lewisville, AR
  • Linden Var. Freq. Transformers – Design Build Project Linden, NJ
  • Bayshore Wind Tower Union Beach, NJ

Mr. Karavanic has a B.S. Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont.

Mirjana Bolf, Senior Engineer and Project Manager

Ms. Bolf has over 29 years of experience in the analysis and design of bridges, including new structures and the repair and rehabilitation of existing bridges. As a Structural Lead Engineer / Project Engineer, she has participated in the design of many major rehabilitation projects in New York, on various projects in New Jersey, and several other states, ranging from major viaducts and historic bridges to small pedestrian bridges. Mirjana has also participated in the design of sign structures, retaining walls, culverts, platforms and stairways, and railroad station buildings. She has also performed bridge ratings and in depth inspections.

She has applied her bridge knowledge to provide construction support by performing survey layout calculations necessary for bridge erection and deck supports for various New York and New Jersey bridges and structures. She was also lead engineer on several Value Engineering projects that included complete superstructure and substructure redesign and significant vertical profile adjustment.

Several noteworthy projects include:

  • Route 1 over Millstone River– Value Engineering
  • Park Avenue over Route 3– Value Engineering
  • GSP Shoulder Widening
  • Court Street Bridge
  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System
  • Six Bridges over Molly Ann’s Brook
  • Tagus Bridge (Portugal)
  • Williamsburg Bridge
  • Triborough Bridge
  • Brooklyn Bridge

Ms. Bolf holds a B.S. in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Rijeka, Croatia. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).

SANELA DOMITROVIC, Senior Project Manager

Mrs. Domitrovic has over 10 years of both national and international experience in multiple areas of structural, civil and environmental engineering as well as project management. Specialized in structural design of concrete buildings, geotechnical structures and environmental protection structures. Extensive experience in civil and environmental engineering management and construction, residential, commercial and environmental permitting and survey data preparation and processing. She is knowledgeable of engineering/surveying computer software such as Autodesk AUTOCAD, Civil 3D and REVIT, Leica Cyclone, Microsoft Office Package.

Several noteworthy projects include:

  • Construction of Hudson Yards Tower A and Vessel, New York, NY
  • Construction of NY Proton Therapy, New York, NY
  • Construction and rehabilitation of Route 1&9 and Haynes Avenue, Newark, NJ
  • Construction and rehabilitation of Pier 53, 54, 55 and 57, New York, NY
  • Construction of County Waste Management Center Mariscina, Rijeka, Croatia
  • Construction of Waste Management Center Kastijun, Pula, County of Istria, Croatia
  • Construction of the drainage system of bridges Vrgorac, Lucka, Dusina, Otric Seoci, Struge
    Brecici and Kula witihn the construction of the A1 highway Ravca – Ploce, Croatia
  • Construction of the drainage system of Viaduct „Sveta Trojica“ Rijeka bypass, Sveti Kuzam –
    Krizisce, Croatia
  • Construction, maintenance and management of facilitiles of landfill Jakusevec, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Remediation of degassing sysetm of cells 1 – 4, landfill Jakusevec, Zagreb, Croatia

Sanela Domitrovic has a B.S. Civil Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.