The Executive Team
Restoration Builders Inc. Senior Management Team has specific experience in implementing systematized programs to merge, grow and scale contracting companies to meet the explosive demand of the $300B+ insurance restoration industry.
John Lorenz, Chairman & CEO
Mr. Lorenz is experienced in identifying and managing new technologies, financing industry consolidations and acquisitions, and providing initial and long-term financing for such ventures.
Mr. Lorenz is the co-founder and investor in several technology, solid waste, and manufacturing businesses in the US, and has served as a Board Member, Chairman, CEO and financial strategic advisor.
Mr. Lorenz co-founded Environmental Waste of America, Inc. (1986), and GlyEco, Inc. (2005) where he participated in all management aspects of chemical recycling and solid waste management, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as, vertical integration.
He served as President, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board of GlyEco, Inc. from 2005 to February 2015. He was the Founder, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Environmental Waste of America, Inc. (EWA) between 1986 and 1993 until its merger with Envirofil, Inc., a public company that organized and directed in the 1990s a consolidation of the Solid Waste sector and merged with and became the management of Waste Management, Inc. (WM, NYSE).
In addition, Mr. Lorenz was formerly a founder, Director, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Automotive Services of America, Inc. (ASA), and American Container Corp. He presently advises several emerging companies. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lorenz worked as a financial, marketing, and political consultant, doing media, market, and public opinion research.
Mr. Lorenz has published articles on diachronic survey research, and is an author and editor of the book, The Political Image Merchants, published in 1971. Mr. Lorenz is an “inventor” on several patents and is a frequent lecturer at Universities in the United States on capital structure, financial strategies, and equity development.
Mr. Lorenz is preparing a book for publication in 2021 on financial strategies and consolidations in challenging economic environments. He currently is an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University (ASU), Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law. Mr. Lorenz is an active tri-athlete and epee’ fencer and regularly competes in fencing competitions/ tournaments and triathlons in the US.
Mr. Lorenz holds an undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Portland, and a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Richard Q. Opler, Director
Mr. Opler started his business career at World’s Finest Chocolate, Inc., Chicago, where he filled roles in both sales and factory management, He also was involved in design decisions and architect selection for a new office building for the firm.
Beginning in 1986, he became a commercial real estate agent in Seattle, specializing in apartment buildings, and then gradually transitioned into property development, with projects ranging from retail to high end housing in Washington and California. He also has been involved with the formation of small startup companies, and served on the boards of Seattle Chocolate Co., H2O Technologies, and GlyEco, Inc. He was a V.P at H2O Technologies, Inc. and chairman of the Board of Directors Audit Committee at GlyEco. In 2016 he was nominated by his political party for an unsuccessful run for a Colorado House of Representatives seat.
Mr. Opler graduated magna cum laude in 1977 with a B.A. degree and a major in Art History (Architecture). He later received an M.B.A degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (now known as Booth).
Robert Strecker, Director
Robert Strecker is a Sergeant with the Suffolk County Police Dept., an attorney and home developer. Some of his fondest memories growing up were assisting his dad at construction sites. After graduating from Ithaca College with a BA in Psychology he worked his way through Touro Law School working construction for his dad. After graduating Touro with a JD and passing the New York State Bar, he began working at a midsize brokerage firm as in-house counsel and compliance officer. While there he obtained the following licenses: Series 7, 24 and 4. Although happy in the securities field, an opportunity in law enforcement availed itself which also would permit him to pursue his true passion for building homes.
After completion of the police academy he became involved in his father’s growing construction business. Since that point the family business has built approximately 300 homes, condominiums and a marina. Robert is versed in all phases of subdivision development including procuring all approvals, installing infrastructure and construction of homes. The knowledge he gleaned from the hands-on experience of building in the earlier years has enabled him to construct high quality products. Doing the actual hands on building of a house from the foundation up gives one invaluable insight and problem-solving ability. In addition to home building, Robert practices law focusing on real estate matters.
Primarily he provides the following services for his clients: closings, obtains variances, procures zoning changes, and addresses environmental agency issues.
Robert lives with Jenn and their two sons Nicholas (15) and Robbie (7) in eastern Long Island NY. As a family they enjoy the beach and boating in the summer. In the winter months they head to the mountains to ski.
Dan Windnagle, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Windnagle is experienced in the financial and operational leadership of service companies with operational locations across the nation. He began his career in public accounting rising to the levels of audit manager and tax manager at Coopers & Lybrand and tax partner at McGladrey.
Mr. Windnagle left public accounting to become the CFO of a $350 million division of Tenet Healthcare, at the time the second largest publicly traded corporate owner of hospitals in the U.S. At Tenet Mr. Windnagle managed MSO’s in five major cities from the East Coast to Arizona. He also was responsible for the renegotiation of physician employment agreements within these MSO’s.
Mr. Windnagle went on to become the CFO of American Fire Protection Group, a $35 million private equity rollup of fire sprinkler and alarm operations with branches across the south- central U.S. After leading an organic revenue growth drive of over 40%, Mr. Windnagle was promoted to CEO at which time he led an acquisition initiative increasing the operational geography of AFPG to the East and West Coasts. Under his leadership the Company grew to $130 million in revenue with operations across the southern U.S. from South Carolina to California.
Mr. Windnagle holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting, an MBA in Finance and a Masters of Accounting all from Ohio State. He is the father of two children and in his spare time enjoys golfing with his wife in their hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Mike Iovieno, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Acquisition Officer
Mr. Iovieno has significant business, real estate development, and construction experience in numerous industries. He has personal development experience with project oversight, acquisition, permitting and construction management. He also has specialty experience in waste management such as site sourcing, oversight, compliance, trucking, business marketing and advertisement.
Mr. Iovieno is a highly decorated retired military Officer earning Organizational and Logistical Performance Awards at all levels.
He’s held worldwide executive leadership positions, and operational site management of large-scale food operations, lodging, housing, combat force management and morale recreations services activities at every functional level.
Mr. Iovieno has significant hospitality experience in recreation, sales, food and beverage management. He has real world disaster or mobile workforce support camp management experience as well as human resource management, staffing and company start-up. He spent years as an elected municipality leader with oversight of code enforcement and compliance.
His responsibilities include organizational, logistical and administrative oversight for NEWCO acquisitions, public offering, mergers and acquisitions.
Frank Pena, Capital Markets
Frank Pena has spent 37 years in the financial services industry. During 1983-2000, he was employed in various capacities by Philips, Appel & Walden, Drexel Burnham Lambert, First Fidelity/First Union National Bank and the Breen Capital Group. During this period, Mr. Pena received the series 7, 63 and 4 securities licenses.
In January of 2000, Mr. Pena formed Winthorp Capital Group, LLC. a boutique corporate advisory firm that has consulted to numerous public and private companies predominantly in the small/micro -cap space. In April 2011, Mr. Pena formed W.R. Valentine LLC, a merchant banking company to directly invest in a passive and strategic manner in the small cap arena.
Mr. Pena has significant experience in bringing companies public through reverse mergers, asset purchases and S1 registrations. He has served on the boards of China Industrial Steel, Brazil Intermedia and Furlocity. Mr. Pena received a B.S. in Management Science from Kean University in 1983.
In 2017 Mr. Pena joined Oxbridge, Inc., a boutique consulting firm, as a partner and Senior Vice President of Capital Markets.
Edward Bendokas, Capital Markets
Edward Bendokas started his career in the financial services over 15 years ago. From 2005 to 2007 he held various positions at Principal Financial Group (PFG) and RBC Daine Rauscher (RBC), where he earned his series 7 and 65. In 2007 Mr. Bendokas founded Island Management, LLC a boutique corporate financial advisory firm specializing in consulting to both public and private emerging growth companies.
In 2017 Mr. Bendokas joined Oxbridge, Inc as Vice President of Capital Markets. Oxbridge, Inc. is a consortium of professionals consisting of 12 partners and several associates located throughout the United States and Canada. Oxbridge, Inc. specializes in consolidations, marketing, capital markets, structure and due diligence.
Mr. Bendokas success can also be found in the non-profit sector working directly with St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, NJ) in their Development Office. The mission of St. Benedict’s is to provide a Prep School education to the kids who cannot afford one. Over 80% of the students receive need based financial aid.
T.J. Elbert, Managing Director, Elbert Construction
- Experienced Owner with a demonstrated history of successful work in the construction industry.
- Skilled in Sales, Management, Customer Satisfaction, and Public Speaking.
- Strong business development professional with a BS focused in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations from Ball State University – College of Business.
Mike Armalis, Managing Director, Mid America Exteriors & Mid America Public Adjusters
- Mike Armalis is a respected leader in the $210B insurance restoration industry.
- He specializes in residential and commercial remediation, and helping communities rebuild after storms and catastrophic events.
- A ground up entrepreneur, team leader, and project manager, equipped (and licensed) to pick up a hammer and help when needed.
- Mike holds an MBA from Colorado Technical University and is a licensed Public Adjuster.
Uzziel Jaramillo, Managing Director, Next Generation Roofing
- Specializes in storm restoration, re-roof, repairs for residential and commercial structures.
Tony Flattum, Managing Director, Built Strong Exteriors
- Exterior insurance restoration specialist with national experience in varying storm aftermaths including hail, hurricanes and wind storms.
- Expert in the nuts & bolts of construction of new roofing, siding, windows and gutters.
- Enjoys the process of helping customers get their property restored to better than it was prior to their damage.
Mike Flores, Midwest Regional Director, Neighborhood Restoration Company, and Neighborhood Roofing School
NRC was launched in 2010 when founder and CEO Michael Flores, already an experienced roofer and general contractor, wanted to build a construction company that took care of client’s homes with the same care and attention to detail that they would give to their own property.
Clint Vaughn, Managing Director, Roofscapes Exteriors
Clint Vaughn, Founder and President of Roofscapes Exteriors, LLC, was introduced to the industry by taking a summer sales job at a roofing company before his last semester of college in 2000. The following year, he became a property insurance adjuster – a job that allowed him to learn the reimbursement side of the business and how to manage claims. After completing his MBA, Clint founded Roofscapes Exteriors in 2005. He believed his industry knowledge and background would enable him to offer customers a better experience.
In 2010, Clint joined forces with fellow roofing owners and helped write legislation that would eventually be passed into Oklahoma law as the Roofing Contractor Registration Act. That law has protected many Oklahoma consumers and has since added a licensing requirement for commercial roofing work. Clint also served on the Owens Corning Platinum Contractor Advisory Board from 2017 to 2019.
Roofscapes Exteriors, LLC. guarantees to provide the best quality roofing products, installed by highly trained and skilled professionals. We pride ourselves in making our customers happy every job, every time.
Chris Zazo, Managing Director, Aspenmark Roofing
An entrepreneur with a keen ability for capitalizing on opportunity, Aspenmark Roofing CEO Chris Zazo is a recognized leader in his field. Founded in 2005, Zazo successfully established Aspenmark Roofing & Solar as a premier residential roofing company in North Texas, earning spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the country on multiple occasions. In partnership with Dallas Habitat for Humanity, he founded his own charity, called Roof Angels, providing assistance to families who cannot afford the cost of roof repair or replacement. Additionally, Zazo has branched out into delivering customer experience technology, dubbed PulseM, that includes innovative customer & employee engagement software. Enjoying a deep passion for fords and wine, Chris is also Founder of Hailstone Vineyards, a Napa Valley based winery.
Melanie Knox, Managing Director, Alden Roofing
Melanie is an Owner and holds the position as the Director of Corporate Operations for The Alden Roofing Company. She serves on two committees for the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas, is the President of the Central Texas Roofing Contractors Association and has 17 years of administrative and management experience in construction and legal fields. Melanie is married to Josh, the company’s Director of Production. Together, they raise 3 boys and enjoy spending quality time with them. In her free time, she likes to do Yoga and introduce her sons to theatre and fine arts. Melanie’s specialized knowledge allows her to skillfully manage and control all corporate operations for Alden Roofing.