Eli took the job as the Director of Partnership Development because he believes contractors and unions are stronger when they work together. At SMART 33 we focus on explaining the financial benefits of partnering with SMART33 to non-union contractors. It is our job to educate decision-makers about the side of the union that the media does not portray. Eli knows that when contractors take advantage of the highly trained and experienced labor pool, made up of SMART 33 members, their business can become as successful as they desire it.
Most of Eli’s construction experience is in the residential industry. His father owns a residential roofing company and he spent many years doing that back-breaking work. Eli has also done drywall and kitchen remodeling. When Eli was 18, he joined the U.S. Army, and went to college afterwards. Prior to joining SMART 33, he spent five year working in a law firm that worked with building trades unions.
Eli, and his beautiful wife of 13 years, live in the Old West End, a historic neighborhood, of Toledo. They have two children, a 11 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. The family is heavily involved in competitive swimming. Eli’s wife coaches, both kids swim, and he is a swim official. Eli enjoys reading, gardening, working around the house, watching the Red Sox, and playing softball.