Rebuilding the future
Our world-class team of experts combine creativity with entrepreneurial insight, sophistication with cultural savvy, along with economic acumen and operation agility. While real estate is the most secure, a close second is investing in leaders whose well-documented professional histories ensure high yields.
Frank & Jeanne Cretella
Founders and CEO
Founders of Black Dog Construction and everything Landmark, has over four decades of construction and development experience in NJ, NY, and PA urban markets. Frank established Landmark Developers, a boutique real estate development company and its in house construction firm, BDC, enabling him to control all facets of development projects, from concept to completion. Once construction and development are completed, our hospitality and lifestyle company take over the project.
President of Black Dog Construction
With over three decades of experience in multimillion dollar project development and execution, John partnered with Landmark Hospitality /Black Dog Construction Owner Frank Cretella in 2009 and has been supporting BDC as a partner. Active with local universities and Kiwanian since 2002, he has served his community in various capacities, both as a president and maintained a seat on several prestigious board of directors.
Chief Financial Officer
Scot Grogan is responsible for all the company’s financial functions including accounting, audit, treasury, corporate finance, and investor relations. His career spans more than 21 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership, and corporate strategy. Scott’s years of experience began in bank & financing and then moved into hospitality with a restaurant chain which operated across the country with several franchise brands.
A highly accomplished dedicated professional with over 25+ years of experience in accounting, financing, and management. Analytical, organized, proactive, “hands on” manager with the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Provide training, motivation, and leadership through strong communication and interpersonal skills.
Director of Construction (BDC)
With over 20 years in the construction and development industry, Dania has served in several leadership roles overseeing projects from pre-construction phase to final construction completion and turnover. Before joining Black Dog Construction, she has worked on several new ground-up construction projects which include high rise and mid-rise buildings in both New Jersey and New York. Dania holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Project Management (BDC)
With 15 years of project management experience, Christina Colon understands the complexities of the construction industry. Working as a Project Manager on a variety of assignments ranging from ground-up new construction projects to historical renovations. Her ability to manage the sequencing of a project, coupled with strong client relationships, makes her a positive addition to any construction project team. Christina holds a bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.
Executive Assistant to Frank Cretella
Mav Cubero has been a part of the hospitality industry for over 15 years. After graduating from the Art Institute of NY and Montclair State, she started her career with Addison Hospitality Group overseeing the office, events, promotions and opening new hotel restaurants and rooftops throughout NYC. Mav transitioned into Real Estate Development at Kushner where she realized her passion for both Real Estate and Hospitality. In October of 2019 she joined Landmark as Executive Assistant to Frank Cretella, where she is able to work in the best of both worlds, Hospitality and Real Estate Development.
Marketing Project Manager
Jessica Frabasile is the Marketing Project Manager for Pielab Marketing Agency & Landmark Hospitality. Throughout her career she’s gathered a wide range of knowledge and experience in all aspects of both the design & hospitality industries. She harnesses her drive and passion for creating impactful experiences to problem solve and make a difference in marketing, operations and sales. Prior to Landmark, she had worked for retail design agencies, hospitality groups as a designer, pastry chef and sous chef, and was a professor of Restaurant Design & Branding at Kean University.
Black Dog Construction
The sole purpose of Black Dog Construction (BDC) is to act as the construction arm of LMD and has no other clients. This technology forward construction company specializes in ground up construction, adaptive reuse, restoration of certified landmark structures and award-winning hospitality entities interiors. As we grow and expend geographically, we will use our BDC resources to act as construction managers to solicit, vet, and manage contractors and subcontractors directly.