Code Red Welcomes Five New Team Members

Code Red Consultants is excited to announce the addition of five new staff to our growing practice: Rachel Arruda, Connie Martino, Joe Ostrowski, Jason Cardinal, P.E. and Ben Seeto. With the continued growth of our team, adding resources to best streamline and drive the efficiency and quality of our deliverables for our clients continues to be a top priority for our company. These new team members help both our administrative depth and our technical knowledge, by adding project experience, and business leadership to best serve our valued clients.

Rachel brings more than 15 years of executive assistant experience, as well as a “can do, will try” attitude in her new role as office administrator.  The varying experiences in her previous roles allows her to confidently tackle anything that she is presented, whether it is managing changing priorities, learning new software, or attempting to troubleshoot a technical problem.   She has a passion for learning and will ask questions or provide improvement suggestions to streamline processes that best serve the team. Rachel provides administrative support to all Code Red staff. She is involved with many aspects of the business from general administrative responsibilities, project management, accounting, vendor relations, coordination of staff technical blogs and presentations, social media, and updating the company website. Rachel holds a degree in Marketing from the University of Southern New Hampshire. She is also the proud Mom of two boys who are in the Army. This pride and respect of our military and our veterans shines through in her volunteerism. Rachel has baked, decorated, and delivered 1,000 cupcakes to the local homeless Veteran’s shelters each Thanksgiving for the past 15 years (and counting) on top of other ways she finds to donate her time to our veterans.

Connie provides support to the Principals & Chief Operating Officer as an office administrator. In this capacity, she manages schedules, document updating, new hire onboarding, IT maintenance, and she delivers general assistance to the greater administrative team. Along with a sunny disposition, Connie brings decades of administrative experience, a strong desire to learn new skills, and an appreciation for the big picture. She enjoys working alongside the executive staff as it allows her to be in the room where decisions are made. Here, she can best realize how to apply her talents to meet company goals. With a background in Entertainment, Connie also loves to be in front of a crowd and jumps at every opportunity to chat with a client on the phone, a coworker in the cafe, or present to a group of interns. She likes connecting with people and surrounding herself with intelligent, thoughtful, results driven individuals. Connie holds a Bachelor of Music Performance in Business from UMass Lowell. Outside of work, her passion is music! She is a classically trained singer who has performed at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and Symphony Hall in Boston.

Joe is a very driven fire protection consultant who is responsible for developing code compliance strategies and delivering high-quality design solutions for both new and existing structures. His evaluations address the needs of all stakeholders involved in a project. With an academic background in both chemical engineering and fire protection, Joe looks to apply his professional experience and technical knowledge relating to hazardous materials, chemical analyses, and industrial fire protection to engineer solutions. Joe has a Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. One of his favorite hobbies is photography, especially night sky and deep-space photography through a telescope.

Jay has a unique and diverse background with 20 years in the design and construction industry that allows him to excel with a wide range of clients and project types. He takes a hands-on approach to understanding building systems and working through complex issues. By appreciating the interests and viewpoints of all stakeholders, he focuses on partnering and problem solving to achieve efficient and effective results. In addition to his technical prowess, Jay’s operations and project management background allow him to provide an immediate positive impact to Code Red’s growing team. Prior to joining the firm, Jay was an Associate Principal / Senior Project Manager at WB Engineers+Consultants in Boston, MA. He is licensed as a Fire Protection Engineer and LEED AP accredited. Jay holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from WPI.

Ben is a new fire protection and life safety consultant who thrives in a collaborative environment. He enjoys applying his problem-solving skills to reach creative solutions that meet the needs of the clients. Ben is involved with numerous services such as building and life safety code consulting, smoke control special inspections, and inspection of fire stop and fire-resistant joint systems. Fascinated by the fire protection and life safety industry, he is excited to grow his knowledge and experience in the services offered at Code Red Consultants by delivering the highest quality service to all stakeholders. Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering for WPI. He is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering.

Please join us in welcoming them aboard!