First Finish Promotes Two Longtime Executives to Partner
May 13, 2021
Columbia, MD – May 13, 2021 – First Finish is proud to announce that longtime executives Bryan Higgins and David Puglisi have taken ownership interest in First Finish, alongside founders David and Lori Burman, and have been promoted to Partner.
David Burman founded First Finish with Lori Burman in 1999 with one mission in mind—to deliver fast-track, premier general contracting and construction services to the hospitality industry. Bryan Higgins and David Puglisi joined the team in 2005, and their years of experience combined with advanced knowledge of the industry pushed the boundaries of what was once thought possible for this small, family-owned business. In the last 16 years First Finish has grown exponentially, inviting the need to expand the headquarters location as well as open a second office on the West Coast and a third office location that will be announced soon. Bryan and David’s dedication to the company has resulted in internal growth and employee development, successful business relationships, and unmatched project delivery from preconstruction to completion. Bryan and David look forward to their continued journey as Partner.
A personal note from Bryan Higgins –
“Investing in yourself and the people you surround yourself with are some of the best investments anyone can make.” – Bryan Higgins
“In life, we each walk a different path. The path we walk is paved by the choices we make and influenced by the people we meet. 16 years ago, I made a choice to take a chance on a small company that was led by a truly unique entrepreneur (David Burman). One of my early decisions, and one of my best, was to convince my friend David Puglisi to join me at First Finish. That choice and thousands since have led to my most recent decision—to become a partner of First Finish. Investing in yourself and the people you surround yourself with are some of the best investments anyone can make. Over the course of the last two decades, First Finish has grown into an amazing culture of like-minded, driven, and extremely talented individuals. The culture and company that we have built make it a thrill to ‘leave it all on the field’ each and every day. It is humbling to be around such wonderful people, and an honor to now be part of the ownership team. We have always been a company that is all about growth and seeing the potential in people, and I look forward to continuing that legacy into the future.”
A personal note from David Puglisi –
“As a partner, I will ensure we hold strong to the values that not only got us here, but that will take us into the future.” – David Puglisi
“In the process of relocating my company to Maryland, I had the good fortune to work with Bryan Higgins. In Bryan, I found a trusted co-worker and good friend. When he introduced me to First Finish, I quickly recognized this was a company that had one goal in mind—to become the best in the industry. David Burman was in the process of recruiting strong-willed individuals that had similar goals in mind. Our growth in the last 16 years has been accomplished solely through collaboration and teamwork. Including myself, I have seen first-hand personal growth throughout the company and staff members: laborers becoming strong assistant superintendents, project coordinators becoming project managers, superintendents becoming senior project mangers, general managers, and now, a partner. This is just the tip of the iceberg, and we have an opportunity to truly impact the industry and leave our mark. There is no other team I would want to do this with. As a Partner, I will ensure we hold strong to the values that not only got us here, but that will take us into the future.”
Bryan Higgins and David Puglisi will remain in their current roles as Executive Vice President and Vice President of Operations. Alongside President David Burman, the team will continue to lead First Finish in providing high-quality general contracting services to the hospitality industry.
ABOUT FIRST FINISH, LLC
Based in Columbia, Maryland, First Finish, LLC is a full-service general contractor specializing in the successful delivery of fast-track hospitality renovations nationwide and in the Caribbean. First Finish manages every aspect of a hotel renovation project—from due diligence pricing, preconstruction, model room development, material selection input and sourcing to construction, interior finishes, and installing FF&E. For more information, please visit www.firstfinish.net and follow us on LinkedIn and Instagram.