The company was founded in 1988 with 4 employees and 1 service offering. With Mr. Frione’s guidance and leadership, the company quickly expanded to 6 service divisions, 160 employees and 4 offices throughout Florida. Throughout the 28 years in business, Mr. Frione has consistently found creative and innovative ways to expand and improve the business through creating a culture by team building, continuing education, investment of resources and business networking.
With his active involvement with Vistage Florida, Frank has further enhanced the corporate environment with strategic planning, management workshops and leadership training. Frank has always been a proactive leader by successfully positioning the firm with financial and business plans for the next 5, 10 and 15 years. In addition, Mr. Frione has taken the leadership role in the acquisitions of several other companies that have allowed GFA to steadily gain more market-share. Frank has also implemented numerous employee benefit programs including Corporate Chaplains, wellness fairs, 401k match, charity fundraisers and numerous social networking opportunities.
Even during economic downturns that crippled the construction industry, Frank successfully positioned the firm to not only overcome the challenges, but to emerge even stronger. This was mainly due to the fact that Frank had expanded into new and beneficial service areas throughout many sectors of the market. Frank has also added value to the company by always putting the personnel first which has helped GFA become renowned for its stellar customer service and reputation in the construction industry.
Construction Association of South Florida (In-Coming Board President 2015)
South Florida Regional Transportation Authority Board Member (Current, Governor Appointee)
Vistage Florida Executive Group Member (Current)
Downtown Boca Raton Advisory Committee (Current)
Boca Raton Rotary (Current)
Boca Raton Improvement District Steering Committee (Current)
Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach (Current)
Construction Executive’s Association (Past President, Current Board Member)
Construction Association of South Florida (Vice President 2014)
Construction Association of South Florida (Treasurer 2013)
Construction Association of South Florida (Secretary 2012)
Construction Association of South Florida (Board Member since 2010)
Everglades University / Keiser University (Board of Trustees 2009 – Present)
Place of Hope at the Haven – home for orphaned boys (Current Advisory Board)
Frederick G. Kaub, P.G.
President Registered Professional Geologist Licensed Asbestos Consultant
Mr. Kaub has over 29 years of experience as a Professional Geologist.
B.S., Geology, Indiana University (White Star Endowment Scholarship)
Licensed Florida Professional Geologist #1344
Licensed Florida Asbestos Consultant #AX 71
Licensed Florida Well Water Contractor #11236
Collier County Contractor License – Well Drilling Certified
Mr. Kaub assumes overall responsibility for the leadership of professional Geotechnical and Engineering services for all GFA contracts as Principal-in-Charge. Mr. Kaub serves in the capacity of Executive Liaison to company clients. He is a graduate of Indiana University (White Star Endowment Scholarship Recipient) with a B.S. in Geology; is a licensed Florida Professional Geologist; and is co-founder of GFA International, Inc.
As a Florida Registered Professional Geologist, Mr. Kaub provides the services of soil exploration and report preparation; structural foundation analysis and design; offshore geotechnical studies; land surveying; hydrographic surveying; seismic and side scan sonar studies; aquifer studies; magnetometer surveys; environmental monitoring; jet probe investigations; marine geophysics; vibracore investigations; marine hydrology; water quality analysis; coastal inlet studies; environmental impact mitigation; impact assessment and devaluation; sub-bottom profiling; beach restoration and erosion control design for the company. His work has involved solving foundation and earth structure problems, conducting subsurface and subaqueous soil investigations, conducting hydrogeological studies and investigations and other earth science problems through the application of sound theoretical concepts and a practical knowledge of earth materials and hydrogeological systems.
Geotechnical Society of America
Association of Engineering Geologists
American Institute of Hydrology
National Association of Environmental Professionals
Florida Association of Environmental Professionals
Florida Groundwater Association
Executive Vice President
Mr. Thomas Ortner has over 33 years of experience in the field of construction and engineering.
As GFA’s Executive Vice President, Mr. Ortner works very closely with clients and consults with GFA team members, project managers, superintendents, architects and engineers to ensure the timely delivery of quality services and adherence to management policies, procedures and practices. Mr. Ortner performs in the capacity of Project Manager, Contract Administrator, and Supervisor.
Certifications and Qualifications
FLBPR Certified Building Inspector – BN #1322
SBCCI Certified Building Inspector
Florida Certified General Contractor CGC061687
Certified EIFS Inspector – AWCI
Troxler Radiation Safety Certified
Select Government Contract Experience
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
South Florida Water Management District
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
City of Margate, Florida
City of Miramar, Florida
City of Coconut Creek, Florida
City of Deerfield Beach, Florida
City of Miami Beach, Florida
Village of Wellington, Florida
Village of Royal Palm Beach, Florida
Broward County, Florida
Miami-Dade County, Florida
Paul H. Danforth, P.E., S.I.
Regional Vice President
Paul H. Danforth, P.E., Regional Vice President and a Florida registered Professional Engineer, has been providing construction materials testing services and engineering consulting for over 31 years.
His past experience has included performing the duties of threshold inspector, geotechnical engineer, structural design engineer, civil engineer, project manager, engineering technician and quality control technician. As a licensed Special Inspector under F.S. 553, Mr. Danforth has provided qualification of numerous threshold buildings.
Mr. Danforth has technical expertise in the determination of soil properties, settlement analyses, slope stability, groundwater evaluations, shallow and deep foundation design, and earthwork/site development monitoring. His management of residential, commercial and industrial geotechnical projects has included development feasibility and preliminary geotechnical studies, earthwork and foundation design, grading/compaction monitoring and construction inspection of foundations and superstructures. Mr. Danforth has performed distress analysis and remedial design for a wide variety of failure mechanisms, including: fill settlement, expansive soil and drainage related problems, slope instability and landslides, soil corrosion and groundwater issues.
North Carolina University, Raleigh, North Carolina
B.S. in Civil Engineering (1987)
Licenses and Registrations
Florida Registered Professional Engineer (1991) #44653
Florida Registered Special Inspector (1996) #1103
Organizations and Affiliations
American Society of Civil Engineers
Former Vice-Chairman of the City of Greenacres Code Enforcement Board
During the past 32 years, Mr. Macaluso has developed the skills necessary to obtain accurate testing data both in the Geotechnical realm and in Construction Materials Testing. Mr. Macaluso began his career as a surveyor’s assistant and field technician in St. Lucie County.
He was promoted rapidly while accumulating a vast amount of practical technical knowledge which he now combines with strong leadership skills and business acumen in his work for GFA International.
Licenses & Certifications
Standard Building Inspector, Florida # BN 0003335
ACI Level I Concrete Technician
Carlos A. Mercado, M.S., P.E.
Professional Engineer, Senior Geotechnical Engineer
Branch Manager – Delray Beach, Florida
Mr. Mercado is a Professional Geotechnical Engineer with over 25 years of experience in project management, design, and performance of:
Drilling and sampling for geotechnical applications
Installation and development of wells
Field and laboratory soil testing
Installation of geotechnical instrumentation
Pile driving and load test inspection
Site feasibility studies
Geotechnical computer programming
Foundation design recommendations
Earth retaining structures recommendations
Slope stability analyses
Master of Science, Geotechnical Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign (1991)
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Specialized in soil mechanics, foundation engineering, and retaining structures
Licenses and Registrations
Florida Professional Engineer (License #71707 PE)
Branch Manager – Fort Myers, Florida
As GFA’s Fort Myers Branch Manager, Travis is responsible for overseeing his staff, as well as all the work that is performed from the Fort Myers office. Travis’ background in Real Estate sales and development provide for a strong Business Development presence and a valued approach to contract negotiation and execution.
Mr. Merrick’s project management experience includes educational facilities, industrial facilities, port, aviation, commercial facilities, multi-story condominiums, and infrastructure projects. Mr. Merrick has also managed numerous geotechnical, pile driving, ground improvement, post-tensioning, and materials testing projects, as well as performed pre and post-construction structure conditions surveys.
Troxler Radiation Safety Certified
Confined Space Entry Certified
Licensed Florida Real Estate Salesperson
Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) – Florida Southwest Chapter – Board of Directors (2010 to Present)
Member of the Real Estate Investment Society (REIS)
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
Building Industry Association, Lee County
Cape Coral Construction Industry Association
Branch Manager – Port St. Lucie, Florida
Thomas is involved in all aspects of the business including client relations, project management, scheduling, and training.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering Engineer in Training (2006 – 2010)
Engineer In Training
ACI Concrete Field Technician
ACI Concrete Inspector
Earthworks Level 1
Permit Required Confined Space Awareness
Supported Scaffold User Certificate
America Society of Civil Engineers Palm Beach County Social Media Chair
North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce
Melbourne Chamber of Commerce
Palm City Chamber of Commerce
Branch Manager – Miami, Florida
Eric F. Trillas, P.E., Branch Manager and a Florida registered Professional Engineer, has been providing engineering consulting and inspection services for 10 years. As GFA’s Miami Branch Manager, Eric is responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations, including working closely with GFA team members, clients, project managers, superintendents, architects and engineers to ensure the timely delivery of quality services.
His past experience has included performing the duties of structural design engineer, project manager, threshold inspector, forensic inspector and engineering technician.
Mr. Trillas has a technical expertise in structural design and inspections of low to high rise residential and commercial buildings including: Grove at Grand Bay (Coconut Grove, FL), One Thousand Museum (Miami, FL), Glass 120 Ocean (Miami Beach, FL), and Hermas Development (Doha, Qatar). His involvement of such projects has included the analyses of lateral force resisting systems, vertical load resisting systems, foundation design, and threshold inspections.
Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne, FL) – BS, Civil Engineer
Florida International University (Miami, FL) – MS, Structural Engineer
Licenses & Certifications
Florida Registered Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Registered LEED Green Associate
Construction Association of South Florida (CASF) Young Leaders
America Society of Civil Engineers
National Council of Structural Engineers Association
Former Member of the NCSEA Wind Committee
Former Outreach Coordinator – Florida Structural Engineer Association Young Members