FRANK FRIONE is the Chief Executive Officer of GFA International Inc., a full-service engineering consulting firm, providing Environmental, Geotechnical, Construction Materials Testing, Inspections, Code Compliance and Environmental Health and Safety services.
Frank began his career in 1985 while working under the tutorage of Mr. Sam Gillotti PE, owner of Gillotti and Associates Inc., an engineering inspections company. He apprenticed with Mr. Gillotti until his retirement when he was given the opportunity to assume responsibility for the company. At that time, the company operated primarily as an engineering inspections company. Realizing the potential to expand into other service lines, he initiated the development of a full-service construction materials laboratory. In 1988, he became partners with Frederick G. Kaub, P.G., a Florida Registered Professional Geologist to further expand into environmental and geotechnical services.
Frank’s guidance and leadership, led to the quick expansion to 6 service divisions, 180 employees and 5 offices throughout Florida. Throughout his 30 plus years in business, 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.
In 1998 GFA was named South Florida Business Journal Small Business of the Year and in 2010, the Business Journal awarded Frione the CEO of the Year award. Today, Frione is responsible for all operations, business development and fiscal responsibilities.
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.
Frank is also very dedicated to helping those less fortunate. In 2004 Frank started mentoring young men at The Haven which is now The Place of Hope and never looked back. In 2011, the Frione’s established The Frione Family Scholarship through Everglades University, which provides four-year scholarships for qualifying under privilege students who wish to pursue higher education and the many opportunities it affords for a successful, productive life.
Frank and his wife Laura believe that all children should be loved, respected and given an opportunity to a full and meaningful life. They devote a great deal of time and energy to several different organizations. Two places that are near and dear to their hearts are The Crockett Foundation and The Place of Hope, an organization that provides hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region. In honor of their tremendous support of children in need, on October 28, 2016, Laura and Frank were awarded the Place of Hope, Jay Dipietro “Hero of Hope” Award.
Frank’s professional and community involvement includes: Vistage Florida Executive Group Member, Construction Executive’s Association – Past President, Current Board Member, Everglades University / Keiser University – Board of Trustees, South Florida Regional Transportation Authority – Governor Rick Scott Appointee Palm Beach County Board Member, Downtown Development Authority of Delray Beach Current Board member , Construction Association of South Florida (CASF) – Current Board Member, President (2015), Vice President (2014), Treasure (2013), Secretary (2012), Boca Raton Improvement District Steering Committee Past Member, Downtown Boca Raton Advisory Committee – Past member , Boca Raton Rotary Member.
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