About Armor Masonry Restoration

Armor Masonry Restoration is a Certified WBENC Woman’s Business Enterprise formed in March 2013.  Our team of professionals is dedicated to restoring and preserving the architectural integrity of the fine buildings in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas.  We feel it is our privilege to have the opportunity to work on such unique and historic buildings in the Philadelphia metropolitan area that exhibit a rich history steeped in architectural styles of a bygone era.

For more than three decades, our highly experienced team has provided not only the highest quality craftsmanship. We specialize in every aspect of masonry restoration and preservation, including, but not limited to, brick and stone pointing, historic restoration and preservation, the installation of sealants in newly constructed and existing high-rise buildings.

Our customer service is key in working with the many commercial property owners, universities, institutions, and industrial facilities throughout Philadelphia and the tri-state area. Our ability to work in occupied spaces in cooperation with ownership, residents and commercial tenants with ease leads to gratification for our clients, EVERYTIME!

Our Team

Connie O’Shea – President

Connie brings a fresh perspective to the company with over 20 years of experience in educational instruction and administration to the team. In addition to overseeing the general operations of the company, she applies big picture thinking to create goals and business strategies to ensure the company’s growth and success.

Gene Rose, General Manager and Founder

Gene has more than 30 years of experience in the masonry restoration and preservation industry. Gene is a graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School and attended Drexel University‘s engineering program, as well as being a part of the US Naval Reserve Construction Battalion.

Gene began his career as an apprentice, sponsored by Palmer Bros. Brick Pointing, and later earned his journeyman card working for various union companies such as Structural Maintenance, Joseph Dugan and Palmer Waterproofing. After many successful years of self employment and General Manager of Mara Restoration, he is back at the helm of a seasoned and experienced team that makes up Armor Masonry Restoration, Inc.

Gene is responsible for the day to day field operations, ensuring that all work is performed in accordance with industry standards, on schedule, and within budget. His direct field experience, together with his education and leadership ability enables him to lead Armor’s management team.

Brian Rose, Executive Vice President

As a founder and Vice President of Armor Masonry Restoration, Brian has helped Armor hurdle through a rigorous niche industry. His extensive business background and experience over the past 30 years has allowed Armor Masonry to be one of the largest and most respected restoration companies in the tristate area.

Among his other responsibilities, Brian oversees the business development, contract negotiations, and fiscal and operational aspects of the company. Brian provides strategic analysis and advice for continual, seamless, financial, and operational management.

Prior to starting Armor Masonry Restoration, Brian was an owner of a large, national distributor in the electric motor repair industry, servicing repair facilities throughout North America with OEM parts, copper magnet wire, electrical insulation and motors. He was successful in selling the company to one of the largest copper magnet wire manufactures, supplier and distributor in North America.

Charlie Cossman, Chief Estimator and Founder

After success with Mara Restoration as the Chief Estimator, Charlie comes to Armor with over 24 years experience in construction estimating, specializing in the masonry restoration trade. Accustomed with all aspects of the estimating process, from proposal composition and contract negotiation to purchasing and supervision, Charlie’s trade centered focus allows him to operate with greater knowledge and flexibility.

Gerald McNulty, Estimator and Field Superintendent and Founder

A key member of the Armor team Gerry is a masonry and construction veteran with over 25 years industry experience. Gerry’s talents are proven in the commercial marketplace, enjoying a long and successful career as a union estimator and field superintendent. Adding outside Project Management to his resume during his tenure as a commercial roofer, Gerry’s extensive experience is an invaluable resource for Armor.

Margaret Sharkus – Director of Operations

Margaret has been a part of the leadership team since its inception in 2013. As a veteran of the banking and lending industry for over 30 years, Margaret oversees the financial operations of the company through accounting and payroll. She also oversees staffing and human resources.

Gene Rose Jr., Safety Coordinator

Gene graduated from Penn State University in 2014. He is responsible for policy development, safety inspections and record keeping. Recently he has developed Armor’s silica program complying with local and federal regulations, started Armor’s safety committee and is responsible for monthly safety meetings. Gene is an enthusiastic member of many industry associations and was recently accepted to the Steering Committee of the GBCA’s Construction Leadership Council. His eagerness and continuing education will guarantee Armor’s ever-growing success.

Gloria Mehler – Project Administrator

Gloria has been a member of the Armor team since 2015, bringing decades of experience in project management and purchasing in numerous industries. She is our in-house problem solver, overseeing numerous daily tasks including prequalification, proposals, billing, insurance certificates and endorsements.

Jim Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing

Jim has over 25 years’ experience in the construction industry.  He has worked as a project executive, senior estimator, and most recently in sales and marketing. Jim is a creative and diverse revenue producer with vast skills and abilities in business development, sales, cultivating lucrative relationships, comprehensive product/service knowledge and superior client services.

Jim excels in the management and mentoring of others with an innovative approach that encourages and enables the achievement of imposed goals and objectives. He believes in collaborative team approach which generates a strong desire to succeed and exceed our targets.

Nothing more exemplifies his management and mentoring skills than his position as an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University, College of Architecture and Building Environment (CABE). Jim’s involvement with his students is not only to educate but also to mentor and direct them into a positive future.

Jim’s experience blended with his engineering background makes him a valuable asset to our clients and Armor Masonry.

Aaron Keller – Junior Estimator

As one of the newest member of our estimating team, Aaron comes to us from Tacony Academy Charter High School. Aaron is quickly learning about the industry from the ground up under the supervision of our senior team and works on bid take-offs on a daily basis.

Since joining the Armor team, Aaron has achieved numerous certifications through industry partnerships with GBCA, Hanley Wood University, SIKA, BASF and IMI. His certifications cover a broad array of topics including estimating, blue print reading, project management, caulking, sealants, concrete restoration, waterproofing, sustainability and green practices to name a few.