About

About

Complexity simplified

We evaluate damaged structures. As construction experts, we provide independent recommendations and analyses for clients around the world in the insurance and legal industries. We have a national presence with offices from coast to coast and a robust set of specialized, in-house practices that range from scheduling and building envelope to mechanical, electrical, elevator, and landscaping. Hard evidence, expertise, and accuracy drive our work; communication and connection are our top priorities. Simply put, our work empowers our clients to move forward with confidence. In a complex industry, our mission is to bring clarity to every client we serve.

Our guiding principles

We create elegant solutions from complicated problems.

We take care of each other so that we can take care of you.

We create positive experiences in difficult industries.

Above all, we take pride in our work.

Our Areas of Practice

Construction

Mechanical, Electrical & Energy

Roofing & Building Envelope

Elevator

Landscaping

Schedule & Delay

Marine

Surety

People

Atlanta, GA

Giles Harper

Partner, Mid-Atlantic Region Leader

gh@dbi-cc.com

T 404-267-1482

M 404-360-3862

Giles Harper

Partner, Mid-Atlantic Region Leader

gh@dbi-cc.com

T 404-267-1482

M 404-360-3862

People

Chicago, IL

Nicholas Costello

Partner, Midwest Region Leader

nc@dbi-cc.com

T 773-887-9083

M 847-343-8739

Tim Grahn

Director, Chicago Branch Manager

tg@dbi-cc.com

T 773-887-9083

M 847-561-6426

People

Dallas, TX

Bryan Heikkinen

Partner, South Region Leader

bh@dbi-cc.com

T 469-213-2151

M 817-980-8062

Bryan Heikkinen

Partner, South Region Leader

bh@dbi-cc.com

T 469-213-2151

M 817-980-8062

People

Denver, CO

Zachary Peltier

Director, Mountain Region Leader

zyp@dbi-cc.com

T 720-580-3843

M 719-338-1316

Zachary Peltier

Director, Mountain Region Leader

zyp@dbi-cc.com

T 720-580-3843

M 719-338-1316

People

Detroit, MI

Nicholas Costello

Partner, Midwest Region Leader

nc@dbi-cc.com

T 773-887-9083

M 847-343-8739

Matthew T. Erndt

Director, Detroit Branch Manager

mte@dbi-cc.com

T 646-902-9789

M 313-952-8438

People

Los Angeles, CA

Michael Vandeveer

Partner, Managing Director & West Region Leader

mv@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

Tim Donahue

Senior Project Manager I

td@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

M 908-240-1323

People

Miami, Florida

Constantine G. Cois

Partner, Southeast Region Leader

gc@dbi-cc.com

T 305-397-8272

M 305-505-1120

Christian Scherf

Director, Marine Practice Leader & Miami Branch Manager

cs@dbi-cc.com

T 305-397-8272

M 954-789-1817

People

New York, NY

Nicholas J. Bencivenga

Partner, Managing Director & Northeast Region Leader

nb@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

Nicholas J. Bencivenga

Partner, Managing Director & Northeast Region Leader

nb@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

People

Orlando, FL

Constantine G. Cois

Partner, Southeast Region Leader

gc@dbi-cc.com

T 305-397-8272

M 305-505-1120

Primitivo Suarez

Director, Orlando Branch Manager

ps@dbi-cc.com

T 407-743-0286

M 323-855-4781

People

Philadelphia, PA

Nicholas J. Bencivenga

Partner, Managing Director & Northeast Region Leader

nb@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

Timothy Lorio

Senior Project Manager I, Philadelphia Branch Manager

tl@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

M 215-478-2712

People

Boston, MA

Nicholas J. Bencivenga

Partner, Managing Director & Northeast Region Leader

nb@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

People

Houston, TX

Bryan Heikkinen

Partner, South Region Leader

bh@dbi-cc.com

T 469-213-2151

M 817-980-8062

People

Las Vegas, NV

Zachary Peltier

Director, Mountain Region Leader

zyp@dbi-cc.com

T 720-580-3843

M 719-338-1316

People

Charleston, SC

Constantine G. Cois

Partner, Southeast Region Leader

gc@dbi-cc.com

T 305-397-8272

M 305-505-1120

Arnold Andrews

Director, Charleston Branch Manager

ada@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

M 843-200-6913

People

Little Rock, AR

Bryan Heikkinen

Partner, South Region Leader

bh@dbi-cc.com

T 469-213-2151

M 817-980-8062

People

Memphis, TN

Giles Harper

Partner, Mid-Atlantic Region Leader

gh@dbi-cc.com

T 404-267-1482

M 404-360-3862

People

Minneapolis, MN

Nicholas Costello

Partner, Midwest Region Leader

nc@dbi-cc.com

T 773-887-9083

M 847-343-8739

People

Nashville, TN

Giles Harper

Partner, Mid-Atlantic Region Leader

gh@dbi-cc.com

T 404-267-1482

M 404-360-3862

People

New Orleans, LA

Constantine G. Cois

Partner, Southeast Region Leader

gc@dbi-cc.com

T 305-397-8272

M 305-505-1120

Brent Benoit

Director, New Orleans Branch Manager

btb@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

M 504-400-3674

People

Panama City, FL

Constantine G. Cois

Partner, Southeast Region Leader

gc@dbi-cc.com

T 305-397-8272

M 305-505-1120

People

Pittsburgh, PA

Nicholas Costello

Partner, Midwest Region Leader

nc@dbi-cc.com

T 773-887-9083

M 847-343-8739

People

Sacramento, CA

Michael Vandeveer

Partner, Managing Director & West Region Leader

mv@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

People

Wichita, KS

Bryan Heikkinen

Partner, South Region Leader

bh@dbi-cc.com

T 469-213-2151

M 817-980-8062

People

Louisville, KY

Giles Harper

Partner, Mid-Atlantic Region Leader

gh@dbi-cc.com

T 404-267-1482

M 404-360-3862

People

Spokane, WA

Michael Vandeveer

Partner, Managing Director & West Region Leader

mv@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

People

San Antonio, TX

Bryan Heikkinen

Partner, South Region Leader

bh@dbi-cc.com

T 469-213-2151

M 817-980-8062

Scott Leggitt

Senior Director, San Antonio Branch Manager

sal@dbi-cc.com

T 212-533-1200

M 830-355-8068

People

Indianapolis, IN

Nicholas Costello

Partner, Midwest Region Leader

nc@dbi-cc.com

T 773-887-9083

M 847-343-8739

People

Virginia Beach, VA

Giles Harper

Partner, Mid-Atlantic Region Leader

gh@dbi-cc.com

T 404-267-1482

M 404-360-3862

Michael Vandeveer

Partner, Managing Director & West Region Leader

As Managing Director, Michael is critical to the execution of our work, overseeing the perpetually moving pieces of our projects and teams company-wide. He leads by example, always with an eye toward building a positive culture and motivating our offices and people to excel.

Michael’s 25 years in the industry lands him at the intersection of the insurance and construction worlds. He has worked on all levels of property loss matters in a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, educational, hospitality, and habitational.

Michael’s experience in working on complex commercial claims both as a building consultant and as a former National General Adjuster gives him unique insight into the needs of all parties. With his extensive expertise in managing a network of teams, concurrent complex projects, as well as coordinating and overseeing work during high-volume CAT events, Michael ensures that DBI delivers a premier experience for both our people and our clients.

Alex Berg

Partner, Director of Finance & Operations

Alex has been a key contributor to DBI’s growth through his operational expertise, financial acumen, and unwavering support for our people, empowering them to deliver top-notch solutions that meet clients’ needs. For over a decade, he has tackled complex operational tasks, developed new systems, managed team members, and provided invaluable financial oversight, all of which have been instrumental in driving DBI’s success.

In his dual role at DBI, Alex assumes responsibility for a broad range of crucial operational and financial functions, including special initiatives that require additional attention to ensure their successful completion. During his tenure, Alex has spearheaded a comprehensive overhaul of DBI's business policies and procedures, without sacrificing the positive employee experience that has long been synonymous with the DBI brand.

Alex’s expertise in navigating complex problems and delivering the necessary results has earned him a reputation for providing exceptional service to both employees and clients alike.

Nicholas Costello

Partner, Midwest Region Leader

With characteristic drive, vision and energy, Nick has not only grown our Chicago office but expanded DBI’s presence and reputation throughout the entire Midwest Region. Nick’s team spirit and values, coupled with his keen eye for identifying talent and new strategic opportunities, keeps morale high and team members empowered to strive for excellence.

With over 20 years in the industry, complex projects are Nick’s specialty. His general contracting and restoration background provides insider experience that’s key in resolving issues and understanding the unique processes and challenges of this sector. When it comes to strategizing approach and overseeing the myriad details, scheduling, and multi-player teams that comprise all large and intricate jobs, Nick is absolutely in his element.

Recent projects include Avondale Marine, a 260-acre shipyard with over 90 existing structures, and Host Hotels, a vast portfolio of resorts and hotels impacted by Hurricane Ian.

Giles Harper

Partner, Mid-Atlantic Region Leader

As Mid-Atlantic Region Leader, Giles’s direction and vision continues to push DBI to new heights. In addition to his commitment to the success of DBI's Mid-Atlantic region, Giles is also steadfast in developing a culture of excellence throughout our organization. As an experienced construction industry leader, Giles is passionate about cultivating talent, strengthening our team, and upholding the highest quality standards throughout our operations.

With decades of experience in construction consulting, Giles brings to DBI a wealth of knowledge and proficiency. He specializes in large, complex losses affecting industrial, municipal, agricultural and habitational structures and has been instrumental in the successful resolution of claims and investigations involving numerous building types and occupancies. Giles’s expertise is in demand around the world, with projects completed throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe.

Additionally, Giles has also consulted on numerous historic preservation, builder’s risk, and schedule and delay analysis claims for leading insurance carriers. His recent project work includes several large portfolios of municipal reinsurance risk pool claims throughout Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Bryan Heikkinen

Partner, South Region Leader

As the leader of DBI’s South Region, Bryan’s precision, attention to detail and hands-on oversight of our offices and training talent inspires loyalty and dedication from our teams and ensures the entire operation continues to grow and thrive.

A third-generation member of a construction family, Bryan has diversified his acumen in the world of the high-tech industry, focusing on financial analysis and working with the complex sectors of new product engineering/development, service, and manufacturing. He has a keen ability to break down outsized projects into manageable functions across the entire ecosystem of the consulting industry. In addition, Bryan is passionate about his work in litigation, providing expert testimonials with jury trial experience.

Bryan’s project work includes, but is not limited to: World Trade Center, Biolab chlorine chemical manufacturing plant, Nidec manufacturing plants, HCA Hospitals, Six Flags Over Texas, MLB Stadiums in Texas, and Hood Industries.

Nicholas J. Bencivenga

Partner, Managing Director & Northeast Region Leader

Nicholas is at the center of all of DBI’s daily operations, overseeing teams and practices in our offices nationwide, mobilizing units during high-volume CAT seasons, equipment and drones in the field, and ensuring every client is matched with the DBI team best suited for the unique demands of their project. Nicholas’s work, in-house and on the ground, keeps everything running and provides a first-rate experience for our people and our clients.

Nicholas brings that same commitment and attention to detail to DBI’s outsized assignments. He excels in coordinating and leading massive teams, overseeing multiple structures and locations, large submitted claim values, complex repair methodologies and costs while guiding our clients throughout the process with constant, clear briefings.

Nicholas’s project work includes, but is not limited to: Phoenix School Districts, St. Landry Parish in Louisiana, PMRC Apartments, Stolthaven New Orleans, and Schott.

Tomer Saar

Managing Partner

Tomer’s vision and innovation keep DBI on the cutting edge: in how we evolve technology and reporting for our clients, and in growing our company culture, always with human interest at the center. His ability to see from both big-picture and granular points of view, paired with a passion for what’s possible, drives DBI forward, within our offices and on every project we undertake.

Tomer specializes in Builder’s Risk and international, large-scale industrial projects, handling the multifaceted demands of each assignment. His strategic thinking and deftness in stabilizing active construction while limiting delay and costs, combined with the know-how to present analysis in a way that gives clients command over each project has been an invaluable asset to DBI and those we serve.

His notable past projects include 3M Precision Grinding in Austria, Goldman Sachs, Six Flags New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and feasibility studies for large-scale infrastructure, code compliance, and structural upgrades.

Lori Ann Franek

Partner, Director of Business Development

Lori Ann is the creator and driving force of our business development practice, cultivating our current client base and markets while ushering DBI into new territories. She’s the bridge between DBI and everyone we serve, implementing our company culture and standards to ensure exceptional collaboration on every project. Lori Ann’s vision for growth keeps authenticity at its core: whether launching a new team, client event or cross-country expansion, she makes sure our values are always reflected, at every level.

For the past 16 years, Lori Ann has been developing client bases throughout the construction, architecture, and insurance industries both nationally and abroad. She is relied upon by industry leaders for her guidance and expertise. Lori Ann’s innate understanding of the demands and pace of complex assignments, coupled with her empathic approach, industry awareness and active project engagement keeps DBI at the forefront of our field.

Dennis Di Millo

President

Dennis has been instrumental in making DBI a leader in the field: continually driving strategic growth and developing bold, fresh approaches to best serve and empower our clients. His deep knowledge of the construction and insurance industries and dedication to strengthening industry standards have laid the foundation for the uncompromising quality that is DBI’s hallmark.

With 30+ years of experience in the business, Dennis is in demand to present and share his wealth of expertise. His erudition in the complex areas of litigation and appraisals has made him a highly regarded, court-qualified expert witness, continually relied upon to provide depositions, legal reports and testimony in intricate claim disputes.

Dennis has consulted on over 3,000 projects in the United States, United Kingdom, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, including Marriott Resort Properties, Ritz-Carlton Dorado, Dallas Independent School District, the Address Hotel in Dubai, and an extensive portfolio of projects for NYU.

Constantine G. Cois

Partner, Southeast Region Leader

Constantine is vital to DBI’s growth. He spearheaded our expansion beyond our flagship location and currently oversees our entire Southeast region. In addition to broadening our physical presence and influence, Constantine is dedicated to cultivating DBI internally, developing our client base, continually working to strengthen our team and uphold DBI’s high-quality standards throughout our offices and operations.

With 20 years of experience in the insurance and construction industries, Constantine has a deep understanding of the many moving parts of large-scale construction, and specializes in Builder’s Risk and complex industrial projects. He’s also well-known and trusted in the industry for litigation and appraisals, where he’s often relied upon to create expert reports and give depositions. Having been recognized by both parties for his objectivity across the board, Constantine is also in frequent demand as an umpire.

Constantine's prior projects include Louisiana Sugar Refinery, Deauville Hotel Litigation, and Jackson Health West Medical Center.

Zachary Peltier

Director & Mountain Region Leader

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