Best Production Supervisor

Brian Albanese, vice president, Forno Enterprises Inc.
September 5, 2014
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION
Brian with his dad, Mike SpaccafornoThe College of New Rochelle, Center for Wellness

Brian Albanese, vice president and production supervisor for Forno Enterprises, started  pushing gasket in a slope-glazed wall of a greenhouse at 13, when his father owned Forno.
Albanese’s father has been in the glass industry since 1969. “From [5 years old] I was in and around the glass industry,” says Albanese. “My father taught me everything about the business and the way to work with people.” For Albanese, the most important key to success in the glass industry relates to any industry—find a successful role model and be smart enough to listen and learn from them. “There’s no need to reinvent the  wheel,” he says. “Someone has learned from years of experience on what works and what doesn’t, who to work for and who not to, how to get over the hurdles of everyday business. Why stumble over the same obstacles they have? Ask for advice and use the knowledge to move forward.”

What is a memorable challenging job/project you have completed? How did you overcome
those challenges?
The most memorable and challenging project I had the pleasure of suffering through would  be The College of New Rochelle, Center for Wellness. The project was turned over to me by
my father in the summer of 2006, in the typical sink or swim fashion my dad was famous  for. I had very little information about the project, but used what experience I had. He knew I could handle the situation, even if I had doubted myself. This job had all sorts of good learning experiences: union disputes, overtime scheduling, late or missed material deliveries, lack of manpower, specialty glass products and poor quality materials that had to be rejected and remade.

How have you been encouraged/mentored by others in the industry?
My father Mike Spaccaforno has mentored me and encouraged me from the start. He has always challenged me every step of the way and made me work hard for each step of success.

One-word description of the glass industry: Challenging

One-word description of self: Confident

Career history: 1990-present, Forno Enterprises, Trout Creek, N.Y.: 2009-present,vice president; 2004-2009, project manager; 2000-2003, part-time estimator; 1998, installer; 1995-1999, shop laborer; 1990-1994, unofficial child apprentice

Education: SUNY Utica/Rome Institute of Technology, B.S. in Civil Engineering, 2003; Herkimer Community College, associate’s degree in Construction Management, 2000; Walton Central School, 1998

Family: Wife, Leslie; sons, Daniel and Chayce; daughter, Victoria

If a movie were made about your life, who would you cast to play you? Willie Robertson. His style of family and having fun at work while being successful reflects my way of running a business.

Hobbies: Hunting (ducks and deer), fishing, boating, basketball, carpentry; anything outdoors

Connections: 9330 County Highway 27, P.O. Box 220, Trout Creek, NY 13847; 607/865-7860; brian@fornoenterprises.com