International Flooring & Protective Coatings, Inc.
Here at IFPC, we believe we are only as strong as our employees. We strive to educate and push our team to discover their full potential and worth.
Owner and President
With more than thirty years of experience as an independent consultant for interior/exterior decking on naval ships, general construction, and flooring of all types, Jon Solomon started IFPC in a small Norfolk warehouse in 1993. His technical expertise, vision, and leadership continue to drive IFPC's growth and reputation, serving both commercial and residential clients, as well as the U.S. government. Always open to new technologies and ideas, Jon encourages his team to strive to meet clients' changing needs.
R. Scott Eisel
Marine Repair Estimating & Project Management
Scott has over 45 years of experience in marine preservation estimating & project management, including all types of coatings. He is also an instructor for Workforce Development at the Newport News Shipyard. Scott brings an entrepreneurial and enthusiastic spirit to IFPC and has been with our team since 2014.
Marine Cost Estimator
John started working with IFPC in April of 1999. Mr. Kirk has over two decades of marine coatings experience. He was hired as a decking mechanic to travel the country and run non-skid operations for other locally-based companies. After working in the field at IFPC for only a short couple of years, John’s work ethic and determination earned him a promotion to Production Manager, for which he was a team leader in that department for 16 years. John has brought knowledge from his years of fieldwork and remains a part of the marine team. His wealth of experience, from the deck plate to the estimating table, is a priceless package of knowledge and plays a favorable role on this IFPC coaster. John is most proud of his seven grandchildren and enjoys all outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing.
Ann Marie McGunnigle
IFPC Landside Director & Marine Repair Estimator
Ann Marie has been part of the IFPC team since March 1996, working with both the Landside and Marine Repair Divisions. Leading knowledgeable field crews, estimators, and project managers, Ann Marie's expertise ensures that our clients experience superior service right from the beginning. Ann Marie is very hands-on and is there for all her clients from the estimating and design-build phase of their project through award, production, and finally, the closeout of their project. Our extensive portfolio of repeat clients is an excellent testament to Ann Marie's technical knowledge, skill, dedication, and commitment to providing quality service.
Landside Estimating Manager
Steve Kuczma, our Landside Estimating Manager, has been with IFPC since February 2016. His strengths include management, diversity awareness, sales, passion for excellence, advertising, and excellent customer service. Steve has a positive sales performance. He has also developed sales motivational pitches for staff use, selects and controls purchases for inventory. Steve attended the State University of New York Alfred, majoring in Engineering for two years. Steve's interests include volunteering, singing, playing guitar, and visiting nursing/ assisted living homes (Pets on Wheels). He is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Knights of Columbus and has been an Ordained Deacon in The Catholic Church since 2001. At IFPC, Steve Kuczma completes bids for construction and renovation contracts. He has been a substantial addition to our team.
Dan Cozzi comes to IFPC after spending 20 years in New Orleans working as a commercial flooring estimator/project manager. His estimating knowledge and experience include healthcare, retail, education, and many types of office buildouts. Dan enjoys working with numbers, so estimating comes naturally to him. Dan was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa, before relocating to New Orleans. Dan and his spouse, Jeanmarie, have and continue to volunteer for the Louisiana Boxer Rescue. Relocating to the Hampton Roads area is incredibly enticing to them because of its proximity to Hatteras Island. They are enjoying a new chapter of their lives in Norfolk.
Steve Banks is a native of York County, Virginia, where he currently resides. His large industrialized family has brought Steve into the Construction Industry, starting with his Grandfather. He later formed a business of raising & moving single-family homes that flooded low-lying tidal communities on the Peninsula. Steve brings over 25 years of professional service to sales, customer service, management, technical & industrial expertise. His versatility & willingness to take on any task provides us with a team player who is always ready to serve. He prides himself in raising his two children and giving people, and giving back to their community.
Dena has worked at IFPC since day one of operation in August of 1993. The Stone Division was created in 2006. Dena took the opportunity to help build the division and has worked in that department ever since. After several years of customer service, the priority changed, and the office staff was hired to handle our forever-growing client base. Dena’s main focus these days is applying accurate labor cost to jobs, assisting in purchasing material, invoicing completed jobs, collections for accounts, and always enjoys jumping in when needed to assist customers. Dena is proud of the showroom that she helped design, which offers many quartz samples. She looks forward to showing off the stone yard outside, which is her personal favorite, that has a nice variety of complete slab selections for larger projects and a range of sizes and colors of remnant pieces for smaller projects. Dena has represented IFPC in local trade shows. She has traveled to Italy and Brazil to hand-select material containers to offer IFPC customers the variety and quality of material that she believes every homeowner deserves.
Customer Service – Stone Division
Jessica is the “new kid on the block” in the Stone Division and joined the IFPC team in April 2019. Jessica comes from a background in exterior home improvement and marketing. She has been a refreshing addition to the department with a wide range of skills and talent. Her helpful nature with overwhelmed homeowners has been a bonus. Jessica has quickly learned the ropes of operation. She is now estimating jobs that are very helpful to clients to immediately get an idea of the cost for any material selections to match up with any budget requirements. IFPC fabricates and installs all countertops for the customers that purchase from our new local IKEA. Jessica was hired when that contract kicked in and has been full speed ever since. Jessica has done a fantastic job building relationships with the IKEA staff, the material supplier and deals with their customers directly for scheduling and troubleshooting any glitches along the way. IFPC was very excited to add Jessica to the team.
Marine Operations Manager
Oversee the daily operations of Marine Production of IFPC. Ensure the creation and implementation of a strategy designed to grow the business. Robbie provides direct management to General Superintendents, Production, Safety, and the QA departments. He ensures the delivery and quality of IFPC’s products and services to its customers. Robbie oversees recruiting, selecting, onboarding, training, coaching, counseling, and disciplining employees. He develops strategic planning by studying technological and financial opportunities; presenting recommended objectives.
Marcus Breeden joined the team in 2016 as General Superintendent to drive production. Marcus has primarily been involved with the Marine Division, specifically; erecting and maintaining environmentally controlled containments, utilizing ultra high-pressure water jetting as a means for surface preparation, and all things involved with shipboard preservation. He continues to experiment and develop new ways of doing old work more efficiently and profitably while developing the skill sets of employees to create the best workforce on the waterfront.
"Q" Abdur - Rahim
Marine Repair Production Manager
Co-Workers and customers like to call him "Q." "Q" joined IFPC in December 2019 and has an extensive background working for Military Sealift Command (MSC) for over a decade. 'Q" has fit in quite nicely, filling the spot of Marine Repair Production Manager. "Q" wears many hats that include, but certainly not limited to, making sure all marine jobs are completed on time with top-notch quality and plays a crucial role in providing information to help estimate work for future contracts. He plays an essential role in planning job schedules and placing the correct people in strategic positions to get the job done. "Q" assists in interviewing and hiring personnel from laborers to supervisors, to which he believes a strong team from the bottom up will continue to provide our customers with a quality end product to which they are habituated from the IFPC team.
A 25-year veteran of the marine fabrication and repair trade, Christopher Buck currently manages the daily operations of the Habitability Sheet Metal Shop for International Flooring and Protective Coatings’ Marine Division. Chris began his career at Dreadnaught Marine. He learned the sheet metal trade; he later joined Earl Industries, earned several certifications, and spent nine months in Mayport, FL, working on the USS Kennedy aircraft carrier. Before joining IFPC, Chris spent nearly 20 years at Tecnico Corporation. He managed skilled tradespeople to safely and accurately complete work compliant with standards set by the U.S. Department of the Navy. During his tenure at Tecnico, he also introduced water jet technology, started the mass fabrication shop that builds GFM vent and furniture, and started the paint assembly line and laser automation technology operation to mass-produce parts. Chris is a proud father to three adult children and resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Sarah and toddler son Winston.
Program Manager of Preservation
David Lloyd started as a paint laborer at Midwest Refinishing, Inc. in Sycamore, IL. He worked his way up to Senior Foreman in no time. In 1995, David worked as a paint tech at Atlantic Marine Mobile. At Atlantic Marine Moblie in Alaska, he was responsible for blasting and painting hulls and ran crews that consisted of 5-30 people. After a while, David moved to Grand Bahama Ship Yard as a Hull Treatment / Scaffold Manager. His duties included planning workforce and equipment allocation requirements for all refit and scheduled dockings, reviewing specifications, and submitting job cost and workforce requirements. David Lloyd came to IFPC in 2021 as our Program Manager of Preservation. IFPC is very fortunate to have obtained a team member with years of experience.
Eric started working for Jon in 1989 in the drywall division with Decking Design. When he decided to close that up, he asked Eric and one other person to come onboard doing marine decking. He started as a general laborer training under Mr. Mel Paris, learning the decking trade, then moved into management. He worked for them until April 1994, then Jon and his partner split, and he started International Flooring. On April 4, 1994, Eric was hired and went right to Charleston Naval Shipyard and ran his first job for him on the USS Moosbrugger. He stayed a supervisor for International Flooring for several years. He then was asked to help further with management, so I assisted the General Superintendent for the Marine Side of the house. He then went to Ft. Lee and helped with waterproofing in some showers with problems leaking. He has been working on the Landside ever since.
Marine Repair Production Manager
Elliot White is our Marine Repair Production Manager, who has spent the last 30 years working in the Shipboard Habitability Industry. He has fabricated ventilation, bunks, lockers, bulkhead panels, curtain plates, and many other items required for shipboard installations. He's spent the last 22 years running deck plate operations as a Shop Foreman, Supt/Project Manager, and from time to time a Mechanic on the deck plate when he was needed. Elliot comes to IFPC with a wealth of knowledge and years of experience, and we are excited to have him on the team.
E.H.S. Compliance Director
Jimmy Nicastro comes to IFPC from the ship repair industry, where he spent the last thirteen years working in maritime safety. Jimmy has also spent over 20 years working in the chemical industry and performed hazard analysis required by CFR 29 1910.119 for highly hazardous covered processes. Jimmy has been married to his wife Kathy for 35 years and lives in Great Bridge. He has two great children and is still waiting for a grandchild. Family is one of the essential values in his life, and he has been truly blessed. Jimmy is looking forward to new challenges and working with all his new team members in a safe and successful business with IFPC.
Teresa joined our team in 2006 and has more than 30 years of experience in construction accounting. She manages all functions of the accounting department, including payables, receivables, and payroll. Teresa and her professional teamwork ensure accurate financial statements and job cost reporting. In addition to her accounting responsibilities, she manages all in-house computer maintenance, keeping IFPC updated with the latest technology. With Teresa's management and leadership qualities, IFPC is always ready to tackle the next big project.