Owner and founder Jamie Stebenne is a licensed contractor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He started working in the construction industry while studying architecture at Roger Williams University. By the time he graduated with his Bachelor of Architecture in 2008, Jamie was co-owner of a full-fledged construction and design business. In 2012 he branched out on his own and established JPS Construction and Design. Jamie is very hands-on and still manages the majority of the construction projects at JPS. He can usually be found out on a job site ensuring the work meets the high standards of quality and workmanship JPS upholds.
Vice President Kevin Sawyer is a fellow graduate of Roger Williams University. After earning his Bachelor of Architecture in 2008, Kevin went to work for an international interior design firm specializing in high-end hospitality projects. In 2011 he joined the JPS team as lead designer. Over the years, Kevin transitioned to the role of vice president and general manager. While Kevin now spends most of his time managing construction projects, he still tackles design challenges whenever he gets the chance.
Senior Project Manager
A native of Aquidneck Island, Gary Gonsalves has been working in high-end construction for over 20 years. From swinging a hammer on site to estimating to managing projects, Gary has done it all. He was also a local building inspector for several years and now manages private properties. Gary joined the JPS team in 2016, bringing with him a wealth of local experience, intimate knowledge of codes and regulations, and strong attention to detail.
William H. Lytle
William Lytle started his career at JPS as a carpenter's helper in 2011 while working towards his degree at New England Institute of Technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and Associates Degree in Building Construction and Cabinet Making in 2012. William's field experience and quick thinking make him an excellent leader, and his passion ensures that the jobs are completed to the highest caliber.
As a Roger Williams University graduate Julian received a rich education in construction management giving him fresh perspectives on today's industry. Julian's eagerness is unmatched making him a great addition to JPS.
With a degree in Construction Management and years of field experience Dave is one of our valued project managers. His sensible approach to building ensures that each project he works on is completed correctly and efficiently.
With over twenty years of experience working as a licensed architect in Canada Sue has faced and conquered many design challenges. Her thoughtfulness and attention to detail is unmatched. She dedicates herself to her projects and makes sure each space is designed to perfection. Sue currently volunteers as a member of the zoning board in Portsmouth, which highlights her vast knowledge of building and zoning codes.
Resident Interior Designer Allison Nicolopoulos has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and an international design education from Lorenzo De Medici School in Florence Italy. Allison began her career in New York City, working for a world-renowned residential interior design firm until opening her own studio in 2006. With over 15 years of experience, she has provided interior design solutions for high-end residential projects all over the country. Allison joined the JPS team in 2018 and brings with her a unique and sophisticated design philosophy, stressing a close link between the disciplines of architecture and the beauty of interior design.