We’re proud to have earned an industry reputation for being a company that people want to work for and do business with. Today, our diverse team is made up of dedicated craftspeople, site coordinators and delivery personnel, who all work in concert with our leadership team to help carry out our mission to empower lives and bolster the communities where we live and work.
As company president, Melissa Geska takes a hands-on approach, helping oversee estimating, operations and project and business management. Melissa has emerged as an industry leader and was named one of Rochester Business Journal’s Women of Excellence in 2018, and shortlisted in 2018 and 2019 as an SBC Business Person of the Year finalist. Because of her tireless leadership, US Ceiling received NYS’ most prestigious honor for M/WBEs in 2018: the Carey Gabay Excellence and Innovation Award. As part of her commitment to her community, Melissa works closely with the Urban League of Rochester in support of their varied initiatives, as well as other local non-profit organizations that help support and empower women and priority populations. She currently serves on the executive board of the Rochester Builder’s Exchange and the Al Sigl Foundation board of governors, and is the past president of the Greater Rochester Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.
Chief Operations Officer
In his long and storied career, Ed Geska has encountered almost every conceivable scenario that can occur on a job site. His experience and leadership, coupled with his extensive knowledge and keen eye for detail, makes him the best friend of every customer, general contractor, subcontractor, vendor and employee. As chief operations officer, Ed focuses on developing and delivering technology-driven business services and solutions, providing outstanding client service and driving profitable revenue growth. With his ability to quickly assess the scope of a project, submit a competitive bid and deliver on time and on budget, Ed ensures your experience matches our company’s promise to deliver excellence in everything we do. He currently serves on the executive and facilities committee for Al Sigl Community of Agencies.
Executive Vice President
With an ever-growing list of jobs and manpower, it was apparent that US Ceiling needed a dedicated, direct, knowledgeable and experienced champion of excellence, accuracy and safety. Gary Black meets each of those needs and then some. With decades of experience as a subcontractor and self-performer on projects of nearly all scopes, Gary brings his tremendous experience and attention to detail to the team. His contribution has been immediate and immense.
Vice President of Operations
Michael Johnston has more than 15 years construction industry experience, including roles in field management, specialty product installation, project management and estimating. He brings to the team an incredible attention to detail with big picture perspective. He is committed to and driven by excellence, and learning new and better ways to improve on our productivity, efficiency and quality. Michael continually strives to provide an exceptional customer experience as US Ceiling delivers on our project commitments.
As a multidisciplinary and innovative finance and accounting professional, Ron Lewis oversees our accounting operations, including financial planning, analysis and reporting, as well as ensuring compliance with financial polices and controls. Ron brings aboard his solution-driven style, making him a valued and productive member of the team.
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Sherry Jackson’s decades-long career has been characterized by professional excellence and high-quality work. She is a results-driven leader and proven relationship builder with a keen ability to strategize, streamline and effectively deliver. In her role as director of marketing and business development, Sherry develops strategies, tools and tactics to expand US Ceiling’s business in its key markets. She leads the business development, marketing, branding, social media, advertising and communications efforts, focusing on growing brand awareness and enhancing employee and customer engagement.
USC Academy Director
Laura West brings a multitude of disciplines to our talented team. Her extensive knowledge of marketing, strategic planning and program development makes her the perfect person to oversee our USC Academy initiative, an internal training program designed to bolster the skills of our existing workforce, as well as partner with community groups that support diversity and the development and increase of skilled tradespeople. Laura is a founding member of Rochester’s Business Hall of Fame, a recent past Habitat for Humanity board member and United Way volunteer. She currently serves on the board for the American Red Cross and is also a licensed real estate professional.
In her role as HR/payroll specialist, Amber Johnson oversees the preparation, distribution and reporting processes for our organization’s payroll, along with supporting and administering human resources and compliance activities, and benefit data management. Her decade of extensive experience allows her to seamlessly handle everything that comes her way.
As safety coordinator for US Ceiling, Casey Johnson strives to set standards that ensure safe working conditions for our employees. From supervising activities and inspecting equipment and property to identifying strategies and implementing procedures to prevent future accidents, Casey’s drive, curiosity and expertise make him a tremendous asset to our team. After all, when we say, “Safety first,” we truly mean it.
Project Manager & Estimator
Ethan Geska represents his family’s fifth generation to work in construction. As project manager and estimator, he brings a distinct level of consistency and care, helping our team secure and oversee the various projects we service. Whether it’s the very beginning planning stages or the closeout phase, Ethan upholds our company standards and makes sure we successfully deliver time and time again.
Project Manager & Estimator
After gaining valuable field experience as a union carpenter apprentice, Riley Emmerson’s passion for a secure, clean work site, proper sequencing and scheduling, and bidding work is what ultimately led him to make the switch to project management and estimating. He brings his tremendous work ethic to every initiative, demonstrating his value to our company and our clients.
Kellah Alford’s well-rounded perspective of effective, all-encompassing project management is why she’s such an integral part of our talented, diverse team. In her role as project manager, Kellah fosters a teamwork environment and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing and enhancing performance, morale and US Ceiling’s process-driven management philosophy. Her unwavering professionalism, commitment to driving excellence and ability to cultivate strong industry relationships means our projects will be shepherded from the bid phase to final completion, with absolute care and our clients’ needs top of mind.
Thirty years in the construction industry have given Jon Pier an opportunity to be employed in many roles. From truck driver to heavy equipment operator, tool and inventory management, and purchasing, Jon has walked a mile in many shoes. He harnesses that experience to develop smart workflows that allow for anticipatory ordering and fulfillment. With Jon on board, US Ceiling can sleep well at night knowing that the critical functions of ordering product, material and tools are successfully handled.
Office Administrator/Accounting Clerk
When it comes to multitasking, Chelsey Gelder is US Ceiling’s resident “queen of controlled chaos.” From “womaning” our front reception area by fielding calls and greeting visitors to assisting with payroll, government reporting and various other administrative and accounting duties, Chelsey makes sure our office runs like a well-oiled machine.