Frank L. Ciminelli II is now the leader of LPCiminelli Inc., the Buffalo contractor founded by his grandfather more than a half century ago.
Ciminelli's position was solidified Monday when the company announced that his father, LPCiminelli Chairman and CEO Louis Ciminelli, resigned as he faces corruption charges stemming from an alleged bid-rigging scheme at the Buffalo Billion project connected to a $750 million contract to build a solar panel factory for SolarCity in South Buffalo.
Frank Ciminelli, 42, will remain as the contractor's president – a position he assumed in April 2016. Since then, he has overseen the day-to-day operations of the company's Buffalo office, while his father, Louis Ciminelli, focused on LPCiminelli's activities in New York City, New Jersey and Connecticut.
As head of the Buffalo office, Frank Ciminelli was responsible for some of the Buffalo Niagara region's biggest construction projects, including the SolarCity factory in South Buffalo and the University at Buffalo’s new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in downtown Buffalo.
Ciminelli's rise at the company continued in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. His namesake, Frank L. Ciminelli, founded the company 56 years ago and eventually split the business into two entities, with son Paul heading its real estate development operations and Louis taking charge of the contracting unit that became LPCiminelli.
Frank Ciminelli started working at LPCiminelli in 2001, working on a range of projects, from the Conventus medical office building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to the $130 million renovation of New Era Field.
Before joining LPCiminelli, he worked for Clark Construction Group in Bethesda, Md., and Hunt Construction in Cincinnati. He has a bachelor’s degree from Marietta College and a master’s degree with a concentration in construction management from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.