Raffaele Pincione is a highly skilled entrepreneur and business professional, known for his expertise in the painting and wall covering industry. Born and raised in Italy, Raffaele developed a passion for construction and design at a young age. In 2003 pursuing his dreams, Raffaele made the bold decision to move to New York City, a hub of opportunity and innovation. Shortly after his arrival, he found employment with a renowned NYC general contractor, where he honed his skills and gained valuable experience in the construction industry.
Raffaele’s commitment to excellence, hardworking and his relentless drive into details set him apart, earning him a reputation as a dedicated and trustworthy professional. In 2015, Raffaele took a leap of faith and founded The Finishes Group, a painting company that has become synonymous with exceptional quality and customer satisfaction. Recognizing a gap in the market for specialized commercial painting and wall covering services, he seized the opportunity to create a business that would cater to the unique needs of businesses in New York City. With his focus on details and a commitment to delivering top-notch results, project after project Raffaele’s painting company quickly gained recognition and became a trusted name in the business community of New York.
Raffaele quickly established himself as a go-to expert in the field. But it’s not just about the paint for him; he’s also deeply committed to sustainability, environmental conservation, and reducing our ecological footprint. Raffaele believes in making a positive impact through his work, ensuring that every project contributes to a greener future. Under his leadership, The Finishes Group flourished, becoming synonymous with excellence in painting and wall covering. The company’s portfolio of work grew rapidly, encompassing a wide range of commercial projects, including office spaces, retail establishments, hotels, and restaurants. Raffaele’s attention to detail, meticulous planning, and skilled team of painters ensured that each project was completed to the highest standards, earning him the respect and trust of his clients.
In his personal life Raffaele loves to explore the world, immersing himself in new cultures and flavors. You’ll often find him grooving to his favorite tunes, cheering for his beloved soccer team, or perfecting his swing on the golf course. But one of Raffaele’s true delights is creating mouthwatering Italian dishes in the kitchen, treating his family and friends to a delightful culinary experience.
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director of business development
Arlene E. Lecesse is an accomplished professional with a passion for the intersection of architecture, design, and business development. As the Director of Business Development for the Finishes Group, she brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table. Native New Yorker, Arlene has witnessed firsthand the ever-evolving architectural landscape of the city. With a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of architectural changes, she can provide unique insights into the transformations that have shaped New York City over the years.
Throughout her career, Arlene has forged strong and enduring relationships with key stakeholders in the industry. Her role as Director has allowed her to establish solid connections with Interior Designers, Architects, Building Owners, Property Managers, and major Construction Companies. Her ability to cultivate these relationships has been pivotal in driving successful collaborations and projects. She has operated a successful Painting & Decorating company in New York City, which thrived for over 15 years. Her expertise in this field led her to London, where she played a pivotal role in overseeing projects for prestigious clients such as Merrill Lynch, Oppenheimer, and Bear Stearns at the Canary Wharf Project. During this time, she honed her skills and expanded her knowledge in the construction industry.
Driven by her passion for continuous growth, Arlene pursued a bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Economics at Suny-Purchase, NY Campus. This academic foundation complemented her practical experience and equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the business landscape. Arlene then joined Farrow & Ball as a Regional Manager. Her travels took her back to London to learn and experience the operations of the Farrow & Ball brand. She then traveled to other cities like Boston, Chicago, Washington and back to New York to create seminars that trained painting contractors on the best way to use this specialty brand of paint. Subsequently, Arlene joined John Gallin & Son, a century-old construction company, where she served as Sales Director. In this capacity, she managed major accounts, including FOX 5, and played a crucial role in driving business growth. Fueling her creative spirit, Arlene immersed herself in the world of Interior Design.
She studied at the esteemed New York School of Interior Design and had the privilege of working with renowned architectural design firms such as Bunny Williams, Eric Cohler, and Marriette Himes Gomez. This diverse background in construction and design has allowed her to forge successful new relationships across various fields. With her extensive knowledge, diverse skill set, and remarkable ability to foster connections, Arlene E. Lecesse continues to make a significant impact in the world of architecture, design, and business development.
Carol is a construction professional with extensive experience in project financial control and cost accounting. During her tenure at Gilbane Building Company in New York City from 2013 to 2021, Carol held several key roles as Project Controller for Healthcare projects ranging up to $150 Million for the White Plains Hospital, and later as Accounting Manager supervising a variety of projects in Health Care, Education and Residential including the Spence School and 155 East 86th Street NYC Condominium.
Prior to her role at Gilbane, Carol worked at The I-Grace Company and Americon Construction Inc. in New York and Rome.
Carol holds a master’s degree in economics and business from the University G. D’Annunzio in Pescara, Italy. She has further honed her skills with a Certificate of Business English from Cambridge University and a Certificate of French Language at the Alliance Française in Paris, France.
Carol has a deep understanding of the field, including financial forecasting, budgeting, and financial reporting. Her experience, leadership and financial analytical skills make her a valuable addition to The Finishes Group team.
A playful twist on “marketing,” Bella could symbolize the company’s approachability and friendliness.