John J. Eschemuller, B.C.E., M.B.A., P.E.

“The education that I received at Brooklyn Tech laid the foundation for me to fulfill my career aspirations. I am eternally grateful for the free education that I received,” notes John.

Jon is president of JE Consulting Services, LLC, providing professional management, engineering,  and construction management services to the industry. Have worked with owners, contractors, subcontractors, and attorneys, providing expert-witness reports and testimony, strategic planning, business development, response to RFP’s, risk management, training, development, project troubleshooting and contingency planning.

With nearly 40 years experience in the construction industry in New York, John has expertise in the planning, design, and construction of new base building construction, renovation of existing buildings, high technology spaces, special use facilities, infrastructure upgrades and corporate headquarters tenant fit up programs.

John began my career working for New York Telephone (now Verizon), building such major projects as its corporate headquarters at 1095 Avenue of the Americas, as well as major telephone switching and computer centers, and other projects in the New York area, including the acquisition and development of the world’s largest commercial condominium in midtown Manhattan. As head of the company’s buildings management and construction departments, he managed 2,100 employees and annual budget of more than $1 billion (1980 dollars).

From 1982 until 1987, having obtained my Master’s Degree in Business Administration, he was Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of NYNEX, now Verizon, during the divestiture process of the former Bell System. John was directly responsible for putting in place the managerial processes to deal with over three million shareholders; listing the NYNEX stock on the New York Stock Exchange; managing and investing over $13 billion of pension and employee plan assets with a Master Trustee and diversified investment managers. He also set up and managed a Cash Desk for the consolidation of all assets and investments from the regulated and non-regulated NYNEX subsidiaries.

From 1987 until 2003, John was senior vice president, special projects, at Structure Tone. There I was involved with the planning and construction of many large projects in New York City, including the J.P. Morgan headquarters (60 Wall Street), Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide Plaza, Carpenter Union Headquarters and Technical School, The Sheraton Center Hotel, Sony corporate headquarters (550 Madison Avenue), the MetLife complexes (1 Madison and 11 Madison Avenue), the Columbia University business and law school buildings, and the Bloomberg LLP corporate headquarters (731 Lexington Avenue).

From 2003 through 2010, he was an Associate Professor of Construction Management, at the NYU Graduate Construction Management Program and taught a variety of courses: Operating and Managing a Construction Organization, Project Management, On-Site Project Management, and the thesis course, Project Completion Strategies, for which students produced a full master plan for a project from inception through completion for both the construction, administration and management of a major construction project, utilizing and applying all the skills learned in their prior courses. He was instrumental in the planning and development of the Graduate Program at NYU, teaching the first graduating class and expanding the program to over 125 graduate students in 7 years.

He coauthored, with NYU Schack Institute clinical associate professor Richard Lambeck, a book, Urban Construction Project Management (McGraw Hill 2008).

John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from City College, CUNY and a Master’s of Business Administration from Pace University. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State, and member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Arbitration Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and The City College Engineering School Board of Directors.

John came from a poor family. His father was a disabled veteran and his mother had a chronic heart condition and they were unable to work. John worked his way through Brooklyn Tech and college, holding down three part-time jobs to sustain himself. He counts himself fortunate to have received a free education from both BTHS and CCNY, and was awarded two scholarships during his studies. He worked hard to live the American Dream, and is eternally grateful for the wonderful free education he received. He has set up two scholarships for Brooklyn Tech students pursuing Civil Engineering at City College, to pay forward to today’s Technites the opportunities he received and inspire the next generation.

He still maintains friendships with his BTHS classmates, who have been his lifelong friends.