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NY/NJ Focus | COCOZZA GROUP

Group focuses on
ยป Cocozza
forming strong relationships to
ensure projects are enjoyable.

In the Details

COCOZZA GROUP HANDS OFF ITS LATEST RESTAURANT PROJECT, ITALIENNE. BY STEPHANIE CRETS

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he fast-paced world of retail and
restaurant construction energizes
Cocozza Group and has allowed
the company to grow substantially
every year since its inception. Founder and
President Dan Cocozza fell in love with the
work early in his construction career and
decided to strike out on his own in 2012.
"I love the fast-paced nature of those projects; they're all two to three months long,
instead of two to three years long, which
is what I was previously working on," he
recalls. "I love that each project is so unique,
especially in New York City. We got our first
project in January 2013 and we've been
really fortunate to be going ever since."
Cocozza was motivated to start his own
company also because many clients in the
retail and restaurant world were lament-

Cocozza Group
www.cocozzagroup.com
* Project Budget: $2 million
* Employees: 5
* Location: New York City
* Specia y: Retail and estaurant
contractors

"I focus on building elationships wi everyone involved."
- Dan Cocozza, president

ing their lack of positive experiences with
builders. "Construction is a hard business,
with complicated work and a lot of people
involved," he says.
"For me, it's about the relationships. I fo-

cus on building relationships with everyone
involved and [we] work together as a team
to try to deliver this crazy construction job in
a way that's enjoyable."
The company subcontracts nearly 100
percent of its work, and that makes building
relationships with clients, designers, subcontractors and vendors a priority.
"My approach is to develop a relationship, form a partnership and build these
projects together, and eventually we'll make
money in the long run; we don't try to make
as much as we can on one job," Cocozza
explains. "You're only as good as the guys
doing the work, so those relationships are
most important."
Cocozza's approach ties into the company's overall vision and its values of honesty,
transparency and communication. Cocozza

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