Company Profile


 The Waterbourne Team


18446002 CarminatiJames B. Carminati
Principal/President – Waterbourne Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Principal – Waterbourne Construction Advisors, LLC
Principal – Waterbourne Group, Inc.

As a Licensed Real Estate Broker, experienced Real Property Administrator and Construction Project Manager, Mr. Carminati has a broad knowledge of the real estate and construction industry.

Specifically, he utilizes his extensive and wide-ranging expertise to assist clients with site selection, lease/purchase contract analysis and negotiation, construction advisory, construction site supervision, project and property management services.

Mr. Carminati started his career in banking before becoming a real estate agent and top-performing leasing executive for Uniland Development Company where he worked for 6 years. His vast expertise and special attention to meeting client needs have resulted in successful projects for high-level national and multinational companies such as Ashton-Potter USA, Kaleida Health, Laidlaw Transit, Inc., Monro Muffler and Brake, NationsBank, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Great Lakes Customs Brokerage, Quest Diagnostics and SmithKline Beecham.

In addition to his achievements in the real estate industry, Mr. Carminati is active in the community as the former president of the Aspire of WNY, Inc. Foundation (formerly United Cerebral Palsy) and as a member of Aspire’s Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Town of Porter Board of Assessment Review. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors for the Youngstown Yacht Club and ran the Yacht Club’s Summer Youth Sailing Program.

Mr. Carminati is the father of two adult sons and resides in Youngstown, NY with his wife and youngest son.

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Anthony M. D’Auria
Principal/Executive Vice President – Waterbourne Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Principal – Waterbourne Construction Advisors, LLC
Principal – Waterbourne Group, Inc.

For the Waterbourne Group of Companies, Mr. D’Auria is largely responsible for new business development.  In addition, his extensive industry and market expertise allows him to serve as a key client contact for managing clients’ construction planning processes, formulating effective client solutions, and representing clients in lease or purchase transactions.

Prior to co-founding Waterbourne, Mr. D’Auria worked in higher education and spent 6 years as the Marketing Director at Uniland Development Company. Active within the community, he is Director Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Erie Community College Foundation. In 2006 he completed a two-year stint as president of that body and was honored for his leadership by the Board of Trustees. He is a current member and Vice President of the Board of Directors of Summit Educational Resources, Inc., a school that treats young people with Autism and other developmental disabilities. He is also a member of the Western New York Association of School Business Officers (WNYASBO).

In addition, Mr. D’Auria is past president of the Board of Directors of the Upstate New York Chapter of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP); a former Board Member and Vice President of Buffalo/Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives; past president of the Western New York College and University Admissions Consortium. He is also a former member of the Executive Board of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America and a founding member of the Eagle Scout Alumni Association.

Mr. D’Auria is the father of an adult daughter and  resides in Orchard Park, NY with his wife.

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Tom ZehlerTom Zehler
Operations Manager – Waterbourne Construction Advisors, LLC

Thomas Zehler brings to the Waterbourne Team nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University at Buffalo, Mr. Zehler joined Uniland Development Company as Project Manager. In this role, Mr. Zehler was involved in ground-up office building construction, as well as tenant fit-outs.

After several years with Uniland, he joined Lone Star Construction as a Project Manager. In this capacity, Mr. Zehler spent the next 13 years criss-crossing the United States managing construction projects for such internationally recognized companies as Darden Restaurants, General Electric, Boston Markets, KinderCare, and Sun TV, to name a just a few.

In 2008, Mr. Zehler accepted a Project Manager position with Clover Construction Management where he was responsible for the construction of several large multi- family, multi- million dollar projects in New York State and northern Pennsylvania.

As Waterbourne’s Operations Manager, Mr. Zehler is responsible for the day to day administrative duties and the management of all Project Managers and Site Superintendents.

Mr. Zehler resides in Newfane, New York and is the father of three adult sons.

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Craig AveryCraig E. Avery

Licensed New York State Salesperson – Waterbourne Real Estate Advisors, LLC
Government Relations/New Business Development – Waterbourne Group, Inc.

Mr. Avery’s experience in the commercial real estate market is mainly through his own transactions. Having purchased and renovated several buildings in Western New York, he can “feel your pain” as you enter into a new development project. Moving a business to a new space takes some adjusting, and Craig is a great resource to see past the old water cooler in order to find the oasis. He has been instrumental in advising businesses on consolidation and efficiencies both in physical space and business operations.

Mr. Avery co-founded an environmental consulting firm in the early eighties and has established many good relationships with business owners, elected officials, contractors, and manufacturers in our area. He successfully uses these relationships to network the support necessary to accomplish even the most difficult of tasks. With a keen eye for the right place for the right reason, Craig Avery’s creative solutions provide a bonus to Waterbourne’s professional services.

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Santoro, Joseph 2Joseph D. Santoro
Estimator/Senior Project Manager – Waterbourne Construction Advisors, LLC

As Estimator/Senior Project Manager, Joseph Santoro oversees all cost estimating and frequently serves as a point person on Waterbourne’s large-scale construction management projects.

In his nearly 40 years in the construction industry, Mr. Santoro has built a reputation for his professionalism while completing over $400 million in construction work throughout Upstate New York and Florida.

Most notably, as an employee of ADF Construction Corporation of Buffalo, NY, Mr. Santoro served as the Senior Project Manager for the $25,000,000 renovation of the former Blue Cross Headquarters on Main Street in Buffalo.

In addition, Mr. Santoro has served as the Project Manager for the following:

Adams Mark Hotel/ renovation, Buffalo, NY – $5,500,000
Erie County Fire Training Center/ additions and renovations – $4,000,000
Bowmansville Fire Department/ additions and renovations – $2,750,000
East Amherst Fire Department/ renovations and new construction – $5,000,000
Harris Hill Fire Department/ new facility – $6,200,000
Hornell Area Family YMCA, Hornell NY – $6,500,000

Mr. Santoro has experience in all areas of commercial and residential construction. In addition, he has the requisite leadership skills and expertise to facilitate the critical advantage required in this industry.

Mr. Santoro resides in Amherst, NY with his wife and family.

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Graves, Brian 2

Brian Greaves
Scheduler/Site Superintendent – Waterbourne Construction Advisors, LLC

For over 23 years Brian Greaves has had the opportunity to experience all facets of the construction industry from project concept to project completion/turnover.

Mr. Greaves started his construction career in “the field” working on a carpentry and concrete crew. His ground up experience includes foreman, field coordinator, field supervisor, on-site project management. Mr. Greaves also held administrative positions where he was able to utilize his field experience to provide real estimating/bidding, project management and project scheduling services. He has been involved with the construction of new and renovated commercial office buildings, warehousing, manufacturing facilities,educational, medical and student housing. He currently provides full time estimating and scheduling services for Waterbourne’s projects.

Mr. Greaves completed multiple Construction Estimating courses at Erie Community College, has a Program Certificate from the Construction Institute of America, and CDT / CCCA Certifications from the Construction Specifications Institute.

Some of the more notable projects Mr. Greaves has been involved with include:

Jacobs Hall, University at Buffalo / Amherst, NY – $6,400,000
Paddock Chevrolet / Renovations/Addition, Buffalo, NY – $3,700,000
Windsong Place Apartments/ Williamsville, NY – $18,500,000
The Woods at Blairville/ Lewiston, NY – $9,500,000
Renaissance Place Apartments/ Amherst, NY – $11,000,000
Ketter Hall Earthquake Research Center/ University at Buffalo – $5,000,000
South Lake Village Apartments/ University at Buffalo – $11,000,000
Musical Fare Theatre/ Daeman College – $200,000

Mr. Greaves lives in Amherst, NY with his wife and two children.

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image003Rachel Bohn
Office Manager

Serving all of the companies under the Waterbourne Group of Companies umbrella, Rachel Bohn is an integral team member in her role as Office Manager, and is quite often the first person someone will speak to when calling Waterbourne.

Mrs. Bohn handles all of the accounting services;  and assists with the preparation of all marketing materials, correspondence, sales proposals and contracts.

Mrs. Bohn is a current student at SUNY Empire State College working towards a Masters Degree in Business Management and Economics, and is expected to graduate in May 2018.

Mrs. Bohn resides in South Cheektowaga, New York with her husband and daughter.

Mrs. Bohn can be contacted at




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