Maria Pineda Da Silva started her career in the construction industry working as an Assistant to Project Managers at Corporate Interiors Contracting, Assistant Controller at Builder’s Group and Executive Assistant at Cesar Pelli Architects, and Safety Manager at Phoenix Construction in New York City. She went on to work as Assistant Construction Project Manager for RPM Development in Montclair, New Jersey in 2005. In 2006, she started a multi service, CONNOISSEUR CONSULTANTS helping the immigrant community in Ironbound section of Newark, NJ, mainly construction workers with tax and administrative issues. It was after listening to issues related to safety, fair pay and other problems from these workers that she decided not only to give them a fish but to teach them how to fish. In 2006 she founded CONNOISSEUR INSTITUTE with the objective of offering construction safety training and other courses that will open opportunities. Today, Connoisseur Institute has a location in Brooklyn, NY and offices in North Carolina. She is an Authorized OSHA Outreach instructor and has training in Scaffold safety. She is also the co owner of PFHA Contracting. She teaches blueprint reading, Estimating, Construction Management. She is also a safety consultant for accident investigations. She is currently flipping houses. Her future projects includes a television reality show.
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