Bullentini Leadership for More than 60 Years
The late Piero Bullentini was named president of Martin Iron Works in 1989. Piero began his career with the company in 1956, at the young age of 18 as a shop helper. Working his way up through the shop, Piero mastered each facet of the industry until being named vice president in 1978, and president 11 years later. With more than 60 years at Martin Iron Works, Piero was always hands on and was nonstop, working seven-days-a-week. He was truly a role model for discipline, dedication and hard work. Piero was honored with the SIR (Skill, Integrity and Responsibility) Award in 2002 from his community peers. He was president of the Associated General Contractors in 1999 and served on the National Board of Directors.
Mario Bullentini, with an engineering degree from the University of Nevada, leads Martin Iron Works’ strong quality standards. His background in engineering and aggressive approach toward project management and teamwork brings a new dimension to the ever-changing industry. His leadership role with the company has led to Martin Iron Works being at the forefront of design build, design assist and multiple negotiated projects. Mario’s ability to forecast industry trends, coupled with constant upgrading of bidding strategies, has kept Martin Iron Works on the competitive edge.
Trish Bullentini earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, and began her career at Martin Iron Works in 1985. As the vice president and chief financial officer of the company, she leads its corporate and operational finance, contracts and job costing. Her numerous duties include managing the accounting department, human resources, loss control, insurance, contracts and administration. Additionally, Trish oversees the ever-changing laws and regulations concerning the construction industry. In 2016, she was President of the Associated General Contractors of Nevada, and one of only three women who have held this position with the AGC in its 80+ years of existence. Trish was also honored as a Woman of Achievement with Nevada Women’s Fund in 2019.
Established in 1939, Martin Iron Works was named after its founder Martin Schwamb, a native German who learned the ornamental iron trade in his homeland. Schwamb worked in the structural steel industry in New York for several years prior to establishing his roots in Reno and building his own fabrication shop. The company quickly became prosperous and was undertaking major projects in the region.
Bill Granata, Successor To Martin Schwamb
Past president from 1974 to 1988, Bill Granata was well-known in local politics, serving on the Reno City Council for four years. He learned the steel trade during his years in the Navy as an underwater welder. He was very skilled in the ornamental iron works.