A native of Northwest Pennsylvania, DJ earned his Bachelors of Science degree in 2008 in mechanical engineering technology with a minor in management from Penn State University, The Behrend College. Following graduation, DJ spent two years as a project manager for Tower Engineering Professionals, a telecommunication company based in Raleigh, NC. After relocating back to Pennsylvania, he worked for over five years for the mechanical contractor Wm. T. Spaeder Co. as a project manager in their commercial division. DJ joined The Gildea Group in the summer of 2015 as a project manager/estimator in the facilities division of Pipeline Systems, Inc. He also spent the first year assisting in procuring and maintaining the logistics of all equipment owned/rented and operated by The Gildea Group. Today he serves as Vice President of Pipeline Systems, Inc., where he continues to project manage/estimate in the facilities division and support companywide operations.