JEFF LEONARD, PRINCIPAL

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After graduating from Cleveland State University with a Bachelors in Communications, Jeff spent nearly 15 years in various management roles in the restaurant industry.  In 2004, along with the support of private equity, he jumped head first into the construction industry as a general contractor.  Starting with small residential projects and gradually gaining steam year by year, he branched out from remodels and restoration work into custom home building.  Fast forward to a decade later, and Jeff has furthered the business into commercial office construction, restaurant build outs and development projects.  He prides himself on having a hands on approach- as you'll more times than not, find him in the field carrying the tools and leading the pack.  Most will find Jeff as an intense personality- but are quick to find that his core values are hard work and integrity.  In his spare time, he has moonlighted for the last 20+ years as an assistant wrestling coach for the prestigious St. Edward High School varsity team- guiding them to numerous state and national team titles over that span. 

Education:

  • Bachelors Degree, Communications, Cleveland State University

Affiliations: 

  • Wrestlers in Business Network

  • Assistant Wrestling Coach at St. Edward High School

Jason Effner, Principal

 Jason Effner, Principal

After a career spanning two decades in the construction and real estate industries, Jason Effner joined JTL Construction in 2014. He prides himself as having been on both sides of the pond, working as a contractor and also as an owner's representative. Jason's resum√© spans projects both small and large, including a multitude of management experience in addition to commercial, industrial, retail, and residential building projects.

He's seen it all - new construction built from the ground up, interior tenant improvements, exterior facade renovations, and third party consulting - from the roles of laborer, superintendent, estimator, project manager, and project executive.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Cleveland State University, 2004

  • LEED GA, 2011

  • OSHA 30, 2014

Affiliations: 

  • Vice President of the Wrestlers in Business Network

  • Board Member of the Cleveland State University Varsity 'C' Club

  • Chairman of the Northeast Ohio Regional Training Center