About Us

Family owned with a community focus

Our History

Founded in 2009, Standback General Contractors (SBGC) was formed by two brothers with a strong focus on building for the future. With their first commercial project being awarded in 2011, the team, client roster, and project size has continued to grow.

Currently, with affiliate Amend Business Group, SBGC is located in Orange County, NY.

Our mission is to embrace all opportunities and bring them to reality, while remaining a forward-thinking company that is values driven with a goal of building the future in our community.

Since its inception, Standback has serviced various projects across the Greater Hudson Valley and beyond. These projects include services ranging from general contracting to construction management, and more. Regardless of the project, we take pride in our work and the values we share with our clients. With over 40 years of combined construction management experience, we approach every project as a forward-thinking team that is accountable and ethical.

Our People

The best work begins with the right people. At Standback GC, we have created a culture based on trust, work ethic and a genuine passion for what we do. It won’t take long to see why so many of our clients continue to work with us, time and time again. This is us.

SBGC founder with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. James has Business Administration Degree from the College of Saint Rose where he played baseball. James lives in Washingtonville, NY with his wife Niki and their three beautiful children Brayden, Callie, and Dylan, along with their golden retriever Tucker and new puppy Bella. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, taking vacations to the Carolinas and Upstate NY, being outdoors, watching sports, and meeting new and inspiring people.

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James Amend

Chief Executive Officer

SBGC founder with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. Thomas has a Business Administration Degree from the College of Saint Rose. He has 2 beautiful children and enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also likes spending time in the Adirondacks and going to country concerts.

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Thomas Amend

Chief Operating Officer

Robert has over 40 years of construction experience in NYC as a superintendent and project manager for commercial, institutional and large residential projects. Loves pistachios and German beer.

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Robert Amend

Evan combines 10 years of construction experience with operations management & estimating skills to continue to keep StandBack GC involved in exciting new projects. He also moonlights as StandBack’s amateur IT Specialist.

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Evan Santoro

Senior Estimator

John is a long ago graduate of Manhattan College and Fordham University with expertise in science and engineering. Enjoys the construction business because it consistently makes something out of nothing. Plays hooky frequently and escapes to his parallel universe where he is a ski bum, camper, and general ne’er’ do well.

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John Jacco

While Kerry enjoyed the estimating side of SBGC, she has now taken on the role of Director of Internal Operations. Continuing her willingness to help and push to develop long-term operational strategies working closely with senior management. In addition managing insurance, ensuring that subcontractors insurances are up-to-date and compliant. While making sure StandBack’s insurance needs are met as well. Kerry’s daughter keeps her on her toes and they enjoy spending time with friends and family creating a life they love.

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Kerry Wortmann

Director of Internal Operations

Dan is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a life-long Orange County resident. He enjoys mountain biking, off-roading, snowmobiling, and hiking with his wife. In his spare time, he enjoys building furniture and metal fabrication.

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Dan Cocks

Charlene originally started her career in Advertising and Marketing Communications in NYC with a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Having transplanted to the Hudson Valley over a decade ago, with her husband, and their three girls. She has quickly taken charge with her diverse set of skills in her role at Standback; from an Administrative Assistant to her current role as the AR/AP Coordinator. Charlene enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, shopping, and cheering her girls on at their multitude of sporting events.

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Charlene Sepulveda

Marc has over 30 years of experience in environmental site remediation and health & safety project oversight. He enjoys outdoor activities, an occasional $5.00 slot machine and screaming at the TV during his daughter’s soccer games.

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Mark Colantuono

Jennifer earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Accounting from Kaplan University. With 8 years of experience in the Construction and Trucking industry she brings a multitude of viewpoints to the Standback team. Jennifer is married with 2 girls. She enjoys Coaching & Cheering for her girls on the soccer field and in the 4H Show Arenas. With a Volunteer role in 4H and soccer she loves to teach children to think outside the box for themselves and others.

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Jennifer Parr

David Wilson is a construction supervisor and specializes in the trucking division with 30 years of experience. He went to school at Alfred State College with a background in Carpentry. He has served in many fields of construction including heavy equipment operating, welding, plumbing, electrical and even as a mechanic. You may say he is the jack of all trades. He loves outdoors, sports and motorcycles.

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David Wilson

Chris Miozzi

Liz started in the construction industry in 2019 and loves every aspect of it. She has a passion for building and watching a project come to life. Here at StandBack, Liz is part of the project administration team. In her spare time, Liz takes on home renovation projects and furniture restoration. As the mom of two energetic kids, she is always on the go. She enjoys outdoor activities, sports, art and cooking and shares these hobbies with her kids. As an advocate for both epilepsy and cerebral palsy awareness, she loves to share the accomplishments of her son who has both. When not working, she is practicing with her kids for the various sports they play and is helping her kids peruse their dreams and achieve their goals.

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Elizabeth DiBenedetto

Administrative Assistant

Our Culture

Because we are a family owned business, we have a tightly woven group of people that share a common set of values. We are confident that if we consistently follow these values, we will continue to grow and be successful. Success means developing meaningful relationships with our clients, team, strategic partners, and surrounding communities that last a lifetime.

At Standback, everyone's ideas and experience matter. We want to give the tools to build your future and reach your highest potential. We also believe in a work/life balance.

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  • Teamwork

    We believe in working as a group to achieve a common goal. It also reinforces that we can always depend on one another.

  • Accountable

    We are always responsible in our relationships and hold ourselves to a standard of accountability through strong communication and proper planning.

  • Ethical

    We guide every relationship based on what is morally correct and best for all parties involved.

  • Embrace Opportunity

    We approach and accept every challenge anew. By giving it our all, we gain the most potential out of every opportunity.

  • Forward Thinking

    With a focus on the future, we create plans and goals that will last beyond the current best practices.

Forever Foundation

For years, Standback GC has made a conscious effort to do great things within the communities of Orange County, hoping to create a legacy that would serve its mission of supporting local nonprofit organizations and educational programs for years to come. In partnership with The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, Tom, Jim, and Joe are proud to create the Forever Foundation. This fund will distribute grants each year to various nonprofit organizations focusing on animal welfare, individuals with disabilities, the local community, student safety and scholarships.