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Biography

Stephen Mardena is the founder and owner of Mardena Construction and has been working on construction sites since the age of 14. Stephen grew up in NYC, and began his career cleaning up job sites for his family business. From simple janitorial tasks, he quickly graduated to experimenting with tools – the first one he ever used being the jigsaw to cut a Formica countertop for a kitchen sink.

After gaining field experience on job sites every summer, Stephen worked his way up to Carpenter Apprentice, and later as a Carpenter. He eventually became a Jobsite Foreman, where he ran his own projects and supervised his own labor crew. After a handful of years, Stephen continued to work his way up the ladder to become a Superintendent followed by Project Management.

Stephen’s construction portfolio became increasingly diverse year after year, having worked on both high-end residential and commercial projects and his collective experience within many aspects of construction made him eager to learn more. This desire eventually prompted him to branch off from the family business and start his own company, which he owned & operated for over ten years.  Although Stephen enjoyed the prospect of working for himself in his hometown, he was curious about taking his experience elsewhere and was intrigued at the thought of a new challenge. In 2018, He decided to move to the west coast and so he began his next chapter in Los Angeles.

While in DTLA, Stephen worked as VP of Operations with a local company specializing in high-end restaurants, giving him a deeper insight into the nuances of building within L.A. and the surrounding areas. He was responsible for generating new business and helping to solidify the company’s standing in the hospitality industry. Through his experience, Stephen was able to learn the ropes of design-build restaurants in downtown LA and formed relationships with LA’s most well-known sub-contractors, architects, and designers as well as city officials. 

Stephen launched Mardena Construction when he realized that there was a drastic need for a construction company that was genuinely committed to bringing the clients vision to life. Now with full company and creative control, he can provide the construction experience clients deserve and will appreciate.  

When he has free time, Stephen enjoys spending time with his family, watching basketball, playing golf and giving back to his local community. He also relishes watching cooking shows and trying out new recipes, even though his skills may not compete with those of Gordon Ramsey just yet.