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About the Owner

Nicholas C. Bennett, President, LI Craftsmanship, Inc.

Nicholas C. Bennett, President, LI Craftsmanship, Inc.

Nicholas C. Bennett, President, LI Craftsmanship, Inc.

Many personal experiences have contributed to the leader I am today. My first formidable lessons in perseverance, passion, and leadership began in high school as a wrestler. With my hard work during each season, I became an undefeated county champion. I was awarded Champion of Champions, a distinction only presented to one wrestler in all of Nassau County. After high school, I enrolled in Nassau Community College, SUNY Old Westbury; soon after, I enlisted into the United States Army Reserve.

Prior to the attacks on September 11th, I was overseas establishing a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. After the assaults on US soil, it was my duty and honor to protect our nation. On March 19, 2003 I left the US as an eager 23 year-old in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom . I served as MP, driving a Hummer. I was awarded The Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, as well as becoming a Team Leader. While in Iraq, my wife gave birth to our first child, whom I first met at four months old when I returned in 2004.

Participating in various missions for the US Army has forever changed my life, and my outlook on daily activities. It has taught me to take nothing for granted, and that nothing is handed to me. If I want something to happen, I make it happen. Upon returning from Iraq, I was employed with Local 25 IBEW, where I became a Foreman and ran large-scale commercial jobs. After 10 years in Local 25 IBEW, I made it happen – I made the commitment to go out on my own and develop LI CraftsmanshipInc.

testLI Craftsmanship Inc. would not be where it is today without the support of certain individuals. Another special individual, Dean Bennett, first advised us about New York States Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) plan. Dean gave us reassurance that we were prime candidates to be certified as a SDVOB. Ultimately, Dean, my wife Kristen (who did clerical work for the project), and I received a call from Anthony Tomaselli and Ken Williams from the Office of General Services | Division of Service-Disabled Veterans Business Development, congratulating us on being NYS certified SDVOB. This was a memorable moment in my life. Subsequently, we sent out emails, faxes, and mailings letting agencies know who we were.

Fortunately our hard work paid off. We landed work with several state agencies including SUNY, Department of Corrections, Dormitory authority, and specifically SUNY Stony Brook. With LI Craftsmanship Inc., gaining the certification as a SDVOB, we were awarded jobs that we would not have otherwise been granted. I am forever grateful for this invaluable opportunity and honor that the New York State has given back to its Veterans.
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Testimonials

Hi! I just got off the phone with Brian McGraw from SUNY Downstate and he mentioned he is extremely happy with the work LI Craftsmanship has done with them and will continue to look for ways to use you. Keep it up – I love hearing things like this!

Best,
Anthony Tomaselli


Hi Nick,

Just wanted to pass along a compliment. You did some work on a building in Nassau County and the building manager (Justine) contacted our office to tell us she was extremely happy with you and hopes she can do more business with you in the future. We love hearing stuff like that, so keep up the good work!

Best,
Anthony Tomaselli


Good afternoon Kristen,

Hope all is well. Just a note to say the judge just called me to say he is thrilled, I mean over the moon with the fantastic job LI Craftsman did refinishing his courtroom bench! You guys knocked it out of the park for me on this job! Thank you so very much!

Best,
J. Alston-Payne
Office of General Services │Real Property Management & Development


test picNick, Kristen,

Just wanted to share with you another picture of the final space now that the glass has arrived.

We are getting some great feedback on this area and I am sure we’ll be looking to do more of these in other buildings soon.