Meet the Principals: Josh Pertnoy

Josh Pertnoy of Shapiro Pertnoy Companies

Over 17 years ago, Josh Pertnoy began his career at Shapiro Pertnoy Companies in inarguably one of the most unglamorous roles. Josh began by sweeping floors and working as a laborer during summer breaks. After returning from boarding school at the Dublin School in New Hampshire and attending college, Josh joined Shapiro Pertnoy Companies full-time 17 years ago.

His approach to learning the multi-dimensional world of high-end residential and commercial construction and development was both admirable and utilitarian. In order to learn core trades such as drywall, framing, roofing, and carpentry, Josh worked under a variety of superintendents and along with a host of different subcontractors, learning the fundamentals of each discipline. He also credits his expedited learning curve to a valued company employee who took him under his wing and “taught him the ropes.” The lessons were well learned, and bore fruit, as Josh today heads the construction division of the Shapiro Pertnoy Companies.

Josh, a Florida licensed general contractor, oversees a full-time staff of nearly 20 construction personnel and multiple, simultaneous construction projects. He has orchestrated many ultra-luxury projects including homes as large as 30,000 square feet and several oceanfront stunners. In addition to his membership in the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, Josh also supports his favorite charities: the Dublin School, Temple Israel and the Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches with both time and money. A guitarist by passion, Josh Pertnoy enjoys music, fishing, travel and work. “I had a very fast learning curve in this business. The fact that I love what I do has a lot to do with that.”