Longtime founder of Charleston engineering firm steps aside, passing baton to new leaders |  Real estate

Longtime founder of Charleston engineering firm steps aside, passing baton to new leaders | Real estate

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Berenyi Inc. founder Tony Berenyi appoints 2 vice presidents to lead an engineering firm

A longtime leader of a Charleston engineering, architecture and construction firm is passing the baton to a new group of captains.

Berenyi Inc., first launched in the late 1980s by Tony Berenyi, who majored in civil engineering from The Citadel and earned a master’s degree in structural dynamics from MIT, is now led by engineers Razvan “Raz” Cojocaru and Jordan Behringer.

Berenyi called them “two dynamic and forward-thinking millennials” poised to lead the company as Lowcountry and the state continue industrial growth.







Tony Berenyi is president and founder of Berenyi Inc., an architecture, engineering and construction firm in Charleston. He has appointed two co-vice presidents to lead the company when he plans to step down after more than 30 years at the helm. Berenyi Inc./Supplied


“Jordan and Raz are motivated, intuitive, adaptive, creative and openly receptive to feedback, which makes these millennials fit to lead and succeed,” Berenyi said.

The business is located at 49 Immigration St. on the Charleston Peninsula on the Cooper River, near the Ravenel Bridge, behind the Morrison Yard apartment and office development project on Morrison Drive.

“When you grow a business from scratch, over three decades, it becomes more than just a career, it becomes part of your DNA and your entire identity,” Berenyi said.







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Razvan “Raz” Cojocaru was named as one of two co-chairmen to lead Berenyi Inc., an architecture, engineering and construction firm in Charleston, when founder and president Tony Berenyi steps aside. Berenyi Inc./Supplied


“As I seek new adventures and continue my journey with a passion for learning and exploration, I want to know that my business, my legacy, thrives without my daily input,” he said. “I am confident that Raz and Jordan will continue to serve our customers and the community and adhere to the proven standards I have developed that have always been the foundation of Berenyi’s success.”

Berenyi, the son of Hungarian immigrants, grew up on a farm in Montana before his family moved to Union in Upstate when he was a teenager. He subsequently received his bachelor’s degree and was in charge of the United States Army Reserve and attended the Engineer’s Officer School.

Shortly after starting his business, he was called up for Operation Desert Storm in 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait. There he commanded a unit of 250 men and later received a bronze star. He returned to restart the business with industrial and commercial projects throughout South Carolina and, in 2016, in Africa.


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“These are some great shoes to fill,” said Cojocaru, co-vice president of Berenyi who immigrated to the United States in 2006 from Romania to attend the US Military Academy and Virginia Tech. He started with Berenyi in 2017.

He added that Berenyi’s “coaching and laser attention to exceed client expectations” prepared him for the job.







Giordano Behringer

Jordan Behringer was named as one of two co-chairmen to lead Berenyi Inc., an architecture, engineering and construction firm in Charleston, when founder and president Tony Berenyi steps aside. Berenyi Inc./Supplied


Behringer, also co-vice president and a native of New York state, grew up on the Lowcountry yards with the family business. He joined the company in 2015 and said he was humbled that Berenyi chose him to help lead the company.

“Tony has given me the opportunity to do what I love: explore innovative solutions and always strive to exceed customer expectations,” said Behringer, a graduate of Clemson University. “He brought out the best in me.”

Berenyi moved her offices to the restored Seabreeze building, once used as a prison, near the State Ports Authority’s Columbus Street Terminal in 2009. In 2020, the property was sold to Town Creek Investors LLC for $ 9.05 million. according to Charleston County Land Records.


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