History & Mission

Company History

For over 20 years, New Beginnings Construction New Orleans has been building and remodeling high quality structures. The original company, Yoni Construction, was founded in 1991 by a team of ambitious professionals who wanted to merge their experience and skill. The result was a company that would earn a remarkable reputation as a leading contracting company in the New Orleans area.

After Hurricane Katrina, Fernando Arriola, the current president, changed the name to New Beginnings Enterprises to reflect what the area was experiencing. It was a new beginning for the city; a time to rebuild. Fernando spent countless hours and a large amount of funds to research the new building methods and techniques available around the world. He took these methods to the streets of New Orleans and has been able to build a foundation for an almost unbeatable force in construction in the area. His techniques and money saving designs continue to break the mold when it comes to the construction industry.

The New Beginnings team is dedicated operating with the highest moral standards, ethics and quality of workmanship.

Our Team

  • Fernando Arriola (General Contractor)
  • Valerie Vaughn (Interior Designer)
  • Maria Arriola (Human Resources)
  • Pamela Hyde (Purchasing and Scheduling)
  • Marlon Sansotta (Supervisor)


New Beginnings Construction is a general contractor in the New Orleans Metro Area servicing 100s of clients since it’s inception. We know the importance of energy savings and hold environmental concerns in high regard. We work to provide energy efficient and environmentally sustainable construction.

Our country as a whole is placing more and more emphasis on environmentally friendly and green design. New Beginnings is the leader in this movement in the New Orleans market. We have the knowledge and experience to provide environmentally sustainable construction for residential and commercial structures. Our ultimate goal is to promote an alternative approach to building that has a positive impact on our planet today and for generations to come.


Builder of the Year 2012

Our Achievements include:

Home Builder of the Year 2014


Remodeler’s Council Chair 2010, Remodeler’s Council Chairman 2011, President of Home Builder’s Association of Greater New Orleans 2012 (Fernando Arriola), Incoming Chairman of Remodeler’s Council 2013 (Fernando Arriola), Remodeler’s Council Chairman 2014, Past Vice-president of the Louisiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Homebuilders Remodelers Trustee, National Association of Homebuilders National Director


Lead Certified Renovator, Certified Green Professional, Certified Graduated Builder, Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist, Certified Graduate Remodeler

Professional Associations:

Better Business Bureau, New Orleans Home Builders Association, Business Network International, Louisiana Licensing Board for General Contractors, National Association of Home Builders, Louisiana Hispanic Chamber foundation (founder Member and Director)