(DALLAS—October 15, 2018) Tella Firma Foundations, a construction-technology company, today announced that Avi Kahn, President and CEO of Hilti North America (, has joined as an independent outside director to its board of directors. Kahn brings vast executive experience in innovative construction products. After starting in territory sales, he worked directly with customers and then progressed through the organization in various leadership roles. Prior to being named President and CEO of Hilti North America, he fulfilled a six-year international assignment as General Manager of Hilti Canada.

“We feel very fortunate to have Avi join our Board with his proven executive and sales experience in the construction products industry,” said Jim Fontaine, CEO of Tella Firma Foundations. “As we continue forward in the commercial market, his expertise in this area will be invaluable.”

Kahn brings nearly fifteen years of experience at Hilti, one of the most well-known international companies in the construction industry. He holds an MBA from Bellevue University, as well as certificates from the management programs of Columbia, Wharton, and Stanford.

“It’s a privilege to work on the board of this cutting-edge construction technology company,” said Kahn. “Tella Firma has the opportunity to bring the industry forward in a new way to handle difficult soils, saving both time and money in an atmosphere of decreasing labor supply and increasing costs. It’s the right solution at the right time. I’m excited to be a part of that.”

The Tella Firma foundation system has been used by dozens of builders, with more than 1,300 foundations installed in commercial and residential projects and is backed by seven issued patents. Tella Firma foundations are designed to protect a building’s foundation from damaging active soil movement with a field-tested process of elevating a slab-on-grade foundation using piers, creating a protective void between the ground and the foundation itself. This application isolates the slab from active soils and guards it from unexpected movement. Tella Firma’s solution is an environmentally friendly, green installation process that avoids the need for any type of chemical or water injection into the soil as part of construction.

About Tella Firma Foundations
Dallas-based Tella Firma is a construction technology firm that is revolutionizing the way foundations are built. Tella Firma gets its name from the Latin words meaning “strong castle or structure.” Foundations with the company’s product have been installed in residential and light commercial projects in Texas and Colorado, and the company continues to expand into new markets throughout the region. For additional information, visit 

About Hilti, Inc.
Hilti is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of quality, innovative and specialized tools and fastening systems for the professional user. With over 1,700 highly trained Hilti account managers and engineers throughout North America and an additional 1,300 Hilti employees nationwide, Hilti expertise covers the areas of powder actuated fastening, drilling and demolition, cordless, diamond coring and cutting, measuring, firestopping, screw fastening, adhesive and mechanical anchoring, and strut and hanger systems.