On January 10, 1888, a group of construction industry visionaries gathered to
discuss the formation of an organization dedicated to the commercial development market. The meeting was
a Who’s Who of historical Rochesterians, including T. W. Finnucane, G.H. Powell, Jr. and F.C. Seitz
and J.B. Pike. In February of that year, the Builders and Building Supply Dealers Exchange of Rochester,
N.Y. was formed. Members voted C.W. Voshall the Exchange’s first president; F. C. Seitz first vice
president; H.W. Gorsline, second vice president; J. H. Grant, secretary; and J.J.L. Friederich,
treasurer. In March of 1888, approximately 150 men "were at the meeting in the new opera house last
evening at the invitation of the committee of the Builders’ Exchange to hear the merits of the
project explained by the men who have had experience with the working of similar institutions elsewhere."
Mayer Parsons was elected chairman of the meeting and "performed the duties of the office with his usual
suavity and success." More than 50 firms enrolled as members during the Exchange’s first year
(annual dues were $50).
In 1905, The Builders Exchange began holding meetings in the Wilder Arcade, and by 1929, The Builders
Exchange occupied its own building at 135 Spring Street. They moved to College Avenue in 1967 and then to
180 Linden Oaks in 1992, where they remain today. Member concerns have remained consistent since the
Builders Exchange’s founding—labor, architects, public agencies, owners and contractors
depend upon the Builders Exchange to represent the interests of its members. Today, The Builders Exchange
of Rochester, with more than 600 members and affiliates, still serves the commercial, industrial and
governmental construction industry in western and central New York through discounted OSHA certification
and safety training classes, online planroom access, construction information, news and discount programs
to its members. What can we help you build?
The Builders Exchange of Rochester
180 Linden Oaks, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14625
(585) 586-5460 Phone
(585) 586-1580 Fax
Business and Planroom Hours
8 a.m.—5 p.m.
7:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
Please note that The Builders Exchange of Rochester is closed on all major Federal holidays.
Aaron Hilger is the President of the Builders Exchange of Rochester, Managing Director of the Construction Industry Association of Rochester, and Executive Director of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA)of Rochester, SMACNA New York State and the Rochester Roofers Association. He serves as a trustee on building trades in upstate New York and is currently Chair of the BAC Local 3 Funds and Vice-Chair of the Empire Carpenters Funds.He is an active advocate for contractors, the building trades and the Rochester region. With several building trades partners, he is a founding member of Building A Better Rochester and Rochester Careers in Construction. Hilger holds a BA in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Rochester, an MA in Political Management from The George Washington University, and an MBA from the University at Buffalo. Hilger was honored in 2007 with a Rochester 40 Under Forty Award.
Vice President, Marketing & Operations
Kim Stewart, Vice President, Marketing & Operations, joins the Builders Exchange with over 15 years of marketing experience. Kim holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from S.U.N.Y. Brockport. Kim is active in many community organizations throughout the Rochester area. She has been a volunteer for the MS Society events, the ARC of Ontario County and the American Cancer Society. She is on the committee for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Ontario County United Way Committee Investment Committee, Canandaigua Chamber Athena Committee and past co-chair of the New York State Telecommunications Associations Marketing & Customer Service Subcommittee. Kim resides in Rochester with her fiancé Doug. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, shopping, cooking, working out and spending time with family and friends.
Planroom Manager & Membership Director
Corrine Taylor has been with The Builders Exchange since 2011. She began her time here as a customer service liaison specializing in member benefits, the online planroom, blueprint orders, apparent lows and contract awards. She has evolved into the Planroom Manager & Membership Development positions where she maintains and establishes new membership relationships. She is pursuing an associate’s degree in Business Administration at Monroe Community College, and has plans to earn her bachelor’s and MBA degrees. She and husband Luke are the parents of daughters Rylee & Teagan.
Annette Kelley, who joined Builders Exchange in June of 2015, brings 23 years of office management experience, in various industries, with her to the company. Annette is the staff liaison for the Greater Rochester Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)and the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA). She also coordinates executive board meetings and is active in planning and facilitating professional networking and social events. Annette is a skilled communicator, possessing outstanding organizational skills with a focus on quality and detail. She has an excellent reputation with directreports, coworkers and customers as a competent, knowledgeable and helpfulprofessional. Annette received her BA from SUNY Geneseo.
Taryn Deinhart joined the Builders Exchange in 2013. She is the accounting manager overseeing the books for The Builders Exchange, Northeast Builders Services, CIAR, SMACNA Rochester, SMACNA NYS and the Roofing Contractors Industry Fund. She is a foodie who enjoys cooking as well as dining out. She is an avid reader and enjoys crossword puzzles. Taryn also enjoys spending time with her husband, Paul and their two children, Josh and Allyson.
Research & Communications Manager
Mariel.Fedde [at] Robex.com
Mariel joined the Builders Exchange in 2013. She is the staff support for the BX partner organizations Junior Builders Exchange (JBX), Sheet Metal and Air Conditioners National Contractor's Association of Rochester (SMACNA Rochester), SMACNA NYS, the Construction Industry Association of Rochester (CIAR), and Rochester Careers in Construction (RCCI). Mariel organizes BX’s research platforms and initiatives. She also designs the marketing material, such as the BX Weekly and Monthly newsletters. She received her BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Planroom Reporter Nicole Gissendanner joined The Builders Exchange in 2007. She specializes in training, safety and development programs, membership and training coordination and planroom services. Nicole is actively involved in community and scholastic youth sports programs, including wrestling, football and lacrosse. She and her husband, Frankie, are the parents of three children, Cierra, Frankie, Jr., Laila and they have one granddaughter, Zahra.
Courtney joined the Builders Exchange in January of 2015. She is currently a Planroom Coordinator working on adding specifications and plans to projects as well as processing print orders. She is pursuing a degree in Liberal Arts at Monroe Community College and plans to obtain a second degree in Office Technology. Courtney enjoys traveling, photography, and music in her spare time.