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Jan 1888

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.

Mar 1888

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 1929 The Builders Exchange occupied its own building at 135 Spring Street.


Moved to 180 Linden Oaks in 1992, where they remain today.

Feb 1888

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 1905, The Builders Exchange began holding meetings in the Wilder Arcade,


They moved to College Avenue in 1967


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.


Aaron Hilger
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.
Kim Gaylord
Kim Gaylord, Vice President, Member Experience, 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 is on the committee for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Finest Ontario County Habitat for Humanity Women's Build, and past co-chair of the New York State Telecommunications Associations Marketing & Customer Service Subcommittee. Kim resides in Rochester with her husband Doug and daughter Olivia.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, shopping, cooking, working out and spending time with family and friends.
Taryn Deinhart
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.
Mariel Fedde
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.
Nicole Gissendanner
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.