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Does your company have a rising star or two?

Sure you do. Let JBX help develop your high potential team members in a stimulating environment in which visionaries become leaders. JBX prepares the next generation of construction leaders through relationship and team building with like-minded up and coming industry leaders. JBX members share problems, develop solutions, and work collaboratively through educational and social programs that cultivate their natural talents and leadership potential. JBX’s calendar of events is designed to encourage JBX and Builders Exchange member interaction. Typical events include:

  • Educational/Leadership programs
  • Mixers
  • Local Project Reviews
  • Annual Golf Outing in support of the Mary Parkes Asthma Center

Good relationships equal better projects, and those relationships start early with the JBX. We’ve been known to settle change orders over beers and negotiate subcontracts over coffee.

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Executive Board Members

Courtney Lafferty, Board President
LeChase Construction

Courtney is an experienced Project Engineer at LeChase Construction with a demonstrated passion for delivering high-quality projects, safety and integrity. After graduating from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, she proceeded to ensure client satisfaction on numerous higher education, healthcare, and commercial projects. Alongside this, Courtney’s continued devotion to promoting the industry to the next generation is evident in her pursuit to develop a LeChase Young Professionals group and involvement in ACE, the Junior Builders Exchange and the Rochester Careers in Construction boards.

John Miller, Vice President
O’Connell Electric Company

John has been involved with the Junior Builders Exchange Board since 2017.

He joined O’Connell Electric Company in 2013 after serving on Active Duty in the Air Force and finishing his bachelor’s degree at Keuka College in Organizational Communication. John also serves in the NY Air National Guard as an Emergency Management Craftsman with the rank of Technical Sergeant. In his time at O’Connell, John has held positions on the Corporate Safety Committee and the Mary Parkes Asthma Center Golf Tournament Planning Committee. In 2017, he received his license to fly small unmanned aerial systems (drones) for commercial operations. John also serves as a member of the Rochester Chamber Future Leadership Council, is Vice President of the Board for the Victor Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Planning Committee for Rochester’s Finest, a professional development and fundraising program hosted by the Rochester Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In 2017, he achieved the award for Top Performer as an Honoree. John resides in the Village of Victor with his wife Kara along and their two children.

Josh Frizzell, Treasurer
The Bonadio Group

Josh is a manager in The Bonadio Group’s Commercial Team and is a member of the Construction Team. He holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science degrees in Accounting from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional.

Josh’s professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Construction Financial Management Association.

Mark Mancuso, Immediate Past President
Flower City Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Mark has been involved with the Junior Builders Exchange board since 2010.

After graduating from Binghamton University (’05) with his B.S. in Financial Economics, Mark spent ten great years working in customer relations with The Dolomite Group. During much of that time Mark volunteered both on jobsites and on the ReStore Committee for Flower City Habitat for Humanity. In 2017, Mark officially joined the ReStore staff as the Donations Coordinator, after which his initial duties quickly transitioned to the role of Procurement & Special Projects Manager. On top of his previous responsibilities to solicit donations for the purpose of resale, Mark also handles the acquisition of both vacant lots for new construction and “zombie” houses for the purpose of rehabilitation, collaborating with the City of Rochester on neighborhood initiatives, assembling and implementing a ReStore Kitchen Deconstruct program, and assisting the Development and Construction teams with various initiatives.

When not focusing on the Habitat Mission of bringing partners together to build homeownership, develop stronger communities, and encourage hope, or organizing lively JBX events, Mark spends much of his time these days holding impromptu dance parties with his little girl and admiring his baby boy as he grows.

Additional Executive Board Members

Jasmine Gelsomino, Advisor, Builders Exchange of Rochester

Kim Gaylord, Advisor, Builders Exchange of Rochester

Board Members

Nick Schuler, Schuler-Haas Electric Corp.

Paul Bunt, B&L Wholesale Supply

Dave Emmi, O’Connell Electric

Kasey Fanton, Upstate Roofing & Painting

Chris Hart, WellNow Urgent Care

Matt Holmes, Ernstrom & Dreste

Ben Nelson, LECESSE Construction

Tom Parmenter, Manning Squires Hennig

Brandon Rizzo, Christa Construction

Meet Dave Emmi, Board Member of the Junior Builders Exchange of Rochester!Dave is a proud father of four and coordinates approximately 300 electric utility employees in the field as a manager with O'Connell Electric.He also leads the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western New York as Chairman of the Board, serves as the Facilities Committee Chair and a board member for the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, and sits on the respective advisory boards of other professional organizations such as the Junior Builders Exchange.Dave stays active in the community and still finds the time to enjoy the backyard BBQs with his family. #JBX #boardmemberfeaturejunior jujunior ...
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Villa of Hope is the Junior Builder Exchange's Charity of the Year!Villa of Hope an organization that provides the Rochester community with essential services during times of uncertainty and doubt. They offer programs and services such as community-based programs, educational programs, residential programs, workforce development, and a behavioral health department.Villa of Hope partners with individuals, families and communities to Rebuild relationships, Recover potential, and Renew hope for the future.Learn more about the Villa of Hope here: #villaofhope #givingback ...
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It's Women in Construction Wednesday! Let's talk about the reality of women on job sites. Of all the people working in construction, women comprise only 10.3%. Even smaller is the number of women on the front lines of a job site — only one for every 100 employees in the field. Considering that women make up 47% of all employed individuals, this means that the construction industry is only benefitting from about 1.25% of women in the workforce.How do you support and encourage more women in construction?#JBX #WCW #NAWIC #womeninconstruction #rochesterny ...
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Thank you to everyone who joined the Junior Builder Exchange's Change Order Management session on June 3, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM! Change Order Management was a part of the JBX's 2021 Professional Development Series. Thank you to our expert speaker, Stephane McShane, Director at Maxim Consulting Group, for sharing critical details on change order management. Did you attend Change Order Management? If you missed this great event, our next professional development session is the Tech & Tool Showcase on September 22, 2021 at Frontier Field. Additional details to follow. For more information or to register, please contact Jasmine at Registration is open, secure your spot today for only $19!#JBX #professionaldevelopment #rocevents #changeordermanagement ...
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Last chance to register for Change Order Management TOMORROW, June 3rd, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM! Join Stephane McShane, Director at Maxim Consulting Group, in exploring the importance of change order management. This session will be offered in-person at the Builders Exchange of Rochester and via Zoom on June 3rd, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Zoom details to follow. For more information or to register for only $19, please email Jasmine at #professionaldevelopment #rocevents #changeordermanagement ...
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