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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.


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.
Crystal Cottrell
Crystal joined the Builders Exchange in 2021. She is the accounting manager overseeing the books for the Builders Exchange and all managed organizations. Crystal has 25 years of experience as a full charge bookkeeper. She takes great pride in the quality and accuracy of her financial statements and ability to support multiple associations financial reporting needs. In her spare time, Crystal can be found spending time with her family, going to Disney and crafting
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.
Elizabeth Mazzone
Elizabeth Mazzone, Membership Director, joined the Builders Exchange in August of 2020. Liz manages communication between members, facilitates membership tasks, and highlights services for our members. She graduated in May of 2019 and holds a B.A. in Communication and an A.A. in Media Arts. She held multiple positions through college in communications and marketing. Prior to joining Builders Exchange, Elizabeth worked in event sales. Elizabeth enjoys reading, making art, hiking, and trying new restaurants downtown with friends.
Sam Bushen
Marketing & Digital Content Coordinator
Selena Murphy
Planroom Coordinator
Roseann Pizzillo
Administrative Coordinator
Paige Richards
Association Marketing Coordinator
Jessie Cocquyt

Director, Association Management

Jessie joins the Builders Exchange with over 15 years of experience in the Construction industry. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Jessie is active in her community dedicating her time and sitting on event committees for both Al Sigl Community of Agencies and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In her spare time Jessie enjoys visiting local wineries, golfing, reading and spending time with her family and friends.