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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 has been involved with the Junior Builders Exchange board since 2016.

As an experienced Assistant Project Manager at LeChase Construction, Courtney has demonstrated a passion for delivering high-quality projects, safety and “doing the right thing”. After graduating from Philadelphia University (’15) with a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, she proceeded to ensure client satisfaction on numerous commercial, senior living, and university projects.

Courtney’s commitment to promoting the construction industry to the next generation is evident in her involvement in the ACE Mentorship Program and the ROBEX Workforce Development Subcommittee. In 2017, she co-created the LeChase Young Professionals to transform employees into passionate professionals through empowerment, responsibility, and commitment to LeChase, thus instilling the company culture. In 2018, she was recognized as one of Rochester’s Finest Honorees by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

In her free time, she enjoys a good happy hour with friends, hiking with her dog Bentley, running the local trails, and traveling.

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
Livingston Associates

Josh joined the JBX Board in 2017 and has been serving as the treasurer since 2018.

Josh was recently hired as the Director of Finance at Livingston Associates, Inc. assisting the company and its clients with budgeting, property management, strategic planning, and other financial initiatives. Prior to his new job, Josh spent eight years working at The Bonadio Group in the Commercial department. During his previous role as a Manager at The Bonadio Group, Josh’s primary focus was on construction clients, along with manufacturing and private equity clients. Josh is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional. Prior to full time work, Josh attended Michigan State University where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Accounting.

In addition to professional memberships (CFMA and AICPA), Josh is active in the community, participating in Habitat for Humanity Build Days, Rochester Young Professional events and Liberty Partnership Program events.

During Josh’s free time he is likely on a family adventure with his wife, Elizabeth, son, Winston, and dog, Robinson.

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

Jordan Bernstein, Brown & Brown Insurance

Jessie Cocquyt, Villager Construction

Steve Edwards, Christa Construction

Dave Emmi, O’Connell Electric

Doug Gaylord, Paul Davis Restoration

Chris Hart, WellNow Urgent Care

Matt Holmes, Ernstrom & Dreste

Tom Parmenter, Manning Squires Hennig

Nick Schuler, Schuler-Haas Electric Corp.

Dave Sumner, Upstate Roofing & Painting

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