Meet the Team

The Construction Exchange Team

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Joseph W. Benedict, Jr., Executive Director

Joe joined the Construction Exchange in November 2009. Joe’s responsibilities consist of managing all of the Exchange’s programs and services, developing and maintaining the online planroom, providing educational opportunities to members by offering seminars and construction industry related educational training programs.

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Darcy Baroudi, Finance Manager

Darcy joined the Construction Exchange in May 2013. Her position as finance manager includes responsibilities for maintaining the financial records for the Construction Exchange and all of its affiliations. She is also a notary public.

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Cyndie Buske, Office Assistant

Cyndie joined the staff of the Construction Exchange in December of 2006. Her duties include customer service, safety training registration as well as assisting in all office-related activities.

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Adam Guglielmi, Membership Director

Adam joined the Construction Exchange in May 2016. Adam is responsible for recruiting new members and improving member engagement. His daily activities include meeting with existing and potential members, overseeing marketing and events, and promoting member benefits and services.

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Melissa Kowalczyk, Plan Room Coordinator

Melissa joined the Construction Exchange in 2019 and is responsible for maintaining plans and bid documents; including pertinent information on projects such as bid date, valuation, and addendum. Melissa’s daily activities include interfacing with architects, engineers, general contractors, municipalities, sub-contractors and construction managers.

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Cheryl Logan, Office Assistant

Cheryl joined the Construction Exchange in September 1999. Her duties include acting as personal secretary to the Executive Director and assisting in all office-related functions as required.

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Kristie Michael, Construction Relationship Manager

Kristie joined the Construction Exchange in May 2017. She oversees the plan room and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with the owners, architects, and contractors that use the Construction Exchange to distribute project documents and information.

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Nate McConnell, Workforce & Education Director

Nate joined the Construction Exchange in November of 2018. His main goal is to help promote careers in the construction industry by educating, building relationships, and providing new tools for hiring. His daily responsibilities include speaking at local High Schools, meeting with current members to discuss hiring needs, and promoting our industry exclusive hiring tool, CONEX that seamlessly connects hiring companies with eligible candidates.

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Jennifer Retzlaff, Office Assistant

Jennifer joined the Construction Exchange in 2018. She is the administrative assistant for the Buffalo Niagara Builders’ Association and the Home Improvement Council. Her responsibilities include meeting preparation with timely task follow through after. She also assists in organizing events and oversees membership reports and status of members. She is also a notary public.

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Jennifer Starr, Online Planroom Tech

Jen joined the Construction Exchange in 2005. Her duties include maintaining the online planroom and assisting in all office-related functions as required.

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