ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter's Young Professionals Group, founded in 2012, prepares the next generation of construction industry leaders for success.

VISION STATEMENT
Evolving tomorrow’s leaders today.

Mission Statement
Young Professionals Group is building tomorrow’s leaders today by encouraging career-minded individuals through leadership development, training and peer evaluation while focusing on the merit philosophy. Contact the Chapter to join the group.

Young Professional Committee Spotlights

2017 Committee Chair
Kelly Scott
Senior Cost Engineer
Allan Myers



Tell us about your job and what you do:
 I manage costs on all of our Site projects within Allan Myers.  I work with our Project Managers to accurately track costs, recognize and recoup change order costs, and accurately project our gains and losses for the jobs throughout their duration.  I process and submit all billings to our owners and make sure we get paid in a timely fashion as per our contracts.  I manage our cash flow on our projects and forecast our revenue for each project.

Favorite Quote:  “If it does not challenge you, it does not change you”

Most rewarding professional experience: I would say the most rewarding professional experience is when you see that you have helped other co-workers grow and develop in their career.  All of the hard work and time you have spent helping them along the way pays off when you see the influence you have had on them and how they have been able to become a successful individual within the company.  Knowing you have made a difference in their lives both professionally and personally is a huge reward.

Hobbies: I love to exercise.  I especially love when I can “work out” by staying active outdoors in the warmer months.  I like to go for runs, bikes, or hike the Delaware Canal by my house.  I also like doing yard work because it is so rewarding when it is all done!

Advice for other young professionals: Give 100% of what you have every day.  Never give up and always ask questions. The people around you are there to help and are usually very willing to see you succeed.  Always honor your commitments and follow through with what you say you are going to do- even if this means letting someone know you don’t know the answer.  Letting that person know the truth is better than leaving them in the dark.




sara langdon
Business Development Manager
SERVPRO of Upper Bucks
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I am primarily responsible for establishing and maintaining a positive image for SERVPRO. I handle this by seeking creative ways in which we can be involved within the community so I can promote the value of being a locally owned and operated business. In addition, it is my job to connect with various leaders in the community that need our immediate and potential future support. An example of this would be our efforts to reach out to First Responders and find out what their needs are and how we can help them. We have created a program in which we supply Fire Fighters, Police Officers, EMS, and more with SERVPRO branded water bottles on a regular basis to help them during their events, while responding to emergencies, and for any neighbor who may need it. 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
Personally, ABC has helped me reach far out of my comfort zone, especially in regard to networking! I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people through my involvement with the Business Development & YP Committees. 
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"Ability is of little account without opportunity"- Lucille Ball

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
Never stop learning. My dad always told me that the one thing I need to be selfish with is my education. There are always new experiences, lessons, skills, general knowledge, and more to be learned. 






Will oleckna
Attorney
Davis Bucco
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I am a construction litigator. My firm handles a wide variety of commerical matters, concerning the construction industry. I represent contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, property owners, developers, and design professionals, in all matters relating to the construction industry, except tax issues.

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
The highlight of my day is helping people. People generally engage lawyers when faced with critical issues that need to be addressed. I am fortunate that I can utilize my skills and resources to make sure clients get what they want and knowing that our team did something to make that happen.

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPs SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Do what you are passionate about and work hard. It may be cliche, however, it is true. A strong work ethic will grow your career personally, and professionally. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
Going to events, and meeting other young professionals has been extremely beneficial. We talk about the construction industry, and learn from each other as we are all in it together. In addition, you get to know people at fun, and informative events, which is very important in this field.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
When I'm not working, I love to watch and play sports, cooking, traveling to new places, and doing community service.
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take"- Wayne Gretzky






Todd Lambert
Strategic Account Executive
PDV Wireless
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I currently worth with business owners, dispatcher, Information Technology Directors, and Fleet Managers in regards to their communication with their fleet in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley. We help these C-Level Executives and Directors do a cost analysis of their current hardware and software to help them capture and document important events that occur on job sites. 

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Actions speak louder than words. If you tell your customer that you are going to do something, always follow through to what you told the customer. Always be honest with the customer and it is okay to say no when you cannot do something the customer wants you to do for their company. 
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
You miss 100% of the shots that you never take!- Wayne Gretzky 

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
The most rewarding professional experience is when a customer tells me how well the product is working and how their workforce has improved their working habits to make the company more profitable. 






chris scott
Business Development Associate
Gallagher CRS
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
Gallagher CRS in an insurance broker that provides insurance and risk management services to construction companies. I am responsible for the production, growth, and services of construction accounts. I also work closely with the Director of Recruiting to assist in providing placements of qualified candidates to clientele.

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Two of the most important lessons I have learned so far in my career are: 1. always ask questions. 2. don't be afraid of making mistakes; it is necessary for growth. These lessons have been integral in my development during the earliest years of my career, and I believe they are imperative in building a foundation for success.
 
HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
ABC Eastern PA Chapter has helped me to network with numerous professionals, especially young professionals. It has afforded me the chance to continue my professional development, and learn more about the individuals and companies that are in the construction industry.

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
Having done work in recruiting, it's an incredibly rewarding experience to help our client find a candidate that is a great match, along with helping a candidate find the right job opportunity. When a candidate is place successfully, it's a rewarding accomplishment for our team.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Outside of work, I enjoy watching and playing a range of sports, including soccer and golf, and working out at the gym as well.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
My advice to other young professionals would be to surround yourself with mentors as best as possible. Having mentors has been so beneficial to my personal and professional growth, and it has given me the opportunity to learn from experts. If you can find mentors that are willing to invest in you, it will be very helpful for growth throughout your entire career.






SHane pierce
Account Executive
Worth & Company
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
My role at Worth & Company is to promote the company brand to key buyers to provide current information and generate new business through consistent contact, and regular meetings. In doing so, I reply to all request for proposal inquiries in a timely, and accurate, manner to begin the sales process. Before, during, and after the sales process, I continue to develop and maintain a database of contacts all while preserving customer, and vendor, relationships.

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
I have learned many valuable lessons throughout my career. One very important lesson that other young professionals should hear is that it is fine to not have all of the answers immediately. Ask others for help to find those answers, learn from colleagues and grow because of it.
 
HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
My involvement in ABC Eastern PA Chapter has helped me to grow in so many ways. ABC continues to place me in front of the right, like-minded individuals that are more than willing to share advice. The relationships that I have formed, and the role models I have met, transformed me into who I am today.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"In order to climb the ladder of success, you must first step on the rungs of opportunity".

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I have many passions outside of the construction industry. One thing I am very passionate about is sports. It could be watching a game live, or on TV, participating, or refereeing. I will always have a passion for sports. Philly sports fan through and through!

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
Going back to lessons learned; one piece of advice that I would give to all young professionals is to keep growing. Continue to ask questions, learn from those answers, and don't be afraid to make a mistake. Strive to be better at the end of the day than you were at the beginning, and try to learn something new every day.






Mike Mchugh
Account Executive
BP Business Solutions
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I am responsible for growing our business and improving our relationships with customers as well as vendors. I specialize in construction site services; roll off dumpsters, temporary fencing, office trailers, and jobsite equipment rental. I try to provide the highest level of customer service to my clients on a daily basis.

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
 
Ask questions. I am surrounded by people in my company with different experiences and more knowledge. I take advantage of that every day.
Do not pretend to know what you do not know. It is okay to tell someone "I don't know". You can always get back to them with the best answer. It is much better to take the time to find the right answer.
 
WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND?
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 -- Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
Often times I am tasked with helping people out of a jam. It requires resources, creativity, and problem solving skills. When it all comes together, and you are able to help someone out, it is very rewarding.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Cycling, Philadelphia Sports, Travel






Amber Deimler
Account Executive
Enterprise Fleet Management
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
My role is to identify and meet with potential future clients of our division. We work with companies who operate anywhere from 20- 300+ vehicles to help them reduce their overall expense. Each program is highly customized, but I primarily look at how a company is currently purchasing, maintaining, fueling, tracking, and selling their vehicles to determine if some of the industry best practices could help save them money.

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
The highlight of my day is getting home from work and reading my 16 month old son, Preston, 
 
HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
My involvement in ABC Eastern PA Chapter has been such a positive experience. The relationships I have built quickly have given me the unique opportunity to learn more about different industries we partner with from company leaders themselves. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it."-- Coach Jimmy Valvano

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
Don't be afraid to put yourself out there, even if it is uncomfortable at first.Take chances, and be open-minded. Meet new people who aren't like you, and ask a ton of questions. This is how you grow personally, and professionally. A wise person once told me that you can't be listening if you are always talking. 






Kelly Adomsky
Office Manager/Project Manager
JR Maxwell Builders
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
My job consists of Accounting, HR, PR, Marketing, strategizing, resident photographer and social media guru, customer liaison, planner/designer, and more. Office Manager is the easiest way to describe it. I help keep our many projects organized and on track with billing and planning, and act as a customer liaison to make sure our customers are happy. Every day is different and I love the pace and constant evolution of each project we are working on. 

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR, OR LEARN FROM?
I've learned that the plans you have when you're young don't always pan out, and that's OK. I got my masters degree in international marketing, traveled to more than twenty countries on multiple continents, and wanted to spend my life doing just that. Things change. Life pulls you in different directions, and today I have a job that fell in my lap when I didn't know that I wanted, or needed, it. I have more job satisfaction than ever, and I feel truly appreciated on a daily basis. 
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"She believed she could, so she did" and "Life is uncertain, east dessert first" 

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE? 
When you see a plan of yours come to fruition, and it genuinely makes people happy. 

 





MArtin Sulecki
Field Operations Manager
Zebby Sulecki, Inc.
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I manage the day to day operations of the Painting and Wallcovering Division, I work closely wiht our Project Managers and Foreman to capitalize on opportunities in the field to be productive, and facilitate good communication between the customer and ZSI.

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR, OR LEARN FROM?
When I first started to get involved in ABC, it was uncomfortable and intimidating, but I believe that is what helped me to get out of my comfort zone and continue to shape who I am today. I have always tried to compare myself to other YPs, and learn as much from them as I can.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
All of the relationships I have formed, and mentors I have learned from, have transformed me into who I am today, and who I strive to be like. ABC Members are always willing to help the YPs.
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I love spending time with my family (especially my 2 year old son), riding my motorcycle, and running.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
Given to me by Paul Ziegler from Allan Myers; 1. Be on time, 2. Show up every day, 3. Keep an open mind.
 





Shaun Donahue
Producer/Sales Rep
Wharton Surety Consultants & Atlantic Underwriting 
      TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
As a producer with Wharton Surety & Atlantic Underwriting, I help contractors obtain surety bonding credit. Bonding is required for government funded projects as well as select large, commercial projects and by helping business owners/executives obtain their desired levels of bonding credit, I help them grow their respective businesses. 

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
The highlight of my day is meeting new people! I've always thoroughly enjoyed getting to know new people and learning about their lives, their families, and their personal goals. The fact that my job requires me to meet new people every day is why I love being in sales. 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
Being involved with ABC Eastern PA has been a great experience for me as it has helped me to meet more people with who, I have a lot in common with, and also helped me to grow my business. Amanda Strzempek was the first person I met from ABC, and she has continuously gone out of her way to make introductions and ensure I continue to get value out of the time I spend with ABC. 
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"Make an Effort, Not an Excuse" -- Not certain who originated this quote, but my Grandmother used to say this to me when I would make excuses for why I did not think I could achieve my goals. Eventually, the advice sunk in, and I realized that if I stopped making excuses for myself and I simply put forth the required effort, I could accomplish whatever I set out to do. 

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND?
"How to Win Friends and Influence People -- In the Digital Age" by Dale Carnegie. The book  had very relevant and updated information/tools that I believe each and every one of us can benefit from in today's digital world. It was a very well written book, and was a quick and easy read. Well worth your time!

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I am a serious foodie. My wife and I head out most weekends to find the best food in the Philadelphia area. I love taking "walking food tours" around the city or suburbs while we sample the best appetizers, snacks and dishes. We also schedule these walking food tours into our vacations as we travel around the country. In my opinion, Philadelphia has some of the best food/chefs/restaurants in the country, so do yourself a favor and take a Saturday, or two, to explore the food scene in Philly! Also, feel free to ask me for suggestions, I am happy to guide you!