YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE

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.

ATTENTION: YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD 
APPLY NOW - DEADLINE JULY 19, 2019

We are pleased to present the Young Professional of the Year Award. One outstanding young professional who positively contributes to the success of their company, the ABC Eastern Pa. Chapter, and the Young Professionals committee will be recognized at the Membership Achievement Dinner September 18, 2019 at Normandy Farms. Click the  "nominate button for more details.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
My role 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.

 

2019 COMMITTEE CHAIR

2018 YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

W.S. CUMBY, INC.

SHANE PIERCE

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO?
I wear many hats for ABC! I work with printing vendors on quality, quantity, and ABC National Branding Standards for all outsourced printed, and promotional items. I design and update the ABC Membership  Directory. I compile, and edit stories that are submitted weekly for the ABC Newsletter. I manage the website for ABC Eastern PA Chapter, and the ABC Eastern Pa Apprenticeship Trust. I am responsible for content, posting, analytics, & monitoring for the chapter's social media profiles; Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook. I am the point of contact for ABC's media relations. I am the staff liaison for the Young Professionals Committee-- shaping tomorrow's leaders today. I help to organize all events, meetings, and community service opportunities for the Young Professionals Committee.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE:
“Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
I genuinely like to help our members build their businesses, and better themselves professionally. Specifically, I love working with the Young Professionals Committee and seeing my peers becoming involved in other committees, and chapter events.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK: 
I am very artistic! I studied Vocal Performance, and have a background in Broadway, classical, and opera singing. I also like to paint, write, and recently started learning how to play guitar.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
Step out of your comfort zone and get involved in opportunities to meet others in the industry. I usually am more reserved, but with attending events and meetings through working at ABC I have been encouraged to step out of my shell. I have met so many great people through ABC who are invested in my success. I would not have made these connections if I was scared to put myself out there! As mentioned above; nothing ventured, nothing gained.

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER

NATALIE TROXELL

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:
 As North America’s premier skilled labor leasing service, Tradesmen International helps contractors sustain high levels of workforce productivity by providing clients high-caliber craftsmen precisely as needed. 

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
Developing office staff, Partnering with clients to develop labor strategies, making a real difference in the life of hard working and safety conscious field staff.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN THE ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU? 
Most of my business as well as professional connections come from ABC members. Get Involved. Show up to events, networking opportunities, committee meetings.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE? 
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND? 
"Swim with the sharks without being eaten alive" by Harvey Mackay

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
Growing our presence from the ground up.  My first day with Tradesmen was Tradesmen’s first day in the area. Starting from zero staff and completing every task, now years later partnering with over 1,000 clients.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK? 
Beach days with my wife (Elizabeth) and kids (Natalie-8 & Toby-5)

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS? 
Make friends with the people you do business with.

2018 COMMITTEE CHAIR

GENERAL MANAGER

TRADESMEN INTERNATIONAL

ANDREW RAKOFF

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 changer 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."  

WHAT IS THE 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. 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK? 
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! 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS? 
Give 100% if 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. 

 

2017 COMMITTEE CHAIR | 2017 YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

SENIOR COST ENGINEER

ALLAN MYERS

KELLY SCOTT

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:

Control Point is a full-service Professional Land Surveying and Geospatial Firm. I am responsible for the day to day operations of our Chalfont, PA office which includes project management, client management, business development, staff development/mentoring, financial management of the overall office and collections. My office covers a regional territory of PA, DE and MD. We have 5 field crews and 16 employees.

 

LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM.

  • Have a relentless work ethic.

  • Understand that everything in business is about relationships – from clients, employees, subcontractors, vendors, etc. Your relationships will have a direct correlation to how successful you are

  • Follow through – do what you say you will do

 

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?

For me, helping my staff grow and succeed. I love to see my team put in the work, listen, learn and become better versions of themselves. It’s a great feeling knowing that someone you have a personal investment in is furthering their career.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?

Spending time with my wife and 3 kids, sports, powerlifting

 

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?

Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way, especially if it’s outside of your comfort zone. You’ll learn a lot about what you’re capable of

CONTROL POINT ASSOCIATES, INC.

BRANCH MANAGER

DAVID HINES

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:

PeopleReady Skilled Trades is a workforce staffing company that specialize in temporary, temp to perm and direct placement of skilled craftsmen and qualified construction personnel to contractors and businesses including electricians, carpenters, plumbers, welders, and more. My job is build and develop relationship with businesses so that we may be able to provide them with workforce solutions.

 

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?

The highlight of my day is when I am able to successfully place a worker with an assignment to a job. There’s really self-gratification knowing that I am able to help find someone work, earn money, and thus will be able to provide for their family.

 

LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM.

One lesson that I always adhere to is to never burn bridges regardless of the situation. You will never know who you will need or run into again in the future.

 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?

My involvement in ABC Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter has helped me tremendously. Through ABC events and networking, I am able to make contact with many decision makers of businesses that I would probably never gotten the opportunity to meet. I can also see a positive improvement to my development as a professional from just being able to interact with fellow ABC members and absorbing their words.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”

 

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Rich Dad Poor Dad and The 48 Laws of Power are two of my favorite books that I believe everyone ought to read.

 

WHAT ARE HOBBIES OUTSIDE WORK?

My hobbies outside of work include playing basketball and soccer. I also enjoy listening to music and mentoring inner city youth.

 

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?

My advice to other young professionals are to get involved as much as possible. The more involved you are, the more important you appear to be along with credibility.

PEOPLEREADY SKILLED TRADES

SALES REPRESENTATIVE

DONALD KUMAH

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:

Tradesmen International works directly with contractors to connect the correct safe and skilled craft workers to projects on an as needed basis.

 

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?

Working with an office staff who truly cares about the industry with a dedication to taking care of clients and field employees.

 

LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?

Your word is everything in business.If you make a commitment, always make sure you follow through.

 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?

The ABC has helped me through not only networking to build my book of business but also through professional development in my career.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?

My favorite hobbies include hiking around the area, playing pool and finding new local food spots!

 

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?

Get involved!

TRADESMEN INTERNATIONAL

SENIOR TERRITORY MANAGER

JEREMY AUGUSTINE

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:

VellNiece Construction LLC is a 100% WMBE Certified General Contractor located in Glenside PA. We pride ourselves on “Building Beyond Barriers”. My role on my team is to identify, develop, and secure new business opportunities by not only assisting my Project Manager with finding leads and bidding, but maintaining professional relationships, and coordinating marketing strategies.

 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?

ABC has not only strengthened my network connections, but also my confidence in myself.  ABC offers classes for every area I’ve felt myself lacking in professionally thus far. I commend ABC for their dedication to educating the members and always offering a helping hand. It is refreshing to know that the members are willing to be there for you without any hesitation!

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible." - Orison Swett Marden

 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?

Photography, Watching Movies, Cooking, and Playing with my children (Elaina-6, Skylar-3, and Adrian-3)

 

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?

Always remember that consistency and persistence are the true keys to success. Whatever goals that you have set for yourself, no matter how big, can be achieved as long as you properly plan and execute.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

VELLNIECE CONSTRUCTION LLC

DARREN T. BURTON

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:

At Zebby Sulecki, Inc. my job is to work closely with a select group of General Contractors starting in the estimating phase providing thorough budgets, and competitive bids. Once awarded a project I then provide project management based on the contract documents to ensure that ZSI is meeting or exceeding Safety Metrix, client budget, schedule, while delivering a high-quality product.

 

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?

The highlight of my day is being able to see a project through from design documents until final completion. There is a sense of pride knowing that I was involved in making an Architect/Owners vision become a reality.

 

LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?

Always strive to build and keep relationships whether it’s with clients, co-workers, or colleagues. My career started with ZSI in 2011 and after a couple of years I left to take on another opportunity. After three years in the Construction Management Field, I returned to ZSI in 2015. I am fortunate that I left on good terms and didn’t burn any bridges or else I would not be in the position that I am today.

 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?

My involvement in ABC has helped me to connect with people that I would not have the opportunity to connect with otherwise. I am looking forward to getting more involved with the YPs as well as exploring some of the other committees to enhance both my personal and professional growth in the industry.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

 

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND?

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R.Covey

 

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?

The most rewarding professional experience in my opinion is transforming environments. Projects we work on either were not there before us or we have brought new life to them. For instance, a retirement home, hospital, or school that is being used to improve the lives of other people.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?

My hobbies outside of work include serving in my local church, attending concerts and Philadelphia sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.

 

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?

The most important advice I received from a mentor of mine was “Never be afraid of failure. If you have never failed you are not reaching high enough. You can fix failure, but you can’t fix the things you never tried.” Some of my greatest lessons learned in my personal and professional life have come from failure. Its not the failed attempt that matters, it’s what you learn from it and improve for the next time that makes you successful.

ESTIMATOR/PROJECT MANAGER

ZEBBY SULECKI, INC.

CARMEN ZIRPOLI

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:
SERVPRO of Easton, Bethlehem & Whitehall is a 24/7 Disaster Recovery Team, Storm Team Member and a Certified Large Loss Response Team. We specialize in Fire and Water Restoration and Cleaning, Mold Remediation, Bio-Hazard Clean-up, Pack-Outs and Post Construction Cleaning.

I took over the position as Marketing Support Coordinator in June 2015. I oversee our four sales representatives and assist with their sales route preparations and research. I track my Sales Team's daily notes and Sales Goals. I also plan and coordinate events and continuing education classes for insurance professionals. I manage the Franchise websites and all of our Social Media accounts. Every now and then, I get to go out on the truck with our Production Crews to help on jobsites.

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
I make lists, so when I can look down at my list and have a majority of the tasks crossed-out; I've had a successful day.

LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Take all the opportunities you receive to learn more. I am in Sales and Marketing but when a situation arises to learn about what our Production crews do on a daily basis, I jump right on the truck with the guys.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
I was given the opportunity to sit on the original committee for Let's Build Camp. I have made so many new connections and gained the confidence to speak up during meetings and share my thoughts and ideas. I love being able to give back to the community and show young women that they can achieve whatever they set their minds on when it comes to careers in the Construction Industry.

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND?
Jon Gordon- The Energy Bus

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
When I plan and coordinate a successful event and have attendees approach me and tell me how much they enjoyed their time-- that's a rewarding experience.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I enjoy doing crafts and going to yard sales to find new treasures. I also enjoy road trips to the beach with friends.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
Attend as many networking events as possible. Don't be afraid to approach a new group. The connections you make in these settings can be so beneficial, on a professional and personal level. You're building your network- the more people you know, the more people you can help.

MARKETING SUPPORT COORDINATOR

SERVPRO OF EASTON, BETHLEHEM & WHITEHALL

ABBEY BROTZMAN

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:
I work for one of the nation's leaders in skilled construction labor support staffing, in which we provide craftsmen to other businesses on an as needed basis. My job as the Sales Manager is to achieve growth by expanding our customer base by coaching and managing my sales team, and the clients that we work with.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
My involvement in ABC has helped me grow my business through networking with other contractors and by giving me the ability to start new relationships.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
I would say that the most rewarding thing that could take place in my profession is having the ability to take care of other people's needs and to see the impact it has on their business/lives.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
The hobbies that I enjoy outside of work consist of fishing, golf/other sports, billiards, and travel.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
The advice that I would give to other young professionals is to hold yourself accountable for your words and actions. What we say we will accomplish and whether or not we follow through can make or break us in life, especially in business. Being men, or women, of our word is the catalyst with starting and maintaining relationships, which in my opinion are the most important things in business. Whether we are conscious about it all the time or not, it still has the same impact on others so be conscious about it and make sure to keep your word.

 

SALES MANAGER

TRADESMEN INTERNATIONAL

ADAM KIELAR

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:
My job is to find and generate new business for our startup company Laborocity.

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
Being able to make a difference everyday for a young company.

LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Biggest lesson I learned in my career is that persistence pays off. Nothing is ever going to come to you. It is your job to stay relentless and make it happen.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
Our involvement in the ABC has been huge for our growth. Being a startup company, generating business is critical in the beginning. So being able to network with key decision makers and meet awesome people has been a huge help.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." (Theodore Roosevelt, 1910)

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
Becoming a Search and Rescue Swimmer for the US Navy.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
The biggest benefit for me with the ABC is being able to not just network but make friends in the industry as well. Having a good support group to answer questions when needed is helpful and that is what the ABC has provided me.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT REPRESENTATIVE

LABOROCITY

MATT CONTE

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:
I am responsible for business development as it relates to exterior maintenance services.

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
Personally, it's being around my family. My wife and I have two young kids, 3 and a half years old and a 3-month-old and we have so much fun with them. On a professional level, it's the people I get to interact with. Whether it is a conversation with a co-worker, client meeting, trade show, or networking with other industry professionals, just being able to meet and learn about other people is something I love. And fortunately for me, I get to do that every day.

LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Don't ruin relationships. Sometimes it is out of our control from a business perspective (i.e. a job doesn't go well), however we control our personal relationships with people. It's amazing how an old boss/coworker or an old client can pop back into your life years later for a number of various reasons.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"It was never said unless it was written"

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
Performing a job that far exceeds client expectation. There are the obvious reasons why this is rewarding-- having an extremely happy client and gaining additional work in the future. But for me, it's the pride and respect I gain for my company for doing such outstanding quality work. As a salesman, it's always easier to sell a service you truly believe in.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Family, Friends, & Golf.

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

PENN OUTDOOR SERVICES

JUSTIN YASKOWSKI

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:
Sovereign works for a variety of clients. We provide part-time environmental, health, and safety services to our industrial clients. Environmental sampling, health and safety services to our construction clients. Environmental and industrial hygiene to our hospital, educational, and commercial building clients. We can submit the proper paperwork, and negotiate permits with the State of Pennsylvania, or the City of Philadelphia and provide health and safety plans for employers just to name a few.

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
Accomplishing the tasks you set out to complete during the day.

LESSON YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Don't ever give up, and you make your own luck.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
My involvement has helped me by giving me the opportunity to speak with other people, and create relationships.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"If you try you risk failure, If you don't try you ensure failure."- Dave Martin

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND?
12 Traits of the Greats by Dave Martin

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
Being the go-to for clients who can rely on you and your company's experience to help them out.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Spending time with my family. Cheering on my favorite sports (LSU college football, Astros baseball, Flyers hockey, and Eagles NFL) teams with my 4-year-old son. Playing golf when visiting family.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
Same as the lessons I've learned- Never give up, and make your own luck.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST/INDUSTRIAL HYGIENIST

SOVEREIGN ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

JORDAN MCGREGOR

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO:
I joined the Habitat Lehigh Valley family as Volunteer Manager in October 2015 where I was responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing the volunteer program (construction, non-construction, special events, committees). Currently as the Corporate Development Manager, in addition to overseeing the volunteer program, I work with our corporate partners on our Team Builder Program.

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
The highlight of my day is when I have the opportunity to visit our core volunteers and Habitat homebuyers on the job site.

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
Our involvement with ABC has been a wonderful resource for networking, as well as sharing our Habitat for Humanity mission with others in the field.
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?

That's a tough one! Probably a tie between "Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything" and "It's never too late to start your day over."

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
The most rewarding professional experience for me are our Habitat Home Dedications. Home dedications are the frosting on the Habitat cake, so to speak. They are the sweet celebrations of Habitat families completing the process of homeownership. The dedication ceremonies include recognition of the hard work of volunteers, the support of our sponsors, words of appreciation from the new homeowners, and end with presenting the homeowners with their new house keys! These dedication ceremonies are the concrete manifestation that our mission is working. Participating in the home dedications fill my heart with incredible joy and satisfaction and inspire me to keep my eye on the Habitat prize, which is to provide our families with a decent home in a safe neighborhood.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Outside of work I enjoy doing PiYo (pilates and yoga), traveling and exploring new cities and different cuisines, and spending as much time with my family and friends as possible. I grew up on a lake in Upstate, NY so anytime I am by water I am happiest.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
My advice would be, "don't pass up a chance to learn". Find out what your colleagues, or leaders, in your profession are reading such as books, professional publications, and websites. Seek out professional development opportunities and participate in them as much as possible. Join professional organizations (like the ABC Young Professionals), and get involved! And most importantly, engage people in meaningful conversation in order to network and develop relationships throughout the community and beyond.

CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY

CAMILLE MARIA URBANO

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 

I am responsible growing our client base as well as maintaining and nurturing the relationship with existing clients. I am a one-stop-shop for all construction-site services throughout the entire county.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND?
"Going in Cold" by Chuck Piola

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE?
For me, it’s when my current clients feel comfortable enough with me and my services to refer me to people they know   There is no better compliment.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?

Put yourself in uncomfortable positions. Real growth, whether its professionally or personally, happens when you venture outside your comfort zone.

SALES MANAGER

BP BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

JEFF WENDIG

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I am an associate in Offit Kurman's suburban Philadelphia office, where I focus my practice on construction law. I counsel and represent owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in all phases of construction projects. I utilize my Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering in my representation of these clients. I have experience representing clients in disputes arising from a wide array of construction projects, including both private and public. I have litigated numerous construction claims, from the owner, contractor, and design professional's perspectives, in state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations. 

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND?
It's Your Ship, by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff 

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE? 
Our clients come to us during a difficult personal, or professional time in their lives. It is extremely rewarding to be able to counsel a client through this challenging time, and obtain a successful outcome for them in the end. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS? 
Try to take advantage of every opportunity provided to you at your company. White it is sometimes difficult to manage these time commitments, you never know what experiences or connections will benefit your professional development. 

CONSTRUCTION ATTORNEY

OFFIT KURMAN, PA

KATE PETTIT

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I am currently working on several heavy highway jobs, focusing on removing and replacing roadway and bridges. My job is working with multiple project teams, and crew members ensuring safety is pre-planned and effectively put into place at the work site. 

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
Being used as a resource to help improve a situation. Getting a call from a field manager asking for help in a situation allows production and safety to work together. 

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM? 
Be confident and concise with your decisions. Stand by your decisions and learn from failed attempts. 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
ABC has introduced me to both people and ideas. The more we meet, the more we can bounce ideas and suggestions off each other. 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I like to get all worked up every Sunday, watching the Eagles. Also, riding my bike around Philadelphia. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS? 
Be a sponge, ask questions. Learn from everyone, and be open to meeting new people. Be on time, and always be prepared.

HSE MANAGER

ALLAN MYERS

MASON MIMNAUGH

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I primarily do subsurface exploration to get soil and rock information to determine the feasibility of building proposed developments. In this role, I do the laboratory testing to get more in-depth information on the properties of the soils, and write geotechnical reports detailing the findings and recommendations for the proposed development. I also do construction observations for ground improvement and foundations for proposed developments. 

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Take any opportunity you are given at your company. It could lead to better leadership experience, or connections that will benefit your professional development. 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
ABC is helping me take on a more prominent role in my company and in other professional groups I am involved in. 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I like to run long distance and weight train, I also like to hang out with my friends. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS? 
Be open to learning from people who are your subordinates, peers, and your bosses. Life lessons that can help shape your career can come from anyone, or anything. Allow yourself the opportunity to experience this chance. 

STAFF GEO-TECHNICAL PROFESSIONAL

GEO-TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATES, INC. (GTA)

MARGUERITTE NGAMI

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I do background safety paperwork, and make sure that we are all compliant with OSHA throughout the company. I also train project managers to look out for safety issues on site, and help them to conduct monthly inspections on all jobs. This helps all own safety! 

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
The highlight of my day is helping project managers with resolving safety issues on a day to day basis. I also enjoy expressing that ownership is key, and that the project you are on is a product of what, and who, you are. 

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
It's not what you know, it's who you know.  

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
ABC has helped me to stay up to date with local construction news. Attending the safety committee meetings each month in East Norriton has helped me stay in the know with safety practices. Being on the safety committee also helps me know what approaches to take when a hazard is present. It's great knowing that I can get advice from those who have been in the field longer than myself. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE? 
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door"- Milton Berle

WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO  YOU RECOMMEND? 
Safety Management in a Competitive Business Environment 

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE? 
Knowing that I could help someone's life become easier with a safety issue. Knowing that Worth & Company's employees are going home safely is a very rewarding feeling to have while going home on a Friday, or for a long holiday weekend. 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Hunting, fishing, four wheeling, hiking, and politics. 

DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS? 
Network as much as you are able to. 
 

SAFETY TECHNICIAN

WORTH & COMPANY, INC.

ZAC BONOMO

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I build relationships and provide consultative sales throughout the Lehigh Valley region within the construction, education, industrial, and commercial industries. 

WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR DAY?
Interacting with others, meeting and connecting with new and familiar faces. 

LESSONS YOU'VE LEARNED IN YOUR CAREER OTHER YPS SHOULD HEAR OR LEARN FROM?
Know what you don't know. You will never know everything, no matter how intelligent and educated you become. Focus your efforts to become the best you can be at specific skills and know when to defer to experts to handle the rest. 

HOW HAS YOUR INVOLVEMENT IN ABC EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER HELPED YOU?
It has helped me to build relationships with like-minded, influential industry members. ABC has also helped to provide fundamental best practices that have helped me to develop as a professional in the construction industry. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE? 
Muhammed Ali's Impossible is Nothing quote; 
"Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing."


WHAT BUSINESS/LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOK DO  YOU RECOMMEND? 
Stephen Covey, The Speed of Trust 

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE? 
Any win with a customer that appreciates the value, commitment, and expertise that ModSpace dedicates to our craft. 

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
My wife and I have three young children, ages 2, 4, and 6. Our plan is to embrace, nurture, and develop their interests and hobbies. Currently, they like to explore nature and hike, play soccer, build Legos and anything super-hero related

TERRITORY SALES MANAGER

MODSPACE CORP.

KARL WAGENHOFFER

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I am a jack of all trades at Revolution Recovery. I started out in dispatch and trucking, dealing with the logistical side of the waste removal industry. That information has been invaluable in my transition to account management and business development, and helps me to now better support my customers and office team in every aspect. On any given day you may see me behind a desk supporting the dispatch team, in a truck riding around with my drivers, popping into site trailers handing out donuts, or out at a networking event with a glass of wine in hand.
 
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on a light"

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
I run Ironman triathlons. I will be running my fifth one at Ironman Chattanooga in my hometown at the end of September.

DO YOU HAVE ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS?
Live fearless. Never be afraid to introduce yourself in a room full of people, or put yourself out there in your industry. The worst thing that can happen is you learn what not to do, and make a new friend. You will never advance, or learn without living outside of your comfort zone.

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

REVOLUTION RECOVERY

LIZ REGNITZ

TELL US ABOUT YOUR JOB AND WHAT YOU DO: 
I am a construction litigator. My firm handles a wide variety of commercial 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

ATTORNEY

DAVIS BUCCO

WILL OLECKNA

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. 

STRATEGIC ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

PDV WIRELESS

TODD LAMBERT

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.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

GALLAGHER CRS

CHRIS SCOTT

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
 

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

BP BUSINESS SOLUTIONS

MIKE MCHUGH

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.

OFFICE MANAGER/PROJECT MANAGER

JR MAXWELL BUILDERS

KELLY ADOMSKY

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.
 

FIELD OPERATIONS MANAGER

ZEBBY SULECKI, INC.

MARTIN SULECKI

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!

PRODUCER/SALES REP.

WHARTON SURETY INC.

SHAUN DONAHUE

© 2018 Associated Builders and Contractors Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter

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