The Builders and Remodelers Association of Eastern Connecticut, Inc. held its annual membership meeting and awards night at the Great Neck Country Club on Friday, November 30, 2012. Liz Verna of Verna Developers, Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut president, installed the BAEC 2013 Board of Directors.
2013 Board of Directors
President: James Williams, T. F. Buxton, LTD
Vice President: Andrew Gil, Mystic River Building Co.
Associate Vice President: Gail Grillo, Marvel Home Decorating
Treasurer: Matthew Nick, CohnReznick LLP
Secretary: Dino Tudisca, Exterior Solutions
Immediate Past President: Chad Whitcomb
Ken Bird Dependable Contracting
Denise Nott Nutmeg Building & Remodeling
Bob Maynard RM Maynard Home Improvement
David Preka Advanced Improvements LLC
Gary Wolinski Overhead Door Co. of Norwich
Beth Glynn Chelsea Groton Bank
Mark Spinnato Bouvier Insurance
Holly Winslow Tile America
Past President serving the board:
Nort Wheeler, Mystic River Building Co.
Tom Londregan Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco
The association also honored its 2012 annual award winners:
Builder of the Year Russ Smith, Amity Construction & Design
Russ Smith of Amity Construction & Design has been a design/build member of the BAEC since 2001 and has been bringing home HOBI awards for many years for his quality, energy efficient, residential and commercial construction. An NAHB certified green builder, Russ Smith and members of his firm regularly attend trainings offered through the association and Ring’s End Lumber. Their web site www.amitycd.com has numerous consumer testimonials that support Russ’s philosophy to keep the customer’s concern in fronts of profits.
Remodeler of the Year Denise Nott, Nutmeg Building and Remodeling
This is the fourth time Denise has won Remodeler of the Year. A past president of the association and immediate past president of the SECT Women’s network, she is committed to the community through Relay for Life, BNI, and Church Parish Council and continues to serve on the BAEC board of directors. A number of her clients nominated Denise for this award and there are many testimonials on the website, nutmegbuildingremodeling.com. She works with a number of disabled and aging clients to make their homes ADA accessible. She also works with clients who would like to do a portion of their projects themselves to meet budget constrictions.
Denise is a strong believer in continuing education for herself and her staff. She has earned the NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler, Certified Green Professional and Certified Aging in Place designations.
Associate of the Year Tom Londregan,
Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C.
A member of BAEC since 1985, Tom Londregan has served as association counsel on the BAEC board since 1991.
In representing developers he appears before planning and zoning commissions and inland/wetlands commissions throughout New London County on a regular basis.
As association counsel, he has contributed his services for over two decades, including closings on numerous house of the year projects. This year alone, he represented the association pro bono on closing on BAEC House of the Year, our Route 85 land sale, provided counsel on our home show partnership and another legal matter.
Tom has provided the services of his law firm for a full-day construction law seminar and several membership meeting presentations on legal topics for BAEC members. He is also a regular contributor to our association newsletter. He was instrumental in developing our consumer mediation member benefit and provides association mediation services at a reduced fee for BAEC members.
Distinguished Service Gary Wolinski, Overhead Door Co. of Norwich
Overhead Door Company has been an active member of BAEC for 49 years of their 51 years in business. This is Gary’s third consecutive year to receive the Distinguished Service Award. A past president of the association, he has once again stepped forward to serve on the board of directors and to chair the committee organizing our joint Premiere Home Show with the Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce. Gary is a strong believer in supporting his community and his industry and has stepped forward to sponsor many of the association’s events and services. This will be his third year as premier sponsor of the association’s home show.
Gary was nominated by a number of BAEC members for his exceptional customer service.
Distinguished Service Tony Calistro, Ring’s End Lumber
Tony was nominated for his continued commitment to a high standard of customer service and to the products that Ring’s End sell. As the company’s director of education, he develops regular programming to bring his vendors before builders and remodelers to educate them on the proper way to use and install their products. He also keeps remodelers and builders up to date with technology and provides safety education on a number of topics.
Although he works out of Bridgeport, Tony is in constant contact with the BAEC office and members to assist in putting together educational workshops. He is a frequent contributor to the BAEC weekly update.
Housing Hall of Fame Award Dave Hammerstrom, Chelsea Groton Bank
David joined Chelsea Groton Bank in 1988, and has over forty years of banking experience. Executive Vice President David Hammerstrom is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Chelsea Groton’s lending portfolio.
A member of BAEC since 1974, David has served on the BAEC board of directors since 2004 and as associate vice president since 2006. Chelsea Groton regularly supports BAEC’s golf outing, annual night, house of the year projects and annual night.
David also serves as Treasurer for the Eastern CT Chamber of Commerce, Board member and past president of United Cerebral Palsy, Corporator for Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, Retirement Board Commissioner for the Town of Groton, and Connecticut Bankers Association Mortgage Committee and was past chairman of the committee. He received a BAEC distinguished service award in 2007 and Mitchell College has honored David by presenting him with the Distinguished Alumni award.