President: Jack Ocobock

D&W Mechanical I relocated to Traverse City in 1999 with my wife Brenda and our 3 children. I  accepted a position with Grand Traverse County as a plumbing inspector which created many relationships with contractors of our area. For 28 years I have actively participated in the construction industry, the last 7  with D&W Mechanical. […]

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VP: Darek Purgiel

Grand Traverse Construction Since moving to Northwest Michigan in 1998, I have been working in the General Contracting industry specializing in commercial concrete and carpentry trades. As an estimator and project manager for Grand Traverse Construction I’ve had the honor to get to know and interact with most of the members of the Builder’s Exchange. […]

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Director: Mike Trippe

Bouma Corporation I grew up in Petoskey, went off to college at WMU and eventually migrated to Traverse City in the early 1980’s.  My wife, Mary Kay, and I have 3 children who all graduated from Traverse City Central high and are now either off at college or working in Boston. I’ve been working for […]

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Director: Charlie Sole

Hallmark Construction As a native to Traverse City, I’ve had the opportunity to experience our community adapt and grow into the desirable place it is today. Being a new member to the exchange’s board and relatively new member of our construction community, I look forward to participating first hand in the continued future growth of […]

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Secretary: Keely Trombly

Interphase Interiors The best decision I ever made was moving to Traverse City in January of 2005. My career in interiors started in Chicago during the mid 90’s and continued to Los Angeles in 2000. It was during a stay at the family cottage in Boyne City, the summer of 2004, that I knew this […]

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Director: Jerry DeMann

My wife Robin and I moved to northern Michigan in 1978 from Royal Oak, Michigan. I have been involved in the construction industry since 1999 when I went to work with NationsRent. It was about that same time that I became involved with the Builders Exchange. When United Rentals opened a store in Traverse City […]

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YOU Are The Solution!

Facing the Challenge As construction work in Northern Michigan continues to expand, what is the biggest challenge facing the construction industry and our Builders Exchange Contractor Members? We are all well aware there is a labor shortage. The challenge now lies with finding a long-term solution, an investment in the future of our skilled labor […]

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