ABC R.I. chapter elects new board members and officers - by Frederick Mason III

January 08, 2016 - Rhode Island
Frederick Mason III, ABC Frederick Mason III, ABC

The Rhode Island Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors has announced its new slate of officers and board members for 2016.  This year’s chairman of the board is John Cardosi, Jr., president of J.J. Cardosi, Inc., a general contractor located in East Providence. This will be Cardosi’s second term as chairman, having served in that capacity in 2011. He assumed the leadership of the chapter board on January 1.

Following through the chairs and assuming the role of chairman-elect is Philip Freshman, owner of Alpha Electrical Contractors, Inc., of Riverside, R.I.  Freshman has been on the ABC board for four years, and is a past chairman of the R.I. Construction Training Academy board of directors. He will assume the position of chairman of the board in 2017.

The immediate past chair of the board is Lynn Kent, CPA of Robert F. Audet, Inc., a long-time electrical contractor located in East Greenwich, R.I. Under Kent’s leadership, the Rhode Island Chapter of ABC has shown membership growth for the sixth year in a row. She sits on the ABC National board of directors and has been a guest speaker at ABC National Conferences.

Voted as the 2016 vice chairman is Tony Raposo of William Anthony Excavating, Co., of North Kingstown, R.I. Named as treasurer is Judith Ventura Enright, CPA with LGC+D, LLP, of Providence. She has been a board member for the past year, providing valuable advice on chapter by-laws and financial management issues.

Newly-elected members of the board of directors include Debbi Lotocki of American Tele-Connect Service, Inc., of Cranston, and Jhonny Leyva, president of Heroica’s Painting, Providence.

Continuing on the board are members Angelo Balassone of Joseph Tavone Painting Co., Inc.; Charlie Byrne of Byrne Bonding – a Division of Starkweather & Shepley Brokerage, Inc.; Steven Benfeito, president of New England Drywall Co., Inc., East Providence; Christopher Whitney, Esq. of Pierce Atwood, LLP, Providence; Joseph Reale, Esq., Providence; and George Grayson of TradeSource, Inc., Warwick. 

Stepping off the board of directors, having completed their terms, are Stanford Cameron, the executive director of the Center to Advance Minority Participation in Construction; and Michael Orabona, CPA, a partner in the firm of Sinel, Wilfand & Vinci, CPAs, located in Cranston.   

The board reluctantly accepted the resignation of Brian Renaud of The Contractors Plan Powered by the Fringe Benefit Group (FBG), due to professional commitments. The board thanked him for his many contributions to and support of ABC. However, Renaud and FBG will continue to be a member and event sponsor for ABC in Rhode Island.

Frederick Mason III is the president of ABC Rhode Island.