MICHAEL T. TOLLETTE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Joined VBX (formerly the Builders Exchange of Texas) on February 1, 1993. As the senior partner and co-owner of VBX, Michael is responsible for technology and new product development. During the course of his career, Michael has earned a national reputation for developing unique, technology-driven services for the construction industry and has traveled extensively throughout the United States to help other Builders Exchanges launch and upgrade their online plan room services.
He is past-president of the Builders Exchange Network (BXNet – formerly International Builders Exchange Executives), a confederation of plan room service providers located in Canada and the United States. He is a two-time winner of the BXNet Management Award and recipient of its’ No Boundaries Award for innovation and creative vision in developing plan room services. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Sociology from Southwest Texas State University. Michael is best known for applying abstract thinking to solve complex problems that give everyone else a headache.
After Hours: Michael is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, golfing and scuba diving at exotic locations. In addition, he is a voracious reader and loves all things technological. Michael and wife Allyson are parents to three children, Alexandra, Mitchell and Weston, three dogs, Delilah, Marley and Bear and one cat, P.K. (Porch Kitty).
Favorite Customer Quote: “My only complaint is that you have too many ways to search for new projects.”
BRENDA L. ROMANO, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Joined VBX on January 10, 2005. As the Co-Owner and Chief Operating Officer at VBX, Brenda is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the organization. She began her Exchange career in in 1979 at the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), serving in various capacities culminating as Director of Industry Affairs overseeing four divisions. Subsequently, she formed Maverick Communications LLC, an association management firm providing services to non-profit and not-for-profit trade associations. Maverick Communications merged operations with VBX in 2008 at which time she became co-owner and minority partner.
Romano is the current president of the Builders Exchange Network (BXNet) and is recognized throughout the U.S. and Canada as a professional facilitator, business coach and guest speaker on construction-related topics. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Brenda is best known for being an energetic and entertaining public speaker that is passionate about the construction industry.
After Hours: Brenda is an amateur historian and genealogist and former ballroom dance teacher. She enjoys reading ‘anything and everything’ and spending time with husband Roger, daughter Rachael and son-in-law Jeff, son Nicholas and daughter-in-law Kate and son Anthony. Brenda sneaks away every summer to her home in Northern Michigan to spoil her three grandchildren Jake, Brennan and Julianna.
Favorite Customer Quote: “I think the ‘Exchange is the best kept secret in Texas. Thank God. I don’t want my competitors to know about you.”
EDITH CARMONA, COMPTROLLER
Joined VBX on September 24, 2007 as a Construction News Reporter handling the South and Central Regions. She worked her way up the ladder mastering Reporting, Data Entry, Document Management, Human Resources and Bookkeeping before putting her BA in Finance to use as Comptroller in charge of all aspects of VBX’s financial management. Today she is responsible for Budgeting, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Human Resources and Investments. Edith is best known for being hardworking, sensible and completely unafraid of Senior Management. Bonus: she reads, writes and speaks Spanish fluently.
After Hours: Edith takes care of her daughter Genesis and pet terrier Snoopy and enjoys reading and listening to country music.
Favorite Customer Quote: “I can’t login and our estimators are going nuts. Do we owe you money? We can’t live without VBX.”
BRETT TARR, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Joined VBX on October 20, 2017 as the “new guy” responsible for all of VBX’s online and offline marketing activities. He put his marketing degree to good use, amassing over 16 years of marketing experience leading multiple marketing agencies and departments at a number of nationally recognized companies. Along the way, Brett developed a wide skill set that includes marketing strategy, email marketing, online advertising, affiliate marketing, marketing operations, analytics, CRO, product marketing, sales management, and lead generation. He is best known for being creative, patient, passionate, focused, analytical, and performance driven.
After Hours: Enjoys working out, outdoor activities, meditating, and pursuing personal, professional, spiritual, and financial growth.
Favorite Customer Quote: “The quality of your information is a cut-above from what we see from your competition. Honestly, you guys are it. If I’m looking for something and I don’t feel like I have everything, Virtual Builders is where I go.”