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Our Team2018-04-30T16:24:24+00:00

Our Team’s Commitments to You

Our Construction News Team

  • Provide more bidding opportunities than any other provider.
  • Ensure a higher standard of accuracy than any other provider.
  • Deliver information more quickly than any other provider.
  • Improve the quality, quantity and delivery of our product continuously.

Our Member Services Team

  • Provide training to help your staff get up to speed quickly and efficiently.
  • Ask questions to make sure we understand what you need.
  • Listen carefully to your expectations.
  • Return phone calls and/or emails promptly.
  • Make sure we offer a service instead of “selling” you a product.
  • Respect your decision NOT to subscribe to our services.

Our Member Support Team

  • Be available when you need us.
  • Care about your frustration.
  • Give you our best assessment of the problem.
  • Get your problem resolved quickly or tell you why if we can’t.

Our Accounting Team

  • Explain our billing policies to you clearly.
  • Make sure your account information is handled with utmost privacy.
  • Answer any questions you have with patience and courtesy.
  • Correct errors promptly (we realize they do happen from time-to-time).

Our Management Team

  • Stay abreast of changes in the construction industry.
  • Listen to what our members and prospective members tell us you need.
  • Determine how to meet those needs quickly and at the most affordable price.
  • Make sure our entire team is trained, informed and engaged.

Management

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.”

News Team

JEANNETTE OLGUIN, MANAGING EDITOR, CONSTRUCTION NEWS

Joined VBX on December 19, 2005 as a Construction News Reporter in charge of the South Texas region.  Jeannette moved through the ranks and now oversees the Construction Information Team, including Pre-bid, Active Bidding and Post-Bid Reporting, Data entry and Document Management.  She is proficient in every position of the Information Team, but specializes in reporting privately funded work on behalf of the Project Team.  With a background in Computer Business Applications, Jeannette is best known for being cool-under-fire and finding even the teeniest mistake.

After hours:  Devotes time to her partner Macario, daughter Jillian, son Hugo and haunting Classic Car Shows.

Favorite Customer Quote:  “You guys are the easiest service to use so I don’t use anyone else.  If they won’t put (the project) on VBX, I’m not going to bid it.”

ADOLFO PESQUERA, SENIOR STAFF WRITER, CONSTRUCTION NEWS

Joined VBX on January 5, 2015.  Adolfo is the lead editorial writer for VBX, reporting on breaking news in the Texas construction market.  Adolfo’s work has earned a following within the construction industry and among writers and editors of the general media.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and has over thirty years of experience as a journalist.  Adolfo is best known for writing acres of crisp copy in minutes and being unflappable in the midst of chaos.

After hours:  Adolfo is an amateur actor, singer and dancer.  In his spare time, he tinkers with his carpentry skills to build stage sets.

Favorite Customer Quote:  “Great article. Very thorough and well prepared.  Thank you for your professionalism.”

KAREN SESTERS, SENIOR REPORTER, CONSTRUCTION NEWS

Joined VBX on June 14, 2010.  Karen is the lead reporter responsible for establishing and maintaining consistent contact with project owners, architects, engineers, and other stakeholders involved in the construction bid process.  In short, she makes sure we find every project and report on it before everyone else.   Karen has a bachelor’s degree in English and is best known for forging strong relationships with General Contractors and being relentless about getting complete bid details.

After hours:  Karen enjoys gardening, fishing, skiing and swimming.

Favorite Customer Quote: “As of now, you are the only one that provided us with a list of who downloaded the documents… looks like BX is the best in customer service, at least from an architect’s perspective.  Thanks again.”

JONNETTA (JOJO) REDMOND, SENIOR DATA ENTRY, CONSTRUCTION NEWS
Since joining VBX on February 14, 2000, Jonnetta has performed every role on the Construction Information Team, including two years of service as Managing Editor, a role she relinquished “to preserve my sanity”.  Trained in Computerized Business Applications, Jonnetta oversees the Data Entry Team for all five regions to make sure critical bidding details like project scopes and bidder’s lists get entered quickly and accurately.  JoJo is best known for her uncompromising need for precision and a fabulous – and very dry – sense of humor.

After hours:  Jonnetta practices her faith and enjoys walking, decorating and organizing.

Favorite Customer Quote:  “VBX is a great example of how business should work.  Everyone takes pride in excellence and that’s pretty rare these days.”

JASON PICON, SENIOR DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT, CONSTRUCTION NEWS
Joined VBX on August 11, 2008 in Document Management, a role he loves and insists on keeping despite numerous offers of advancement.  Jason is responsible for training and supervising the Document Management team to ensure that all bid documents received by VBX are complete, indexed page-by-page and online within 24-hours of receipt.  Jason is best known for having an impeccable sense of style and unlimited patience when he trains new people.

After hours:  Blogs for a food product distributor, works out relentlessly, and does one-on-one personal styling for men who need help cracking the fashion code.

Favorite Customer Quote:  “We sent this job to five plan rooms and you’re the only one who caught that the docs are missing an entire spec section.  Why is that?” 

Member Services / Support

LORRI CHAMBERS, LEAD, MEMBER SERVICES

Joined VBX on December 17, 2007.  Lorri got her start as the Plan Room Coordinator and worked her way up through Data Entry, Document Management, Reporting, and Tech Support before finding her calling in Member Services.  She now oversees the team that works 24/7 to help current and prospective members understand our services and how to get the most benefit from them.  She holds a degree in Medical Transcription that she abandoned without a backward glance for the fascinating world of construction.  Lorri is best known for being funny and fearless when meeting new people.

After Hours:  Lorri is a former ballet dancer who enjoys spending time with her husband John, daughters Araceli, Marissa and Cassandra and family Poodle Trent (named after the lead singer of Nine Inch Nails) and Yorkie Wesley (named because he’s tiny and needed a ‘Big Boy’ name).

Favorite Customer Quote:  You guys are like a Construction Gold Mine that is hidden in the middle of Texas.”

KIM MILLER, LEAD, MEMBER SUPPORT

Joined VBX on November 16, 2004.  Kim is the office “gypsy”, breezing through diverse positions in Publications, Data Management, Human Resources, Member Services and Reporting.   She is a trained Journalist and a Certified Construction Industry Technician (CIT).  Kim’s job is to communicate with our members and make sure they are so happy they never decide to leave us.  She is best known for being highly industrious and juggling multiple tasks simultaneously without missing a single typo or grammatical booboo.

After Hours:  Juggling a hectic family life with husband Will, daughters Michelle, Camille and Aisley; sons Stephen and Paul, two sons-in-law (Jon & Troy), three grandchildren (Logan, Macy and Jordan) and one dog – Sugar.  Squeeze in a little time for walking, cooking and investing.

Favorite Customer Quote“I love to see new projects get entered.  I have the VBX site open all day long and I just keep refreshing it because I’m afraid I’m going to miss something.”

RACHAEL CLUFF, LEAD, BUSINESS ANALYST, TECHNICAL SERVICES

Joined VBX on March 1, 2016.  Rachael is the guru that converts crazy ideas for new software features and pretty buttons into workable designs that the programming team can actually understand.  She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology that comes in handy in finding common ground between the cultures of “Don’t Change Anything” and “Let’s Change Everything.”   She is best known for being bold, logical, and articulate with a “sparkling” personality.

After Hours:  A former gymnast, Rachael loves to travel, enjoys documentaries and being outdoors with husband Jeff and their Corgi “child” Leo.

Favorite Customer Quote“I love that VBX is pretty much a one-stop shop.”