Stephen M.R. Covey
Trust expert, executive thought leader and bestselling author

Stephen M. R. Covey is co-founder of CoveyLink and the FranklinCovey Global Trust Practice. He is a sought-after and compelling speaker and adviser on trust, leadership, ethics and collaboration. Covey is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust—The One Thing That Changes Everything and recently released Trust & Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others, which is a Wall Street Journal bestseller.

Jon Dorenbos
Magician and former NFL player

Jon Dorenbos played 14 seasons in the NFL, notably making the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and received the Ed Block Courage Award and was named the Eagles’ Walter Payton Man of the Year. He competed on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” where he showcased his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, making it to the finals and placing third overall among over 100,000 competitors.

Matt Abeles
Vice President of Technology and Innovation

Matthew Abeles is vice president of construction technology and innovation for Associated Builders and Contractors. Abeles spearheads efforts to integrate construction technology and innovation into all aspects of ABC’s strategic initiatives, including total human health, world-class safety and workforce development, through projects like the annual Tech Report, Tech Marketplace, Tech Alliance and educational sessions.

Anirban Basu
ABC Chief Economist

Anirban Basu is chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore. He is chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors. The Baltimore Business Journal named him one of the region’s 20 most powerful business leaders in 2010. His radio show can be heard weekdays on WYPR, 88.1 FM Baltimore. Basu teaches History of Economic Thought at Goucher College as Distinguished Economist in Residence.

Ben Brubeck
Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs

Ben Brubeck is vice president of regulatory, labor and state affairs for ABC. In this role, he works with his team to shape policy on local, state and federal issues important to the construction industry, and represents ABC before lawmakers, the media, construction industry executives and stakeholders. His expertise across a portfolio of issues includes labor and employment, workforce development, infrastructure, federal contractor regulations, small businesses and public works procurement.

Christopher Durso
Editor-in-Chief, Construction Executive

Christopher Durso is editor-in-chief of Constructive Executive magazine, which is published by Associated Builders and Contractors. He has 30 years of experience as an editor, writer and content strategist across a variety of industries.

Camden Johnson
Construction Management Student, University of Northern Iowa

Camden Johnson is a senior in construction management at the University of Northern Iowa, graduating in May. He served as the event coordinator for the construction management club last calendar year, growing the construction management career fair from 34 companies to 71. Johnson currently works for BuildWitt, based out of Nashville, as a sales development representative for their training software.

Kennedy Kramek
Construction Management Student, Michigan State University

Kennedy Kramek is a junior at Michigan State University pursuing construction management with plans to graduate in spring 2024. Kramek has had internships in residential homebuilding and concrete restoration and is looking to secure an internship in renewable energy or a battery plant this summer. At school, Kramek enjoys dorm-building maintenance and tutoring statistics.

Karen Livingston
Sevior Director of Policy

Karen Livingston is ABC’s senior director of policy in Washington, D.C., and oversees regulatory actions, policies and guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Labor as well as several other federal agencies.

Annie Mecias-Murphy
President and Co-Owner, JA&M Developing LLC

Annie Mecias-Murphy worked as a teacher and school counselor for more than 10 years while helping her father manage his construction business. After building her knowledge of carpentry, masonry and other vital construction trades, she achieved her license as a general contractor. In 2005, Dr. Mecias-Murphy and her siblings founded JA&M Developing LLC, where she currently serves as the president and co-owner.

Thomas “Murph” Murphy
Vice President, Aggregates Division, Power & Construction Group

Thomas “Murph” Murphy is vice president of Aggregates Division, Power & Construction Group, Scottsville, New York, where he has served as general manager at for over 15 years. He is the 2023 Northeast region vice chair of Associated Builders and Contractors and is a trustee for ABC PAC. Murphy is a former chair of the board of directors for the Empire Chapter.

Melanie Pfeiffenberger
Director of Political Affairs

Melanie Pfeiffenberger serves as director of political affairs for ABC. Prior to joining ABC, she served as executive director of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee, the premier national organization dedicated exclusively to electing more Republicans to state legislatures. Additionally, Pfeiffenberger has experience working in fundraising, grassroots advocacy, and local government.

Jeff Sample
Industry Evangelist, Join

Jeff Sample has devoted the past 20+ years to transforming companies. He optimizes companies throughout the construction industry by designing solutions, optimizing strategic advantages and breaking down information silos. As industry evangelist for Join, Sample promotes collaboration and the transformation of preconstruction to help project teams reach their potential.

Stephanie Schmidt
President, Poole Anderson Construction

Stephanie Schmidt is president of Poole Anderson Construction, State College, Pennsylvania, where she is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and day-to-day performance. She is immediate past chair of ABC’s national board of directors and is a past board chair and member of the ABC Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

Greg Sizemore
Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Workforce Development Associated Builders and Contractors

Greg Sizemore is vice president of health, safety, environment and workforce development for ABC. Prior to ABC, Sizemore worked at Zachry Industrial, where he played an integral role in the formation of competency-based safety, professional and craft workforce development programs. He currently serves on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, the board of directors of NCCER and chairs the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Jay Snyder
President, Big Blue Innovations

Jay is the founder and president of Big Blue Innovations, a technology startup adviser and investor and innovation enabler to construction companies. He has extensive industry experience as a construction project executive; corporate director of planning, design and construction for a health care system; founder of multiple technology startups; and most recently as a consulting practice director at FMI.

Frank Trujillo
Frank Trujillo, CSP, MSOS, MBA

Frank Trujillo, CSP, MSOS, MBA has worked in the construction industry as a safety professional for the last 20 years. He has spent the last 12 years as the Vice President of Safety for Miller and Long Concrete Construction and has focused on tackling difficult issues like silica exposures, falling object protection and crane safety. He serves as the incoming chairperson of the national safety committee for the Associated Builders and Contractors, Executive Board Member of the Chesapeake Region Safety Council, Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Committee, President of the Washington Metropolitan Construction Safety Association, and as a member of ANSI A10.

Zach Wynstra
Construction Management Student, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Zach Wynstra is a senior attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, majoring in construction management with a minor in business administration. After graduation in May, he’ll begin working with ABC member Greystone Construction. During his time at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, he’s completed two internships and held the title of team leader of the school’s Construction Management Competition team.