Eugene Builders Exchange Board Members
Jodi Arend (Chair)
Jodi brings a unique perspective to the table, both as a woman in a male-dominated industry and as the person who is most often the youngest face in the room. She is comfortable with technology and has led her team through the paper to digital transition. Jodi has been the office manager for Bineham Construction since 2019 and, as the daughter of a concrete mason, has been in the industry since birth. She is proficient in document management and handles all the paperwork behind the scenes. While she does not put hammers to nails, she does make it possible for her crew to do so! Before starting with Bineham Construction, Jodi worked as an admin in the financial planning industry. She brings with her a long history of providing unwavering support to her teammates and a sharp attention to detail.
Jodi is a dog mom, registered Notary Public, LEED Green Associate, and a member of the National Association of Women in Construction. She regularly attends seminars with the Oregon-Columbia chapter of the AGC and loves learning new things. Jodi is also a “theatre nerd” and accomplished vocalist that, before moving to Oregon, played the lead role in “Snow White” with the Actor’s Theater for Children and directed the youth choir for her local church.
Jenna Berger (Vice Chair)
Delta Sand & Gravel
Phone: (541) 688-2233
Jenna is a native of Lane County, born and raised right here in Eugene. Jenna has been with Delta for 6 years. Starting as a receptionist, she has spent time as a dispatcher for Delta’s trucking fleet, and for the past 2 years has been the sales and marketing manager for the sand and gravel operation.
Jenna’s strong work ethic and ability to learn and develop new skills has proven to be an invaluable resource during her time at Delta. Her position as the sales and marketing manager at Delta has her constantly in contact with a wide range of industry professionals and community members. This gives Jenna a unique perspective on the challenges facing both the construction industry and local community. As a member of the board, Jenna’s willingness to always put forth the extra effort, and her exposure to the community brings value to the members of the Eugene Builder’s Exchange.
Rich has more than 50 years of experience in the construction, design, estimating, budgeting, and sales of all types of windows, doors, and glazing. Rich holds an Associate’s Degree from Columbia Basin College. He has been the owner/operator of two separate glass businesses.
Rich has served on the Eugene Builders Exchange board in the past. He served on the board during the time of the purchase of our current building. He also served as a past board president. He would likes the opportunity to serve on the board and bring his valuable insight to the community and the members.
Oregon Ceiling & Acoustics LLC.
Phone: (541) 689-5517
Jon was born and raised in the Midwest where he began working in the trades at young age. As a teenager Jon spent his summers working in the family drywall business, and a family friend’s roofing and siding company. Once he graduated, he worked at a truss factory for a while. From there he went on to work on the sales side of the construction industry. Starting out on the ground floor he worked his way up to selling doors and windows for Menard’s a large Midwest Home Improvement Company. Eventually taking on the role of assistant store manager which he held for 10 years.
After a summer vacation in Eugene, Oregon visiting family members. He and his wife decided to move to Eugene with their three kids for the quality of life.
His journey at Oregon Ceilings & Acoustics began almost 10 years ago as a utility worker. On his own time, he started teaching himself estimating. Before long he was able to substantially add to the sales and estimating staff. Because of his value add to the company he was offered the opportunity to buy into the company in 2015. As of 2017 he became the majority owner of Oregon Ceiling & Acoustics LLC. It’s been a challenge but, due to hiring practices and long-term relationships Oregon Ceilings & Acoustics has continued to grow and sustain its marketplace.
Essex General Construction
Phone: (541) 275-8890
Billy Phillips is the Director of Business Development for Essex General Construction.
He is a 5th generation Oregonian. His family came from Ireland in the late 1800’s and settled on property outside of Harrisburg. It was a great experience for Billy growing up in a farming community. He started working on local farms at age 12. After high school he went to Oregon State and the University of Idaho, graduating with a BS in Forest Engineering / Timber Harvesting.
Billy began his construction career as a Project Engineer for a large regional General Contractor. He had the opportunity to grow in that firm, taking on the roles of Project Manager, Business Development Manager, Development Owner’s Rep and eventually became a senior leader in the firm. Billy also brings experience working for a specialty contracting firm, where he spent five years helping them grow their commercial construction business, serving in the roles of Vice President of Operations and President.
He has learned a lot over the years from these experiences and is happy that he’s gotten back to his roots in general construction and development at Essex General Construction. He loves the full cycle of the development and building process from building the relationships early in the process before a shovel hits the ground to the final completion of a project when the last piece of furniture is moved in.
In addition to his role at Essex, Billy has served on the board for the Emerald Valley Boys & Girls Club and is currently the President of the Monroe JR Dragons Sports Board. Billy brings over 18 years of commercial construction experience in both the General Contracting and Subcontracting realms. He hopes this well-rounded knowledge base and perspective will benefit the members of the Eugene Builders Exchange.
Phone: (888) 284-3553
Ed grew up in Eugene, attending South Eugene High School and graduating from the University of Oregon. He has worked in sales and account management for over 30 years, focusing on electrical security: access control, surveillance, gate automation, overhead and pedestrian doors and door hardware in the Memphis and Seattle markets. He has also pursued an interest in real estate and property management, in which he is still involved.
Ed and his fiancé had been looking for the right opportunity to return to his hometown and they found it at ADT Commercial. Ed opened an ADT Commercial office in Eugene last summer. He has been working mostly in the Oregon bid market and with several large customers and electrical contractors.
It is his goal to build ties in Eugene and give back to the community that shaped him. He is interested in volunteer opportunities and making a difference in the community.
As a daily user of the exchange, Ed can use his knowledge and skills to find what is useful to exchange members and makes the platform stronger while promoting it among his peers.