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New Member Spotlight - March 2020

Meet SMPS Connecticut's newest members!


Chris Abel
Membership Director, Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut, Inc. 

Chris Abel is the Membership Director for Associated Builders and Contractors of Connecticut, Inc. (CT ABC). Chris joined CT ABC as the Membership Director in July of 2018 after spending over ten years managing territories throughout the northeast in the continuing education space. He regularly meets with current and potential ABC members, directing and administering the association’s member recruitment and retention programs. Additionally, Chris develops marketing strategies and manages ABC’s social media platforms, while also supporting CT ABC’s Emerging Leaders Group as their Chapter Staff Liaison. During his free time, you can expect to find Chris spending time with his family and dogs, listening to music, writing, or taking in a Red Sox game.

Kathleen Cloud 
President and Co-Owner, M. Frank Higgins & Co., Inc. 

Kathleen Cloud is the President and Co-Owner of M. Frank Higgins & Co., Inc., one of the largest commercial flooring specialists in the region. A fourth-generation family business since 1952, the company is located in Newington, CT and has over 50 full-time employees. At Higgins Flooring, Kathy promotes strong family and community values and helps create a company culture that values service to the customer through relationship building, employee development through workshops and educational opportunities, and involvement in community service opportunities. She focuses much of her attention on the A & D community, offering flooring assistance whenever possible.  Kathy enjoys spending her free time boating with her husband and two yellow labs, walking, and cuddling her 4 grandchildren, (soon to be 5).   

Katelyn Dobrowolski
Marketing Coordinator, BVH Integrated Services

Katelyn Dobrowolski is the Marketing Coordinator at BVH Integrated Services.  She joined the A/E/C industry in June of 2018 in an administrative role and recently made the transition to marketing where she is putting her communications degree to good use. Katelyn prepares proposals, quals packages, and internal marketing communications, writing weekly memos and assisting with planning for employee events and gatherings. Outside of work, she can be found at home with her two dogs, Lewis and Clifford, re-watching The Office or at a brewery with friends.

Alrun Hylwa
Director of Project Development, O,R&L Construction

Alrun Hylwa is Director of Project Development at O, R&L Construction. As a Certified Interpreter, her unique listening skills are an indispensable asset for understanding a project’s scope and goals, a crucial component to project success. Alrun serves on the Board of Conscious Capitalism Connecticut and is an active member of other A/E/C related organizations. She is a passionate photographer, enjoys a good cup of coffee, and treasures spending time with family and friends on game or movie nights.

Chris LeBlanc
Assistant Project Manager, PAC Group

Chris LeBlanc began working as an Assistant Project Manager with PAC Group a year and a half ago. Prior to working with PAC Group, he attended the New England Institute of Technology where he completed a degree in Construction Management. In his current role, Chris keeps projects on schedule by efficiently processing submittals, RFIs, PCOs, meeting minutes, and additional tasks. He has recently been assisting the Business Development team with marketing, RFPs, and creating schedules for upcoming projects. Outside of work Chris enjoys hiking new trails, fishing, and skiing.

Dana Lee
Marketing Manager, edm

Dana Lee is Marketing Manager, for edm’s three offices in Pittsfield, MA; Unionville, CT; and Troy, NY where she works closely with technical staff. She first stumbled into the AEC industry in 2002 in New Haven, CT and is thrilled to be back home where it all started. Previously, Dana worked as the Marketing Manager for the Northern Region of Clark Construction out of their Chicago office. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her two French bulldogs, Olive and Rocky, barre workouts, and trying to travel as much as she can!

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