Builders Association Names 2009 Officers
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Builders Association Names 2009 Officers

Five local businessmen will comprise the officer lineup of The Builders Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania in 2009. Elected at The Builders’ annual meeting on December 3, for a one-year term are:

President: Jerry A. Harper, Owner and President of Connell, Inc., 464 Andrews Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44505

Jerry Harper is an active member of the local construction industry. Jerry was born in Mansfield, and is a graduate of Champion High School. Following in the footsteps of several members of his family, Jerry entered the construction industry at an early age, first working with his father at W.B. Gibson, Company, and then completing his apprenticeship with the Operating Engineers and becoming a skilled journeyman. Jerry has a successful resume of work for various companies, working primarily as a crane operator, before moving into a supervisory position with Shenango Steel as equipment manager. His work ethic earned him a promotion to company vice president. Jerry teamed with industry colleague Ken Black to purchase the long-standing and thriving Matt S. Connell, Inc. company in 1995. With hard work, the two kept the Connell name highly regarded and company operations successful. Today, Jerry is the sole owner of the company. In addition to his active role with The Builders Association, Jerry is currently president of the Steel Erectors Chapter of The Builders, and previously served as a trustee on the CAP board. He also serves on the Ironworkers Joint Apprenticeship Committee, at one time steering the committee as chairman. For hobbies, Jerry lists hunting, and, of course, working! He resides in Hubbard with his wife, Carol.

1st Vice President: Harry Grafton, President and Owner of Grafton Construction, Inc.

Location of Business: 1244 Melrose Ave., New Castle. PA 16101

Residence: Shenango, PA

2nd Vice President: Jim Breese, President of Jack Gibson Construction Company

Location of Business: 2460 Parkman Road N.W., Warren, OH 44485

Residence: Transfer, PA

3rd Vice President: Joe DeSalvo, Executive Vice President, DeSalvo Construction Company, Inc.

Location of Company: 1491 West Liberty Street, Hubbard, OH 44425

Residence: Howland, Ohio

Treasurer: James C. Dicks, formerly of First National Bank of PA, now retired

Residence: Grove City, PA