Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Jim J. Dolente

Chairman of the Board


Madison Concrete Construction

James J. Dolente, Sr. founded Madison Concrete Construction in 1969. With more than 40 years of experience in the concrete construction industry, he now serves as chairman of the board. In 2016, Madison Concrete was named a Marcum Innovator of the Year by SmartCEO magazine. Jim has been a longtime supporter of several industry associations and charitable organizations, such as serving as former president of the Concrete Contractors Association, a board member of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, chairman of the Burn Foundation, a board member of the White Horse Retirement Village, and most recently as a board member of Cornerstone Christian Academy. In 2008, he was honored by the Construction Financial Management Association as a Specialty Contractor Executive of the Year. He attended Delaware University and has an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University.

Joseph P. Clearkin

Senior Vice Chairman


Executive Vice President, 
James J. Clearkin, Inc. 

Joseph attended St. Joseph’s Preparatory School and later went on to receive a B.S. CET from Temple University. He is the 3rd generation of Clearkin’s in GBCA, following in the footsteps of his grandfather James J. Clearkin Sr., and his father James J. Clearkin Jr., both who have served as Presidents of GBCA in the past. Clearkin currently serves as the Treasurer of American Society of Professional Estimators.

Clearkin holds professional memberships with many organizations:

· General Building Contractors Association of Philadelphia Board of Directors
· Carpenter Apprentice Committee
· Carpenters Pension & Annuity, Savings, and Health & Welfare Board of Administration
· Carpenters’ Company of the City And County of Philadelphia

Michael K. Armento

Vice Chairman


Michael K. Armento is senior vice president at Torcon, Inc., and has worked in Philadelphia’s construction industry for over 35 years, serving as a member of senior management for the past 25 years.

As senior vice president, Armento has company-wide responsibility for preconstruction staff and preconstruction services such as estimating, scheduling and purchasing. He also oversees in-progress field activities, ensuring the timely, well-managed delivery of all Torcon projects. Since helping to found Torcon’s Philadelphia office at the Navy Yard in 2006, Armento has been responsible for over 4.5 million sq. ft. of completed projects exceeding $1.5 billion in construction costs.

Armento has a wide variety of industry skills founded on experience with every aspect of project development—ranging from feasibility analysis and the development of budgets and schedules, to strategic planning, risk management and human resources. Armento has applied this diverse skill set in the planning and construction of a wide range of projects, including renovations and new construction work for healthcare, academic and commercial facilities.

Armento has experience working with many of the region’s most respected businesses and institutions, including Princeton, Penn, Villanova, Cooper Healthcare, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, St. Christopher’s Hospital, Rutgers, Campbell Soup, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline and many more.

Armento attended Drexel University’s Construction Management Program.


Patrick S. Pasquariello, III



Vice President/Principal,
P. Agnes, Inc.

Pat is a grandson of the founder of P. Agnes, Inc. His entire career has evolved through hands-on learning, starting with a grassroots-training schedule, which totally immersed Pat into every phase of the design and construction process. His carpentry apprenticeship, coupled with his formal engineering and management training, prepared Pat for his role as principal. Pat provides executive management oversight and monitors every phase of the construction process. He is responsible for the project team in all cost issues, ensures the timely resolution of problems, and takes a proactive role to improve productivity and enhance good relationships. Pat is also on the Board of Directors of Academic Properties Inc.

Emily L. Bittenbender

Past Chairman of the Board


Managing Partner,
Bittenbender Construction, LP

Emily’s career focus has been the design, construction and renovations of public buildings and spaces. Early in her career she was hired by the Rendell Administration to jumpstart the paralyzed system of completing over 300 backlogged capital construction projects within city government. As Philadelphia’s first Capital Program Director for the CPO, Emily was charged with the responsibility of bringing private sector business practices to the city and completed $454 million of capital projects in 3 ½ years time.

In January 2000, Emily was hired as the Vice President of Design & Construction for the National Constitution Center to lead a team once again in the design and construction of a $137M museum in Independence Mall.

After the completion of the National Constitution Center in 2003, Emily started BittenbenderConstruction, LP, a commercial general contractor and construction management firm specializing in the new construction and renovations of museums and historic sites, retail, higher education and corporate fit out projects (the only woman owned, union affiliated general contractor in the local area).

In 2009 Emily launched Philadelphia Carpentry Systems, LP, a woman owned carpentry and exhibit Installation Company, providing quality carpentry services to general contractors and building owners in the Philadelphia region.

In 2011, Emily was awarded The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Excellence Award for Small Business Person of the Year.

Emily currently sits on the following boards: Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, The Committee of 70, General Building Contractors Association – Chairman & Executive Committee, Philadelphia Carpenters Company – Board & Management Committee, Philadelphia Academies Inc., The Philadelphia Municipal Authority, City of Philadelphia Mayors Commission of Construction Diversity, L&I Review Commission, Community College of Philadelphia Construction Review Board.


(* Past Chairmen)

G. Christopher Beck
William A. Cobb, Jr. *
Charles W. Cook
Michael G. Erickson
Michael M. Gerardi
John E. Healy, III
Maura Hesdon
B. Scott Holloway
Vicki W. Lee
Frank T. Lutter
Craig Melograno
David E. Panichi *
Francis A. Pietrini *
Stephen W. Pouppirt *
Philip F. Radomski *
Craig Sabatino
Nicholas K. Sabia
Mark Spadaccino
Michael A. Stepnowski *
Mack Stulb *
Edward Szwarc
James E. Viner
George S. Young

Directors Emeritus

James J. Clearkin, Jr. *
James X. Clemens *