The General Building Contractors Association has served its members as a leader in the construction industry for over 130 years. As President & CEO of GBCA, Ben Connors is focused on building upon that reputation. Since joining GBCA in 2014 Ben has utilized his expertise in advocacy and labor relations to help to shape the strategic growth of the association. In 2015 Ben became President & CEO of GBCA and embarked upon an aggressive expansion of member service. Ben leads GBCA’s expert staff and dedicates his time to carrying out the strategic vision of GBCA’s Board of Directors.
In his capacity as President & CEO of GBCA, Ben serves as a trustee for a multitude of union benefits and training funds, totaling in excess of $6 billion in assets under management. Ben is active in many industry and professional associations. He currently serves as a board member of the ACE Mentor Program, the Center for Architecture and Design, Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, The March of Dimes Annual Transportation, Building & Construction Awards Luncheon, and Associated General Contractors of America’s Executive Leadership Committee.
As a Philadelphia native and avid student of history, Ben dedicates his time as a board member of the Penn Treaty Museum and as an affiliate member of the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University, where he majored in both Political Science and Labor Studies. Ben also holds a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Camden School of Law, where he was elected by his peers to serve as the Student Bar Association President. Ben has received National and State recognition, being honored by Association Trends in 2019 with their Young & Aspiring Professional Award and in 2021 by Pennsylvania City and State Magazine, being named to both their Power Labor 100 list and to their 40 under 40 for the state of Pennsylvania.
Ben lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with his wife, Zoe and their twin son and daughter. He enjoys traveling, Philadelphia sports, and spending time with his family.
Kristin brings a wealth of knowledge to GBCA from a wide experience in various financial management roles. Her capabilities have extended across non-profit, mortgage banking, automotive industry supply, and most recently engineering design platforms. Kristin holds a Bachelor degree in Finance from Michigan State University. She is also a member of the Project Management Institute. Kristin is a Philadelphia resident and leads an active lifestyle; she enjoys walking, running, or cycling on the Schuylkill Banks Trail.
Lance brings a broad range of experience in the technical and government regulatory aspects of development to GBCA. As Director of Industry Relations, Lance serves as a resource to GBCA membership on matters of politics, labor and association relations. Lance earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University in addition to completing graduate coursework in the areas of Urban Design and Public Policy. He recently earned the 2019 Leading Association Lobbyist Award from Association Trends.
Prior to joining GBCA, Lance worked in various roles with the City of Harrisburg, PA in both the Executive and Legislative Branches of Government spanning two Administrations. Lance worked closely with the local development community in his role within the Bureau of Planning and with elected officials in the office of City Clerk and City Council.
Originally from the Philadelphia area, Lance enjoys volunteering with local non-profits, rooting for Philadelphia sports teams and vacationing with his family.
Margaret Conrad | Manager, Membership Development & Services
Margaret brings a wealth of experience in relationship building and development with a vast majority of her career in non-profit. Her career also extended into the advertising agency and banking industries with a focus on account management and marketing.
Margaret earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from State University of NY, College at Brockport. She lives in New Jersey. She enjoys volunteering with non-profits, cooking, beach, traveling and most of all spending time with family and friends.
Meg is a Philadelphia-area native and recent graduate of Saint Joseph’s University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Advertising and Promotions. As the Programs Associate, Meg provides support to the Education and Professional Development Director in implementing the GBCA’s educational programs, seminars, and workshops. Meg previously interned with two Philadelphia sports teams and has experience in event planning. She lives in Center City and enjoys Philly’s fitness scene, the beach, traveling, live music, and dining out with friends and family.
Angela Hendrix | Director, Training & Workforce Development
With over 15 years experience Angela helps further cement GBCA’s position as industry leaders in training and workforce development. With expertise in program development, promotion, and execution, Angela joined GBCA in 2015 from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, where she orchestrated events with upwards of 700+ attendees, servicing the association’s more than 4,000 member companies.
Angela oversees GBCA’s training in education and safety, seminars and workshops, tuition reimbursement and scholarship programs, technology, and workforce development efforts of the association. Over the past 6 years she has been integral in growing the association’s workforce development programs and partnerships, with the success of the Carpenters Apprentice Ready Program.
She is a Director on the Board of the National Association of Women in Construction’s Philadelphia Foundation, and the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern PA, and sits on the Drexel University, Jefferson University, and Community College of Philadelphia Construction Management Advisory Committees.
Angela earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Temple University’s Fox School of Business. She enjoys traveling, Philly sports teams, cooking, golfing, and spending time with her husband and son.
Byron brings to the GBCA a wide range of experience in communication and education. As the Senior Manager of Marketing & Communications, Byron implements GBCA’s marketing plans and communication activities.
Byron earned a doctorate degree in Mass Media and Communication from Temple University. He ran the business writing center at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, and taught undergraduate courses in critical writing at the University of Pennsylvania. He occasionally teaches at Temple University in the fields of media and cultural studies.
Prior to joining GBCA, Kathleen worked in the Hospitality Industry for 25+ years as Special Events, Group Sales Manager and Office Manager at various attractions and hotels. She brings a vast amount of knowledge to the GBCA about the city of Philadelphia. She has earned Bachelor of Science from Johnson & Wales University, Providence RI.
In her free time, Kathleen enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching the Phillies, and cooking.