Executive Board

The elected and appointed officials who serve the CBOA are a dedicated group of volunteers. If you are interested in helping, please contact anyone of our officers below.

2021-2022 OFFICERS

President, James Rupert
jrupert@boltonct.org
James Rupert has had a lifetime of experience in the construction industry. He and his father operated a remodeling company for more than three decades in eastern Connecticut before he ventured into facilities management for fifteen years, where he worked in both healthcare and educational facilities. Looking for a change of venue he became a licensed building official and has served the Town of Bolton for more than ten years in that capacity. In 2011 he began a regionalized effort to provide building official services, when he began to serve Willington, later Columbia and currently Ashford, for a project at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Since 2010 James has been certified as a fire marshal. He serves the towns of Bolton and Columbia as Deputy Fire Marshal. He is an active member of the Windham County Fire Marshals Association. During the last ten years he has provided consulting services to companies such as HAKS Engineering, and Tectonic Engineering, and has consulted on legal matters for various attorneys regarding code-related incidents. James is a family-centered individual and enjoys spending time with his wife Catherine, their four adult children, extended family, and friends. He is also a community-oriented individual and has been a member of his local fire department since 2001 where he served in an active capacity for 8 years and as company president for 3 years. In 2009 he was elected as a member of his local board of education and is currently serving his third term as chairman. His education and life experiences make him a diversely talented individual and he looks forward to lending those attributes to the service of CBOA and its’ members.

Vice President, Jeffery Pooler
poolerj@southington.org
860-276-6242
Jeff Pooler has been in the construction industry for over 25 years working on several high profile commercial and residential projects. He worked as an Electrician and Project Manager for the earlier part of his career then began operating his own company in 2004. In addition to owning his own company, Jeff has been working for the Town of Southington since 2012. He was hired as the Electrical Inspector and then in 2015 became the Assistant Building Official. Jeff also began working for Connecticut Green Bank as a Solar Inspector in 2015.

Second Vice President, Randy Heckman
rheckman@boltonct.org

Treasurer, Rich McKinnon
rmckinnon@avonct.gov
860-409-4316
Rich McKinnon has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. After graduating from trade school, he spent 8 years working for a general contractor specializing in the construction of custom homes and post offices in Connecticut and Rhode Island. In 2004 Rich started his own construction company, which he operated until 2017 when he decided to expand upon his knowledge and experience by enrolling in the Pre-Licensure Training Program for the Building Official license. He was hired by the Town of Avon in 2018 as the Assistant Building Official. Rich is currently the Building Official for the Town of Avon.

Secretary, Joseph Summers
summersj@cityofgroton-ct.gov
860-446-4104
Joe Summers has a BS in Architectural/Engineering Technology. He became a CT licensed Building Official in 1999 and started working as an assistant building official in Montville and has moved up the latter to become the Building /Zoning Official for the Town of Hebron in 2008 where he served the community for ten years before going back to the private sector for two years. In 2019 accepted the role as the Building Code Official for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation which includes the Foxwoods Resort and Casino complex and Tanger Outlets. COVID had a major impact on construction activity at MPTN and subsequently accepted the role a Building / Zoning Official for the City of Groton in December 2020. Joe is one of five individuals in Connecticut that hold ICC’s Master Code Professional certification. Joe is a former President of CBOA (2014-2015) and is the facilitator for New England Building Officials Education Association and is responsible for assisting and coordinating the educational programs for the three-day conference held annually in October. Joe is also involved with several ICC committees and national code development through ICC Region VI. Also the owner of Plan Review Services, LLC and providing plan reviews for municipalities in several states.

Past president, Dennis Milanovich
dmilanovich@comcast.net
Dennis Milanovich is a graduate Civil Engineer from Penn State University and has held a Professional Engineering License in Connecticut since 1981. He became a Building Official when, in 2010, he was hired by the Town of Stafford to fill the roll of both Building Official and Town Engineer. Dennis has spent the majority of his career in the management of all or part of major construction projects. His list of successful projects includes, Riverpoint Plaza in East Hartford, City Place II, 55 Farmington Ave., 470 Capital Ave., Laurel Village apartments and the Learning Corridor in Hartford, the original Foxwoods Casino, the Fire Training School and Fire House on Bradley Airport and Fedex in Winsor Locks , the Dodd and Baddidge Libraries at Uconn,. He was elected First Selectman in Ellington and served one term from 2003-2005. He was a member and chairman of Ellington’s Permanent Building Committee. He has also held seats on the Board of Finance, the Wetlands Commission and the Charter Revision Commission. He was a member of two collecting bargaining teams for the AGC that negotiated state wide union contracts with the Labors Union and the Carpenters Union. He led the contract talks with the Constables in Ellington in their first collective bargaining agreement. Though he works in Stafford he lives in Ellington with his wife of 24 years and their two daughters’ ages 12 and 16.

CBOA Past Presidents
Dennis Milanovich 18-21
Peter Zvingilas 16-18
Ray Steadward 15/16
Joseph Summers 14/15
MaryAnn Basile 13/14
Ray Steadward 12/13
Tim York 11/12 (deceased)
Carlton Smith 10/11
Anthony Cinicola 09/10
Brian Platz 08/09
Lincoln White 07/08
Donald Lucas 06/07
Henry Miga 05/06
William Connolly 04/05
Leo Belval 03/04
Dick McMamus 02/03
John Hogan 01/02
Robert Rothstien 0/1
J.P. Langlois 99/00
Andy Rizzo Jr. 98/09
Tom O'Loskey 97/98
Mark Tebbets 96/97
Dave Jolley 95/96
Rich Fusco 94/5
Ken Smoil 93/4
Bill Boyens 92/3
Alice Rowland 90/1
Michael Salafia 89/0
Carl Pelletier 85/6
John Willnauar 79/1

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