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.

2022-2023 OFFICERS

President, Jeffery Pooler
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.

Vice President, Randy Heckman
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Treasurer, Rich McKinnon
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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 and Land-use department head for the Town of Bolton.

Second Vice President, Joseph V. Cassidy, PE
Mr. Cassidy is a consultant specializing in building and fire code compliance. Prior to opening his practice, he was the State Building Official for 11 years and lead the Office of the State Building Inspector which is responsible for adoption of the State Building Code and for plan review and inspection of major state-owned construction projects.
Mr. Cassidy has been in the construction industry for over 35 years and was a state employee for 27 years. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is also a Licensed Building Official and Certified Fire and Life Safety and Hazmat Inspector. Through the course of his career, he has worked for mechanical contracting companies, consulting firms as well as the State

Secretary, Lou Coppola
Secretary, Lou Coppola, BO
Lou earned his BS at Quinnipiac University in 1995 in Accounting. While attaining many years of construction knowledge following his Dad, in Feb. 2000 he was the Owner & Operator of a Building & Remodeling company. With over 25-years’ experience in the trades, Lou has earned many local Renovation Company of the Year Awards and placed within the Top 500 Renovation Companies in the US. In 2016 Lou obtained his ABO certification from the State of CT and began his Code Enforcement career in the Towns of East Haven & North Branford on a part-time basis. In 2017 through today Lou has been The Assistant Building Official for the Town of Wallingford and has obtained his BO certification from the State in 2021.
Lou sits on many Boards & Commissions for his hometown of North Haven where he has been appointed to The Middle School Building Committee, Zoning Board of Appeals, Building Board of Appeals, Community Service Commission and currently is the Team Manager of the North Haven (Community Emergency Response Team) CERT Team.

Past President, James Rupert
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.

CBOA Past Presidents

James Rupert 21-22
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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