Chapter Staff

Chapter Staff- CT ABC and CEC

Chris Fryxell - President

Chris Fryxell joined the ABC team as President of the Connecticut Chapter in 2017. His current responsibilities include: leading the opposition against PLAs and RCOs, coordinating lobbying efforts at the State Capitol, and handling the Chapter's Membership efforts. Prior to joining CT ABC, Chris spent over 10 years working in the Connecticut legislature, where he helped fight for policies that encourage business growth and free enterprise in the state of Connecticut. He uses his knowledge and experience to help CT ABC and our members navigate through tough issues and the challenging Connecticut political landscape. 

Chris lives in Chester with his wife Sarah and their two daughters, Abigail and Morgan.

Suzanne O'Brien - Member Services Director

Suzanne O’Brien joined CT ABC in 2006 as an Executive Assistant to the President.  Her current responsibilities as Member Services Manager include a variety of member services: monthly newsletter, coordination of events including the Annual Dinner & Excellence in Construction Awards and golf outings, member communications, member referrals and maintenance of member data records. She is the organizational backbone for both organizations and the go-to person for special projects

Chris Abel - Membership Director

Chris Abel recently joined CT ABC as the Membership Director in July of
2018. He will be meeting with current members regularly, directing and
administering the association’s member recruitment and retention programs and
develop recruitment strategies to achieve membership growth, as well as
assisting with the association’s marketing efforts. Prior to joining CT
ABC, Chris spent the last ten years managing territories throughout the
northeast in the continuing education space. His most recent position was with
New England Institute of Technology, where he maintained relationships with
over 130 high schools in Connecticut.

Audra Antrum - Special Events Coordinator

Audra Antrum joined CT ABC in 2010 as the chapter’s Special Events Director after working with the association for several years.  Her trademark enthusiasm and energy have helped raise the bar to unparalleled heights for our Annual Dinner & Excellence in Construction Awards program and Rodeo/Career Day Expo among other signature chapter events.  Audra brings a depth and understanding of what our members expect for their participation that comes from being a business owner herself. With 25 years of fundraising event planning experience—the last 16 as a consultant and entrepreneur--Audra has proven that she is big on results and short on excuses.

Marcie Addy - Education Director

Marcie Addy joined CT ABC as the Education Director of the Construction Education Center in 2017. She plans, directs and coordinates the apprenticeship, continuing education and professional development programs. Prior to joining CT ABC, Marcie managed administrative components of medical education programs including accreditation compliance and marketing strategies. She has worked in ESPN’s legal department and maintained web site content for the Yale School of Public Health. Marcie lives in Rocky Hill with her husband and their two sons.

Mary Lester - Education Coordinator

Mary is our newest member to CT ABC. She comes from many years doing Safety Training as well as Human Resource support in the distribution and logistics world. Mary is a long time resident of Tolland CT. Mary has two children (Brandon, Ashley) and a dog named Talula. She spends  her free time going to the gym, shopping, traveling and watching the Red Sox games with her husband Rich.

Rachel Ricci Drake - Bookkeeper

Rachel Ricci Drake is the bookkeeper for ABC and CEC.  She joined in February 2016 and handles all financial activities. She has been a bookkeeper for 10 years. In late 2007, she opened and is currently operating a bookkeeping service. In 2008, she began working as a Financial Director for an Association Management Company, working with multiple member-based nonprofit associations. Before getting her degree in Accounting, she worked as a Realtor and office/property manager for a large residential development group. Rachel resides in East Berlin, CT with her husband Christian, son Jacoby, daughter Lila, and dog Chili.