Chapter Staff- CT ABC and CEC
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 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.
Tim Yester- Membership Director
Tim joined CT ABC in August of 2017 as the Membership Director. His current responsibilities include: developing recruitment strategies to achieve desired membership goals, achieving sales growth, and retaining current members. Also, he helps maintain positive relations and expert knowledge of members while managing the association’s marketing efforts by developing effective marketing strategies. In addition, he assists the Chapter’s President in coordinating meetings with members and elected officials. Tim is an avid sports fan especially of the Yankees and the Jets. In his free time he enjoys going to the beach in Old Lyme and playing golf at Black Hall Club. He lives in Southington with his fiancé Chelsea and their daughter Charlotte.
Audra Antrum- Special Events Director
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 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.
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.
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.