• 1373 Barlow St. Traverse City, MI 49686
  • +1 231 946 5531
  • info@bxtvc.com

Do you have access to the only reliable source in Northern Michigan that provides maximum bidding opportunities?



The Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan was incorporated in 1959 and is a member-owned organization. It is operated as a non-profit organization supported by annual dues and service fees and is overseen by a nine member Board of Directors. The Builders Exchange provides area contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and manufacturers reps a planroom to review project bid documents. Project information is available to our members  on our website or by visiting our planroom. Our Planroom, which is located at 1373 Barlow Street, Traverse City, is one of the few in the nation that offers 24/7 keyed access for our members.

Special Events


Annual Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Traverse City Golf and Country Club Reception at 5pm Dinner at 6:30

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Awards Of Excellence

The Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan, Inc. presents our 2016 Awards of Excellence Program, wh

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Monthly Workshops & Events

  MONTHLY WEBSITE WORKSHOPS - We have been taking a

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Annual Golf Outing

The Builders Exchange 46th Annual Golf Outing was hel

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Our company is backed up by loyal members, amazing project opportunities, and awards.




Projects In 2015


Projects 2016 to date

Mission Statement


The Builders Exchange of Northwest Michigan was incorporated in 1951 as a non-profit, members-only organization of general contractors, sub-contractors, materials and equipment dealers, architects and engineers, as well as suppliers to the building industry, supporting the eleven counties of Northwest Michigan as our primary territory. We also service our membership with construction projects in counties of Northern Michigan, over to the east side of the state south toward Saginaw to Muskegon, as well as the Upper Peninsula.

Our mission is to foster growth and present bidding opportunities within the commercial construction trades. We will continue to be the vehicle by which the Northern Michigan construction community can exchange ideas and information on currently bidding projects and keep track of projects that are headed for the marketplace.

Membership Plans

Daily Bid Notifications
Online Plan Room
24/7 Physical Plan Room
Monthly Workshops
Special Events & Meetings
Print/Scan/Copy Service
Daily Bid Notifications
Online Plan Room
24/7 Physical Plan Room
Monthly Workshops
Special Events & Meetings
Monthly Workshops
Special Events & Meetings

Why Choose Builders Exchange Of Northwest Michigan, Inc.?


Workmanship – Encouraging high standards of quality workmanship

Community – Building a community for the interchanging of ideas

Progress – Fostering growth and progress for the Northwest Michigan area

  • Kevin Hieikkila ,

    Kevin Hieikkila

    President at Integrity Test and Balance


    "I value the services of the Builders Exchange and the Staff will research any project we ask about and will get documentation for us."

  • Shawn Gossweb ,

    Shawn Goss

    Fire Protection Division at John E. Green


    "The BX is a tool I would be lost without."

Meet Our Board Of Directors

  • Jack Ocobock

    President: Jack Ocobock

    D&W Mechanical

    I relocated to Traverse City in 1999 with my wife Brenda and our 3 children. I  accepted a position with Grand Traverse County as a plumbing inspector which created many relationships with contractors of our area. For 28 years I have actively participated in the construction industry, the last 7  with D&W Mechanical. I have enjoyed my time but am excited to be a part of the many changes in technology that we are experiencing. I am honored to have been elected to the board at the builders exchange and will try and continue the great work those folks before me have done. Phone:  231-941-1215 Fax: 231-941-5007 jocobock@dwmechanical.com
  • Darek Purgiel

    VP: Darek Purgiel

    Grand Traverse Construction

    Since moving to Northwest Michigan in 1998, I have been working in the General Contracting industry specializing in commercial concrete and carpentry trades. As an estimator and project manager for Grand Traverse Construction I’ve had the honor to get to know and interact with most of the members of the Builder’s Exchange. This is my sixth year on the board of directors and I look forward to continuing to support the organization. Phone: 231-929-1000 Fax: 231-929-4435 dpurgiel@grandtraverseconstruction.com
  • Mike Trippe

    Director: Mike Trippe

    Bouma Corporation

    I grew up in Petoskey, went off to college at WMU and eventually migrated to Traverse City in the early 1980’s.  My wife, Mary Kay, and I have 3 children who all graduated from Traverse City Central high and are now either off at college or working in Boston. I’ve been working for Bouma Corporation since the 1978, starting in Petoskey then to Lansing and most recently in the office here in Traverse City as the Branch Manager.  This is my second year as a member of the Builders Exchange board.

    Phone: 231-947-2811
    Fax: 231-947-3112
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    Director: John Galnares

    Spence Brothers

    Phone: 231-947-7824
    Fax: 231-995-0114
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    Director: Charlie Sole

    Hallmark Construction

    As a native to Traverse City, I’ve had the opportunity to experience our community adapt and grow into the desirable place it is today. Being a new member to the exchange’s board and relatively new member of our construction community, I look forward to participating first hand in the continued future growth of our region. When not at work my wife Katy and I enjoy keeping up with our son. Phone: 231-946-1920 Fax: 231-946-1978 charlies@hallmarktc.com
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    Secretary: Keely Trombly

    Interphase Interiors

    The best decision I ever made was moving to Traverse City in January of 2005. My career in interiors started in Chicago during the mid 90’s and continued to Los Angeles in 2000. It was during a stay at the family cottage in Boyne City, the summer of 2004, that I knew this is where I belonged. I have been with Interphase Interiors in Traverse City since 2005 and enjoy the clients we serve, providing solutions to a diverse market, and working everyday with an excellent team. Beach volleyball used to be my sports addiction, now it’s golf. My husband, Ben, and I are proud parents to Cooper and our mutt Wrigley. As a newly elected Board Member I look forward to what the future will bring.

    Phone: 231-941-4454
    Fax: 231-941-2252
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    Director: Jason Bloxsom

    Bloxsom Roofing

    Phone: 231-943-8781
    Fax: 231-943-9146 jason@bloxsomroofing.com
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    Treasurer: Adam Whitson

    Having grown up in the construction industry in Grand Rapids; I have always had a passion for the construction industry, upon graduating from Albion College in 2006: a career directly in the industry was hard to find. Instead, I put my skills to use and went into Public Accounting to specialize within the construction industry. I started with Plante Moran in Traverse City and immediately began working with a wide variety of clients within the construction industry. My wife, Jenny, and I have one son and are expecting a little girl mid-summer. We love the Northern Michigan lifestyle and enjoy the outdoor activities that come with all seasons. I have been active in the Builders Exchange for many years and this is my first year on the board and I am excited to help the exchange and well as the industry in Northern Michigan thrive. Phone: 231-932-5656 Fax: 248-233-9183 Adam.Whitson@plantemoran.com
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    Director: Jerry DeMann

    My wife Robin and I moved to northern Michigan in 1978 from Royal Oak, Michigan. I have been involved in the construction industry since 1999 when I went to work with NationsRent. It was about that same time that I became involved with the Builders Exchange. When United Rentals opened a store in Traverse City I joined their company. A few years later Titan Equipment pursued me to join them and in 2009 I joined Titan Equipment. Titan Equipment was purchased by MacAllister Family in Dec 2012 and I now work with MacAllister Rentals as their Rental and Equipment Salesman. The Builders Exchange has been a key resource for meeting others in the industry and sharing information about projects. Phone: 231-709-3139 JerryDemann@macallister.com