Management Team and Advisors
Edmond F. Trainor
President and CEO
Ned Trainor grew up in San Francisco and Burlingame, California. After graduating in history from UC Santa Cruz, Ned worked for three years as a carpenter, doing residential and light commercial renovation. He also taught sixth grade in the Seattle Public Schools. Ned graduated from Stanford Business School in 1979, joined McKesson Corporation, and then went on to found Distribution Investment Associates. A portfolio company, Burke Concrete Accessories, provided the inspiration for BuildSite, which he cofounded with Mark Anderson in late 1999.
Mark D. Anderson
CTO and System Architect
Mark Anderson hails from St. Cloud, MN. Mark, the son of an English professor and a school headmistress, headed off to MIT at age 16. Several years later, he left academia with master's degrees in physics and electrical engineering and went to Silicon Valley. Mark has over twenty years of industry experience in which he has designed, built, managed, and shipped multiple successful products on both Windows and Unix platforms.
John Patrick McCaffrey
Architectural Specifications Adviser
John McCaffrey, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, is a licensed architect and has 43 years of experience in construction documentation of both drawings and specifications. He is a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Fellow and a Certified Construction Specifier. He is also a member of Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice.
Jenny is a Bay area native, born in San Francisco and raised across the bay in Oakland. She attended UC Davis where she graduated with a degree in Textile Science. Her love for fabrics and all things textile developed from growing up with a family in the garment industry. Prior to BuildSite, Jenny did database work for the U.S. Census. In her spare time, she likes to sew and do arts and craft projects.
Associate Product Manager
Daniel learned how to ride a bike in Temecula, California, went to UC Irvine to get a B.A. in Urban Studies, and then, in 2012, packed all of his things into his car and moved to Oakland. He is interested in architecture, business, and the internet, among other things. Before joining BuildSite, Daniel worked for the design division of Orange County’s Parks Department. Daniel likes coffee, drawing, and shifting his own gears.
Business Development Associate
Bob West was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Oakland, California in October 2013 to work for BuildSite. He has a B.A. in History from The College of Wooster in Ohio where he wrote his Senior Independent Study on the development of the American Interstate Highway System and early American motoring. Bob most recently worked as a Project Intern for The Heinz Awards and as an Intern for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. In his free time he plays golf, tennis, and Clawhammer banjo.
David G. McNellis
David McNellis is a principal in Building Solutions, a consulting firm providing services to small and medium size firms in the building materials and construction industries. He founded Building Solutions after a 32-year career with Owens Corning. During that time, he held a number of leadership positions in product line and market management, new product development, market research and sales management.
David is on the board of Alcal-Arcade Contracting Inc, a large specialty contractor headquartered in Hayward, CA. David earned a B.S. degree from Michigan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Oregon.
Patrick Peterson is Chief Technologist for the Call Center Analytics group of BBN Technologies, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At BBN, Pat has developed Web-based tools for applying advanced technology to help non-technical field personnel understand and improve complex, labor-intensive workflows, such as those in call centers and construction. Prior to joining BBN, Pat worked on computer-aided design and simulation systems for Ingenieurburo Hossdorf, a construction-engineering firm in Basel, Switzerland. Pat has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from MIT.
Dave Torrey is President of Growth Resources Partners, a Palo Alto-based management consulting and venture capital firm. Prior to founding Growth Resources Partners, Dave headed Octel Communications Corporation's marketing organization from pre-revenue to a run rate in excess of $50 million, then served as Octel's Vice President of Business Development until 1992. Dave is a graduate of the University of California and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.