Our Company

BuildSite designs and develops software for construction professionals. Our mission: to help talented people be more productive, so they can focus on the parts of their job they love to do.

We honor professional builders, men and women who give form to the structures that shape our world. Since 2001, BuildSite has been on the job with you.

Management Team and Advisors

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Ned Trainor

President and CEO

Ned grew up in and around San Francisco. After college, he worked as a builder, doing residential and light commercial renovation, and taught school. In the corporate world, he worked for McKesson Corporation and then founded a small M&A and buyout firm. A portfolio company, Burke Concrete Accessories, provided spec take-offs and submittals for its contractor customers. The need for a better way provided the inspiration for BuildSite.

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Paul Kuhn

Director of UI/UX

Paul's experience includes web site design, graphical user interface design, identity and branding, and design system development. He has worked with GoPro, Boeing/Jeppesen, Parts River, Gap, Microsoft and many other companies. Paul has worked as a Design Director at Landor Associates, as Creative Director at Chevron, and as a Senior Art Director at Time Warner Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Communication Design degree from Parsons School of Design in New York.

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Ivan Kurmanov

Lead Engineer

Ivan, a native of Minsk, Belarus, is an experienced software and website engineer. His experience combines programming, primarily for web apps & databases, with system administration, team and project management. He has delivered numerous software projects to customers around the world. Ivan began programming in seventh grade, on paper. He is a graduate of the Belarusian State University.

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Carrie Norberg

Customer Success Manager

Carrie learned about specifications and submittals while working in estimating and marketing at a global specialty subcontractor. She combines this experience with over twenty years of Fortune 500-level customer insight and market research work, both at Cheskin Added Value and as an independent consultant. An alumna of Colorado State University, Carrie is an avid reader, gardener, and recreational artist.

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David McNellis


A former Owens Corning exec, David now runs Building Solutions, a consulting firm working with building materials and construction companies. David is on the board of Alcal-Arcade Contracting Inc, a large specialty contractor headquartered in Hayward, CA. David has degrees from Michigan State and the University of Oregon.

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Patrick Peterson


Pat is Chief Technologist for the Call Center Analytics group of BBN Technologies. At BBN, he has developed Web-based tools for applying advanced technology to help non-technical field personnel understand and improve complex, labor-intensive workflows. Prior to joining BBN, Pat worked on computer-aided design and simulation systems for Ingenieurburo Hossdorf, a construction-engineering firm in Basel. Pat has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from MIT.

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Dave Torrey


Dave runs Growth Resources Partners, a Palo Alto-based management consulting and venture capital firm. He has worked with numerous technology companies doing marketing and business development. Dave headed Octel Communications marketing organization from pre-revenue to a run rate in excess of $50 million. Dave is a graduate of the UC Davis and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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John Patrick McCaffrey

Architectural Specifications Advisor

John McCaffrey, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, has over 40 years experience in construction documentation of both drawings and specifications. He is a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Fellow and a Certified Construction Specifier.

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