Valenti Ford welcomes building professionals at “Builder Blend”
Dozens of people from the local construction and home improvement industry were welcomed to Valenti Ford on Jan. 25 for a monthly “Builder Blend” event.
David Preka, president of the Builders Association of Eastern Connecticut, said this event is hosted every month at different venues around the region. Building professionals get a chance to meet with business owners, network, and enjoy an evening of food and fun.
The Builder Blend event brought just over 50 people to Valenti Ford. Guests were invited to tour the dealership and take part in a nail driving competition.
Preka says BAEC supports member-to-member business relationships and encourages people to support local businesses. Valenti Ford recently became a member of the organization, and has long had a good relationship with the local construction industry due to its selection of work trucks.
“We all need heavy equipment such as vans, trucks, dump trucks and so on,” says Preka. “Valenti is a pretty good one-stop shop, with three brands on one lot.”
In addition to Valenti Ford, the Valenti Auto Mall in Mystic is home to Chevrolet and Ram dealerships. Builders can choose from models such as the bestselling Ford F-150, with best in class payload rating and an EcoBoost engine designed to maximize power and minimize fuel use; the Ford Transit, a versatile commercial van; the Chevrolet Silverado, which features powerful horsepower and towing capability; the Chevrolet Express Cargo Van, a customizable work vehicle; the stylish and dependable Ram 1500; and the Ram ProMaster multipurpose van.
Valenti also carries a variety of larger trucks for heavy duty jobs. These trucks typically include features such as reinforced frames and enhanced power through V10 or Hemi engines.
Preka became president of BAEC last fall. He is the owner of Advanced Improvements, of Mystic, which he started in 2002 at the age of 20. The company now employs more than 30 people and is one of the leading names in the region for home construction and renovation.
BAEC, founded in 1958, represents those in the building industry in New London and Windham Counties. In association with the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Connecticut and the National Association of Home Builders, it offers services such as networking, marketing, education, and a voice in legislative matters affecting the home building industry.
Preka says he is very invested in the community, aiming to work, shop, and volunteer locally. He says the local building market is holding fairly steady, and is hoping to see higher demand in the coming months.
“I think we’re going to see it turn around,” he says. “I’m very optimistic that everybody’s going to have a great year.”