Brenda Laurenza is a co-founder and the President of Bald Hill Builders. Brenda started working in construction in her youth by assisting her father in the family business with such tasks as cutting tiles and grouting floors. In addition to helping at client sites, Brenda did much of the accounting and bookkeeping for the family business through her high school and college years. Upon graduating from college, Brenda worked as a teacher and a tour guide in Italy for several years, helping her reconnect to her family’s roots. Upon her return to the United States, she reconnected to her construction roots by going to work for Shawmut Design and Construction for 3 years and then moving on to Suffolk Construction for an additional 3 years.
Since founding BHB with her husband, Matt Grosshandler, Brenda has been a driving force in providing the strategic direction of the company, identifying and acquiring new work opportunities, assisting the operations management team in creating operating procedures, and developing the philosophies that embody BHB’s corporate culture.
Brenda’s professional experience includes:
- Project Development, Alden & Harlow, Cambridge, MA, ($1.1M)
- Project Development, Bay State Road, Cambridge, MA, ($2.4M)
- Project Development, beStyled, Wellesley & Chestnut Hill, MA, ($600K)
- Project Development Subway Development Group, Massachusetts & Rhode Island, 1,800 sq. ft. retail space
- Project Development, Focus Brands, MA & PA, 3,000 sq. ft. Moe’s Restaurants
- Project Development, Regis Corporation, MA and NH.
- Project Development, Scottrade, Corporate Accounts. MA., office renovations
- Project Development, The Waterworks at Chestnut Hill, Chestnut Hill, MA, high-end condominium renovations
- Project Development, Kotsiopoulos Development, Roslindale, MA. $4million, 24,000 sq. ft. of mixed use building
Brenda has a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Italian from the University of Rhode Island. Brenda has volunteered with the Sharon, MA Mom’s Club to organize events for local families. She has also participated in volunteer efforts with El Porvenir, a non-profit organization in Nicaragua that improves the standard of living of rural citizens through water, sanitation, health education, and watershed management projects. During a 10-day visit, Brenda took part in building 17 latrines in the Nicaraguan village of Camoapa.
Brenda currently resides in Sharon, Massachusetts with her husband Matt and their two children. Brenda is an avid soccer player, gardener and cook.