Allied Member of the Year Awardees


The Allied Member of the Year award, launched in 2018, recognizes Allied Members who are not architects, but by their interest, participation, and concern have promoted and contributed significantly to the profession of architecture through their membership and participation in the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

2021 Awardees

Cathy DeFrances-Vittorio
Fuss & O'Neill

It's not surprising that Cathy loves business development in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Putting a successful, client-focused team together is like completing a complex puzzle, and after more than 30 years, no two puzzles have been alike. Over the course of her career, Cathy has held various positions with architectural firms, engineers, real estate developers, and construction companies that led her to Fuss & O’Neill where her reputation for integrity and honesty, as well as her down-to-earth and collaborative manner, has been instrumental in her success.

Professional accomplishments include a lifetime achievement award from the Connecticut Society for Marketing Professionals (SMPS) where she has been a member since 2001 and a past-president (twice). She serves on the advisory board of the ACE Mentor Program in Hartford, is co-chair of the allied committee for the Connecticut AIA, the programs committee for Professional Women in Construction, and although her game is hardly noteworthy (but always enthusiastic), the golf committee for Connecticut Building Congress.

Congratulations Cathy!

Ron Penton
LaRosa Building Group

Ron Penton has led over 150 projects from initial conception through design and pre-construction planning into full construction. His credentials include more than 40 years of business development, project management and field experience in construction and engineering. Ron has worked on design-build, fast-track, general construction, general trades, construction management and construction administration projects. His involvement with a project includes coordinating, estimating, procurement, negotiating, scheduling, managing budgets and payment applications, change proposals and project closeout.

Ron has worked in the construction industry since 1987 on commercial, municipal, institutional and multi-family residential new construction and renovation projects.

Ron has worked with LaRosa Groups for over 20 years, bringing success and quality to every project with his extensive knowledge and experience.

Ron has been an integral part of the AIA Connecticut Allied Committee from the launch of the committee in 2018.

Congratulations Ron!

2020 Awardees

Dave LoCascio

Deborah Maffettone
J Geiger

2019 Awardees

Ben Canino
O&G Industries

Tyra Dellacroce
Connecticut Stone

2018 Awardees

Mark Weiner
Sherwin Williams

Jim Beatrice