Joe Ahrens

General Superintendent, HPS Mechanical, Inc.

Joseph “Joe” Ahrens is a General Superintendent at HPS Mechanical, Inc. Joe is a third-generation plumber and has been with HPS Mechanical, Inc. since 2014. He started his career directly out of high school, joining the ABC San Diego Plumbing Apprenticeship program, and graduated in 2008.

Joe has gained 20 years of experience with ABC member companies in Southern California. He aspires to create an environment for all to excel. In 2024, he was named ABC National Craft Professional of the Year.

Steven Cabaj

President, Electronic & Telecom Systems (ETS)

Steven Cabaj is the President and Co-Founder of Electronic & Telecom Systems (ETS). Steven graduated from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo with a Business Science certificate in Mechanical Engineering. He grew up in the construction industry and has worked full-time in Building Automation since 2014. Leading ETS since late 2016, Steven has grown the company from two employees to over forty (and counting) with the help of a Master of Business Administration from the Rady School of Management. He is responsible for Business Development, Sales, Operations Supervision, and General Management.

Additionally, Steven serves on the Board of Directors, Electronic Systems Technician (EST) Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee, and the Technology Committee with ABC San Diego.

Chad Boyle

Safety Director, Ickler Electric Corp.

Chad Boyle is a US Marines Combat Veteran with 6 years of service. He is also a college graduate from the University of Phoenix, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. With 16 years of experience as a Safety Professional in the Construction Environment, Chad has worked on a variety of projects ranging from military bases in the US and foreign countries to private, state, and federal funded contracts, including pharmaceuticals and laboratory institutions. In addition to his professional endeavors, Chad has always dedicated his time and efforts to serving the community by mentoring others.

Valerie McGuire

Controller, Pacific Rim Mechanical

Valerie has lived in San Diego for 30 years and attended San Diego State University. She comes to us with 22 years of experience in the construction industry, and for seven of those years she owned an electrical subcontractor business. She also has experience in public accounting and industry accounting.

Over the last 6+ years, Valerie has been the controller of Pacific Rim Mechanical. In that time frame, the company has grown its revenues nearly 50 percent, from 133M to 220M. 

Valerie holds the designations of both CPA and CCIFP (Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional). She has taught classes for industry professionals in many construction organizations, and recently gave her first national presentation with CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association.)

Valerie joined ABC San Diego (ABCSD) in 2006 and is a Trustee member of the ABCSD Training Trust. She is a current board member of CFMA, and a former board member of NAWIC.

Greg Wright

Construction Manager, Alpha Mechanical


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