Executive Vice President
Tom Cohn serves as BKBG’s Executive Vice President where he has overall responsibility for the performance and success of the group. He has a long and distinguished track record of successful partnerships with entrepreneurs who bring passion and commitment to their businesses and has repeatedly partnered with start-ups and smaller organizations to improve their quality of service and business operations. Tom earned a bachelor of arts degree in American studies from Georgetown University and attended the College of English and American Studies at Sussex University in Brighton, England. He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife, daughter and beagle.
Chief Financial Officer
Carolyn Block is the CFO of BKBG where she oversees the financial operations of the group. She has had direct responsibility for tracking, processing and reconciling more than a billion dollars in group purchasing organization purchases and preparing quarterly reports that document group and individual member purchasing volume in the GPO channel. Carolyn is a certified public accountant with a bachelor’s degree in economics and math from Barnard College and a masters in accounting from George Washington University. Carolyn lives in Washington, DC with her partner and cat.
Director of Business Development and Membership
Jennifer Swenson serves as BKBG’s Director of Business Development and Membership. She is responsible for identifying and promoting opportunities for BKBG to improve their business processes, expand market share and improve both top- and bottom-line performance. She also is responsible for increasing the number of BKBG Shareholders, targeting independent showrooms and design build organizations where there is a mutual fit for the business with BKBG.
Jennifer brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to BKBG Shareholders, having served as a showroom kitchen designer and as a top-performing account and territory sales manager for major cabinet manufacturers. She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband, twin son and daughter and dogs.
Sarah Patterson, CAE, is responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies for BKBG's website, social media platforms, weekly Buzz e-newsletter and the quarterly magazine perspective. She also provides extensive editorial services for BKBG's publications and essential communications. Sarah has a long history of successful publication experience with many different trade associations and has been honored for her creativity and management excellence with numerous awards. Sarah received her BA in communications/public relations and English at the State University of New York New Paltz and earned the Certified Association Executive from the American Society of Association Executives. Sarah lives in Loudoun County, VA with her husband, son and dog.