Our Team

Matt Lynch
President

In 1989, Matt Lynch began his purposeful life’s work with Build Rehabilitation Industries, Inc. as President of the organization, marking the beginning of over 28 years of service and dedication to the company. Under his watch, Build has become an integral contributor to countless San Fernando area businesses as one of the region’s largest employment agencys’, contract packaging facility, and logistical solutions partners.

From 1973-1989, Matt was a partner and attorney at Melby, Lynch & Story, where his emphasis was in corporate and contract law. Matt also held senior level law positions with Lockheed, where from 1968-1973 he sourced international contracting, procurement and subcontracting solutions, and supervised litigation for government contract and labor arbitration claims.

Matt was a professor of Purchasing Law at California State University, Northridge from 1982-1998, and through the years has held essential posts as an active civic participant from non-profits to community hospitals. He has served as an appointed commissioner since 1977 on various Los Angeles County commissions Including the Task Force on Nutrition, Commission on Aging, Board of Governors for Arboreta and Botanic Gardens, and was previously commissioned to advise on the welfare system for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services..

A small business advocate for over 30 years, Matt has held board positions with the United Chamber of Commerce, the Winnetka Chamber, the Northridge Chamber , the Sherman Oaks Chamber and as President of the San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Association.

Matt carries his fundamental commitment to social and local business responsibility into his work with Build, where he helps to train and place physically and cognitively challenged individuals into competitive employment to become valued members of the local workforce.

Matt earned his Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law and his undergraduate degree in engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

 

Joel Smollett, Jr.
Vice President
Joel began his work for Build Rehabilitation Industries in 2001, shortly after completing his Bachelor of Arts in Government at Saint Mary’s College. During his 15-year tenure, Joel has contributed to most of the company’s major departments in employment development, training and placement capacities. He managed the company’s Options Behavior Program for eleven years, supporting individuals with behavior challenges to help them develop social and vocational skills. Joel also spent three years as a Rehabilitation Counselor, providing counseling, training and job placement in order to maximize the independence and employability of persons coping with various vocational difficulties. This year, he was promoted to the position of Vice President and currently leads all aspects of the company’s staffing and employment rehabilitation services. Joel embodies Build’s mission to identify, train and guide talented people to succeed and is dedicated to continuing to build a robust and diverse workforce for San Fernando Valley businesses.
Bill Augustyn
Director of Operations
Bill Augustyn is the Director of Operations for Build Rehabilitation Industries and leads the vast product assembly, contract packaging, warehouse and labor-intensive service programs for the company. Under Bill’s leadership, Build has forged alliances with businesses across the San Fernando Valley and beyond who have come to rely on Build for their contract packaging, warehousing and production needs. With over 25 years of experience, Bill possesses a keen understanding of the role quality subcontract packaging plays in bringing finished products to market. Throughout his tenure at Build, Bill has shaped superior operations management policies for the company, with attention to unmatched customer satisfaction, project efficiency and competitive pricing models. Under Bill’s stewardship, Build’s contract packaging and business services have increased to include hand assembly, blister and clamshell packaging, custom wrapping, club store packaging, POP displays, and more. Bill’s efforts have also help turn Build Business Services into one of the San Fernando Valley’s most trusted and reliable full service warehouse and facilities management centers. A California native, Bill studied physical sciences at California State University, Los Angeles and Pasadena City College.
Karl Pawlik
Director of Entrepreneurial Services
Karl has over 17 years of experience in the areas of organizational leadership, business development, strategy, marketing, and finance. Karl was previously the Vice President of Strategy and Finance for MIVI Neuroscience, a medical device company focused on the treatement of acute ischemic stroke. At MIVI, Karl led the development and execution of corporate strategy, constructed and directed the organizational infrastructure, negotiated development, partnership and distribution agreements, and successfully raised over $5 million in seed funding. Prior to joining MIVI, Karl founded Evening Sky Consulting, a boutique consulting firm focused on the development of intelligenced-based strategies and the creation and implementation of business plans. Karl also spent over 10 years with St. Jude Medical (now Abbott Medical), where he advanced his career from a financial analyst to the Director of Strategic Market Analysis for the company's $3.3 billion Implantable Electronics Systems Division. During his time with St. Jude, he also had the pleasure of leading aspects of business development, which resulted in the successful acquisition of both NanoStim and CardioMEMs. Karl started his professional career by working for Applied Materials for 3 years. Karl holds a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from California State University at Northridge.
Cynthia Kolke
Marketing & Sales Assistant
Cynthia Kolke is currently responsible for new sales, communication and satisfaction of current customers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and data processing and entrepreneurship certifications from Amos Tuck School of business. She was employed by IBM for twenty years where she gained experience in operations, administration and rose through the sales ranks to Director of Marketing, in charge of mergers, acquisitions, banking, and large account marketing. She started and ran her own successful nutrition business for 20 years, taking it public and back private. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she has lived in Connecticut, Minnesota, and now California.

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