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Louis J. Coletti
President and CEO

Louis J. Coletti has over 25 years of experience in New York’s City’s construction industry.

He has been the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Building Trades Employers’ Association since 1997.  The BTEA is the nation’s largest contractor organization representing 27 contractor associations and 1,800 union construction managers, general contractors, and subcontractors in New York City.  He is responsible for leading the NYC construction industry’s strategy and efforts in the areas of economic development, government affairs, construction safety and workforce development and labor relations coordination.

From 1993-1997 he served as Senior Vice President at the construction management firm of Leher McGovern Bovis and from 1986-1993 as President & Chief Executive Officer of the New York Building Congress.

He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Opportunities, on the Executive Committee of the Association for a Better New York, is a member of the NYU Rudin Center for Transportation Policy Advisory Board, ACE Mentor Board of Directors and NYU Schack Real Estate School of Construction Management Advisory Board.

In 2008 he was named one of Engineering News Record Magazine's Top 25 National Newsmakers being recognized for his leadership in the a first of its kind in the nation, private sector Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement with organized labor.  That agreement led to the restarting of over $ 15 billion in construction projects that saved or created over 25,000 construction jobs during the economic crisis in 2008.

Mr. Coletti holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the New York University Robert Wagner School of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.  He also is a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program of the New York City Partnership.


Richard Kennedy
Skanska USA Building
Building Contractors Association

Mr. Kennedy is the Chief Operating Officer for Skanska USA Building’s operations in Metro New York and a member of the company’s national Senior Leadership Team. He serves as the company’s Ethics Champion and the executive sponsor of Skanska’s Healthcare Center of Excellence. Mr. Kennedy has also served as a Board Member of several Skanska affiliates, currently as a director of Skanska USA Commercial Development.

A 21-year veteran of the construction industry, Mr. Kennedy joined Skanska in 2004 and has overseen some of Skanska’s most high-profile projects in recent years, including the $1.7 billion United Nations Capital Master Plan renovation project and the $1.2 billion MetLife Stadium project. Currently, he is leading the Skanska-led design-build joint venture for the region’s largest Public-Private Partnership (P3) to replace the Central Terminal Building at LaGuardia Airport.

In addition to his day-to-day operational duties, Mr. Kennedy is an active construction industry participant and currently serves as Co-Chair for the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York City (BTEA), Director of the New York Building Contractors Association and Executive Committee Member of the New York ACE Mentor Program. Mr. Kennedy supports a variety of charitable organizations, and has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America with its Construction and Transportation Industry award.


Joseph Leo
Insulation Contractors Association
Atlantic Contracting & Specialties, LLC

Joe Leo is President of Atlantic Contracting & Specialties, LLC. Atlantic specializes in mechanical insulation, abatement, and firestop systems within the commercial and industrial markets. Mr. Leo oversees all project operations, safety, labor relations, and business development for Atlantic’s locations in New York City, Fishkill, Albany, Syracuse, Hartford and Boston.

Mr. Leo has spent 18 of his over 37 years in the construction industry with Atlantic. He has overseen the construction of many of today’s high profile projects in New York City including the World Trade Center’s Transportation Hub, Columbia University, Fordham Law School, and the Croton Water Pollution Control Plant, the new Astoria ll co-generation power plant, One Bryant Park, and The New School’s University Center.

Mr. Leo is President of the Insulation Contractor’s Association of New York City (ICA), Treasurer of the Insulation Contractor’s Association of Southern New York (ICASNY), and Secretary of the Subcontractors Trade Association (STA). He serves on the board of the National Insulation Association (NIA), the Eastern States Insulation Contractor’s Association (where he formerly served as President) (ESICA), and the National Union Insulation Contractor Alliance (NUICA). He is Co-Chairman of the Trust Funds for both the Heat and Frost Insulators of New York City and Westchester, and sits as a Trustee on the Funds in Connecticut. He also serves on Irex Corporation’s Senior Management Team.

Steven Alessio
Building Contractors Association
Sweet Construction Corp.

Jay Badame
Building Contractors Association
Tishman Construction Corp.

Scott Corneby
Building Contractors Association
Structure Tone, Inc.

Don DeNardo
Contractors Association of Greater NY
Lend Lease LMB, Inc.

Pat A. Di Filippo
Contractors Association of GNY
Turner Construction

Ralph Esposito
Contractors Association of Greater New York
Lend Lease LMB, Inc.

Victor Gany
Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors Assn.
Center Sheet Metal, Inc.

Stephen Gianotti
NYC Chapter, NECA
Arcadia Electrical Co., Inc.

Arthur Rubinstein
Allied Building Metal Industries
Skyline Steel Corp.

Michael Russo
Mechanical Contractors Association
Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp.

Paul Vieira
NECA, NY Chapter
IDL Communications & Electric

Lee Zaretzky
Assn. of Wall-Ceiling & Carpentry Industries
Ronsco, Inc.

Kevin Barrett
Building Contractors Association
Hunter Roberts Construction Group