Construction industry honors diversity champions

The Edward J. Malloy Initiative for Construction Skills (Construction Skills) recently honored four individuals for their commitment to growing the diversity of New York City’s construction industry and expanding opportunities in communities across the five boroughs at the seventh annual Building Futures Awards Reception.

Matthew Aracich, business manager of Heat & Frost Insulators Local No. 12; Richard Kennedy, co-chief operating officer of Skanska USA Building Inc. ; Edwin Lopez, executive secretary of the New York Electrical Contractors Association and; Amy Peterson, director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery were recognized during a ceremony attended by Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, NYS Department of Labor.

Gary LaBarbera, president of the Edward J. Molloy Initiative for Construction Skills and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC), chaired the event along with Louis J. Coletti, president and CEO of the Building Trades Employers’ Association of New York City.

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