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Holt names first female CEO in its 100-year history

Holt Construction Corp. has named Patricia Zugibe as the first female to lead the company in its over 100-year history.

Zugibe joins Jack Holt, chairman, and Christopher Asaro, president in leading the executive management team into the next generation of construction services.

“Turning the CEO position over to Patricia Zugibe feels like shifting a performance sports car into high gear,” said Holt.  “With her ability, knowledge, experience and drive she will be guiding the Holt organization to the next level. We look forward to her striking an essential balance in this male-dominated construction industry.”

Zugibe brings a myriad of leadership roles spanning over three decades as a principal owner of development and construction companies, acting county executive, and an attorney.

She started her tenure at Holt Construction in 2014 as in-house Counsel overseeing all transactional legal matters including litigation, ethics and compliance, corporate governance and risk management.


With a strong background in risk management, building policies and construction, she is a champion of placing safety as a cornerstone of the company’s practices, promoting a zero-incident philosophy and committed to cultivating a diverse family culture with an emphasis on community involvement.

 “When the world was turned upside down by COVID-19, Patricia Zugibe was instrumental in developing a game plan that safeguarded the care and wellbeing of our employees and their families, while continuing to perform business on behalf of clients safely and efficiently,” noted Asaro.

Zugibe’s primary focus is to preserve the Hotl’s historic 100-year-plus legacy as a construction leader, while setting a course for continued growth in the future. 

Founded in 1919, the company has managed to survive and thrive through two global pandemics, two World Wars, a Great Depression and Great Recession. 

“I’m proud to take on the stewardship of Holt’s incredible legacy, reflecting on its resolve and tenacity to successfully navigate and persevere over 100 years in the construction industry by mitigating risk, staying the course and delivering exceptional client service,” said Zugibe.

Holt has represented a multitude of clients in airports, infrastructure,  healthcare, retail and education. The company has built over 30 million square feet of retail spaces including the development of Woodbury Commons; airport lounges including the United Airlines Polaris club and American Express Centurion lounge; SUNY Rockland Technology Center, Montefiore St. Luke Cornwall comprehensive chronic care center, extended work on behalf of the pandemic for Pfizer on its Rockland County, NY campus; and the building of a temporary hospital with the Army Corps of Engineers in a record 14 days at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, NJ.

 Holt has represented the critical technology sector throughout the country on behalf of Lumen and Goldman Sachs. It is currently working on American Airlines Terminal 8 at JFK, among other projects across the country.

Prior to joining Holt Construction, Zugibe  was a partner in PVZ Development, a residential rental property company, and owner of North Rockland Developers Inc. and Zugibe Construction, Inc.  Some of her previously held positions and career highlights include County Attorney and Acting County Executive for the County of Rockland, NY; Attorney for the Town of Stony Point, NY; Southern CA Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Board of Directors; and President of the NYS County Attorney’s Association.

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