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Richard Anderson to step down as Building Congress chairman

The New York Building Congress Board of Directors announced yesterday (Tuesday) that Richard T. Anderson will step down at the end of 2016 after 22 years as president of the organization.

At that time, Anderson will assume the title of President Emeritus and will continue to serve the Building Congress as a consultant.

Building Congress chairman Richard Cavallaro announced that the Board is in the process of forming a committee, led by STV Group president and CEO Milo E. Riverso, to conduct a search for Anderson’s successor.

Anderson said, “I have been extremely fortunate to serve as the president of the New York Building Congress since 1994. It is a richly rewarding experience to be able to work with such a diverse, dedicated, and growing membership base representing every facet of the City’s design, construction, and real estate industry.

“Nothing is more inspirational than to witness firsthand what these men and women accomplish and create for New York’s built environment every day.”

Cavallaro paid tribute to Anderson’s work, saying, “For more than two decades, Dick has served the Building Congress with wisdom, honesty and integrity, and our industry owes him an enormous debt of gratitude for his dedication and support.

“Over its 95-year history, the Building Congress has never been more effective or more relevant and respected than it is today. Dick has and continues to be the driving force, and we are thrilled he will continue his service as President Emeritus and an invaluable consultant.”

Anderson, an advocate of strategic infrastructure investment and economic development, has dedicated his career to promoting the long-term growth of America’s foremost urban centers, primarily New York City.

Prior to becoming Building Congress President in 1994, he served as executive director of The Dallas Plan and as president of the Regional Plan Association.

He was the first elected President of the 40,000-member American Planning Association and served as chairman of its College of Fellows.

Anderson is a founding member of the American Institute of Certified Planners; a Member of the National Academy of Construction; a Director of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, the Salvadori Center, and the National Building Museum; and a Trustee of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York City.

The New York Building Congress is a membership coalition of business, labor, association and government organizations promoting the design, construction and real estate industry in New York City.

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