We learned from my father the need to “give back” to the community, both in the way the Company performed for many non-profit clients and by giving our time to serve on non-profit boards. Throughout my time, I have taken on leadership positions in our local contracting associations which have familiarized me with the local market competitors, labor negotiations and relations. I have served on the Board with our state wide GC group (AGC NYS) which gave me further exposure to industry relations, legislative issues and advocacy, and liaisons with Architects, Subcontractors, and State building agencies statewide. I have served as President of these groups in terms through the 1990’s and 2000’s, as well as serving on the national AGC board and numerous national and regional committees. I will treasure all of these experiences, as they have aided in my personal and professional growth as an industry expert.
We recently celebrated our 100th anniversary of the company’s founding in 2012, and in 2014 we transitioned leadership and ownership of the company to our fourth generation- my cousin Dave Hollander, as President/CEO.
Looking back over 105 years and the immense geopolitical, macroeconomic, and social events that have changed the construction landscape constantly, I ask “What did it take to survive as a construction company, no, to thrive as an organization, and to evolve and adapt to all of the technological and market changes in our region ?” Imagine the resilience, tenacity, and bravery of a 22 year old immigrant to establish his name and company; creating an incredible degree of trust with client/owners, employees, and designers who were willing to entrust the building of their asset to his company.