Elizabeth Crowley Elected President and CEO of the Building Trades Employers Association

By BTEA | April 13, 2023

Crowley to lead contractor organization representing 1,200 member companies in New York.

April 13, 2023 – New York, NY – Elizabeth Crowley, a former New York City Council Member, will succeed Lou Coletti as President and CEO of the Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA). Crowley, who worked as a union restorative painter on prized landmarks before serving in the Council, is the first woman to lead the organization that is New York’s largest contractor association.

“It is an honor to be entrusted President and CEO of the Building Trades Employers Association,” Crowley stated.  “I look forward to working with BTEA member companies to advance the construction industry as it addresses pressing needs of people in our communities, drive innovation, and add to a more sustainable and resilient skyline that is built by a diverse and inclusive union workforce.”

Addressing issues of importance facing the industry, the city, and the planet, Crowley is committed that the BTEA will continue its work to promote safety, bring more women and diversity to the construction industry, increase resiliency in the built environment, and lead in the fight against climate change.

As a member of the New York City Council, Elizabeth successfully fought for a record amount of funding for construction of schools, and passed resolutions that strengthened construction safety standards, expanded opportunities for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises, and funded programs that provided industry training including Nontraditional Employment for Women.

Pat Di Filippo, Executive Vice President of Turner Construction Company and Co-Chair of the BTEA said, “Elizabeth is a proven leader, a relationship builder, and has a passionate commitment to make the lives of New Yorkers and members of our industry better.”

Peter C. Vrankovic, President of KSW Mechanical LLC and Co-Chair of the BTEA said, “It is wonderful that the BTEA will be led by someone who entered the industry as a skilled union labor craft person. I am confident that Elizabeth will always have the workers who live and work in this city in mind as she affects positive change in our industry.”

Gary LaBarbera, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York said, “BTEA member companies are the most diverse and inclusive companies and organizations in the industry. I am excited to work with Elizabeth on our common goals for inclusion and expanding opportunities for union labor in every corner of the city.”

Lorraine Grillo, former First Deputy Mayor of New York City and who also led the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), and the New York City School Construction Association said, “Elizabeth brings unique experience and wonderful perspective to this role. She understands that it is so important to provide opportunities to diverse members of the community while building the physical infrastructure of the communities we serve.”

Coletti, who is retiring as President & CEO of the BTEA, “I look forward to seeing Elizabeth’s leadership and vision continue to advance the BTEA. It has been an honor to lead this organization, see it grow, and make a positive impact on the lives of so many people who work in the construction industry.”

After leaving BTEA, Coletti will launch a consulting firm that will work with the International Design Intelligence Organization to focus on strategies, processes, technologies, and the use of data to reduce real estate development and construction costs in New York City.

About Building Trades Employers Association

Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA) is the construction contractor’s unified advocate for construction safety standards, professional development, government affairs and public relations. BTEA has more than 1,200 general and specialty trade subcontractor member firms. BTEA is committed to fostering communication between public officials, public and private owners, labor and the general public.

For more than a century, BTEA’s activities have been dedicated to creating a building environment that meets the highest standards, integrity, cost efficiency, productivity and value that contributes to improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit www.bteany.com.