Louis J. Coletti
President and CEO
With over 30 years of experience in the building industry, BTEA President, Louis “Lou” Coletti, is one of New York City’s leading advocates for the construction contracting community. Coletti utilizes his experience in construction management and knowledge of the political climate in New York to strategically position BTEA and its members. Today, he is an active member of the Governor’s Rebuild New York Task Force.
Coletti has served as the President & Chief Executive Officer of BTEA since 1997, during which he has led New York’s construction industry through economic, logistical and technological changes. Coletti is responsible for leading the NYC construction industry’s strategy and efforts in the areas of economic development, government affairs, construction safety and workforce development and labor relations coordination.
From 1986-1993, Coletti served as President & Chief Executive Officer of the New York Building Congress and from 1993-1997, served as Senior Vice President at the construction management firm of Leher McGovern Bovis. He assumed the leadership of BTEA in 1997 and has led the organization for over two decades.
In 2008, he was named one of Engineering News Record Magazine’s Top 25 National Newsmakers, being recognized for his leadership in a first of its kind in the nation, private sector Economic Recovery Project Labor Agreement with organized labor. That agreement led to the restarting of over $15 billion in construction projects that saved or created over 25,000 construction jobs during the economic crisis in 2008. Coletti also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Mayor’s Commission on Construction Opportunities and is on the Executive Committee of the Association for a Better New York.
Coletti holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert Wagner School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of the David Rockefeller Fellows Program of New York City Partnership.