Louis J. Coletti
President and CEO
With over 30 years of experience in the building industry, Building Traders Employers Association (BTEA) President, Louis “Lou” Coletti, is one of New York City’s leading advocates for the construction contracting community, having been recognized as one of the top 100 most influential business, civic and labor leaders in New York City by City and State for the last five consecutive years. 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 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Rebuild New York Task Force.
Coletti has served as the President and 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 and 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 leadership of BTEA in 1997 and has led the organization for over two decades.
Coletti sits on NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer’s MWBE Advisory Council, Executive Committee of Association for a Better New York, Board of Directors of Construction Skills and Helmets to Hardhats. He is Vice Chairman of the Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Commission on Construction Opportunities, Mayor’s Career and Technical Education Advisory Council and Vice Chairman of New York Building Congress.
During the COVID-19 health crisis, Governor Cuomo appointed him to New York Forward’s Re-Opening Advisory Board, as well as Mayor de Blasio’s COVID-19 Task Force. BTEA played an integral role in the state’s response to COVID-19, creating a digital resource center to inform members of the constantly changing regulations related to their work. Members provided support in building field hospitals at Jacob K. Javits Center, Stony Brook University and aboard the USNS Comfort.
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.
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.