Building Trades, Features, Law and Politics, New York

Robert G. Wessels Appointed GCA Executive Director

January 19, 2020

By Stephanie West

New York, NY – The General Contractors Association of New York (GCA) has appointed Robert G. Wessels as its next Executive Director.  Mr. Wessels has served as Acting Executive Director of the GCA since August 2019 and has been involved with the organization for many years. He has led the Law and Legislation Committee, served as an officer and member of the Executive Committee, and was the Association’s President in 2012 and 2013.  

“Robert is the consummate professional who brings cross-disciplinary skills to the job of executive director,” said GCA President Art Corwin. “He understands the complexities of public policy and the daily challenge of transferring plans and specifications into steel and concrete.  This is a unique ability that will well serve the GCA membership at an important time in the history of infrastructure construction in New York.”

Prior to joining the GCA, Robert spent 30 years in the construction industry managing and overseeing major regional heavy civil infrastructure projects.  In addition to his background in the building industry, he has extensive experience negotiating and reviewing government contracts, plans and specifications. 

“I work with an excellent team at the GCA and I look forward to leading the organization into a new decade and a new era, said Wessels. While there is currently robust investment in critical infrastructure, we must work in partnership with the City and State to invest wisely, and create a partnership that efficiently delivers the public works projects that are critical to New York’s future.”  

The General Contractors Association is celebrating its 110th Anniversary this year. The organization represents the heavy civil construction industry in transportation, infrastructure, and building foundations. The GCA 300 members employ 25,000 professional and unionized trades throughout New York State.

January 19, 2020

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