Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

pratt.jpgJames Pratt, III, Chairman

Pratt Brothers, Inc.
45 S 4th Street
Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-289-6100

Jim is chairman of the Long Island Contractors' Association and immediate past president of the New York Chapter of Associated General Contractors. The Pratt family has been in construction since 1926. Jim started out working with his father at Guy Pratt Inc., after which he and his brother Tom started their own independent company, naming it Pratt Brothers Inc. A Garden City resident, Jim and his wife, Cathy, have three sons. Jim has a civil engineering degree from Lehigh University.

farino.jpgPaul Farino, Secretary-Treasurer

Kings Park Industries, Inc.
201 Moreland Road
Suite 2
Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-543-7560

Paul is Secretary-Treasurer of Kings Park Asphalt and a third generation Long Island contractor. His company has been producing asphalt at the same Kings Park location for 59 years. A graduate of St. John's University with a degree in accounting, Farino joined his brothers, Michael, Jack and Anthony at the family firm after three years of working for a Fortune 500 company. He lives in Fort Salonga with his wife, Debbie, and two sons.

ahern.jpgPatrick Ahern

Edward Ehrbar, Inc.
4 Executive Plaza,
Suite 155
Yonkers, NY 10701
914-738-5100

Pat is president of Edward Ehrbar, Inc. a 106-year-old family-owned distributor of construction equipment based in Yonkers. Pat began with the company part-time during his high school and college years. After he earned his degree in business economics from the State University of New York, Albany, he joined as a full-time employee. He's a member of the Westchester County Construction Industry Council, the New York City General Contractors Association and the Association of Equipment Distributors. He lives in Nesconset with his wife, Carlyn, and two children.

fernandes_nelson.jpgNelson Fernandes

Divad Concrete, Inc.
PO Box 1179
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-588-4404

Nelson Fernandes is the President of Divad Concrete, Inc. which he formed in March of 2003. Over the years Nelson has worked to facilitate a positive working environment between the subcontractor and general contractor. Nelson's family has been in the concrete construction business for over 40 years. He learned the business by working alongside his father, Mario, and performing various duties for his company. He is a dedicated husband to his wife, Marcy, and father to his two daughters, Mia and Nicole.

golden_jason.jpgJason Golden

110 Sand Company
170 Cabot Street
West Babylon, NY 11704
631-249-4108

Jason Golden is President of 110 Sand Company located in West Babylon, NY.  110 Sand Company has operated for over thirty years providing sand and gravel resources that have built Long Island and the New York metro area. As President, Mr. Golden brings his background in business economics and finance, as well as hands-on involvement to guide the company's daily operations and continued growth through the 21st century.  Prior to joining 110 Sand in 2005, Mr. Golden worked at Deloitte & Touche as a Senior Consultant in their Regulatory Division, as an Investment Banker in Natural Resources at Goldman Sachs, and at the New York Stock Exchange as a Regulatory Examiner.  Mr. Golden also serves as a board member on the Farmingdale College Foundation Board since 2010.  Mr. Golden holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from Hofstra University.

haney.jpgJames Haney, III

H&L Contracting, LLC.
38 Homan Avenue
Bayshore, NY 11706
631-831-3114

James is general manager at Rason Asphalt. He entered the family construction business in 2001, shortly after graduating from Hofstra University Law School. He worked for Newborn Construction and moved to Rason Asphalt in 2004. In addition, he is an employer trustee for the benefit funds of Local 138, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). James holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Hofstra University. He and his wife, Lorraine, and daughter, Ella, live in Massapequa.

haugland.jpgWilliam Haugland, Jr

Grace Industries LLC
11 Commercial Street
Plainview, NY 11803
516-336-6720

Billy is a principal of Grace Industries LLC, a Haugland Group company and a full-service civil/heavy highway construction firm primarily serving the New York metropolitan area and the Northeastern United States. Starting as an entry level project administrator, from 2005 to 2006, Mr. Haugland worked on various projects at Hawkeye.  Under the guidance of Hawkeye Project Managers and his father Bill Sr., eventually Billy progressed to a project managerial position with the firm.  In 2007, the Haugland Group acquired an asphalt plant in Queens, NY.  This was the beginning of Grace Industries LLC & Grace Asphalt LLC.  Similar to his approach during his work with Hawkeye, he worked within every aspect of the operational facility.  In addition to Grace Asphalts’ productivity, Haugland was also thoroughly involved in Grace Industries, their heavy civil construction “sister” company.  Grace Industries has grown to become one of the largest NYSDOT contractors in the downstate regions.  Billy continues to uphold the family legacy, applying his solid professional understanding of the industry with and his personal integrity and reputation for hard work.

lizza.jpgJohn Lizza

Intercounty Paving Associates
113 Magnolia Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516-827-6900

John is President for InterCounty Paving Associates in Hicksville. He and his brother, Carl, founded the firm in Hackettstown, NJ and it has now expanded to Pennsylvania and New York. He is active in many charities and has a special interest in the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, following in the footsteps of his uncles, Nick and Carl Lizza. He is an avid golfer, fisherman, thoroughbred racing enthusiast and lover of fine wines. He lives in his hometown of Oyster Bay.

posillico_joe.jpgJoseph K Posillico

Posillico
1750 New Highway
Farmingdale, NY 11735
631-249-1872

Joseph K. Posillico is the President & CEO of Posillico. With over 32 years experience in the construction industry, Joe's primary responsibilities include oversight of estimating, project management and Strategic Planning. Joe graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 1981. Upon graduation, he joined the Exxon Corporation. While at Exxon, he coordinated and oversaw various construction and environmental remediation projects. He also managed his division's safety program and participated in labor negotiations.  In 1987, Joe returned to Posillico and managed several complex projects for both the NYSDOT and the Port Authority of NY & NJ. In 1991, he joined Posillico's estimating department. He then assumed the role of Vice President and Chief Estimator, the position he held until he becoming President in 2004.

scalamandre.jpgPeter Scalamandre

Peter Scalamandre & Sons, Inc.
157 Albany Avenue
Freeport, NY 11520
516-868-3000

Peter is President of Peter Scalamandre & Sons, Inc. and its eight subsidiaries. Started in 1929 by Peter's grandfather, the business began as a small driveway contractor and has successfully grown under the guidance of Peter's father, Joe, and his uncle, Fred, into a full service construction firm. A graduate of Utica College with a degree in construction management, Peter is a member and Past President of the Concrete Contractors of New York. Devoted to helping others in need, Peter sits on the board of the De La Salle School for underprivileged middle school boys in Freeport. He's an avid boater and lives with his wife, Connie, and two daughters in Seaford.

Staff

herbst.jpgMarc Herbst

Executive Director

 

Marc Herbst is the Executive Director of the Long Island Contractors' Association, Inc. (LICA), a nationally regarded advocacy organization that seeks increased funding of our region’s infrastructure. As the association's chief executive officer he is responsible for the daily administration of programs and services offered to LICA’s more than 150 member firms that create thousands of construction jobs within a bi-county area. Mr. Herbst also serves as Vice President of the New York Roadway and Infrastructure Coalition (NYRIC) and is a Past Chairman of the Council of State Executives for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

Mr. Herbst is also active is various business and labor organizations. He is a member of the economic development and infrastructure committee for the Long Island Association, the region's chamber of commerce, and also serves as a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council's infrastructure subcommittee. In addition, Mr. Herbst is an employer trustee for several labor benefit trust funds, such as Laborers Local No. 1298, Operating Engineers Local No. 138, and Teamsters Local No. 282.

Mr. Herbst joined the association in 2006 after serving the New York State Thruway Authority as its Director of Transportation Planning and Environmental Services. In that position he also served as the Executive Project Manager for the planning study to the new Tappan Zee Bridge now under construction between Rockland and Westchester Counties.

While representing part of Long Island in the New York State Legislature for five terms, former Assemblyman Herbst concentrated his efforts in his field of expertise, serving as the ranking member of the Assembly Transportation Committee. He also served as a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Capital Review Board and as a member of the Long Island Commission on Critical Transportation Choices.

Mr. Herbst has been recognized professionally and personally, honored as the "2010 Construction Executive of the Year" for his contributions and leadership as the chief executive officer of LICA, and was named the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce "2002 Citizen of the Year." His community and charitable work includes service as a board member of the United Way of Long Island, a Long Island trustee of Molloy College’s Energeia Partnership, the president of the Hicksville Community Council, that community's umbrella organization of all clubs and organizations, as well as the president of the Hicksville Library Board.

Herbst, who holds a Master's of Divinity from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, Rochester, NY, is an ordained minister and presides as pastor of the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran in Manhasset. He had previously served as the Chief of Staff to the New York Metropolitan Region’s Lutheran Bishop, responsible for implementing a strategic plan for its 200 ministry sites. His educational training further includes a Master of Science degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic University, Brooklyn, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from SUNY Empire State College. He and his wife Carol, a court reporter, reside in West Islip. They have three adult daughters and one grandson.

buro.jpgSheryl Buro

Deputy Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer


Sheryl Buro joined LICA in 2009 as Comptroller / Office Administrator, responsible for internal financial controls and administration, as well as monitoring external financial matters affecting the highway and heavy construction industry, such as analyzing and auditing public works bids, contracts and municipal capital programs. For nearly a decade prior to joining LICA, Sheryl held several prestigious Associate positions in the Treasury, Management Reporting & Analysis, and Fund Accounting Departments at Ivy Asset Management, a subsidiary of the Bank of New York - Mellon, as well as serving as a Senior Account Administrator at F.A. Spina & Co. Sheryl is now the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer here at LICA. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University. Sheryl and her husband Glenn are raising their two young children in Farmingville.

LBarker_headshot.jpglynn barker

Manager of Marketing, Research & Analytics

 

Lynn Barker joined LICA in October 2014 as Manager of Marketing, Research & Analytics. Lynn manages the design, development and implementation of new marketing projects, as well as providing additional research and analytical support for the organization. She has also assumed responsibility for LICA’s bi-weekly newsletter, social media communications and upcoming events. Prior to joining LICA, Lynn managed her own marketing firm in Huntington, for over 13 years. As a certified NYS Women-Owned Business, she served clients ranging from start-ups and non-profits to the Fortune 500. Lynn holds an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Nassau County Community College. She currently resides in Syosset with her husband and daughter.

barone_2015.pngSamantha Barone

Assistant to the Executive Director

 

Samantha Barone joined LICA in August 2015 as the new part-time Assistant to the Executive Director. Samantha serves as the front desk receptionist while supporting the LICA staff with daily operations and special projects. She assists with website updates, member mailings, proofreading, bid results, and much more. Ms. Barone can also be found working at LICA events throughout the year. Samantha currently lives in Medford, where she raises her daughter, Jordyn.

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