Board of Directors & Staff

Board of Directors

James Pratt, III


Pratt Brothers, Inc.
45 S 4th Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706

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.

Paul Farino


Kings Park Materials LLC
P.O. Box 530 Old Bethpage, NY 11804

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.

James Haney, III

H&L Contracting, LLC.
38 Homan Avenue Bayshore, NY 11706

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.

Jason Golden

110 Sand Company
170 Cabot Street West Babylon, NY 11704

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.

Phillip M. Beyer

Bancker Construction Corp.
171 Freeman AvenueIslip, NY 11751

Phillip Beyer is Executive Vice President of Bancker Construction Corp. A graduate of George Washington University and Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Beyer returned to Bancker in 2009, joining his father Stephen and uncle Michael to run the firm his grandfather incorporated in 1958. Bancker’s work focuses on utility infrastructure improvements throughout the New York metropolitan region. During his tenure with Bancker, Phillip has deepened the company’s commitment to training, risk management and customer service. His legal background coupled with two decades of exposure to urban and suburban civil construction challenges has helped sensitize the company to communication and community involvement in projects. He is active in several philanthropic pursuits involving health care and veteran’s affairs. Phillip lives on the North Shore of Long Island with his wife and two sons.

William Haugland, Jr

Grace Industries LLC
336 South Service Road Melville, NY 11747

William Haugland Jr. (Billy) is Co-President of Haugland Group LLC, a Long Island, New York based infrastructure services company with subsidiaries that provide a wide range of heavy civil, energy and transportation construction services.

Exploring his passion for transportation infrastructure at a young age, Mr. Haugland took a role within his family-owned construction business, working in the field with project management teams. He held several positions throughout the company’s subsidiaries, taking an immersive approach to learning the intricacies of the various businesses. In his current role, Mr. Haugland oversees the management of Haugland Group’s portfolio, including Grace Industries LLC and Haugland Energy LLC, which operate throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.

In addition to being a Board member of the Long Island Contractors’ Association, Mr. Haugland sits on the Board the Highway Board of Governors for the Associated General Contractors of America New York State chapter (AGC NYS), and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Metro New York chapter.

Peter Scalamandre

Peter Scalamandre & Sons, Inc.
157 Albany Avenue Freeport, NY 11520

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.

Samantha Ruttura

Our Rental Pumps
68 Allen Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735

Samantha is President of Our Rental Pumps in Farmingdale, New York. Inspired by her family’s success and proud to be representing the 4th generation of Ruttura’s working in the Long Island construction business, Samantha opened her own company—Our Rental Pumps—in 2011. The company is constantly evolving and growing to meet her customer’s needs. Today they offer rentals on concrete pumps, tele belts, excavators and Magni Telescopic Handlers. Over the past few years, Samantha has worked to grow the company while finalizing WBE certifications. Today, her company is currently certified WBE by New York State, New York City and The Port Authority of NY & NJ. She is also an active member of the American Concrete Pumping Association and an advocate for the ACPA Operator Safety Training and Certification. Samantha has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in early childhood education and currently lives in Huntington.

Joseph K Posillico

1750 New Highway Farmingdale, NY 11735

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 becoming President in 2004.


Marc Herbst

Executive Director

Marc Herbst has served as Executive Director of the Long Island Contractors’ Association (LICA), the premier regional trade association of the heavy construction industry since 2006, where he manages services and programming, labor, and safety training for more than 170-member firms and acts as the voice for the industry’s public and government advocacy. Under Mr. Herbst’s tenure, LICA has become a critical driver of the Long Island economy, responsible for thousands of construction jobs within the bi-county region. He serves concurrently as the New York Roadway and Infrastructure Coalition (NYRIC) president. In addition, Herbst is a Past Chairman of the Council of State Executives for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), a board member of the own of Islip’s MacArthur Airport’s Advisory Board, and a director of the Midway Crossing Local Development Corporation (CDC).

A sought-after public speaker and industry leader, Mr. Herbst plays an extensive role in various regional business and labor organizations. He is an employer trustee for several labor benefit trust funds, including Laborers Local No. 1298, Operating Engineers Local No. 138, and Teamsters Local No. 282. He also proudly serves as a United Way of Long Island board member, sitting on the Audit, Finance & Administration Committee. Previously, Mr. Herbst served as a Bethpage Federal Credit Union associate board member. Mr. Herbst is the former Director of Transportation Planning and Environmental Services for the New York State Thruway Authority. In that role, he served as the executive project manager for the study to rebuild the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. Prior, he served as a five-term State Assemblyman, working as the ranking member of the Assembly Transportation Committee. As an elected official, he was respected on both sides of the political aisle for his integrity, willingness to engage in thoughtful debate, and commitment to public service. He also served on the MTA’s Capital Review Board and the Long Island Commission on Critical Transportation Choices.

An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Reverend Herbst is now assigned as pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lindenhurst, NY. He previously served as the Chief of Staff for the New York metropolitan region bishop and pastorate positions at the Church of the Good Shepherd – Lutheran, Plainview, NY, the Church of Our Saviour, Lutheran, Manhasset, NY, and Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Syosset, NY.

Herbst holds a Master of Science degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from New York University, a Master of Divinity from St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from SUNY Empire State College. He also enrolled in doctoral studies in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary. Mr. Herbst is a 2008 graduate and current board member of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy University.

Mr. Herbst and his wife, Carol, reside in West Islip, NY. They are the proud parents of three adult daughters and five grandchildren.

Sheryl Buro

Deputy Executive Director / Chief Financial Officer

Sheryl Buro joined LICA in 2009 as Comptroller / Office Administrator, responsible for internal financial controls and administration and 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 before 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. Recognized by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s Most Powerful Women, 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.

Jaime Franchi

Director of Communications and Government Relations

Jaime Franchi joined LICA in 2022 as Director of Communications and Government Relations. She is an award-winning communications professional with experience in government, investigative journalism, and media relations. Before joining LICA, Jaime served as Government Relations Liaison for Island Harvest Food Bank, where she advocated for anti-hunger policy. Her prior experience includes serving as Suffolk County Deputy Communications Director for Strategic Planning, Associate Public and Media Relations Director at Long Island University, Vice President for Communications at CooperHill, and Executive Editor at Morey Publishing (Long Island Press/Milieu Long Island Magazine). Jaime graduated from Dowling College with honors in English Literature and attended the graduate program for English Literature at Hofstra University. Jaime is a member of the 2022 class of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College. She currently resides in Islip Terrace with her two children.

Cheryl (Cheri) Rice

Director of External Relations

Cheryl (Cheri) Rice joined LICA in 2021 as Director of External Relations. She assists the Executive Director in representing the association at various stakeholder and community events, governmental forums, and political fundraisers. Most recently, Cheri has held previous positions as assistant to the Hempstead Town Supervisor, District Director of the 4th Congressional District Office, and executive assistant to the Nassau County District Attorney. Cheri also brings extensive event planning and management experience from her previous work with Nassau Coliseum and Suffolk County Sports and Exhibition Center, as well as the United States Tennis Association and National Football League. Cheri has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Skidmore College and resides in Sea Cliff, NY.