ROI Influencers: Union Leaders — Building Trades

John Capo
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union of N.J.

He began his career as an apprentice in 1984, became secretary-treasurer of Local 4 in 2000, secretary-treasurer of the state administration district council in 2006 and then took over the director role in 2020. Among numerous other roles, he has served as a councilman in Totowa since 2016.

Daniel Cosner
Building Trades Council of Southern N.J.

In addition to being president of the 20,000-member Building Trades Council of Southern N.J., he was appointed secretary-treasurer of the N.J. State Electrical Workers Association in 2016. He also has served as business manager/financial secretary of influential and impactful IBEW Local 351 since 2001.

Wayne DeAngelo
New Jersey Mechanical and Allied Crafts Council

An assemblyman since 2007, DeAngelo also is a leader in local and regional labor union organizations, serving as president of the N.J. Mechanical and Allied Crafts Council and president of the Mercer/Burlington Counties Building Trades.

Patrick Delle Cava
Business manager
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 102

The group’s five-year apprenticeship program — and continuous education training at its 16,000-square-foot facility — ensures its members provide the highest quality of work.

Joe Demark
New Jersey State Council of Sheet Metal Workers

A third-generation sheet metal worker, Demark has served in numerous roles for Local 25, including being elected as business agent and recording secretary in 2006. In 2009, he was elected president of the N.J. State Council of Sheet Metal Workers.

Joseph Egan
Business manager
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 456

Egan, 85, is a legendary figure in Middlesex County and across the state. While he has decided he won’t seek reelection after 22 years as an assemblyman, he will continue his role with the IBEW Local 456, where he has been business manager since 1986.

Dan Gumble
Business manager & financial secretary
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 164

Influential Local 164 includes more than 2,000 electricians active in Bergen, Hudson and Essex counties on residential, commercial and industrial projects, and more than 700 telecommunications workers contracted throughout the state.

Mike Hellstrom
Vice president & Eastern regional manager
Laborers International Union of North America

A second-generation laborer, Hellstrom has been a member of LiUNA since 1984. He succeeded the highly regarded Ray Pocino as head of group that represents more than 45,000 workers in N.J., New York, Delaware and Puerto Rico.

Jack Kocsis
Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Heads group that aims to unify the construction community in New Jersey through efforts in labor, government and owner relations.

Greg Lalevee
Business manager
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825

Strong, steady leader of perhaps the most impactful union in state. If there’s a major project that needs to be done, the IUOE — with more than 8,000 highly trained and experienced heavy equipment operators, mechanics and surveyors — will be there.

Mike Laughlin
South Jersey Building Trades

He serves a number of roles, including assistant business manager with International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 21, a member of Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and president of Atlantic and Cape May County Building Trades Council.

Mark Longo
Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative 825

He brings more than 20 years in government affairs and building trades public affairs to ELEC 825 — while also serving on labor advisory committees for several U.S. representatives.

Robert Loubier
Executive secretary-treasurer
Eastern Millwright Regional Council

An affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the Eastern Millwright Regional Council is one of six unions that will play a key role in development of offshore wind industry in N.J.

Michael Maloney
New Jersey State Pipe Trades

Maloney, who represents the pipe trades on the N.J. Building and Construction Trades Council, has been business manager-financial secretary of Local 9 since 2004 — which leads more than 2,500 members. Also president of Mercer County Central Labor Council

Bill Mullen
New Jersey Building and Construction Trades Council

One of the most important labor leaders in the state. He oversees 15 unions and more than 150,000 members.

Wayne Richardson
Laborers Local 55

Longtime labor leader also is president of the Essex County board of commissioners.

William Sproule
Executive secretary-treasurer
Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters

Group of 41,000 is made up of a variety of trade groups, including commercial/residential carpenters, heavy highway, piledrivers, floor-layers, mill cabinet and more.

Richard Sweeney
Business manager & president
Iron Workers Local 399

Sweeney heads powerful South Jersey union that oversees more than 1,000 members. A second-generation ironworker, he has served in various roles for Local 399 since starting his career as an apprentice in 1982. He was elected business manager in 2012.

Steve Sweeney
First vice president
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

As the former state Senate president, he still has direct connections to the governor and Legislature. A member of Iron Workers Local 399 since 1977, he continues to have major influence throughout the state and region on numerous projects.

Cyndie Williams
Executive director
Carpenter Contractor Trust

A longtime member of the union with more than two decades of experience in various roles in the construction industry, she is first woman to head the Carpenter Contractor Trust.

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