WASHINGTON -- The Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), the national business trade association comprised exclusively of approximately 115 chief executives from the leading design / construction companies doing business in the United States and globally, has elected Thomas F.  Gilbane, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Gilbane Building Cos. as Chairman of the organization for a term of one year.

He succeeds Patricia "Pat" Rodgers, President and CEO of Rodgers Builders Inc., Charlotte, N.C.  Gilbane was elected during CIRT's Annual Spring Meeting, which also welcomed new directors.

Commenting on his election, Gilbane said "I am proud of the progress CIRT has made to positively impact the design and construction industry globally.  I look forward to leading our dedicated members to achieve CIRT's strategic mission while collaborating with my peers on the challenges we all face today in our own organizations and the industry as a whole."

Gilbane Building Companies provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, close-out and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has more than 50 office locations around the world.

Reflecting on Gilbane's election to the chair, CIRT President Mark A. Casso noted "Tom represents the very best the design/construction industry has to offer; he gives back generously to our community and to his colleagues, embracing volunteer tasks and assignments without hesitation.  His can-do spirit, sense of opportunism, and positive disposition make him a true joy to work with and to be around.  I look forward to spending time with him in the coming year as Chairman."

Also elected as officers are:

* H. Ralph Hawkins, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Chairman of HKS, Inc., Dallas, as Vice Chairman;
* Wayne A. Drinkward, Chairman and CEO of Hoffman Corporation, Portland, Ore., as Treasurer; and
* Patricia "Pat" Rodgers, President and CEO of Rodgers Builders Inc., Charlotte, N.C., will continue on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chairman.

In addition to the executive committee elections, CIRT also welcomed the following four industry leaders as new directors who will serve on the board through 2018:

* Thomas M. Keckeis, President and CEO, Messer Construction, Cincinnati 
* Deryl McKissack, P.E., PMP, CEO & President, McKissack and McKissack, Washington
* Herb Morgan, Senior Vice President – Infrastructure, FLUOR, Irving, Texas
* Wassim Selman, PH.D., P.E., President, U.S. Infrastructure, ARCADIS, Atlanta 

Outgoing directors include Paul A. Franzen, President, Barnard Construction Co.; Gilberto Neves, President and CEO, Odebrecht Construction, Inc.; and William C. Siegel, P.E., CEO, Kleinfelder Group; and Tom Sorley, Chairman and CEO, Rosendin Electric.

"CIRT is fortunate to have a dedicated board of such highly regarded industry professionals. We offer congratulations to our new officers and directors, and thank all of our current and outgoing directors for their service to CIRT and its members as well as the design / construction industry" says Casso.

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