Skanska’s Webb Joins Salvadori Center’s Board of Directors

Press release 8/29/2013 11:00 AM EST

Construction veteran to encourage students to pursue opportunities in the industry.

New York, NY – Skanska USA announced today that New York’s Salvadori Center has selected Tom Webb, executive vice president and general manager for Skanska USA Building’s Metro New York office, to join its board of directors.
Webb brings more than 31 years of construction experience to Salvadori’s board, and will provide valuable expertise to support Salvadori’s mission to inspire students and teachers to use the built world as a foundation for learning about mathematics, science, art, language, social studies, and technology.

“The Salvadori Board and staff are delighted that Skanska USA is continuing its long history of support and participation on our Board through the appointment of Tom Webb,” said Kenn Jones, Salvadori’s Executive Director. “Salvadori’s Board is comprised of building industry leaders from New York’s top companies who are integral to the organization’s success.”

“Education is integral to advancing the construction industry, and we greatly appreciate Salvadori’s approach in teaching science and math through the exploration of infrastructure,” said Richard Kennedy, co-chief operating officer of Skanska USA Building’s Metro New York office. “Tom has played a key role in mentoring our staff throughout his career at Skanska, and we are confident he will add tremendous value to Salvadori’s educational programs. As a board member of the ACE Mentor Program’s New Jersey chapter, I am especially thrilled Webb is joining Skanska’s ongoing effort to advance the industry through inspiring and educating the next generation of construction and engineering professionals.”

In his role at Skanska, Webb drives the firm’s overall business operations for its building business unit throughout the New York tri-state region. He oversees a team of hundreds of construction and engineering professionals, and is also responsible for developing and maintaining lasting relationships with Skanska’s key customers and partners.

In addition to spearheading Skanska’s business plan throughout the New York region, Webb is passionate about supporting the tri-state region’s educational and philanthropic community. For example, the Ronald McDonald House of New York recently honored Webb with a “Builder of Hope” award for his commitment to the organization’s mission to house families with sick or hospitalized children. Skanska is also an avid sponsor of United Way of New York City’s annual LIVE UNITED Bridge Walk, which raises awareness about the need to close the gaps in education, income, stability and health among low-income residents of New York.  The New York office also collaborates with the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Toys for Tots.

Skanska is committed to inspiring the next generation of construction workers and engineers to learn about opportunities in the construction industry through constant educational outreach. Skanska USA President and CEO Mike McNally serves on the ACE Mentor Program’s national board, and encourages Skanska’s professionals to immerse themselves in teaching students about the field.  Skanska also recently partnered with Trilogy Publications to sponsor the new book “Those Amazing Builders,” which was designed to interest middle and high school students in construction careers as the industry embarks upon an anticipated hiring boom. In addition to Skanska’s national efforts, Skanska partners with organizations in each local community where it works, visiting career fairs and hosting events. Skanska’s Washington D.C. office recently partnered with The Mentor Foundation USA’s Authentic Career Experiences program to host a day of educational activities to teach students about engineering, construction, development and urban planning.