Robert Wessels Jan. 20 was named executive director of the General Contractors Association of New York (GCA), an ARTBA chapter affiliate. He had been serving as acting executive director since August 2019.

“Robert is the consummate professional who brings cross-disciplinary skills to the job of executive director,” GCA President Art Corwin said. “He understands the complexities of public policy and the daily challenge of transferring plans and specifications into steel and concrete. This is a unique ability that will well serve the GCA membership at an important time in the history of infrastructure construction in New York.”

As a volunteer leader, Wessels was involved with the GCA for many years, leading the Law and Legislation Committee, serving as an officer and member of the Executive Committee, and as the association’s president in 2012 and 2013. Prior to joining the GCA staff last year, Robert spent 30 years in the construction industry managing and directing major regional infrastructure projects.