Richard Wood

What they do: Chairman and CEO
Where they do it: Plaza Construction LLC
How they contribute: Guest Speaker

Richard Wood has served for over three decades in increasingly visible
leadership roles, cultivating and transforming Plaza into one of the most
preeminent construction management firms in the country. Richard has
overseen construction of some of the nation’s most innovative, interesting
and highly complex projects.

Plaza’s employees are considered the firm’s most valued assets, and as
such, safety reigns supreme. Richard’s leadership style is formed by his
deep and sustained commitment to excellence in training and mentorship
for all of Plaza’s employees. The company’s success rests on the shoulders
of those experienced and highly- qualified men and women who possess
the know- how to apply indispensable problem – solving skills alongside
cutting-edge technology.

Richard has been instrumental in establishing regional offices in the
Mid – Atlantic and Southeast corridors of the United States. Furthermore,
given its acquisition by China Construction America, Inc. (CCA), Plaza is
poised for increased breadth with dynamic growth opportunities, enhanced
financial strength, increased bonding capabilities, and the opportunity
for its clients to benefit from global procurement.
He encourages and supports staff members in their charitable endeavors
and leads by example, making philanthropy an integral par t of Plaza’s
mission. He serves on the boards of organizations such as Friends of the
Vietnam Veterans and Hope for the Warriors. He is an active supporter of
The Valerie Fund, and a member of the following organizations:

• US Department of State’s Overseas Building Operations Industry
Advisor y Group
• CAGNY – Past Chairman – (Contractors Association of Greater New
• Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
• NYBC (New York Building Congress)
His altruism has garnered several awards, some of which include:
• Honoree for Special Olympics New York
• The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen Craftsmanship Award
• March of Dimes Service to Humanity Award in the Private Sector
• M. Anthony Fisher Humanitarian Award from AHRC NYC Foundation
• The Real Estate Division of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
Camillo Ricordi Humanitarian Award