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Labor Advisory Board


Puja Arora
Chief Operating Officer of the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation

Ms.Arora is the Chief Operating Officer of the AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation (ITC). She is responsible for overseeing the company's operations, financial reporting and budgeting. She is also in charge of the annual audit and all state, federal and department of labor compliance filings. She is responsible for project management and the maintenance of employee benefits programs. She has over 15 years of extensive experience in accounting/finance, auditing and business development.

Before joining the ITC in 2008, Ms.Arora was the Senior Finance Lead with Bresler & Reiner Real Estate Corporation managing the financial statements of various properties. Prior to that, Ms.Arora worked for Deloitte and Touche where she provided audit and due diligence services to a variety of real estate and manufacturing clients. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A in Accounting.


Jack M. Marco
Founder and Chairman, Marco Consulting

Jack began his career as an investment consultant in 1977 when he joined A.G. Becker, Inc. As Senior Vice President, he specialized in multi-employer plans. In 1983, SEI Corporation purchased the consulting division of A.G. Becker and named him the National Manager of its Taft-Hartley Funds Evaluation Services. In January of 1988, Jack left SEI to form The Marco Consulting Group.

Jack received his BS in Mathematics from Lewis University and continued his graduate studies at Purdue, Northwestern, and Northern Illinois Universities. He became a high school math teacher before joining U.S. Representative Abner Mikva as his Administrative Assistant. At age 26, he served as the Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. He then went on to serve as a Director to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago. In 2000, he was appointed as a Trustee of the Illinois State Board of Investment. He has taught courses on investment consulting as a Lecturer at DePaul University's Graduate School of Commerce.

Jack is currently a Board Member and Treasurer of the Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation, a Board Member of American Rights at Work, and a member of Trustee Leadership Forum for Retirement Security at the Hauser Center at the Harvard Kennedy School.

www.marcoconsulting.com


Sean McGarvey
President, North America's Building Trades Unions

Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, started his career with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) in 1981, and subsequently worked his way up through various leadership positions within the IUPAT.

In 2005, Sean was elected Secretary-Treasurer of North America's Building Trades Unions, and in 2012 was unanimously elected to the office of President. 

Sean currently serves in various capacities for the following organizations:

  • Co-Chair of the Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee - a unique partnership between America's Building Trades Unions and the American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Board of Directors - Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Member - US Council on Competitiveness
  • Secretary-Treasurer - the Union Labor Life Insurance Company (Ullico)
  • Treasurer - National Alliance for Fair Contracting, Inc.
  • Board of Directors - National Coordinating Committee for Multi-Employer Plans
  • Chairman of the Board - CPWR, The Center for Construction Research and Training
  • Lavor Co-Chair of the Center for Miliary Recruitment, Assessment, and Veterans Employment (CMRAVE) which operates the "Helmets to Hardhats" program

Sean also serves on several other union construction industry labor-management committees.

Sean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the National Labor College; and is a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union Program. Sean currently resides in Maryland, and has two lovely daughters - Kerri Ann and Kelsey Marie.
 

www.bctd.org


Cecil E. Roberts
President, United Mine Workers of America

Cecil E. Roberts is a sixth-generation coal miner and one of the labor movement's most stirring and sought-after orators. He is the first president in the history of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) to be re-elected by acclamation to four consecutive terms and is second only to John L. Lewis as the longest-standing president.

Cecil grew up in a UMWA household in West Virginia. After serving in Vietnam and attending college, he worked in the mines for six years and became an officer in his local lodge. He was elected Vice President of UMWA District 17 in 1977. He was elected Vice President of the UMWA International Union in 1982. For his leadership role in the successful 10-month strike against the Pittston Co. in 1989, he received the Rainbow Coalition's Martin Luther King award as well as awards from Citizen Action and the Midwest Academy. He was elected president of the union in 1995 when Richard L. Trumka vacated the office to become Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO.

Cecil is a member of the AFL-CIO's Executive Council and serves on numerous AFL-CIO committees, including the Executive Committee. He is also a board member for the American Income Life Insurance Company. He is a graduate of the West Virginia Technical College and received an honorary Doctorate in Humanities from West Virginia University of Technology in 1997.

www.umwa.org


Kinsey Robinson
International President of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers

Kinsey M. Robinson, International President of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, brings the experience and knowledge to the bank’s Labor Advisory Board.

UURWAW International President Kinsey Robinson began his roofing career in Spokane, Wash. He graduated from Local Union No. 189’s apprenticeship program in 1968, and subsequently held a variety of positions with Local 189 before he was appointed an international representative in 1982. He was elected international secretary-treasurer in 1985, a role he used to place a strong emphasis on developing quality auditing procedures and internal controls for local unions.

As UURWAW’s International President, he is responsible for the operation of the union’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and 81 local offices, and is credited with fostering strong relationships with contractor groups and associations to provide members with comprehensive pensions and health care plans.


Edward M. Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer, ULLICO Inc.

Edward M. Smith is President and Chief Executive officer of ULLICO Inc., labor's own insurance and financial services company. He is a life-long member and long-time regional leader of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).

Ed joined LIUNA in 1968 at the age of 13. In 1976, at the age of 21, he was elected Business Manager of his local chapter, and in 1996 he was elected International Vice President. Before his appointment to head ULLICO, he held simultaneous positions with LIUNA as Vice President, Midwest Regional Manager, and Assistant to the President, and with ULLICO as Executive Vice President. Ed retired from LIUNA in 2008 after 40 years of service to become ULLICO's President and Chief Executive Officer.

www.ullico.com


Mark H. Ayers – In Memoriam
President Emeritus, Building and Construction Trades Department

Until his sudden death on April 8, 2012, Mark Ayers stood as a visionary in the labor movement who helped unify craft unions and raise their stature in the construction industry. He saw the promise of a unified Bank of Labor and and proudly joined the Labor Advisory Board. He was a dear friend and respected labor leader who will be sorely missed.

Mark Ayers was elected unanimously to serve as President of the BCTD on September 6, 2007. Prior to the election, he served as Director of the Construction and Maintenance Department of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and as Chair of the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC). Mark's leadership positions in the IBEW also included Business Manager and Financial Secretary of Local 34 in Peoria, Illinois, and co-founder and chairman of the Central Illinois Chapter of NECA-IBEW Local 34 Quality Connection. In addition, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the West Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council.

Ayers attended the George Meany Institute for Labor Studies (now the National Labor College), the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, and the International Foundation for Employee Benefits. Mark has also served his country as an aviator in the United States Navy.


Patrick Finley – In Memoriam
General President of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada

Patrick D. Finley, General President of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association of the United States and Canada, brings a wealth of labor-related experience and insight to the bank.

The experience and knowledge that this respected labor executive brings to the bank’s Labor Advisory Board fits well with BOL’s mission: to stand in union solidarity by focusing on the borrowing needs of labor institutions, which ensures the investment of labor capital in union projects-and that means union jobs.

OPCMIA General President Patrick Finley entered the ranks with Local 592, Philadelphia, in 1979. Along the way, he worked his way up the labor ladder, including service as: fund administrator for Local 592 Welfare and Pension Funds; apprentice coordinator and organizer of the local deputy international representative of OPCMIA international representative and assistant to the general president of OPCMIA and general secretary-treasurer of OPCMIA.