Leadership

NABTU President Sean McGarvey Photo

President Sean McGarvey

Sean McGarvey started his building trades career with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) in 1981 in Philadelphia. He subsequently worked his way up through various IUPAT leadership positions. In 2005, Sean was elected Secretary-Treasurer of NABTU, and in 2012, he was unanimously elected to NABTU’s office of president. Sean is a respected union construction thought leader among labor, government, corporate, and private sectors. He has dedicated his life to improving the economic security and career opportunities of current and future construction workers and their families, and his fervent commitment has strengthened NABTU’s impact and value to owners, contractors and whole communities.

A graduate and proponent of construction registered apprenticeship, Sean has led the development and expansion of Apprenticeship Readiness Programs to recruit more communities of color, women, veterans, indigenous people and the justice-involved into the building trades. Alongside NABTU’s governing board of presidents, he has established Capital Strategies, an expansive program to advance high-road standards in procurement practices and grow partnerships with top Wall Street and Bay Street investment firms supporting job-creating enterprises in commercial, industrial, and residential construction and public-private infrastructure. Throughout his tenure, Sean’s steady bipartisan approach to policy and politics has navigated the building trades through some of the toughest fights to protect and advance labor, training, and industry standards, lower barriers to entry for new energy infrastructure and promote investment in rebuilding public infrastructure.

Sean serves on several private and public sector boards, including the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), Ullico, and the AFL-CIO Housing and Investment Trust. Sean co-chairs labor-management committees of the American Petroleum Institute, American Chemistry Council, Southern Company-NABTU LMCC, and the Nuclear Power LMCC. He chairs the Labor Council for the Democratic Treasurers Association as well as the boards of CMRAVE/Helmets to Hardhats, CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training, and the National Coordinating Committee for Multi-Employer Plans (NCCMP).

Sean has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union Program. Married to his lovely wife, Shari, Sean has two daughters, two step-daughters, and four grandchildren named Lucas, Leah, Liam, and Finnegan.

Secretary-Treasurer Brent Booker

Brent Booker is a third-generation laborer, University of Virginia graduate and union leader, who serves as secretary-treasurer of North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU), a labor federation representing over 3 million members and 14 affiliated unions in the building trades. Since being elected to the role in 2012, he has been a driving force in the strategic repositioning of NABTU within the construction industry.

Throughout his career, Booker has been at the forefront of labor and industry initiatives to improve workplace standards, broaden middle-class career paths, and expand infrastructure investment. Booker’s focus at NABTU centers on financial and business development targeted towards construction owners and end-users to maintain the overall value of the organization for its members. His passion revolves around ensuring that building trades members and those seeking to enter the industry through NABTU’s gold-standard apprenticeship program, specifically those from historically underrepresented communities – women, people of color, transitioning military service-members, and the formerly incarcerated – have an opportunity to obtain the craft skills needed to succeed, perform in a safe and healthy environment and access a family-sustaining career.

In addition to his leadership at NABTU, Booker serves as secretary-treasurer of the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment (CMRAVE)and CPWR – The Center for Construction Research and Training. He also holds positions on several labor-management boards: He is Labor Co-Chair of both the North American Contractors Association/ NABTU Labor Management Trust and the General Presidents’Labor Management Trust and a board member of the Southern Company Labor Management Trust, the Nuclear Power Labor Management Cooperation Committee, and Union Sportsmen’s Alliance.

Prior to his time at NABTU, Booker served as Director of the Construction Department at Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) from 2007-2012.

Brent and his wife, Katie, reside in Centreville, Virginia and are proud parents of Allison and Alex.