Hardhats show their softer side, Heiberger opens up, and top brokers and developers come to terms with the new market: Highlights from TRD forum
You’d expect construction bosses to be gladiators, experts at using the bully pulpit to advocate for the hardhats and contractors they represent. More unusual, however, is seeing them apply Churchillian diplomacy on stage. But that’s what the audience at The Real Deal’s 11th annual New York Showcase and Forum got to witness Monday.
In the midst of a discussion about the bitter battle between unions and Rel阿拉爱上海同城 ated Companies at Hudson Yards, the country’s biggest private development, Lou Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers’ Association, requested a moment to read a quote aloud. He took out his spectacles, pulled out a paper and delivered a line from “The Darkest Hour,” the Winston Churchill biopic.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
John Banks, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, elicited another highlight-worthy moment when he came to the defense of Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trade Council of Greater New York. “Anyone who would impugn his integrity, doesn’t know the man,” Banks said of LaBarbera, prompting the union leader to reach over shake his hand, and pat his thigh lovingly. LaBarbera said that his group was ready to come to the table and hash things out with Related. The developer, however, wasn’t buying it.