Roland has over 20 years of experience in construction and real estate development. The son of an architect, his passion for this field developed at an early age when he began accompanying his father, to construction sites.
This early exposure to the construction process led him to build a career of managing multiple complex and mega projects in infrastructure and high-rise developments. Today, he is a Senior Vice President for China Overseas America Inc. the developer of 99 Hudson, the tallest building in the state of New Jersey.
Having worked as a consultant, contractor, construction manager and an owner’s representative, Roland enjoys delivering projects of complexity and scale. Some of his roles include construction manager of 10 Hudson Yards, the first building to be completed as part of the Hudson Yards Development, and owner’s representative of Delta Air Lines on Headhouse & Concourse B redevelopment program at JFK International Airport. Other projects he participated in include the Second Avenue Subway project, the Trans-Hudson Express Tunnel project, the Long Island City Public Library project and the Whitestone Bridge project.
Roland graduated in civil and environmental engineering from the American University of Beirut. He furthered his education with a master’s in engineering management, project, and construction management from Cornell University. He is a Certified Construction Manager and currently serves as the Director of Owners’ Forum on the Board of Directors of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) NY/NJ Chapter. He is also Vice President serving on the Board of Directors of the Colgate Center Property Owners Association.
In 2014, he was named one of ENR’s “Top 20 under 40” in New York and has been a recurring guest speaker at Columbia University’s Global Leaders in Construction Management.