Louis P. Ciminelli


Louis P. Ciminelli is Chairman and CEO of LPCiminelli, a full-service construction firm ranked in the top 150 of all construction companies in the United States. Mr. Ciminelli leads 200 full-time professionals in offices in Buffalo and New York City committed to delivering high value-added services in the areas of construction management, general contracting, public private partnerships, and program management.

Mr. Ciminelli focuses his efforts on creating a long-term vision for the company and establishing the overall direction of all corporate entities. In recent years, Mr. Ciminelli has worked on developing strategic relationships and pursuing select opportunities that expanded the company’s presence throughout New York State, the East Coast and Midwest. These relationships have also driven the firms’ international growth, which has resulted in the company successfully delivering projects in China, Lithuania and Costa Rica.  Having established a commitment to corporate citizenship as one of LPCiminelli’s core values, Mr. Ciminelli has long believed in the importance of private sector involvement in public service and as such has been involved with numerous organizations and causes throughout his career. In recent years, he has devoted much of time and philanthropy to two particular areas – education and the arts -- and currently serves on a number of advisory councils and boards supporting those causes. 

Previously, Mr. Ciminelli was appointed by the Governor of the State of New York as trustee and then chairman of the New York Power Authority, the largest state-owned power utility organization in the United States. He is past chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and chairman emeritus of 43 X 79 – an organization of leading business executives in Western New York. For this and other work, Mr. Ciminelli has been honored as Executive of the Year by the University at Buffalo School of Management in 2007 and the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College in 2009.


  • Member, Buck Advisory Council, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging 
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
  • Member, Dean’s International Council, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago
  • Member, Dean’s National Council, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
  • Founding Member, Say Yes to Education, City of Buffalo
  • Chair, Board of Trustees, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Trustee, Albright Knox Gallery (a leading museum for modern and contemporary art)
  • Underwriter, Conservation Lab (for art restoration), Burchfield Penney Art Center
  • Executive of the Year, University at Buffalo School of Management, 2007
  • Executive of the Year, Richard J. Wehle School of Business, Canisius College, 2009


Mr. Ciminelli and his wife Ann Louise reside in Buffalo. He has four children and two grandchildren.

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