Successful building contractor hires seasoned compliance professional
to lead diversity and workforce compliance strategy for $2 billion resort
BOSTON, MA, April 11, 2016 – Suffolk Construction, one of the most successful, privately held building contractors in the country, announced it has hired Shelley Webster as the dedicated Compliance Officer for its Wynn Boston Harbor project. Webster will be responsible for monitoring and reporting on workforce and trade partner compliance goals and requirements; overseeing inclusion of minority, women and veteran owned businesses; and establishing relationships with local, state and community organizations during construction of the $2 billion five-star resort.
“We are thrilled that Shelley Webster has joined our Suffolk team to lead the diversity and workforce compliance strategy for our Wynn Boston Harbor project,” said Angus Leary, Northeast president and general manager of Suffolk Construction. “We take great pride in creating equal access and opportunity for trade partners, and Shelley has the leadership skills and existing relationships with organizations that will enable us to expand upon opportunities for local workers and businesses, union trades and minorities, women and veterans to work on this landmark project.”
“Creating meaningful opportunities that will improve the lives of local minority workers and businesses owners is something we strongly believe in at Wynn Resorts,” said Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor. “More than reaching our construction diversity targets, we hope to exceed them and provide outstanding careers and vendor relationships that include a wide range of women, minorities and veteran employees and firms. Shelley will play a key role in helping us reach our high standards of inclusion.”
Webster has 35 years of experience in the construction industry providing contractors valuable insight on diversity and outreach strategies, managing sales and financial operations, and overseeing employee training and education programs. Prior to accepting her new position at Suffolk, Webster was the sole proprietor of In Order Business Development Solutions where she consulted with minority, women and disadvantaged owned businesses and assisted building contractors with diversity strategies. In this role, she consulted with Suffolk on the company’s Hudson Exchange West project in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Webster also held leadership positions with Janey Construction Management & Consulting, Centaur Construction Services, Edward A. Fish Companies and Webster Engineering Company. She serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Minority Contractors Association as the organization’s Treasurer and has participated on the advocacy, business development and membership committees.
The Wynn Boston Harbor resort is the largest private single-phase construction project in the history of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The three million square-foot project will generate 4,000 construction jobs. Construction workforce participation goals include but are not limited to 15.3% minorities, 6.9% women and 3% veterans. Trade partner participation enterprise goals call for 5% minority, 5.4% women and 1% veteran owned businesses.