The General Building Contractors Association has served its members as a leader in the construction industry for over 130 years. As President & CEO of GBCA, Ben Connors is focused on building upon that reputation. Since joining GBCA in 2014 Ben has utilized his expertise in advocacy and labor relations to help to shape the strategic growth of the association. In 2015 Ben became President & CEO of GBCA and embarked upon an aggressive expansion of member service. Ben leads GBCA’s expert staff and dedicates his time to carrying out the strategic vision of GBCA’s Board of Directors.
In his capacity as President & CEO of GBCA, Ben serves as a trustee for a multitude of union benefits and training funds, totaling in excess of $6 billion in assets under management. Ben is active in many industry and professional associations. He currently serves as a board member of the Center for Architecture and Design, Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, The March of Dimes Annual Transportation, Building & Construction Awards Luncheon, the American Heart Association Hard Hats with Heart Executive Leadership Team and Associated General Contractors of America’s Executive Leadership Committee.
As a Philadelphia native and avid student of history, Ben dedicates his time as a board member of the Penn Treaty Museum and as an affiliate member of the Carpenters Company of the City and County of Philadelphia.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University, where he majored in both Political Science and Labor Studies. Ben also holds a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Camden School of Law, where he was elected by his peers to serve as the Student Bar Association President. Ben has received National and State recognition, being honored by Association Trends in 2019 with their Young & Aspiring Professional Award and in 2021 by Pennsylvania City and State Magazine, being named to both their Power Labor 100 list and to their 40 under 40 for the state of Pennsylvania.
Ben lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with his wife, Zoe and their twin son and daughter. He enjoys traveling, Philadelphia sports, and spending time with his family.