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Lou Ciminelli

Louis P. Ciminelli

Chair of the Dean's Council

Louis P. Ciminelli is chairman & CEO of LPCiminelli, a full-service construction firm ranked in the top 150 of all construction companies in the United States. Dedicated to public service, Ciminelli is active in the education and arts sectors in Buffalo and across the U.S.

Ciminelli leads 200 full-time professionals committed to delivering high-value-added services in the areas of construction management, general contracting, public-private partnerships, program management and sustainable energy solutions. 

He focuses his efforts on creating a long-term vision for the company and establishing the overall direction of all corporate entities. In recent years, Ciminelli has worked on developing strategic relationships and pursuing select opportunities that have expanded the company’s presence throughout New York State, the East Coast and the Midwest. These relationships have also driven the firms’ international growth, resulting in the company's successful delivery of projects in China, Lithuania and Costa Rica. Even as the company’s geographic reach has grown substantially, Ciminelli maintains the company’s strong connection to Buffalo, NY, where it was formed over 50 years ago and is still headquartered today.  

Having established a commitment to corporate citizenship as one of LPCiminelli’s core values, 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 his time and philanthropy to two particular areas – education and the arts. 

Today, Mr. Ciminelli is a member of the Dean’s International Council at the University of Chicago’s Harris School, one of the leading public policy schools in the country, and is a member of the Dean’s National Council at the prestigious Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester. He is a founding member of the Say Yes To Education effort in the City of Buffalo.

He also chairs the world-renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Trustees and is a trustee at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a leading museum for modern and contemporary art. Ciminelli also underwrote the Conservation Lab for art restoration at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.   

Previously, 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, he has been honored as Executive of the Year by the University at Buffalo School of Management (2007) and the Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College (2009).

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