Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of WDF Inc.
About Larry Roman
A savvy businessman who serves in the New York contracting industry, Larry Roman received the Subcontractor of the Year award. With more than 30 years of experience as a plumbing contractor with a focus on public and private projects, Larry Romanhelped transform his small family business into contracting giant GreenStar Services Corporation. The full-service company, formed through a merger of WDF Inc., Nagelbush Mechanical, Inc., and Five Star Electric Corporation, provides environmental, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical contracting services for complex structures. Larry Roman currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of WDF Inc. and as Vice Chairman of GreenStar Services.
A well-regarded executive, Larry Roman has held many leadership roles at WDF Inc. The company originally began as R&C Corporation, a plumbing business founded by his father. Larry Roman sold the company to Jamaica Water in 1988. After reacquiring the business in 1995, now named WDF Inc., he implemented a new restructuring plan and increased sales. In 2000, Larry Roman sold WDF Inc. to Keyspan Energy. After Keystone left the construction business in 2005, Larry Roman once again had the opportunity to take control of R&C, which he renamed WDF Inc. As Chief Executive Officer, Larry Roman has overseen a broad array of prestigious projects at WDF Inc. that have changed the skyline of New York City. They include 7 World Trade Center, a multimillion-dollar plumbing project. WDF also provided all of the plumbing for the Time Warner Center, New York’s largest plumbing contract at $35 million. An experienced executive, Larry Roman holds a solid reputation in the New York construction industry. “The manner in which he conducts his business is very direct, very transparent. He is a wonderful person to do business with. His word is his bond," said Jeff Levine, president of Levine Builders. In a 2005 article in Real Estate Weekly, Donald Trump said, "Larry is a wonderful guy and a great contractor." Larry Roman has been honored with the Silver Shovel Award, the LIFE Builder Award, and a Boy Scout Achievement Award. In addition, Larry Roman gave back $1 million to IEAH stables on a horse they purchased from him but then got injured.
Boy Scouts to Launch New Online Portal
A successful contractor through his company, WDF, Inc., Lawrence Roman lives by his philosophy of giving extra to individuals he meets on a daily basis who have performed exceptional service. This includes tipping an attentive waitress $20 on a $5 dollar check. Aside from this philosophy, Lawrence Roman also gives to charity, including donating regularly to the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
BSA announced during the 2016 Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego, California, a novel environmental initiative called Earth Badge (www.earthbadge.com). In collaboration with Mother Nature Network (MNN), BSA developed Earth Badge, which will showcase its exemplary tradition and its exceptional library of outdoor and environmental learnings.
Coupled with innovative, relevant and current content, the program will be available to a wider audience of youth and families throughout the country. The aim is to assist a larger number of families and communities to become more involved in environmental initiatives and outdoor activities.
After a broad review, BSA selected MNN to be its publishing partner. MNN is the largest online network in the world for news and information on social and environmental responsibilities having sites that draw over 10 million visits per month from viewers in more than 200 countries.
The program is planned for launch in the first quarter of 2017.
One World Trade Center A Landmark Contract for WDF Inc.
Larry Roman holds New York City close to his heart, so it's no surprise his construction company was involved in the One World Trade Center build. Larry Roman is CEO of WDF Inc., which has acquired several high-profile contracts in New York over the years, totaling nearly $500 million worth of plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning work.
One World Trade Center is a 104-story building with 3 billion square feet of office space, and is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The skyscraper, also known as Freedom Tower, took eight years to complete, and once finished, came to represent the persevering spirit of New Yorkers.
WDF Inc.'s work in the building included the installation of water and natural gas systems, which was completed in 2013. One World Trade Center now houses several high-profile worldwide companies, as well as numerous broadcasting conglomerates, and advertising firms. Sixty seven percent of its office space is currently being utilized.