George J. Pacchiana was born and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, and earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Villanova University. Upon graduation, George worked for Thalle Construction Co., Inc., a heavy and highway construction company founded in 1947 by his father, Guido Pacchiana. He became President at the age of 30. In 1985, George founded Thalle Industries, Inc., which includes a stone quarry, asphalt plant, and recycling facility that supplies asphalt, stone products and recycled materials to the heavy construction industry.
George is currently Chairman of the Board of Thalle Industries and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Construction Industry Council, a professional trade organization representing more than 600 businesses who are at the core of the region’s construction industry. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of General Contractors of America-NY State Chapter, a Trustee for the NY State Heavy Construction Laborers Local 60 Benefit Funds, a member of the New York Construction Materials Association, and active in the American Road and Transportation Builders Association.
George helped to form the Clean Water Jobs Coalition, a partnership between the construction industry, labor and the Audubon Society. George was also instrumental in working with government and conservation groups to bring about the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.