Coco Group President Rocky Coco has been elected president of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) for 2021. ORBA held its annual general meeting in January via its virtual summit – Forging the Roadway Ahead.
Coco is taking over from James McVeety.
“I am very honored to have been elected as ORBA’s President as we enter the association’s 94th year,” Coco said in a statement. “The association and the industry did not miss a beat under Mr. McVeety’s leadership as we navigated through unchartered territory in 2020.
“Despite the incredible challenges that we faced, we have made great strides in continuing to serve as a unified voice for the road building industry and promoting excellence in every sector of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure. We have well demonstrated our nimbleness in the face of adversity, and I believe we can overcome the industry challenges that lie ahead.”
Coco is a resident of Toronto and is a native of Windsor. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Windsor with a degree in Civil Engineering and received his license to practice as a Professional Engineer in 1991. It was at that time that he stepped into the leadership of the Coco Group, which was founded by his parents, Nina and William Coco in 1964 in Windsor.
Under the Coco family’s leadership, the company has exponentially grown through acquisitions across Canada making it one of the largest construction companies in the country.
In 2015, Coco joined the ORBA Board of Directors, serving on ORBA’s audit committee, contracts & documents committee and highway maintenance committee.
“I am very pleased to pass the president’s gavel on to Rocky,” said outgoing president James McVeety. “He is an industry leader that encompasses a significant depth of knowledge and understanding of the association and industry. Rocky will continue to “forge the roadway ahead” with all of our initiatives and will build on our past successes to make a positive difference for our industry going forward.”