Gary Segal is a 30-year veteran of New York City's construction industry. Segal took over his small family electrical contracting company in 1991 upon his father's untimely death. At that time as President & CEO, he grew Five Star Electric from a 35 employee company to a 1,500 employee organization.
Segal started acquiring mid-size electrical contracting companies in the NYC area as well as growing organically. In total, Five Star acquired thirteen contractors in a fifteen year period, becoming the largest electrical contractor in New York, doing over $550 million a year in revenues in the five boroughs alone.
In 2007, Segal merged Five Star with the largest plumbing and mechanical contractor in the City and a private equity firm to create GreenStar Services. Approximately four years later, GreenStar was sold to Tutor Perini Corp., a large General Contractor, for over $200 million. Five Star continued to be ranked #1 in the New York Metropolitan area and #10 in the country in Engineering News Record. When Segal left Five Star in January 2016, Five Star had over $1.1 billion in backlog.
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Some of Five Star's highly-profiled projects include One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower), the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the new PATH Station- all at the rebuild at the old World Trade Center site, the electrification of the East Side Access Tunnel, and the renovations of Madison Square Garden and CitiField, to name a few.
Segal served on the Board of Directors of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry (JIB), the Subcontractors Trade Association (STA), the Building Trades Employees Association (BTEA) and the Building Congress Foundation. Segal was the Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America- Camp Builders for 15 years, and has been honored by many organizations such as UJA, Israeli Bonds, St. Mary's Children's Hospital and Schneider Children's Hospital.
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