On February 1, 2022, Architect Vanessa de Mari Monserrate took the oath as the new President of the Puerto Rico Builder’s Association at an event held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Honorable Maite Oronoz Rodríguez, swore in the first woman to preside the Association as well as the Board of Directors, in front of 150 guests who gathered at the event, including the Presidents of the Senate and House of Representatives – Hon. José Luis Dalmau Santiago and Hon. Rafael “Tatito” Hernández, respectively.
“To have been chosen to lead the Puerto Rico Builder’s Association is a great privilege, and in the times that we are living, one of great responsibility. Construction drives economic growth and is one of the biggest employers on the island. The PRBA has the responsibility to encourage the sustainable development in the island, including safe and accessible housing, and industrial, touristic, and commercial construction,” emphasized de Mari during her first speech as President.
During her presidency, de Mari will focus on the opportunities and challenges that the construction industry faces today, such as: the rise of construction costs, the lack of materials and labor, the responsible development of the coast, the facilitation of obtaining permits to improve the way of doing business, and the transparent reconstruction of Puerto Rico as federal funding continues to arrive.