The Architecture, Construction and Engineering Mentor Program have appointed Jack Kalavritinos president and CEO, effective Feb. 1.ACE_IN  

He succeeds John Strock, who served as executive director for the past three years during the organization’s leadership transition period.

Kalavritinos brings over 20 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors to the group.

Thomas Gilbane Jr., ACE board co-chair and chairman, said Kalavritinos is equipped to lead the organization to new opportunities.

 “After an extensive executive search, ACE is fortunate to have selected Jack Kalavritinos to help coalesce and lead the organization for its next growth steps,” Gilbane said.

“He is uniquely qualified to lead ACE based on his proven organizational and leadership skills, strength in advocacy, and strategic communications,” said Charles H. Thornton, Ph.D., ACE board co-chairman. “With this appointment, I look forward to ACE undertaking exciting and dynamic opportunities in pursuit of our strategic goals in the years to come.” 

Emcor Group president and CEO Tony Guzzi, an executive committee member of the group, said Kalavritinos will be a great leader.

“We’re confident Jack will build on ACE’s successes and help forge a path towards a stronger and more visible nationwide program in the future,” he said. 

Kalavritinos said he looks forward to working with other members of the ACE executive team.

 “ACE has long been a leading example of a successful private-sector solution to a critical workforce development challenge and I’m proud to have the opportunity to be part of the leadership of this extraordinary organization,” he said. “I look forward to collaborating with the dedicated executives, mentors, sponsors and national staff to strengthen the value provided to ACE affiliates and sponsors, and find innovative ways to communicate to students, educators, employers, and other stakeholders while continuing to build the program nationwide.”