As the top elected leader in the region, Byrne leads a diverse, progressive, and sophisticated union that has developed to play an important role at the center of the construction industry. He is a leader that believes in mutually beneficial partnerships and the honest, hard work that makes them succeed.
He continues the work of modernizing union operations led by UBC General President Doug McCarron and UBC General Officer Tom Flynn, who proceeded him in his role. He has focused on increasing both inward and outward transparency and creating a culture of responsiveness to the needs of both union members and the union’s employer-partners.
A native of Boston, he is a graduate of the carpenters apprenticeship program and while working in the field earned a construction management degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology through a joint program between the union and the university.