Leadership

Joseph A. Geiger

Executive Secretary-Treasurer 

Joseph A. Geiger is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) of the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters. For 38 years, Joe has lived by the values of the Union. Since 2013 when he was elected EST, Joe has made it his calling to safeguard the livelihood of the District Council’s 20,000 skilled union carpenters who represent nine local unions covering a wide range of trade specialties. He leads contract negotiations, policy decisions, and the overall direction of the union to guarantee that every worker in has rights in the workplace, a good job, a fair wage, a healthy life, and a secure future.

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Ridgewood, Joe joined Timberman Local Union 1536 on July 4, 1984, at the age of 17, where he started his career as a timberman helper. Showing leadership in the field, Joe worked his way up to Journeyman, Shop Steward, Foreman, and finally to General Foreman. This ambition translated into getting involved leadership roles with his Local Union, where he began to exercise his voice in union activity. He became highly involved in Local 1536, where he held positions as Treasurer, President, Delegate, and serving on the Trial Committee. After their merger into Dockbuilders/Timbermen Local Union 1556, Joe served as President and Delegate to the District Council.

In 2005, Joe was hired as a Business Representative at the District Council, during which time he continued to serve as a Trustee. In December 2013, Joe was elected to the Office of Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and he was reelected after running unopposed in December 2014. He won reelection in 2017. In 2021, after four years of leadership, which included successfully navigating the union and its members through the global COVID pandemic and spearheading Carpenters RISE – a multi-year power building union campaign, Joe was once again elected by the union’s membership to lead the District Council for another four years.

As EST, Joe strives to better the lives of his fellow brothers and sisters through his roles as a co-chairman on the New York City District Council of Carpenters Benefit Funds, and as co-director of the New York City and Vicinity Carpenters Labor Management Corporation. He has made the list of New York City’s construction leaders in City & State and Labor Press and other outlets for his leadership in the construction industry. In 2019, Joe was honored with the Dr. Thomas J. Mackell Jr. Distinguished Labor Service Award, and he received the Labor Leader of the Year Award for 2018 from the Subcontractor’s Trade Association. Joe received the Francis J.P. McHale Memorial Award in 2016 and was named Union Leader of the Year by the Wall & Ceiling Association in 2015. He has also worked with charities including Jared Allen’s Home for Wounded Warriors and the New York City Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Joe is married to his wife of 30 years, Debbie and they have four children: Frank, Joseph Jr., Robert, and Brittany, and 2 grandchildren: Frank Jr, and Joseph III.

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Paul Capurso

President

Paul Capurso is the president of the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters. He has over 30 years of experience in the union working as a rank-and-file member and holding various leadership positions throughout his career. As president, Paul is responsible for assisting in the operations of the over 20,000-member organization, comprised of nine local unions covering a wide range of trade specialties.

Born in Staten Island, Paul joined the District Council in 1987 at the age of 17. From the beginning, Paul wanted to be the best of the best and worked his way from journeymen to lead carpenter, foreman, general foreman, and to a super for an interior systems contractor. In 1996, looking to become more involved, Paul became a part-time instructor teaching apprentices and journeymen at the Carpenters Training Center while continuing to work in the field as a foreman.

Having committed himself to a path of lifelong learning, Paul sought out opportunities to excel and grow into more leadership positions. In 2000, Paul became a Delegate for Local 157, a Financial Secretary in 2006, and a Business Representative in 2008, and was promoted to Lead Regional Manager of Manhattan and Queens Rep Centers in 2011. At the same time, Paul also became a Trustee to the Benefit Funds. In 2020, was elected to the position of President.

Paul brings a wealth of tried and true experience from every level of his union membership. As president, Paul strives to utilize his vast experience to educate the membership and help the Council succeed. He is committed to raising the standards for the working class and advocating for union values throughout New York City and beyond. Paul currently resides in Staten Island with his wife and two children.

Dave Caraballoso

Vice President

David Caraballoso is the Assistant Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President of the New York City District Council of Carpenters. He was elected to this leadership position in November 2021 and is responsible the general operations of the District Council and negotiating for the best interests of the union’s 20,000 members.

With close to 20 years of experience under his tool belt, David has built a successful career in the union. For 15 years, David worked in the field as a rank-and-file member. In 2016, having proven himself in and out of the field, David was elected president of Local 212. He also became a delegate and was hired as a business agent.

David began his career in the non-union sector working as a general foreman. Always wanting to join the union and follow in his older brothers’ footsteps, David was soon organized into a local carpenter’s union in upstate New York and then transferred into Local 157. From there, David worked his way from journeymen, to shop steward, and on to foreman.

In 2016, the District Council created a new local for its concrete workers – Local 212. It’s there that David played an integral role in leading and developing the next generation of concrete workers and bolstering his leadership qualities.

As a result of working in the non-union sector, David knows firsthand the perils of non-union work. That’s why he’s dedicated his life in the union to combating unscrupulous contractors and unsafe working conditions.

Raised by Cuban and Puerto-Rican parents and growing up in New York City, David uses his diverse cultural experience to bridge gaps in the industry, help members to create successful and rewarding careers in the union, and level the playing field in the non-union sector.

David was born and raised in the Manhattan Valley neighborhood in the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he still lives with his wife and three children.