As President of Associated Builders and Contractors, Empire State Chapter, Brian Sampson is responsible for coordinating its political and policy agenda, advocating for reform in state government, and promoting the overall growth of the construction industry on behalf of ABC’s more than 400 construction and contracting firms across New York State.
Prior to joining ABC, Brian served as Unshackle Upstate’s Executive Director for 5 years. While with Unshackle Upstate, Brian pushed for policies to make New York State more business friendly, advocating for less burdensome regulations and lower taxes. Building a strong coalition of partners, he was able to grow the organization significantly, becoming a leading voice on reform at the state level. One of many policy accomplishments that Brian led at Unshackle was the implementation of the property tax cap which limited municipalities to a 2% cap on property taxes.
Earlier in his career, Brian worked with Empire State Development (ESD) as Upstate Director for Business Outreach and served as vice president of the Builders Exchange of Rochester, a 550-plus member association in the construction industry.
Brian has received numerous accolades through his career, including twice being named to City & States Albany Power 100, with the publication citing his media savvy. He was also named to the Chairman’s Committee for the Regional Economic Development Councils by Governor Cuomo, facilitating cooperation among the ten regional councils, and to the Rochester Business Journal’s 40 under 40.
Brian is a graduate of Michigan State University and resides in Irondequoit, NY with his wife and two sons. He serves on a number of volunteer boards, including the Monroe County ARC.