John Ballantyne formally served as Executive Secretary-Treasurer (EST) from 2015 to 2018 for the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC), as a Trustee on the Northeast Carpenters Funds, the Carpenters Benefit Funds of Philadelphia & Vicinity, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters Funds, the Carpenters Local No. 491 Funds and the Carpenter Contractor Trust.
In his role as EST, John lead one of the largest trade unions on the East Coast, comprising of nearly 40,000 members throughout the states of Delaware and New Jersey and regions in Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania. He oversaw the NRCC’s business strategy, critical financial planning as well as contract negotiations, development of contractor relations, training and recruiting efforts to ensure that the organization can work cooperatively with contractors and maintain the superior quality of workmanship that contractors have come to expect from union carpenters.
From 2008 to 2015, John served as the Assistant EST, where he was responsible for strategic planning, internal/external communications, contract negotiations, contractor relations, supervision of office staff and development of training materials and reports. During this time period, he also served as the President of NRCC, a Local 253 Delegate and a Trustee to the New Jersey Carpenters Fund Executive Finance Committee and the Buffalo Carpenters Pension Fund.
From 2009 to 2011, John served as the Assistant Supervisor and Chief Compliance Officer for the New York City and Vicinity District Council of Carpenters (NYCDCC), Trustee to multiple funds and served on the Board of Directors for the NYCDCC Labor Management Corporation. During John’s time in New York City, he helped supervise the day-to-day operations of one of the largest construction Councils of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBCJA), including the oversight of financial and strategic planning, development of contractor relations, and supervision of office staff. In John’s capacity as Chief Compliance Officer, his duties included implementation of an effective Compliance and Ethics Program, which included identifying deficiencies and implementing necessary improvements within the Program.
From 2006 to 2010, John served as the Northern and Central Area Manager for the New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters and 1st Vice President for the organization’s Executive Board. In this role, he led the management and coordination of Council Representatives, coordination of multiple organizing activities within assigned areas, and devised effective outreach efforts to contractors and members.
From 2000 to 2008, John served as the organization’s Director of Organizing. During his time in this position, he demonstrated a commitment to continuing education that led to the development of numerous training and evaluation programs used by the UBCJA to transform Union Carpenters into Union Builders. He has traveled to other Councils as an instructor for these programs.
Prior to his leadership roles within the Brotherhood, from 1982 to 1998, John Ballantyne served as Foreman and Superintendent for several large contractors in Northern New Jersey. He has been a member of the UBCJA for over 35 years.
John is active in his community and also serves on the Board of Directors for Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield and as the Chairman for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority.