Salvatore Mancini, was born in a small town outside Rome, Italy on September 24, 1944 and came to the United States at age 13, where he joined his father who had emigrated three years earlier. His father worked as a construction laborer (member of local union 731). His mother joined the family, then living in the Bronx, in 1961.
Sal graduated from Evander Childs High School in the Bronx and immediately got into construction, working for his uncle who had a small construction company. After that, he joined Consulting Engineer, Goodkind & O’Dea, working in a survey party as an instrument man on a Staten Island rapid transit project. After two years, he joined Underpinning & Foundation Company in 1968, where he worked for seven years as a construction superintendent, before joining Slattery Construction Company.
During this period, he attended college at night, ultimately earning his civil engineering degree at City College.
In 1988, he was promoted to Vice President, and in 1990 was elevated to Senior Vice President, responsible for all field operations. Soon afterwards, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2001 was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Skanska USA Civil, one of the four largest heavy civil contractors in the United States.
Sal and his wife, Julie, reside in Armonk, New York and have three grown sons, Gregory, Christopher and Stephen.