Paul J. Choquette Jr. is Vice Chairman of Gilbane Inc., the parent company of Gilbane Building Company and Gilbane Development Company. He was previously the chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane Building Company, a position to which he was elected in 1997 after having been president from 1981. He was the sixth consecutive family member to lead the company since its founding in 1873.
Mr. Choquette joined Gilbane Building Company in 1969, serving as general counsel. He was elected vice president in 1971 and served in that office until his appointment as executive vice president in 1975.
Prior to joining Gilbane, Mr. Choquette was associated with the law firm of Edwards & Angell in Providence, Rhode Island, and served as legal counsel to Rhode Island Governor John H. Chafee for two years.
He is a governor of Lifespan, Inc., a holding company for the four main hospitals in Rhode Island. Mr. Choquette serves as a member of the board of directors of Carlisle Companies, Inc and Collette Vacations. He is a trustee emeritus of Brown University and serves on numerous Brown committees. He has received honorary degrees from Bryant University, Roger Williams University and New England Institute of Technology.
Mr. Choquette is past president and current director of The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, director of Gilbane Inc., and past chairman of the New England Council. He is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and past president of the Northeast Region, Boy Scouts of America. He continues to serve on the board of the Narragansett Council in Rhode Island. Active in community affairs, he is a director of The RI Economic Development Corporation and is on the Executive Committee of Trinity Repertory Theater.
Mr. Choquette, a football and track star at Brown, is a member of the Brown University Hall of Fame and the Providence Gridiron Club Hall of Fame. In 1985, he received the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and in 1991 he received the Distinguished American Award from the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Football Foundation.