During the spring of 1984, as a junior high school student, Louis E. Livers, Jr. was hired at St. David’s Catholic School & Church in New Orleans, Louisiana as the grounds keeper, where he worked for more than six consecutive years. Initially, he was responsible for cutting the grass and keeping the grounds clean. With building renovations and upgrades occurring annually, general contractors were utilized frequently. At the pastor’s request, the winning contractor was required to hire Louis as a carpenter’s apprentice, providing his foundation for construction.
By the summer of 1987, Louis was promoted to facilities manager, making him personally responsible for managing all of the construction projects for both the school and church, while simultaneously pursuing his bachelor’s degree in finance at Xavier University of Louisiana, a Historically Black College and University.
Upon graduating from Xavier University and utilizing the skills learned at St. David’s, Livers Construction, Inc. (LCI) was created.
Under his leadership, LCI went from being solely a residential contractor to a highly respected multi-sector contractor that successfully worked in commercial, retail and restoration sectors. Louis was also instrumental in encouraging two of the city’s largest general contractors to co-venture four projects.
After many years of success in New Orleans, Louis relocated to New York City to pursue a master’s degree in Real Estate Development from New York University. Upon graduation, Louis served as the Director of Construction & Asset Management for one of New York’s largest and most established non-profit affordable housing developers. It was at the non-profit affordable housing agency that he was introduced to the environment of residential real estate development by way of IRS Section 42, Low Income Housing Tax Credits.
Mr. Livers has gained an unprecedented amount of work experience in the construction industry in both commercial and residential development. A combination of his practical work experience along with his academic background provides him the tools necessary to carry this company through the twenty-first century and allow him to build a legacy to carry on for generations to come.
Moreover, Mr. Livers continues to remain civic minded, serving on the boards and membership of a number of trade/professional organizations, such as The Alliance of Minority Contractors, New York University Schack Institute of Real Estate, and Xavier University of Louisiana Alumni, to name a few.