Chris Xu grew up in a village in Yangzhou, China. In search for a better life and more opportunities, he and his family moved to the United States to find their “American dream.” in 1986.
After working in the construction field, in 1994 he founded United Construction and Development Group. What began as a construction development company, building single and multifamily houses has grown into one of the leaders in real estate development in Queens.
The firm’s marquee project, Skyline Tower, is a 67-story building that officially became the tallest building in Queens after a topping out ceremony in October, surpassing the Citibank building. Xu is attentive in procuring new developments and properties, and utilizes his skills to evaluate, analyze, and source solutions throughout the construction process.
He will be honored at the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Person of the Year Awards ceremony on December 4.
Xu began networking and engaging with his local community while developing lasting relationships with contractors and partners. He became a member of the New York Chinese Business Association and served as a president of the association for multiple terms, during which time he was able to help grow the association to over 800 members.
The association has been a major pillar of support for his business ventures and investments. His involvement in the local community and networks are the roots of his successful leadership skills, as well as his recognition abroad.