The President today announced that he will nominate Lawrence B. Simons to be Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Housing), Simons is president of LBS Construction Co., in Staten Island, N.Y.
He was born in Staten Island on October 19, 1924. He received an LL.B. degree from Columbia Law School in 1949.
From 1949 to 1953, Simons was an associate attorney with the New York law firm of Spring & Eastman. In 1953 and 1954, he was vice president and general manager of Hemisphere Corp. in Puerto Rico, and in 1954 and 1955 he was general manager of Monitor Industries, also in Puerto Rico.
Simons served as vice president and general manager of Caribe Knitting Mills, Inc., in Juncos, Puerto Rico, from 1955 to 1958. From 1958 to 1967, he was self-employed in various real estate and construction ventures in Staten Island. He became president of LBS Construction Co. in 1967.
From 1968 to 1976, he was a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Home Builders. He was chairman of the Association's Housing Fund Study Committee in 1975 and has been chairman of the Land Use Task Force.
He was a member of the board of directors of the National Housing Conference in 1976 and is on the board of directors of the New York State Urban Development Corporation.
Simons was named Man of the Year by the New York City Builders Association in 1972. He is vice president of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
Simons is married and resides in Staten Island.