2018 Luncheon Press Release



NEW YORK – May 14, 2018 – ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York is pleased to announce that the organization held its 23rd Annual Scholarship Luncheon on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the event space 583 Park in New York City. The luncheon honored Rick Cotton, Executive Director, The Port Authority of NY & NJ, Milo Riverso, President and CEO, STV, Inc., Henry Kuykendall, Senior Vice President – Airport Operations, Northeast, Delta Air Lines, and Stewart Steeves, CEO, LaGuardia Gateway Partners.

Creating a Pipeline for the Future of the Design and Build Industry
Nearly 450 leading architecture, construction and engineering professionals attended the event in support of ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY’s mission, which aims to motivate high school students to pursue careers in the architecture, engineering and construction management by providing mentoring and scholarship opportunities. The luncheon raised over $425,000 to support the organization’s program and scholarship awards. Scholarships were awarded to program graduates during the luncheon.

ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY would like to thank the Luncheon Diamond Sponsors: Rockefeller Group and STV, Inc.; Platinum Sponsors: AECOM and Infinite Glass and Metal, Inc.; and Gold Sponsors: Cerami & Associates, Con Edison, Delta Air Lines, HOK, Jacobs Engineering, LaGuardia Gateway Partners, Lendlease, New York Building Congress, Shawmut Design & Construction, Skanska USA, Stantec, Thornton Tomasetti, Turner Construction Company and WSP, along with all of the firms that supported the luncheon and the work of ACE throughout the year.

“The Scholarship Luncheon is a special event because we honor some of the most important leaders in the design and build field, while also supporting and honoring our future leaders. Because of this event, collectively, we have been able to give almost $2 million in scholarships to students in New York City and the surrounding areas, helping them pursue degrees in architecture, engineering and construction management. We are also extremely proud of the fact that ACE is taking a leading role in changing the face of our industry — this year alone, 80% of the students in the ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY come from underrepresented populations. We would be unable to do this important work without the support of our sponsors and our mentors.”
– John H. Pierce, Senior Vice President of Rockefeller Group; Chairman, ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, Inc.

About ACE Mentor Program
The ACE Mentor Program is the fastest-growing high school mentoring program focusing on careers in the integrated construction industry. It was founded by the principals of leading design and construction firms, to introduce high school students to career opportunities in the industry. The mission of the organization is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in the design/build construction industry through mentoring, and to support their continued advancement in the industry through scholarships and grants. ACE especially focuses on reaching students who otherwise may not become aware of the challenges and rewards of a career in the design and construction industry. The Greater New York affiliate has awarded almost $2 million in scholarships to aspiring design and construction industry professionals.

For additional information or to find an ACE Mentor Program in your area please visit www.acementor.org or contact Executive Director, ACE Mentor Program Greater NY, Sue Veres Royal at sue@acementorny.org.

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