The 2012 Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Breakfast, postponed from November, held on Thurs. Jan. 31st, presented by Wells Fargo and hosted by Con Edison.
Top NYC Business Owners Feted at MCC’s Annual Event
MCC’s Annual event honoring outstanding New Yorkers who have contributed to the economic fabric of our city was held on Jan. 31st and attended by 250 NYC executives and business owners.
The 2012 New Yorker of the Year chosen by MCC and the MCC Awards Committee is Danny Meyer (in picture), CEO Union Square Hospitality Group. Last year’s awardee, Jonathan Tisch, presented the award via video since he was attending the Super Bowl in New Orleans at the time, preparation for hosting the NY/NJ 2014 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands. Meyer, aside from talking about his love of NYC in his keynote address, recounted his early days in coming to NYC where he began his career selling security systems to another of MCC’s awardees, Retailer of the Year, Century 21. He was top salesman three years running because he landed the Century 21 account. Accepting for Century 21 was Isaac Gindi, a member of the founding Gindi family. He did not know of Meyer’s relationship with his company and was thrilled to find out that he propelled Meyer’s career!
NYC Council Speaker Quinn also joined MCC in presenting the Small Business Award to Yao –Hui Huang (in picture), founder of The Hatchery, a venture collaboration organization with international reach bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and investors through resources, advisory, funding and building communities. In addition Quinn presented Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp, co-founders of the online retailer, Birchbox, with the Young Professionals Award.
Sam Schwartz (in picture), Sam Schwartz Engineering, quipped with Quinn re new transportation ideas for NYC which he wants to discuss in her “new role” next year.
Theater icon Daryl Roth presented this year’s Cultural Achievement Award to Jane Rosenthal (in picture), who, along with her partner Robert DeNiro, brought Tribeca back to life post 9-11 with the Tribeca Film Festival.
They have created a world re-known festival which benefits not only film makers but NYC as a whole attracting tourists and film aficionados who bring dollars into our city’s hotels, restaurants and cultural institutions.
CBRE CEO for the tri-state region, Mary Ann Tighe, captures the Large Business Award and even though she could not attend, sent along a video message thanking MCC for the acknowledgement. Michael Kruklinski, Head of Region Americas Real Estate for Siemens was presented with the Global Business Award by MetLife’s Felix Malitsky (in picture).
Crain’s NY Business Editor Glenn Coleman presented the Retailer of the Year Award to Isaac Gindi (in picture) of Century 21. Isaac is part of the family who started this fast growing retail company which now has 7 stores in the tri-state area. Marcus Samuelsson, a brand unto himself, accepted the Restaurant & Hospitality Award and wowed everyone with his drive, commitment to NYC and outfit!
Con Edison’s Rebecca Craft presented the Green Business of the Year to Action Carting Environmental Services’ CEO, Ron Bergamini (in picture). He told of their new state-of-the-art laser sorting which will make it so much easier to sort recycling materials.
Attendees had ample opportunity to network, meet the awardees and start business conversations and dialogs. To learn more about MCC Annual Awards Breakfast, click here.