The New York Building Congress (NYBC) has recognized four executives with awards during the organization’s 2017 Industry Recognition Gala held at the Grand Hyatt, Manhattan on Nov. 16.
Brookfield Property Partners executive vice-president of design and construction Sabrina Kanner, Kasirer founder and president Suri Kasirer, and WSP USA chief executive officer Gregory Kelly received Industry Recognition Awards. The Port Authority of NY & NJ executive director Rick Cotton was also given the George A. Fox Public Service Award.
The Industry Recognition Awards are presented each year to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the construction industry. “I will be reminding everybody… every day I can of the importance of this industry, the importance of supporting this industry, and the importance of ensuring that the people in this room continue to work,” said NYBC president and CEO Carlo Scissura.
“The people of New York need housing, infrastructure and improved transportation and they need the design and construction industry to execute with strength. I know you’re all with me when I say we will not let them down,” Kanner said in her acceptance speech.
Meanwhile, the George A. Fox Public Service Award is presented to an individual who has rendered outstanding public service beyond the normal scope of their responsibilities. It honors the legacy of the late engineer, George A. Fox, who is known for his commitment to New York City and youth education.
“We will continue to work hard with all of you to do these projects faster, to innovate, to economize where possible, to deliver on time and on budget and to do it all in a way that respects customers, the environment, and communities in which we build,” said Cotton.
The Industry Recognition Gala, now on its 75th year, was attended by more than 1,000 industry professionals.