• WCA Honors Outstanding Leaders in Westchester's Business and Civic Community

  • NOVEMBER 28, 2016

  • The WCA honored leaders in smart growth, innovation, and talent at its Leadership Dinner on November 17. Over 600 packed the Westchester Marriott as Westchester mayors Noam Bramson, Thomas Roach, Mike Spano, and Richard Thomas received the Al DelBello Visionary Award from Westfair Inc. publisher Dee DelBello. The four are WCA Smart Growth ComPACT signatories, and are working with the WCA to bring gigabit broadband to the County in the next three to five years. 

    “By working together in partnership with the WCA, we will enable businesses and residents truly effect the economies of our cities,” noted Noam Bramson, Mayor of New Rochelle. Al DelBello continues to influence our lives today.” Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano commented: “Gigabit is the next wave on the information highway. It will help us break the cycle of poverty.” Mt. Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas added that “By banding together in bringing gigabit internet to our cities, we will level the playing field for our kids. This is big!”

    WCA’s 2016 Leadership awards went to Riz Khaliq, Director, Marketing and Communications, IBM Global Public Sector and Smarter Cities; Paula Mandell, Senior Vice President, M & T Bank Corporation; and Tarek Pertew, Co-Founder, Uncubed. Khaliq advised: “Westchester is competing in a global market; talent will be attracted to your county when you have gigabit. Don’t worry about being the next Silicon Valley; just look to establish your own brand. Mandell spoke of the tremendous growth of M&T Bank, now with $3 billion in assets in Westchester and Connecticut; and Pertew pointed out that hiring is changing. “Look at the future; know how to talk to millennial talent. Show them videos so they have a sense of what you do and your culture. The idea is to make work human and be transparent.” 

    A special performance was provided by Matthew Welling, an amazing, inspiring and entertaining 11-year old.

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