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Tributes flow as PWC celebrate 35 years working for women in construction sector

Photo by Pearl Perkins. Honorees and presenters at Professional Women in Construction’s 2014 Dinner Dance: L –R: Michael Horodniceanu and Jeannie Kwon, MTACC; Lillian Valenti and Alan Reiss, PANYNJ; Bill Fife, The Fife Group; Raymond P. Daddazio and Caroline Weiss, Weidlinger Associates; Lenore Janis, PWC.
Photo by Pearl Perkins.
Honorees and presenters at Professional Women in Construction’s 2014 Dinner Dance: L –R: Michael Horodniceanu and Jeannie Kwon, MTACC; Lillian Valenti and Alan Reiss, PANYNJ; Bill Fife, The Fife Group; Raymond P. Daddazio and Caroline Weiss, Weidlinger Associates; Lenore Janis, PWC.

Professional Women in Construction ushered in the organization’s 35th anniversary during a black tie gala at the Yale Club when a trio of guests were recognized.

Caroline Weiss, associate principal, Weidlinger Associates, Inc. thanked “all who forged the way for me” and pledged her commitment to “mentor and support those entering the industry.”

Weiss was introduced by Raymond P. Daddazio, PhD, P.E., SECB, president and CEO, Weidlinger Associates, who called her “an outstanding professional and mentor.”

Jeannie Kwon, chief of staff, MTA Capital Construction (MTACC), spoke of several mega-projects in the works that will change the face of New York City, including Fulton Center in the Financial District. Michael Horodniceanu, president, MTACC, introduced Kwon and credited her for “turning many important issues around for us.”

Lillian Valenti, chief procurement & contracting officer, Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ), spoke of her emphasis on “leadership that honors competition, integrity and transparency” and noted that the “New York region spurs energy and creativity.”

William Fife, P.E., the Fife Group and Alan Reiss, director World Trade Center Construction, PANYNJ, introduced Valenti, noting her leadership during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and during 9/11 “as well as leadership to accomplish the magnitude of her current positon.”

The Dinner Dance Committee members were Connie DeLaigle, PANYNJ; Eva Hatzaki, Skyline Restoration; Nicole Hunter, HNTB; Sabrina Schollmeyer, Louis Berger; Bill Fife, P.E., The Fife Group; Maria Wilpon, AIA Assoc.; and Nancy Czesak, RA, Tishman, an AECOM company. Stan Rubin’s Orchestra & Rock Band performed.

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