• WCA to Honor Leaders in Smart Growth, Innovation, and Talent on November 17

  • NOVEMBER 01, 2016

  • IBM’s Riz Khaliq, M&T’s Paula Mandell, Uncubed’s Tarek Pertew, and Westchester Mayors Noam Bramson, Thomas Roach, Mike Spano, and Richard Thomas to be Recognized

  • The Westchester County Association will honor several outstanding members of the Westchester business and civic community at its Fall Leadership Dinner on November 17. The dinner, “Celebrating Leaders in Smart Growth, Innovation, and Talent,” will spotlight the following individuals for their contributions to the community, passionate leadership, creativity, and impact:


    Alfred B. DelBello Visionary Award Recipients


    - Smart Growth ComPACT Signees -


    Hon. Noam Bramson:
    Mayor of the City of New Rochelle since 2006, Bramson has been at the forefront of strengthening his city’s economy, environment, safety, and quality of life. He has worked successfully to forge public-private partnerships aimed at job creation and economic growth, including the most ambitious downtown development initiative in New Rochelle’s history.

    Hon. Thomas M. Roach: Since 2011 when he became Mayor of the City of White Plains after serving in the city’s Common Council for ten years, Roach has worked to maintain strong city services under difficult financial circumstances, pioneered the use of new communications technologies, spearheaded important environmental initiatives, including bike lanes, Zip Cars, and electric vehicle charging stations, and enhanced the city’s downtown.

    Hon. Mike Spano was elected Mayor of the City of Yonkers in 2012, and has led the passage of four balanced, bi-partisan budgets, within the tax cap and without cuts to services, while providing historic investments to Yonkers Schools. He has launched one of the most ambitious and comprehensive energy plans in New York State, and is leading the city’s revitalization that is transforming the waterfront and attracting new businesses.

    Hon. Richard Thomas
    Earlier this year, Thomas was elected Mayor of the City of Mt. Vernon. He is working to advance the city’s economic development, enhancing its deep historic roots, manufacturing base, and transit system. Previous to his becoming mayor, he served as City Councilman and executive director of New York AREA - a diverse energy and infrastructure policy group, and Regional Director of the Lower Hudson Valley for the New York State Governor's Office.


    2016 Leadership Award Recipients:


    Riz Khaliq, Director, Marketing and Communications, IBM Global Public Sector and Smarter Cities, IBM   Riz Khaliq, Director, Marketing and Communications, IBM Global Public Sector and Smarter Cities, IBM. Khaliq has important responsibilities for IBM’s overall marketing, and communications and go to marketing for IBM’s Smarter Cities and Public Sector industries which includes, Government, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Education. Before joining IBM, Riz was with the US Foreign Service and served as Commercial Attaché at the US embassies in Demark and South Africa. He is the recipient of the highly regarded “Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service” from President George W. Bush.

    Paula Mandell, Senior Vice President, M & T Bank Corporation; Area Executive, New Jersey-Connecticut-Westchester/Rockland County, NY  Paula Mandell
    , Senior Vice President, M & T Bank Corporation; Area Executive, New Jersey-Connecticut-Westchester/Rockland County, NY Mandell has been a banker for 44 years, and an executive with M & T Bank since 1992. Additionally, she serves on some of the region’s most prestigious boards including Westchester County Association, Rockland Economic Development Corporation, United Way of Westchester and Putnam, and the Girl Scout Council. She also is a member of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey.

    Tarek Pertew, Co-Founder, Uncubed  Tarek Pertew, Co-Founder, Uncubed, a platform that connects creatives to innovative companies through online learning, editorial and events. He is also one of the founders of NYC Footy, an adult soccer league in NYC that's home to 3,000 players, and he has developed various platforms and entrepreneurial ventures including: (Dishonestees), a tee-shirt company; MyWorkster, a higher education platform; and Referio, a referral technology. He serves as an advisor to the United Kingdom Trade and Investment Organization, Enstitute, and University of Virginia.

    The WCA Fall Leadership Dinner begins at 5:30 pm with networking and a cocktail reception. Dinner and program follow at 7:00 pm. Tickets: $300 per member and $350 per future members. To purchase a table of 10 for $2,750 contact Lauren Rosafort at lrosafort@westchester.org. To become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, visit www.westchester.org or for more information, contact Julia Emrick at jemrick@westchester.org


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