I am so proud to have learned that two of Swig Equities’ former sales executives, Sophia Cicilioni and Stephanie Mastronardi, who have worked on the Sheffield project since the initial conversion to condominium status, have won the Gold Regional Award with the National Association of Home Builders for the Nationally Recognized sales team of the year!
For the past four years, they have won the Silver award and this year, and so deservedly so, they brought home the Gold!
It has been such a pleasure to work with Sophia and Stephanie over the years and I congratulate them on their industry-wide recognition.
On January 24th-26, I attended the annual National Board of Directors meeting for the State of Israel Bonds. The two day event included participating in the National Board meeting, where I had the privilege of meeting with Israel’s Deputy Finance Minister Mickey Levi (see photo).
Also included was a private and limited invitation dinner with Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Ron Prosor, who I had the honor of introducing as the key note speaker (see photo). The Ambassador, as usual, gave a fascinating and clairvoyant talk on the current events of the Middle East and what is going on within the United Nations in response to these events.
The last event was the gala dinner where several important leaders from Canada and the United States were honored for their outstanding contribution to the Israel Bond Organization. The dinner’s Master of Ceremonies was Paul Riser who entertained the audience with wonderful jokes and very emotional and touching personal stories. Deputy Finance Minister Mickey Levi gave the key note address.
The dinner was the culmination of hard work by the honorees, the Board of Directors and the entire Israel Bond organization staff and resulted in a record breaking sale of over $250 million in Israel Bond sales! Needless to say, this achievement was certainly awe-inspiring!
This past January 14, 2014, I was once again invited to attend the gala dinner benefiting the American Museum of American Finance, located in the Swig Equities building at 48 Wall Street.
This year, the honoree was Duncan Niederauer, head of the New York Stock Exchange.
The evening was a wonderful success and Duncan spoke very thoughtfully, including a fond memory of one of his heros, John C. Whitehead, who is the namesake for the award: The Whitehead Award for Distinguished Service & Financial Leadership.
This gala dinner is among one of my favorite annual events and this year was no exception.
Pictured from left to right: Kent Swig, Rabbi Shmuel Butman , John Catsimatidis, Unnamed
Once again, I was honored and proud to have been invited by Rabbi Shmuel Butman to light the World’s Largest Chanukah Menorah located at Grand Army Plaza on Fifth Avenue across the street from the Plaza Hotel here in New York City.
Several guests joined me on the sixth night of Chanukah on December 2nd to celebrate this wonderful festival. In a world that unfortunately contains so much difficulty and anguish, it is so uplifting and meaningful for all of us to respond with the “lights” of Chanukah which is reflective of the goodness and warmth of humanity. May Chanukah’s universal light be an inspiration to us all!
I attended a reception on November 12th celebrating the new temporary home of the Police Museum, located at 45 Wall Street and across the street from two Swig Equities office buildings at 48 Wall Street and 44 Wall Street. After the tragic damage to the Museum’s 100 Old Slip permanent home caused by Superstorm Sandy, the Museum will be operating from temporary space until 100 Old Slip is repaired and reconstructed which should be completed in early 2015. It was so good to see the Museum back up and running with a retail presence, and I urge all New Yorkers to come down and visit the Museum and make holiday purchases of the wonderful merchandise that is for sale!