Press Release Article


Date: Sep 20, 2004
Press Release Number: 112-2004

More than 30 mentors and proteges will take part in the Port Authority’s third annual Mentor/Protege luncheon in Cooper Union’s Great Hall at 7 East 7th Street, New York City at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 23. The keynote speaker will be Richard Smyth, Vice President of JFK Redevelopment for JetBlue Airways.

“This will be a networking event to help our mentors and proteges get further acquainted,” said Steve Cromity, Mentor/Protege Program Director. “Mentors will impart valuable information about their success in the highly competitive construction industry while proteges will have the opportunity to create and enhance relationships with industry leaders.”

Mr. Cromity also said, “The event’s theme is leadership. In keeping with this theme, all speakers will address attendees from a podium used by Abraham Lincoln to address the citizens of New York in 1859.”

Other scheduled speakers are Jack Murphy, Executive Vice President, Conti Enterprises, Inc.; Robert Gamba, Chief Executive Officer, Prismatic Development Corporation; Zohrab Marashlian, President, Civil Division, Perini Corporation; and Gregg Gambino, Vice President, Skanska USA Building, Inc.

The Port Authority Mentor/Protege Program helps certified minority- and women-owned construction firms to increase growth and development. The program facilitates training, instruction and support activities, and matches protege firms with well-established construction companies that act as mentors, sharing business and construction expertise. The program’s purpose is to improve the protege firms’ management, organization and construction skills to bolster their ability to compete for Port Authority and other organizations’ construction contracts.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.