Press Release Article


Date: Oct 06, 2003
Press Release Number: 132-2003

en español

Wilfred Chabrier, General Manager of the Economic Development Department’s Business and Job Opportunity Unit for the Port Authority, was named the national recipient of the Hispanic Leadership and Business Excellence Award in the Hispanic Business Advocate of the Year category. The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Mr. Chabrier on Saturday October 4, 2003, during its national convention in Phoenix, Ariz.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, \"Wil has implemented many programs to ensure the growth and development of Hispanic businesses in New York and New Jersey. He also has helped the Port Authority to create opportunities for other minority-owned businesses as well as women-owned businesses and small companies.\"

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, \"This award is richly deserved. Under Wil’s leadership, the Port Authority awarded nearly $40 million in contracts to Hispanic businesses in New York and New Jersey in 2002. His contributions help to improve economic opportunities for Hispanics and all people living in our region.\"

George Hererra, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said, \"We are proud to present this award to Mr. Chabrier for his extensive involvement with and contributions to Hispanic chambers of commerce in New York and New Jersey. We also recognize the significant contributions his office has made to local Hispanic businesses over the past year.\"

The Port Authority awarded a record $314 million in contracts to minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses for construction goods and services and architectural and engineering services in 2002. These awards helped create 4,280 jobs, $182 million in wages and $485 in regional economic activity. The agency recently awarded Raebeck Construction Corp. a $21 million contract – the largest contract ever awarded to a minority firm by the Port Authority.

Mr. Chabrier is an active participant in the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce of Morris County, Bergen County, Essex County and Long Island. He also is involved with the New Jersey State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, New York Federation of Hispanic American Chambers of Commerce, the National Hispanic Business Group and the South Bronx Board of Trades. He has been General Manager of the Port Authority’s Business and Job Opportunity unit since June 2000.

Since the mid-1970s, the Port Authority’s Business and Job Opportunity Unit has been assisting minority-owned, women-owned and small companies in acquiring contracts with the agency. Business and Job Opportunity staff provide information on contracting opportunities, financial and technical assistance, business and labor development programs, seminars, workshops and referral services.

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 New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the 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 is self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

A photograph of Mr. Chabrier is available upon request.

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