Robert K. Steel, New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, will be honored on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, as the eighth recipient of Greenwich Library's Peterson Business Award. President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and bestselling author of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson will present this prestigious award to Mr. Steel.
The award will be presented at the 2012 Peterson Business Award Dinner, which benefits the Greenwich Library. Library Trustees Susan Bevan and Annette Wilson will serve as co-chairs of the event. "We are honored to present this award to Mr. Steel, a leader who has local roots, yet a world-wide reach," said Jennifer Baldock, president of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees. "He exemplifies the values cited in the award's creation, with an exceptional career that has spanned the business, non-profit and government sectors."
While serving as the New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, Mr. Steel is responsible for the Bloomberg Administration's five-borough economic development strategy and job-creation efforts, as well as its efforts to expand job training, strengthen small business assistance, promote new industries, diversify the economy, and achieve the goals of the New Housing Marketplace Plan, which is designed to build or preserve enough affordable housing for 500,000 New Yorkers by 2014. He spearheads the Administration's major redevelopment projects, including those in Lower Manhattan, Flushing, Hunters Point South, Coney Island, Stapleton, the South Bronx, and Hudson Yards. Deputy Mayor Steel oversees such agencies as the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Department of City Planning, NYC Housing Authority, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, Department of Small Business Services, NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC & Company, and he serves as Chair of Brooklyn Bridge Park board.
Prior to his 2010 appointment as Deputy Mayor, Mr. Steel was the President and CEO of Wachovia. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Under Secretary for Domestic Finance at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to entering government service, Mr. Steel spent nearly 30 years at Goldman Sachs, ultimately rising to become co-head of the U.S. Equities Division and Vice Chairman of the firm. He is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, and has distinguished himself as Chairman of Duke's Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Aspen Institute's Board of Trustees, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, Chairman of The After-School Corporation, and Co-Founder of SeaChange Capital Partners, an organization dedicated to helping nonprofits grow. In his free time, Mr. Steel enjoys golfing, skiing, hiking and spending time with his family, including his wife Gillian and their three daughters.
Mr. Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of Time. Additionally, Mr. Isaacson is the author of Steve Jobs (2011), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), and Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).
Mr. Isaacson was born in New Orleans and is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He began his career at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/ States-Item. He joined Time in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's 14th editor in 1996. He became chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.
He is the chairman of the board of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States. He is vice-chair of Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private group tasked with forging ties between the United States and the Muslim world. He serves on the boards of United Airlines and Tulane University, and the Overseers of Harvard University. From 2005-2007, after Hurricane Katrina, he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.
The Peterson Business Award was established by the Greenwich Library and the Peterson Foundation to "recognize and honor an individual whose innovative thinking, leadership, and sustained record of achievement has had a profound impact on the national and global economy, and whose words and deeds have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and open access to information."
The Peterson Business Award Dinner will be held on March 7, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Greenwich, with an expected attendance of 400 prominent business and community leaders. The dinner is held every other year and is the Library's only major fundraiser.
The Peterson Business Award is named in honor of Clementine Lockwood Peterson, whose 1992 bequest of $25 million made possible a new 32,000 square-foot wing at the Greenwich Library. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, this wing contains expanded business and music collections. Mrs. Peterson's gift was made in memory of her son, Jonathan, and her husband, J. Whitney Peterson. The Peterson Business Award was conceived in order to celebrate Mrs. Peterson's extraordinary generosity and to recognize outstanding business leadership.
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM, became the first recipient of the Peterson Business Award in 1997. The award was presented by former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford. Two years later, Sanford Weill, Chairman of Citigroup, was named as the second recipient of the Peterson Business Award. The award was presented by former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin. In 2002 Lynne Cheney, author and wife of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, presented the third Peterson Business award to William B. Harrison, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Chase. The fourth honoree was Dr. Henry A. McKinnell, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc., and he was presented the award by Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History. The fifth honoree was Thomas J. Neff, Chairman of Spencer Stuart, who was presented the award by Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric Corporation. The sixth honoree was Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, who was presented the award by Yale President Richard C. Levin. The seventh honoree was Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., who was presented the award by William B. Harrison, Jr., former Chairman & CEO of JPMorgan Chase.
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