Peterson Business Award Dinner

Barry S. Sternlicht Honored at Greenwich Library’s 10th Anniversary Peterson Business Award Dinner

Barry S. Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO, Starwood Capital Group, received the Peterson Business Award on Wednesday, March 2nd, at Greenwich Library’s Peterson Business Award Dinner. Alan D. Schwartz, Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, LLC, presented the award to Mr. Sternlicht. Held at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency Hotel, 365 people were in attendance.

Sternlicht receives Peterson Business Award

As the Library’s only major fundraiser, the dinner is vital to maintaining the quality and availability of offerings such as childhood literacy sessions, musical concerts, job search tools, technology training courses, and many other essential services provided free of charge to the community.

The Award was established in 1997 by the 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 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.

For additional information, please contact Nancy Klein, Greenwich Library Development Director, at (203) 622-7957 or send an e-mail.

Past Honorees & Presenters


  • Barry S. Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group
    Presented by Alan D. Schwartz


  • Robert B. Goergen, Blyth, Inc.
    Presented by Dr. Judith Rodin


  • Robert K. Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development
    Presented by Walter Isaacson


  • Peter T. Grauer, Bloomberg L.P.
    Presented by William B. Harrison, Jr.


  • Indra K. Nooyi, PepsiCo
    Presented by Richard C. Levin


  • Thomas J. Neff, Spencer Stuart, U.S.
    Presented by Jeffrey R. Immelt


  • Dr. Henry A. McKinnell, Jr., Pfizer Inc.
    Presented by Ellen V. Futter


  • William B. Harrison, Jr., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
    Presented by Lynne V. Cheney


  • Sanford I. Weill, Citigroup
    Presented by Robert E. Rubin


  • Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., I.B.M. Corporation
    Presented by The Honorable Gerald R. Ford