For Immediate Release
September 6, 2016
THOMAS JUDSON JR. FROM THE PIKE COMPANY WILL SERVE AS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT IBERO’S 48th ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON AND RECOGNITION AWARDS ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016
Judson Will Address the Importance of Community Collaboration
Rochester, New York – Well-known business leader and community advocate Thomas Judson Jr. will join the Ibero American Action League at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on Thursday, October 6th from 12-1:30 p.m. to address the importance of community collaboration in the Rochester region. Judson, Chairman and CEO of The Pike Company, will join the dual-language human services agency to recognize nearly a dozen business and community leaders for their support of Ibero and the community-at-large.
“In our work to build stronger families and greater self-sufficiency among individuals of all ethnic backgrounds, we work with many people, organizations and businesses. They support both our mission and that of the entire community in a collaborative effort to make our city and region a better place to live and work. Tom Judson Jr. is one of these individuals and we are honored to have him as our keynote speaker this year,” says Ibero President and CEO Hilda Rosario Escher.
Judson began his career in construction as a laborer and carpenter apprentice during school summer breaks for John B. Pike & Son, Inc., a general contracting company founded by his great-grandfather in 1873. He became president of the company in 1975. In 1985, he established The Pike Company, one of New York State’s most respected and successful construction firms.
Under Tom’s leadership, Pike has played a major role in shaping the region’s landscape with projects for numerous clients that include the Rochester City School District, City School District of Albany, University of Rochester, Cornell University, Xerox, Corning Incorporated, and Con-Edison. Pike has built numerous major projects throughout the country including the General Motors & Exxon Pavilions at Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando, Florida, the Charlotte, North Carolina Airport and the Bryan Cancer Center and Fuqua Business School at Duke University.
Tom was inducted into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame 2009 and will join Ibero in recognizing the following individuals and businesses:
• The Bonadio Group: Vendor of the Year
• ConServe: Friend of the Year
• Joseph Searles, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield: Community Service Award
• Annette Ramos, Rochester Latino Theater Company/Rochester Broadway Theater League: Lo Mejor de lo Nuestro (The Best of Us)
• Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, SUNY Geneseo: Alicia Torres Award
• Francisco Santiago, Ibero’s Division of Developmental Disabilities: Volunteer of the Year; Special Mention – Volunteers for 97.1 FM and United Way Day of Caring
• Senator Rich Funke, Special Recognition: English as a Second Language Program
This year’s Anniversary Luncheon and Recognition Awards comes at a time when Ibero is achieving great success and serving as a national role model for other organizations across the country. In recent weeks, numerous local and national leaders have toured the Early Childhood Center at 777 Clifford Avenue to learn more about its successful programs. Highlights include a parent engagement rate of 95 percent, a strong health and wellness program in affiliation with the American Heart Association, and a tele-med office in collaboration with the University of Rochester.
Additionally, Ibero’s Early Childhood Center has been part of the initiative to expand summer learning for preschoolers from the beginning:
• Ibero provided children for the first pilot classroom at Horizons at Harley in Rochester and now runs its own Summer Leap program for the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association.
• This summer, 30 children spent their days integrated in high quality learning in math, science, language and literacy.
• Every child also learned how to swim to help build their confidence and a feeling of success that can carry through every aspect of their lives, especially education.
Recent visits to the Early Childhood Center have included the following individuals:
• Lorna Smith, CEO of Horizons National
• Leslie Gabay-Swanson, National Summer Learning Association
• Yolie Flores, National Office for The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
• Cynthia O’Connor, NYS Liaison for The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
• Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
• NYS Assemblyman Joseph Morelle
• Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo
• Dr. Anne Kress, Monroe Community College
• John Bruning, Philanthropist
“We would not be as successful as we are in preparing children for school without the strong support of this community. It’s important to recognize this support and that is the opportunity we will have at our Anniversary Luncheon and Recognition Awards,” says Rosario Escher.
The luncheon will take place from 12-1:30 pm on Thursday, October 6, 2016. Individual seats and corporate tables can be purchased by emailing email@example.com. Credit card payments can be made via the “donate now” button at www.iaal.org.
For additional questions, please contact Ibero’s Director of Development and Communications via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1968, Ibero is a dual-language human services agency that builds stronger families and greater self-sufficiency among individuals and families of all ethnic backgrounds. Divisions include: Children, Youth, Family, Developmental Disabilities, and an entrepreneurial assistance program.