2019 Honorees2019-04-12T15:55:51+00:00

George Brooks
President of the Americas Region, UPS

George began his UPS career as a part-time package handler in Carrollton, Georgia, in 1983. In 1984, he was promoted to package car driver and then held management assignments in all facets of UPS operations in Georgia, New Jersey, and New York.

In 1999, George was promoted to district manager in Orlando, Florida, and served in the same position in Denver, Colorado in 2001. He was named Southeast Region Manager in 2004 and in 2008, he accepted an assignment as region manager of the former North Central Region.

In 2010, George led the transformation of UPS’s small package operations for the central portion of the United States and became region manager for the newly formed Central Region. George became the East Region Manager in January 2012 and President, U.S. Operations Engagement & Communications, in March 2017. He accepted his current assignment in September 2018.

George received his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia in 1984 and his master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the Columbia Senior Executive Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business and the Chief Executive Leadership Institute at the Yale School of Management.

George actively supports Junior Achievement, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, United Way, and the National Urban League. George is a member of the University of West Georgia (UWG) Foundation Inc. Board of Trustees and a member of the National Association of Guardsmen. George also serves as chairman for The Latin American Association of Express Delivery Companies (CLADEC).

George and his wife, Gloria, have two daughters: Greonna and Gratia.

Donald Hong
Chairman & President, UA3

Donald Hong is a born and bred New Yorker who loves his city. He is a proud graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School and has Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Buffalo. He started his career as an Exxon Petroleum Engineer. Now he is a successful real estate developer with 25 years experience.

Volunteering is part of Don’s lifeblood. He has been involved in community volunteer activities for more than 45 years. These activities have included: President of Chinese American Planning Council (10 years); President of Hong Ning Senior Citizen Housing (15 years); and 2003 New York City Districting Commissioner. His current involvement includes 16 years as President of low-income housing 384 Grand St HDFC, President and CEO of UA3, and the Brooklyn Basics initiative, a collaborative effort to involve all types of agencies and organizations from across the community aimed at raising achievement while closing gaps between racial, ethnic and income groups.

Laurie Mahon
Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

Laurie Mahon joined CIBC Capital Markets in August 2013 and is responsible for all infrastructure finance activities globally. She has had a multifaceted career as a banker, public sector manager, infrastructure executive, consultant and developer focusing on the development and financing of large infrastructure projects around the globe.

Before joining CIBC Capital Markets, Ms. Mahon was a senior expert in the Infrastructure practice of a well-known consulting firm. Previously, she spent 12 years as an independent advisor, helping numerous public and private entities develop transportation projects in the US, Latin America, China and the U.K.. From 1984 until 1999 she worked on Wall Street as an investment banker serving the infrastructure markets in both the US and abroad, concentrating on Latin America and the emerging markets. She started her banking career as a municipal banker.

Before entering the field of banking, Ms. Mahon spent five years at New Jersey Transit where she held various positions in planning and policy until becoming deputy chief financial officer. While there, she executed several innovative public / private financing structures.

Ms. Mahon holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University, and a BS summa cum laude from Boston University.

Stephen J. Dannhauser
Former Chairman, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Michael Thomas
Safety, New York Giants

Avery Williamson
Linebacker, New York Jets