2019 Honorees2019-04-23T14:09:05+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

Stephen J. Dannhauser joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in 1975. In 1989, he was named Executive Partner, and from 2002 – 2012 Dannhauser was the firm’s Chairman. Throughout his career, Dannhauser played a key role in crafting and executing the business strategies that catapulted Weil into the top tier of international law firms. Under his watch, the firm expanded to three continents; built new practice areas; and serviced an impressive list of corporate and institutional clients.

Dannhauser has been recognized by several professional groups as a champion for diversity and inclusion in business and the workplace, and has received numerous public service awards. His accolades include: the 2007 National Minority Business Council’s Chairman’s Award for his long-standing support of women-and minority-owned businesses; the 2007 Root-Stimson Award for outstanding community service – an annual award honoring a single attorney who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to serving the public; The New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund’s honoree; The Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc., Founder’s Award, and in 2006, Legal Momentum’s inaugural Champion for Diversity award. Also in 2006, the YWCA of the City of New York recognized Mr. Dannhauser as its inaugural “Man of the Year” honor for his role in the diversity arena. Other accolades include the New Yorker for New York Award from Citizens Committee for NYC; Honoree of the Inner City Scholarship Fund; the Fire Commissioner’s Humanitarian Award from the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund; New York World Police & Fire Games’ Community Service Award; the New York City Police Department Bomb Squad’s Award for Outstanding Service; the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, The Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Michael Bolton Charities.

Dannhauser has been a member of the following organizations, committees and boards: The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation; Fellow of The New York Bar Foundation; ABA Law Firm Pro Bono Project Advisory Committee; The National Minority Business Council; NYC Bar Association Committee to Enhance Diversity; Member of The Bretton Woods Committee; International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Board of Directors of The New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund; Chairman of the Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Harbor, Inc.; Member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Committee for New York City; Member of the Board of Directors of United Way of New York City; Member of Board of Directors of the Partnership for New York City; and Honorary Member of the Honor Legion of the Police Department of the City of New York.

Dannhauser graduated from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A. with honors, 1972), and from Brooklyn Law School (J.D. with honors in 1975), where he was a member and decisions editor of the Brooklyn Law Review (1973-1975).

Dannhauser and his wife Beth have three sons, Benjamin, Todd and Jess and five grandchildren.

Michael Thomas
Safety, New York Giants

Avery Williamson
Linebacker, New York Jets