Despite the impacts of Winter Storm Juno that smacked the Northeast, The Moles Awards Dinner went off without a hitch on Wednesday, January 28 at the New York City Hilton Midtown. The storm led to the cancellation of thousands of flights into and out of the city, resulting in some no-shows. Before the storm hit, The Moles were expecting in excess of 2,000 attendees to the annual event. In all, the event was well attended with little perceptible impact.
The highlight of the evening is the presentation of awards for outstanding achievement to a Moles’ Member and a Non-Member. The Member Award was presented to Raymond R. Oneglia, Vice Chairman of O&G Industries, Torrington, Connecticut, while the Non-Member Award was presented to Timothy Barnard, Chairman of the Board of Barnard Cos., Bozeman, Montana. Additionally a special award was presented to Gerry Carty, outgoing Executive Director of The Moles, who is retiring.
Another highlight of the event is a keynote presentation, given annually by politicians, academicians, military leaders and other high-profile individuals. This year Anthony Foxx, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, delivered the keynote, reiterating the need to re-invest in our transportation infrastructure.
Some of the other events that piggyback on The Moles Awards Dinner were cancelled, most notably the George A. Fox Conference, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 27. It has been re-scheduled to March 16 at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York.