CEO, Victor Salerno was nominated, along with 23 other people and organizations in the Greater Rochester Area, to receive the 2013 Philanthropy Award, presented by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Vic was nominated by Saint John Fisher College for his dedication and generosity as an alumnus, donor, trustee, mentor, and friend.
In an RBJ Special Report, The Giving Drive, by Sheila Livadas, Vic’s nomination was described in a brief article:
St. John Fisher College did not just make a graduate out of Victor Salerno; it also created a lifelong advocate for the institution.
Salerno, a member of the class of 1966, has continued to provide financial support and to encourage others to give back in the 47 years since his graduation. He has motivated others in the business community to recognize St. John Fisher’s value, and through his leadership he helped to secure a $3.5 million contribution to the school.
Salerno, CEO of O’Connell Electric Co. Inc., and his wife, Eileen, donated $2 million to construct a new building for the business school, now called the Victor E. Salerno Center for American Enterprise.
In addition to financial gifts, Salerno frequently gives his time to the college to help develop programs and the institution as a whole.
“On occasion we all need help,” Salerno says. “Believe me, I know that for sure, and people along the way have helped all of us, and you hope it gets carried on into the future.”
Salerno’s generosity has been motivated by the actions of others in the community, he says.
“When we were younger, you never thought you’d be in a position to do things like this, but you see something in the community that other people have done,” he says. “We spread it around but I think the thing that can give you the most bang for your dollar is education. I would encourage anybody locally that has whatever school they attended to give back to them, because they can really impact generations to come.”
The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized all of the nominees at a luncheon event on National Philanthropy Day, November 1.
National Philanthropy Day celebrates giving, placing the spotlight on people and organizations driven to contribute to various causes.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2011 Craftsmanship Award by the Syracuse Builders Exchange in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship performed at Anheuser-Busch Baldwinsville Brewery.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2009 Craftsmanship Award by the Syracuse Builders Exchange in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship performed at G.A. Braun, Inc.
O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. was awarded the 2004 Craftsmanship Award by the Builders Exchange of Rochester in recognition of the outstanding electrical craftsmanship accomplished on the O’Rorke Bridge (Stutson Street Bridge Replacement) Project.
In 2003, The Associated General Contractors of America awarded O’Connell Electric Company, Inc. the Excellence in Safety Silver Award.
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The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel features a 26-story luxury hotel (the largest in New York State outside of Manhattan), nine restaurants, buffets, and cafes, 4200 modern slot machines, over 100 gaming tables, more than 30,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and conference space, and a high-capacity events center. The resort has quickly become an Eastern Great Lakes, Western New York destination icon.
Seneca Niagara had its genesis as the former Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center. Immediately upon entering into a 14-year gaming compact with the State of New York, the Seneca Nation of Indians embarked on $80 million in modifications to the existing structure to bring the new casino up and online. Soon after, plans were announced to expand the casino and build a 605-room luxury hotel on the site. In preparation for the expansion a new powerhouse was built on property adjacent to the casino also owned by the Seneca’s.
Under a $1.2 million contract from The Seneca Management Company, O’Connell Electric performed electrical construction and commissioning services for the new powerhouse. We installed the fire safety systems for the new hotel and casino under a separate contract.
O’Connell trenched and laid nearly 700 feet of cable between the powerhouse bus system and the existing utility circuits after casting a manhole around the conduit. Circuit shutdowns were orchestrated after midnight, when casino activity subsided, allowing for our technicians to perform the powerhouse tie-ins. We switched full casino operations over to one of two feeders that came into the property so that work could be performed on the other. Both circuits had to be back on line by 5:00 am each morning to handle the demand load as it began ramping back up. This process required several evenings to complete all aspects of work.
Back at the powerhouse O’Connell technicians made all necessary connections for the switch gear, automatic monitoring system, conduit, and power for three tractor trailor-sized 2MW generators that would be utilized for emergency backup and supplemental power. The generators are capable of running full casino and hotel operations off-grid when necessary. Per agreements with National Grid the generators were programmed to come online during peak casino operation to minimize impact on the grid. Upon conclusion of the construction process our Technical Services Division commissioned the interfacing switchgear with the utility.
O’Connell completed all work ahead of schedule, even with an accelerated project time line of six months from start to finish.