A prominent Orange County realtor and economic development proponent, a civic-minded automobile dealer, a visionary healthcare executive and a longtime SUNY Orange professor will be honored when the SUNY Orange Foundation presents its 2014 Leadership Awards April 10 in the OCTC Great Room of Kaplan Hall on the College’s Newburgh campus.
Honoring this year’s awardees under the theme of “The Spirit of Entrepreneurship,” leadership medals will be presented to F. Edward Devitt (Alumni Leadership), Leo Kaytes Sr. (Leadership in Community), Hal Teitelbaum (Leadership in Business) and Stephen Winter (Leadership in Education). Additionally, the Foundation will present a special distinguished alumni recognition to recently retired Orange County Executive Ed Diana, a 1968 graduate of the College.
A panel on the theme of Entrepreneurship will be held in Kaplan Hall Room 201. All students are welcome to attend this panel.
The evening program will begin with a 5 p.m. cocktail hour preceding the 7 p.m. awards presentation.
SUNY Orange Faculty and Staff can attend for a reduced price of $75.
A lifelong resident of Orange County, Devitt has been a developer, businessman and preservationist. He currently owns and operates Devitt Management Associates with his son Marc. For many years, Devitt was a co-owner of the master franchise for Super 8 Motels in New York State. Devitt served as an Orange County legislator for eight years and has been a leader in the business community since graduating from SUNY Orange in 1966.
In 1978, Leo Kaytes Sr. founded Leo Kaytes Ford on Route 94 in Warwick. From its initial days, the dealership has been serving the automotive needs of its neighbors while Kaytes himself has volunteered countless hours to help make the community a better place to live, work and raise a family. He’s been a generous contributor to many nonprofits, community causes and special events, and has often offered the use of his dealership showroom for fundraisers and art exhibits.
He is the longtime president of the Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center. Kaytes and his wife, Gladys, were among the group of founders of the St. Ignatius Antiochian Orthodox Mission. He has been named “Citizen of the Year” and received the “2005 Caring for Life Award” for his support of the Bon Secours Warwick Healthcare Campus.
Teitelbaum is the founder, managing partner and chief executive officer of Crystal Run Healthcare, a premier multi-specialty group medical practice serving the mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills. Founded in 1996, Crystal Run now includes more than 250 physicians and more than 300 healthcare providers practicing 40 specialties at 16 sites in the region. It remains among the fastest growing medical practices in the northeast. Crystal Run was an early adopter of electronic health records and was among the first 27 provider entities in the United States to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program as an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Winter, the longest tenured professor currently at the College in a full-time role, is nearing the completion of his 51st year as a full-time faculty member at SUNY Orange. Throughout his tenure, Winter has been a leader and visionary in implementing new and innovative programs designed with student learning in mind.
He served as chair of the Business Department for 24 years. Under his guidance, the department developed the A.S. degree program in business administration and the A.A.S degree in marketing. Nearly 30 years ago, he was the first SUNY Orange professor to offer an Honors course. He instituted the use of advisory boards in the Business Department, and those boards continue to support the College today. More recently, Winter has become an advocate for utilizing technology in the classroom and has led his colleagues in the adoption of distance learning.
A lifelong public servant, retired Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana has a wide range of experience working in various levels of government. He was first elected County Executive in 2001 and served with distinction for three terms. Prior to being elected County Executive, Diana served 12 years as a county legislator and for six years held the position of county majority leader. He also served as councilman and deputy supervisor in the Town of Wallkill in the 1980s. For more than 30 years, Diana worked as an educator, physical education instructor and coach in the Minisink Valley School district.
The SUNY Orange Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation in 1987. According to the Foundation by-laws, the objectives for which the foundation exists are to solicit, receive, hold, invest, administer and make expenditures of gifts to or for the benefit of Orange County Community College. In the current 2013-14 academic year, the Foundation awarded nearly $275,000 in scholarships that helped deserving students attend SUNY Orange.