Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services
Media Advisory for Friday, February 9, 2007, 8–10 am
NEW YORK METS EXEC DAVE HOWARD TO SPEAK ABOUT NEW
CITI FIELD STADIUM AT QUEENS COLLEGE BUSINESS FORUM
-- Estelle Cooper and Patricia Dolan to receive college’s Civic Leadership Award --
|WHAT: ||Queens College Business Forum (by invitation only) |
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|WHO: ||Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, of the New York Mets, will talk about the economics of sports and the impact the new Citi Field Stadium will have on Queens and New York City. |
Queens College President James Muyskens to present Civic Leadership Award to Estelle Cooper, Assistant Commissioner, Queens Parks and Recreation, and Patricia Dolan, President of Kew Gardens Civic Association, for helping to make Queens a better community.
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|WHEN: ||Informal breakfast begins at 8 am |
Formal program 8:30–10 am
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|WHERE: ||Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing |
Student Union, 4th Floor
For directions, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php
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Dave Howard, who joined the club in 1992 as the first General Counsel in Mets’ history and the youngest in Major League baseball, is the highest ranking business executive reporting to the team’s owners. Named Executive Vice President, Business Operations, in 2003, Howard is responsible for overseeing all of the Mets’ revenue-generating activities, including marketing and communications, corporate and ticket sales and services, broadcasting, media and community relations. He also manages the team’s year-round business operations at their Tradition Field complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
During Howard’s tenure, the Mets have consistently ranked among the top revenue-producing franchises in Major League baseball. A resident of Long Island, Howard is active in a wide variety of charitable and community organizations. He graduated from Dartmouth College, where he played both baseball and football, and received his J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law.
Estelle Cooper has blazed an impressive trail as a civic and political activist in Queens County for over 40 years. In 1978 during a race against Senator Emanuel Gold, Cooper broke barriers by becoming the first woman to run for NYS Senate. In 1994 she was asked by former Mayor Giuliani to join his administration. Cooper is the Administrator of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the flagship park of Queens and the third largest park in New York City. She also serves on the boards and commissions of many civic and charitable organizations—who have honored her contributions—and has developed strong relationships with the corporate community.
As president of the Kew Gardens Civic Association, Patricia Dolan has worked on land-use issues and on building the infrastructure of the community’s parks, transportation and public library. Dolan is the founder and executive vice president of the Queens Civic Congress, which focuses on major policy issues affecting the entire borough, and president of the Flushing Meadows Park Conservancy, which preserves the park’s resources and enhances its public services.
The Queens College Business Forum was launched in the fall of 2005. Sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Chase, Con Edison, Farrell Fritz, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, its purpose is to serve as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for “town and gown” to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at a series of breakfast lectures, touching on issues vital to the Queens business community. The forum’s theme, “Queens: A Catalyst for Success," is reflected in the subject matter of each seminar. The goal of the forum is to foster discussions that provide insight to attendees on how local businesses are seizing opportunities and profitably adapting to changes in business and regulatory conditions. This academic year the forum has featured as keynote speakers Russell Artzt, Queens College ’68, co-founder and Executive Vice President of CA; and Wellington Chen, Executive Director of the China Development Partnership. Last year’s speakers included Dean Furbush, CEO of FreshDirect; Gary Kesner, General Counsel of Silvercup Studios; and Napoleon Barragan, Chairman and CEO of 1-800-Mattress.