Berkeley College Recognizes Buildings and Grounds Department with 2016 Associate of the Year Award for Teamwork


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Photo Caption: Berkeley College recently recognized the Buildings and Grounds Department with the 2016 Associate of the Year Award for Teamwork. The award recognizes working cooperatively and supportively with others to attain team goals. “Teamwork starts at the top,” said Mark Wagener, Vice President, Operations. “It’s all about respecting one another, valuing everyone’s contribution, as well as fostering a sense that we all achieve more together than as individuals. We have a great degree of trust and cooperation, and we are all pulling our weight in the same direction. Each individual brings different skills and strengths to the table with the shared goal of creating the best physical environment for both our students and staff.

Accepting the award at the reception, on behalf of the Berkeley College Buildings and Grounds Department, are Carmelo Torres of West Milford, NJ, Senior Director Operations, NJ (second from left), and Mark Wagener of Randolph, NJ, Vice President, Operations (third from left). With them are Randy Luing Vice Chairman (far left), and, Kevin Luing, Board Chairman, both from Berkeley College. Not pictured: Peter Blankman of Vernon, NJ, Senior Director, Operations, NY. The Berkeley College Buildings and Grounds team is comprised of 35 associates who oversee 16 buildings throughout nine campus locations.


The rest of the members of the Berkeley College Buildings and Grounds Department who received the Associate of the Year Award for Teamwork are:

Berkeley College, Brooklyn Campus Buildings and Grounds

Henry Tam of Staten Island, NY, Director 


Berkeley College, Dover Campus Buildings and Grounds

Alfonso Macareno of Dover, NJ, Facilities Assistant  


Berkeley College, Midtown Manhattan Buildings and Grounds

Mikhail Binder of Brooklyn, NY, Supervisor 

Zbigniew “Jan” Szott of Brooklyn, NY, Supervisor 

Keith Francis of Ozone Park, Queens, NY

Oscar Monegro of the Bronx, NY

Bharat Outar of Jamaica, Queens, NY

Isidro Pena of Woodside, Queens, NY

Melido Pena of Woodside, Queens, NY

Janet Urena of Manhattan, NY


Newark Buildings and Grounds

Mohammed A. Mohosin of Paterson, NJ, Director

Mohammed L. Rahman of Paterson, NJ


Paramus Buildings and Grounds

Michael Hyjeck of Highland Lakes, NJ


Westchester Buildings and Grounds

Eric H. Chulan of Mount Vernon, NY, Director

Neville Johnson of the Bronx, NY


Woodbridge Buildings and Grounds

Samuel Miranda of Rahway, Director

Jack Quagliana of Carteret, NJ


Woodland Park Buildings and Grounds

Brian K. Cronin of Oak Ridge, NJ, Director

Robert F. Belfield of Belleville, NJ 

Benjamin Cruz of North Arlington, NJ

Jose A. Escobar of Paterson, NJ

Henry Fernandez of Hackensack, NJ

Wilfredo Lopez of Paterson, NJ

Julio Sanchez of Woodland Park, NJ

Douglas H. Perez of Prospect Park, NJ, Maintenance Technician 

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