Marcelo Velez Honored by the New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

November 30, 2018

The New York City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce honored Marcelo Velez, vice president of Manhattanville Development, with the Groundbreaker Award at its 13th annual Hispanic Business Award Banquet and Scholarship Ceremony held this evening at Maestro’s Caterers in the Bronx.  The event honors individuals who advocate for economic development, higher education, and promote initiatives that empower the Latino community in New York City.

As vice president for Manhattanville Development, Velez serves as the University's point person on all aspects of development, design, construction, and project management of the University's 6.8 million square-foot Manhattanville campus development.  Columbia’s Manhattanville campus has won numerous awards, including LEED Gold Certification for the first two buildings constructed and LEED Platinum certification for the campus’s environmentally sustainable design and overall project plan.

Velez also serves on the ACE Mentorship Program advisory board, Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education’s Master’s degree program in Construction Administration, and as vice chair of the Greater New York Construction User Council.

Other honorees include Lymaris Albors, chief of staff at Acacia Network, Inc.; Plinio Ayala chief executive officer and president at Per Scholas; Marysol Castro, NY Mets Public Address Announcer; and Carlos Naudon, president, chief executive officer, and director at Ponce Bank.