TEI Group hosted their Annual Veterans Day Breakfast this week on the anniversary of the Marine Corps 246th Birthday, celebrating the 26 veterans on staff, including 12 U.S. Marines.
As a part of the event, Mark Gregorio, President of TEI Group, presented a $3,000 check to Anne Trenkle, President of Helmets to Hardhats, a national, nonprofit program that connects transitioning active-duty military service members, veterans, National Guard and Reservists with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry.
"While TEI Group remains grateful for and supportive of our diverse workforce, we are especially thankful for the dedication and commitment of our 26 military veterans, many of whom have come through the Helmets to Hardhats recruitment program. These individuals all placed love of country before love of selves."
Retired Marine Lenny Legotte, President and Business Manager of the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local One, along with U.S. Navy veteran and IUEC Local One Veterans Group Director Brendan Loftus, also presented Trenkle with a donation on behalf of the Veterans Group in the amount of $1,000. Additionally, the union matched Gregorio’s donation by pledging $3,001 on behalf of IUEC Local One.
"Local One Elevator Constructors are some of the most talented, dedicated individuals in the skilled trades," said International Union of Elevator Constructors Local One President and Business Manager Lenny Legotte. "A career in union construction, especially the elevator industry, requires intense training, deep knowledge of the craft, and a certain amount of grit – which is why transitioning service members fit perfectly in this field. There is no better feeling than empowering veterans with family-sustaining wages and fulfilling careers during their journey to, or back to, the civilian workforce. Our union will always prioritize those who served."
TEI Group is honored to host this annual celebration, which started approximately 15 years ago. Eager to recognize their small military personnel at the time, they held a small meeting with a handful of veterans to discuss their experiences over coffee. Now, as TEI Group has grown to 300+ employees, they look forward to working with Helmets to Hardhats and IUEC Local One to welcome more veterans and continue to recognize them for their sacrifice and dedication.
Proud of his veteran staff, Gregorio says, "Please join us in recognizing our veterans: Robert Bragdon, Chris Brock, Charles Burg, Paul Cammarata, James Cordova, Jeff Crosby, Tom Grecula, James Hearns, Max Howard, Danny Kirk, Mike Luraschi, John Lupo, Michael McNamee, Manny Perez, Robert Plummer, Eddie Pryszcz, Frank Pugliese, Baldino Ramos, James Rodriguez, James Slowey, Christopher Smith, David Smith, Antonio Soto, Brian Sweeney, Matt Szabo and Tom Walters. Thank you for your service."
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TEI Group is a vertical transportation company with more than three decades of experience and success that provides new construction, modernization, maintenance, and repair services to properties across the greater New York metropolitan area. With its headquarters in Long Island City, NY and a satellite office adjacent to Penn Station in Manhattan, TEI Group employs over 300 highly skilled and experienced professionals servicing the residential and commercial real estate markets in the tri-state area. An owner-operated business, TEI Group offers a unique combination of technical expertise and personalized customer support that continues to define the company and fuel its ongoing growth. TEI is an equity partner of Analogue Holdings Limited (HKG: 1977), a leading electrical and mechanical engineering service provider in Hong Kong with substantial operations in Macau and mainland China. www.teigroup.com
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF ELEVATOR CONSTRUCTORS LOCAL ONE
Established in 1894, IUEC Local One represents more than 3,000 highly trained, certified members that live and work in New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Long Island, and New Jersey. Members specialize in installing, servicing, repairing, and modernizing elevators, escalators, and other conveyances. Local One is one of 76 Local Unions that makes up the International Union of Elevator Constructors, which represents more than 31,000 members.