The New England Council, America’s oldest regional business organization, will present its prestigious “New Englander of the Year” awards during its annual dinner at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center in Boston on Oct. 16.
This year, the award’s recipients are U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinberg, Putnam Investments CEO Robert Reynolds, and Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein. In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
More than 1,400 New England Council members are expected to attend.
The New England Council’s Board of Directors selected the honorees for the annual awards based on their distinguished careers and contributions to the New England region.
Ayotte was chosen based on her life devotion to public service, quickly emerging as an influential voice in the Senate on five different committees. Feinberg is a practicing lawyer and is best known for his pro-bono work with the United States’ September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. Reynolds is a highly respected business leader, with more than 30 years of investment and financial services experience. Wein began his career in jazz as a pianist and bandleader in Boston, before opening a small jazz club in 1950 and then founding the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
Menino, who is stepping down as mayor of Boston after five terms, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to revitalizing neighborhoods, strengthening the economy through workforce investment, and promoting innovation in education.
“Each of our 2013 honorees has made remarkable contributions to our region through thoughtful leadership, innovative thinking, and dedication to their community,” said James T. Brett, President and CEO of the New England
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