Leading by Example, In Business and Philanthropy
(4th Quarter 2008)
Kathryn Vecellio Honored For Philanthropic Leadership
Kathryn Vecellio has chaired or co-chaired successful fundraising galas at many of Palm Beach Countys most spectacular locations.
Kathryn and Leo Vecellio, Jr.
Kathryn Vecellio has been one busy lady. For 35 years she has worked full-time as an organizer, fundraiser and development volunteer for dozens of nonprofit organizations, in addition to being an owner and board member of the Vecellio Group and a devoted wife and mother.
Her tireless efforts as a member or chairperson of myriad committees and boards have helped raise awareness — and millions of dollars — for more than 40 community, charitable and educational organizations ranging from the South Florida Science Museum and Norton Museum of Art, to the Schepens Eye Research Institute, American Heart Association, Center for Children in Crisis, and the Salvation Army.
Kathryn has received numerous prestigious awards for her lifetime of service, including Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser from the Palm Beach Chapter of the Association of Fund-raising Professionals, presented at the National Philanthropy Day Luncheon in November at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla.
She was also Philanthropy Honoree at the 15th Annual “Lady in Red” Gala, held in November by Leader’s In Furthering Education (LIFE) at The Breakers in Palm Beach.
Kathryn’s honors also include Palm Beach Atlantic University’s “Women of Distinction Award” and Executive Women of the Palm Beaches’ “Women In Leadership Award,” among others. Presenters have included two governors and a retired four-star general.
The list of distinctions goes on, but Kathryn says her greatest honor is knowing that her efforts have helped others.
Just one example is the 2008 Palm Beach Heart Ball, which Kathryn chaired. The event raised a record-breaking $2.48 million, making it the most successful ever held.
“Christopher, Michael and I are extremely proud and appreciative of her,” says Leo Vecellio, Jr. “Not only for all her philanthropic activities, but for her role with the Group, and, of course, as a loving wife and mother.”
In business, as in all other aspects of life, giving back is vital for genuine success. The Vecellio Group leads by example in following this truth. Company leadership is encouraged to give back not only through community and educational support, but by actively participating in the organizations that keep their industries strong.
This involvement starts right from the top. CEO Leo Vecellio, Jr., served as the 2007-2008 Chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association, the industrys consensus voice on issues before Congress. He was elected to the Chairmanship after years of dedicated involvement in the organization.
Leo is also a current or former board member of many other noted trade and business organizations on a local, state and national level.
Mike Slade, President of Ranger Constructions Central division, is in his second year as President of the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida. Mike has also served as ACAF Vice President and as Chairman of the Florida Transportation Builders Association.
Vecellio & Grogan President Bill Medcalf is active at the board and committee chair levels of trade associations in West Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas, lending his expertise on heavy/highway contracting in general, and on design-build, specifications, and joint co-ops in particular.
And at Sharpe Bros., Vice President Ivan Clayton recently served on the Carolina Asphalt Pavement Associations executive committee.
With their decades of experience, the Groups seasoned veterans are setting a fine example for the younger generation, who are also getting involved.
Corporate Vice Presidents Christopher and Michael Vecellio, along with Ranger Central V.P. Bob Schafer and Construction Manager Ponch Frank, have all completed ARTBAs Young Executive Program. And this spring Bob becomes President of the Associated General Contractors Florida East Coast Chapter, a position Mike Slade also has held.