It was just about this time last year, the Queens Chamber was gearing up to host our Annual Building Awards. This 90-year tradition honors the accomplishments of architects, builders, interior designers and building projects in Queens County.

Unfortunately, this year due to the pandemic our in-person celebration was postponed. This doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons to celebrate. In my opinion, each of you should pat yourselves on the back for a job well done in 2020 whether you are in the building industry or not.

Each of you, as business owners, has managed to do the impossible in a year filled with unbelievable obstacles and challenges. You explored creative new ways to conduct business, often multitasking, working remotely and committed to forging a path forward to keep your business afloat.

Whether you are an operation of one or 20 or 100, you deserve to be praised for a job well done. And it’s not over yet.

One of the highlights of serving as Board Chair has been meeting business owners and encouraging them to work hard and strive for success. I’ve gained as much from you as that which I’ve shared.

It’s an honor to represent an organization whose mission is promoting business and making this borough of Queens the best place in the world to live, work, and play. Reflecting back on the by-laws created when this wonderful organization was founded back in 1911 – advocate, educate and network – we firmly believe these values continue to mean as much today as they did then.

So, as you continue to work hard finalizing this year that is rapidly passing by, take a moment reward yourself. You have earned it. Your commitment and support are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for being the greatest part of us.

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