New York, New York - December 5, 2014 - Frank Cara, a partner at Connell Foley LLP and Co-Chair of the firm’s New York Construction Law Practice, recently earned the “2014 Mentor Award” from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of the Authority’s Mentor-Protégé Program. Cara was recognized for his commitment to the program and the education and guidance he has provided to a number of “protégés” since 2011.
The Mentor-Protégé Program was formed in 2002 to help increase the number of Port Authority-certified Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) qualified to bid on large construction contracts with public and private organizations. According to the Port Authority’s website, “The program seeks to improve the protégés' management, organization and construction skills by teaching them new strategic tools to speed the growth of their businesses.”
Mentors in the program advise protégés on a range of issues, from project planning to estimating, bidding and project closeout, as well as other important general and trade contracting information. Protégés are expected to incorporate this new knowledge into their business practices, making tactical and tangible changes in their approach and operations.
Cara was recognized for his efforts and was presented with the Mentor Award at a luncheon held on December 4, 2014.