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Carol Silva

Carol Silva, News 12 Anchor

No one has anchored news for Long Islanders more than Carol Silva! Carol is the Emmy Award winning Morning and Midday Edition anchor at News 12 Long Island, America’s first 24-hour regional news network.

Carol has shared the lives of three-million Long Islanders while following the stories of Presidents and Popes, from the News 12 anchor desk, or on planes, in boats and on the road. Her travels have taken her to Ground Zero after September 11th, to Albany, Washington D-C, New Orleans and Texas.

Carol is a native Long Islander, raised in Hicksville, and a graduate of Holy Trinity High School. She attended Nassau Community College, the University of Dayton and New York Institute of Technology.

Carol was lured back to New York during her junior year of college when she was offered her first radio job at WBAB in Babylon. She then graduated magna cum laude on a scholarship from New York Institute of Technology. She anchored her way through radio newsrooms at WGBB in Merrick, WLIR in Hempstead, WGSM in Huntington and then in New York City at WNBC, WOR, WKTU Radio, the RKO Radio Network and WNET-PBS Television.

Carol joined News 12 Long Island in its first four months as a field reporter, but started anchoring 6 days later and has remained in the anchor seat of News 12’s number one rated show ever since.

Carol has won three Emmy Awards and more than 30 New York State Associated Press Awards, Press Club, Regional CableAce and the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting awards.

Carol has been named a “Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate and saluted by the Long Island Congressional Delegation when named one of “The Top 50 Women on Long Island” by Long Island Business News. The Long Island Press Newspaper voted her Best Local TV Reporter. She was also named the Media Member of the Year Award from the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. After 10 years as her children’s soccer coach and her daughter’s Girl Scout leader, The Girl Scouts of America honored Carol’s volunteer work with their distinguished “Juliette Low Award.” She was a PTA Board Member at her children’s schools, and as a veteran high school rower and competitive swimmer herself, she was on the Board of Directors for her daughter’s High School Crew Team.

The Catholic Archdiocese of New York gave Carol the TRISCORT Award, saying she “spreads optimism, faith and hope in her daily work as a journalist.”

As a Mexican American, Carol has been named Long Island Hispanic of the Year by the Suffolk County Police Department, and deemed a Hispanic role model by the Nassau County Hispanic Cultural Association. Carol has also served as the honorary chairwoman for the United Way, the Arthritis Foundation, Helen Keller Services for the Blind and for the March of Dimes which named her a “Woman of Distinction.”

Carol also writes a monthly column for Long Island Woman Magazine, which calls her “everyone’s favorite Long Island neighbor.” Carol is honored to be in the neighborhood!

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Bruce E. Mosler

Chairman, Global Brokerage, Cushman and Wakefield Inc.

Bruce E. Mosler is Chairman of Global Brokerage of Cushman & Wakefield Inc, the world’s largest independent real estate services firm. He was CEO from 2005-2010 and more recently, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the C&W Global Advisory Board.

As Chairman, Mr. Mosler advises major tenants and investors on strategic real estate matters, taking a senior role in managing and developing key client relationships on behalf of Cushman & Wakefield, globally. He continues to advise Brookfield Properties, Vornado, JP Morgan Chase, NYU University Hospital (The Langone Center), Citigroup, Madison Square Garden, the Brooklyn NETS, MetLife, among others.

Over the past several decades Mr. Mosler has also advised major corporations on the optimization of their real estate portfolios including: Thompson Reuters, VNU, Infor Technologies, Omnicom, Lenovo & MSG Holdings, L.P., to name a few. Mr. Mosler has leased several millions of square feet, with aggregate values over several billion dollars, throughout his career.

Mr. Mosler has been recognized by the commercial real industry on several occasions. He first earned the prestigious Real Estate Board of New York “Deal of the Year” award in 1998 for the creation of the Reuters Building at 3 Times Square, a transaction that consolidated 14 separate locations for the global media giant and solidified the renaissance of Times Square. His second “Deal of the Year” award recognized his success in bringing the European retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) to its United States flagship location on Fifth Avenue. In 2008 and 2009, he was chosen by his peers as Commercial Property News’ “Brokerage Executive of the Year” and was named CPN’s national “Property Services Executive of the Year.”

In 2013, Mr. Mosler led a team that represented the ownership of 75 Rockefeller Center, one of the most iconic properties in the world, in a 99-year triple-net lease to RXR Realty, a leading New York real estate operating company. More recently, he represented MetLife in consolidating its regional offices at 200 Park Avenue, a building that carries its name, in one of the largest transactions of the year.

Mr. Mosler is an active philanthropist who donates much of his time to charitable endeavors and outside organizations. Currently, he chairs the boards of BENS (Business Executives for National Security), and is co-chairman of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. In addition, he serves on the advisory board for the Wharton Executive Education Advisory Board. Mr. Mosler also serves on the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York and is a member of the boards of the IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America), Navy Seals Foundation, Police Athletic League, Tufts University Friend of Fletcher Advisory Board and Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families, among other civic and charitable organizations. In 2003, REBNY presented Mr. Mosler with its annual Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award for his service to the community, he received REBNY’s Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award in 2008, and in 2013 he was the recipient of the US Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation’s Commandant’s Leadership Award.

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Kenneth Fisher

Partner, Fisher Brothers

Chairman & CEO, Fisher House Foundation

Co-Chairman, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Unwavering excellence is the principle that Kenneth Fisher brings to every facet of his life, from his extensive philanthropic work to his role as part of the third-generation of leadership for Fisher Brothers, a diversified real estate firm that’s active nationwide.

At the forefront is Ken’s commitment to supporting the needs of active-duty military personnel and veterans, which spans more than 25 years. As Chairman and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, he oversees a network of 71 Fisher Houses for military and veterans’ families throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. These homes provide much-needed housing to more than 22,000 families each year, allowing them to stay close to loved ones being treated at major military and VA medical centers.

Since its inception the Fisher House Foundation has helped more than 277,000 families, saving them an estimated $320 million in out-of-pocket travel and lodging costs. The non-profit has also awarded more than $11 million in scholarships and received the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities, for 12 straight years.

Early on in his professional career, Ken understood the role that good governance and high industry standards in real estate can play in strengthening neighborhoods. As a senior partner at Fisher Brothers, he is responsible for managing, marketing, and leasing a portfolio of more than 6.5-million square feet of class-A commercial properties in New York City, Washington D.C, and around the country. In addition to serving on the executive committees of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Washington D.C.-based Real Estate Round Table, Ken is also an executive committee member of the City Investment Fund, a $770 million initiative established in 1996 to stimulate communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs through real estate investment.

Ken’s 35-year career in the real estate industry and long-time advancement of New York City’s civic sector through his role on such boards as the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the New York’s Finest Foundation was recognized by the Real Estate Board of New York with a Harry B. Helmsley Distinguished New Yorker Award in 2016.

In his work on behalf of service members, Ken continues a legacy started by his late uncle Zachary Fisher, who created the Fisher House Foundation in 1990. The non-profit is part of Fisher Family Charities, which includes the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Intrepid Relief Fund and the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, where Ken also serves as co-chairman.

In 2007, Ken was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors, which conducted a comprehensive review of the care provided to soldiers who return from the battlefield.

Among its recommended proposals was the need to strengthen support systems for families relocating to care for wounded service members, an idea the Fisher House Foundation helped pioneer more than 17 years prior.

In 2009, Ken received the Association of the United States Army’s Highest Civilian honor, the George C. Marshall Medal. Upon accepting the award he remarked that “our obligation to our newest veterans will last for decades and remain critically important.”

For the 2.8 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and the families who lost loved ones in the conflicts – a drawdown in fighting did not mean an end to their struggles, as many veterans dealt with life-changing injuries, mental health challenges, and inadequate access to federal support. Again Ken Fisher would answer the call. In 2013, the Fisher House Foundation stepped in to provide $750,000 in grants to families of service members who couldn’t receive death benefits from the Department of Defense because of the government shutdown.

When the Friars Club, a longtime supporter of service members, decided to present the Lincoln Awards in 2015 to recognize exceptional citizens who provided opportunities and support to American veterans, they chose Ken Fisher as an inaugural recipient.

Recognizing the power that sports has in giving wounded and injured service members an opportunity to bond and heal through competition, As chairman of the organizing committee, Ken led the effort to bring the the Invictus Games, founded by Prince Harry in 2014, to the United States.  Ken established the non-profit Military Adaptive Sports Inc. (MASI) to host the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 presented by Jaguar Land Rover in May. As Chairman of the Organizing Committee, he will not only help oversee a week-long series of sporting events for 500 military competitors, but also an international symposium aimed at easing the transition of returning service members to civilian life.

Next month, Ken will receive an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from his alma mater, Ithaca College, where he graduated in 1980.

The award caps a series of distinctions, inductions, and high civilian honors from a wide-ranging list of U.S. Cabinet-level departments, branches of the Armed Forces, advocacy groups, and media organizations. They include the Department of Veterans Affairs (The Secretary’s Award, 2004); Department of Defense (Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, 2012); the Special Forces Association (Honorary Green Beret, 2007); the United States Marine Corps (Honorary Marine, 2011); the Order of Military Medical Merit (Inducted 2001); the Paralyzed Veterans of America (Public Awareness Award, 2006); A+E Television Networks (Lives That Make A Difference Award, 2005); and U.S. News & World Report (America’s Best Leaders, 2007).

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