Titans of Tech Dinner

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Titans of Tech Dinner November 28, 2018

Titans of Tech Dinner Information

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Pier 60, Chelsea Piers, New York NY


Dinner Chair

Anthony Schirripa, FAIA '67
Chairman Emeritus
Mancini Duffy

Honorary Dinner Chair

Floyd Warkol '65
Chairman and CEO
KSW Mechanical LLC

Journal Chair

Margaret Murphy '83
New York Staff Search

2018 Titans of Tech Honorees

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Honorees Biographies

Kenneth D. Daly '84

Kenneth D. Daly, CFA, is the Chief Operating Officer for National Grid’s US Electric business. Mr. Daly leads the delivery of safe, reliable electricity service to 10 million customers across New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. For the prior 7 years, Mr. Daly was the President of the New York business of National Grid and previously lived and worked in the United Kingdom as Global Financial Controller.

Mr. Daly is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School’s Class of 1984 and has supported his alma mater for 30 years. National Grid has a partnership with Brooklyn Tech and funded a 4-year, $300k Energy in Education STEM Initiative, whereby select students from six middle schools are given opportunities to explore engineering and science through practical and hands-on work at Tech and then compete for National Grid-funded college scholarships upon completion.

Mr. Daly graduated from St. Francis College with a BA in English, has earned both an MBA in Finance from St. John’s University and an MS in Human Resource Management from New York University, graduated from the Harvard Advanced Management Program (AMP) and achieved the distinguished Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mr. Daly is a member of the Saint Francis College Board of Trustees and has been an adjunct professor at SFC, teaching human resource, business and finance courses for 25 years. Mr. Daly is also a graduate of the David Rockefeller ‘Fellows Program,’ a member of the Long Island Energeia Partnership, and serves on the Board of Directors of Ridgewood Savings Bank and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.


Augustine Di Giacomo '63

Augustine (Augie) DiGiacomo (1945 - 2015), in his nearly 50-year career in the building industry, established himself as one of the top mechanical engineers worldwide in the field of building design. As a Partner—and, for 15 years, Managing Partner—at Jaros, Baum & Bolles (JB&B), he oversaw some of the city’s most iconic projects, including the post-9/11 World Trade Center site redevelopment, and significantly advanced safety and sustainability standards throughout the industry. Born and raised in Brooklyn, after graduation from Brooklyn Technical High School he went on to the City College of New York, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Joining JB&B in 1964, DiGiacomo quickly parlayed his engineering expertise into a career that encompassed the design of corporate headquarters, technical research centers and major financial institutions. Among his more notable projects are Hudson Yards, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park, which, by his efforts, became the first LEED Platinum super-high-rise building in the city. DiGiacomo’s considerable contribution to the industry was recognized by ASHRAE in 2009, when he was honored with the New York Chapter’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2013 he received ACEC New York’s Engineer of the Year Award.

Victor Insetta '57

In 1964, Victor Insetta founded American Technical Ceramics, taking an investment of just $100 and grew ATC into a company with $100 million annual revenue. Fortune Magazine listed Insetta as one of The Top 25 Small Business Executives. Years later, he founded Insetta Boatworks, a builder of high speed offshore power catamarans.  The Insetta 45 was chosen as the official Chase Boat for the prestigious America's Cup Competition held in Bermuda. He is a philanthropist, and a man who never forgot his roots at Brooklyn Tech. Mr. Insetta is a graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School, Class of 1957.


Penelope Kokkinides '87


Penelope Kokkinides is a lifelong New Yorker who has dedicated her career to the healthcare field. She serves as Chief Administrative Officer at InnovaCare, Inc., a leading provider of integrated healthcare solutions based in Fort Lee, N.J. The company provides healthcare solutions to more than 7,500 providers and 500,000 customers across Puerto Rico and Florida.

Kokkinides received her bachelor's at Binghamton University, and has master’s and post-master’s degrees in social work from NYU, as well as a master’s from the Columbia University School of Public Health. She is currently completing her doctorate in public administration.

Throughout her career, she has remained a dedicated public servant with a specific focus on women's issues, immigration, domestic violence and issues related to the Greek-American community. She also writes an informative lifestyle blog providing tips on healthcare and other topics.

Kokkinides has received the Top Women in Business Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from InnovaCare. She recently participated in a Women in Healthcare Panel at the White House and serves on several boards, including for the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation,Fundacion Dorada, a 501(c)(3) serving Puerto Rico’s impoverished elderly community and the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island, New York.

Kokkinides is a renowned businesswoman and is honored tonight as the first female to win the Titans of Tech Award. She graduated from Brooklyn Tech High School in 1987.

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