The School of Business at the State University of New York at New Paltz is pleased to announce the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees. The inductees will be: Ralf Ludwig as Business Person of the Year; TD Bank, N.A. for Dean's Award of Excellence; Rick Alfandre '80 as Alumnus of the Year; and Eddie Monroy '12, '13g as Student Leader of the Year.
Business Person of the Year
Presentation & Acceptance of Award
Ralf Ludwig is the CEO and a principal of Wolf-tec, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial meat processing equipment. Wolf-tec was founded in 1977 as an importer of industrial meat processing equipment and a sales and service company by Mr. Ludwig's father, Wolfgang Ludwig, in the garage of the family home. In 1980, Mr. Ludwig returned to Germany to complete an apprenticeship in machine building. He received his degree in 1984 and worked at various equipment manufacturers in the meat industry before he returned home to the family business, where he started in sales. At that time, Wolf-tec employed less than 10 people and sold equipment manufactured by European companies to the American meat processing industry.
During the early 1990's, Mr. Ludwig took an internal position in the company, organizing systems and departments to meet customers' growing needs for spare parts, services and support. In 1993, he started designing and manufacturing Wolf-tec's own line of equipment. Until this point, the Ludwig family had worked closely with European manufacturers and modified the equipment to meet the needs of the American market. In 1994, Mr. Ludwig's childhood dream of designing machinery was realized when Wolf-tec launched its own equipment line and entered the manufacturing market with full control over design and manufacturing.
To meet the increasing demand for Wolf-tec products, Wolf-tec expanded from Highland to Kingston in 1997 to increase manufacturing capacity, and the company emerged as a steady manufacturing employer in Ulster County. As the company continued producing more innovative technologies and systems, it started evolving toward larger automated systems. At the same time, Wolf-tec established business ventures in South America, Australia and parts of Europe, further positioning Wolf-tec as a global player. Wolf-tec is recognized as an industry leader in the meat processing industry with many patents, setting industry standards and bringing innovation and food safety to the forefront of one of the world's oldest industries.
Each year over the past 11 years, Hormel has recognized this by awarding Wolf-tec its "Spirit of Excellence" Award. Innovation and quality continue to be core values of the company's culture. Mr. Ludwig has clearly established Wolf-tec as a technology leader. He continues to look ahead to the needs of the industry by partnering through partial acquisitions of suppliers, along with expanding Wolf-tec's own operational capacities.
Mr. Ludwig credits his entrepreneurial spirit to his father, Wolfgang, who made the bold move from Germany to America in 1968. He arrived here with his wife and sons (3 year old Ralf and 2 year old Peter). Wolfgang did not yet speak English nor was he familiar with the American culture. This pioneering attitude drives Mr. Ludwig every day.
Mr. Ludwig has carried this spirit into the community. He was a co-founding coach of the Rondout Valley Youth Football League. He actively supports SUNY Delhi's efforts to develop curriculum that will meet the needs of a high tech- automation manufacturing world. He has been an active supporter of Rondout Valley High School's program to increase the awareness of science and technology among high school students. Mr. Ludwig has focused his company on the emerging importance of U.S. manufacturing and the competitive advantage that the advancing technologies of automation can bring to the Hudson Valley.
Mr. Ludwig is a long time resident of Ulster County and has made a personal and a business commitment to this region. Today, he lives in Marbletown with his wife Annette where they raise their five children – Natasha, Alex, Jean Luc, Tomas and Gabriella.
Dean's Award of Excellence
TD Bank, N.A.
Presentation & Acceptance of Award
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., with more than 27,800 employees and deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. TD Bank offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to nearly 8 million customers through their extensive network of more than 1,315 stores from Maine to Florida. TD Bank is financially strong, well capitalized and a committed banking partner for businesses and individuals alike. The Bank's diverse employees work in unison to provide hassle-free products and services that are easy to use and easy to understand.
TD Bank is committed to making a meaningful and positive contribution to the individuals, families, businesses, and communities within their marketplace. In particular, TD Bank is committed to promoting economic empowerment, youth development and community involvement.
Each year, TD Bank also provides financial assistance for a variety of cultural and community events, as well as health and human services organizations. In 2011, TD Bank donated $15.2 million through the TD Charitable Foundation, and provided $8.4 million in community sponsorships to thousands of groups across the TD Bank, N.A. market.
TD Bank employees, their greatest asset, exemplify their corporate objectives and philosophy of "giving back" to those they serve. Each year, they donate more than 250,000 volunteer hours serving on boards, working in schools, and supporting local non-profit organizations in a wide variety of ways. Some of the associations they support include the United Way, March of Dimes, Special Olympics and Junior Achievement.
TD Bank is working day after day, year after year, to make communities stronger, more vibrant, and prosperous through the efforts of their employees and their ongoing financial commitment. This community spirit and involvement embodies the very core of their corporate citizenship philosophy.
Alumnus of the Year
Rick Alfandre '80
Presentation & Acceptance of Award
Rick Alfandre, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is a prolific architect who, over the past 32 years, has designed and built more than 200 projects ranging from solar residences to multi-million dollar hotels and resorts. Recently completed projects include office buildings, churches and synagogues, retail buildings and spaces, multiple dwellings, restaurants, hotels, manufacturing facilities and custom residences. The founder and CEO of Alfandre Architecture, he is an expert in the design of maximally energy-efficient, climactically responsive buildings that are solar-ready, as well as state of the art construction systems that minimize energy requirements. Mr. Alfandre manages a youthful and motivated work force with skills in Building Information Modeling, Computer Aided Design and hand drawing, three dimensional visualization and visual impact studies. A leader in the green building movement in upstate New York, Mr. Alfandre has worked closely with the US Green Building Council to grow the New York Upstate Chapter as well as the Hudson Valley Branch's regional programs. In fact, he was recently elected Vice Chair of the New York Upstate Chapter. He has also spoken extensively on green building to business and consumer audiences. Mr. Alfandre is devoted to creating spaces and places of lasting beauty, working closely with clients to plan for efficient, resilient and cost-effective projects. He launched EcoBuilders Inc. in 2009 to provide full design/build services to his clients.
Mr. Alfandre is a member of the SUNY New Paltz School Business Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees of the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. He is the past president of the New Paltz Rotary Club (2008), as well as a past board member of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce. He was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Foundation in 2009. He served for nine years as a member, and two years as Chair, on the Town of Esopus Environmental Advisory Board.
Mr. Alfandre is National Council of Architectural Registrations Boards (NCARB) certified and a member of both the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) and the Construction Contractors Association of the Hudson Valley (CCAHV). He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from SUNY New Paltz in 1980 and a Master of Architecture degree in 1987 from the School of Architecture at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Mr. Alfandre is licensed to practice architecture in the states of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. During his years in the Hudson Valley, Rick has formed solid working relationships with area building and planning officials and has collaborated with other regional professionals to create a unique team approach to projects.
Student Leader of the Year
Eddie Monroy '12, '13g
Presentation & Acceptance of Award
Eddie Monroy is pursuing his Master's in Business Administration at SUNY New Paltz and plans to graduate in May 2013. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in management from New Paltz in 2012.
Mr. Monroy joined the American Marketing Association (AMA) in Spring 2011 and immediately became an active member. He demonstrated outstanding management, marketing and organizational skills and was elected as executive vice president a year later, becoming president in Fall 2012. During his three years of involvement, the New Paltz AMA was selected as one of the Top 16 chapters at the International Collegiate Conferences in New Orleans. During the 2012 Conference, he developed an innovative collaborative marketing plan with his fellow board members that gained very positive comments from the judges in addition to conducting two separate workshops on chapter operations and promotion. He also assembled and led the team, which was competing for the second time, in the Pearson case competition in 2011-2012, earning honorable mention at the Conference. He has successfully completed multiple AMA projects, including coordinating the Business Day Conference and marketing week activities, planning the summer board retreat, completing the annual plan--all with favorable results. Not only managing the areas assigned to him, Mr. Monroy also ensures their success by demonstrating leadership abilities that his board members both admire and respect. The AMA's extraordinary success is a direct result of his hard work and strong focus.
Along with three of his peers, Mr. Monroy researched and developed a plan for a business that will convert local farmers' dairy waste into a source of renewable energy to power homes and businesses in the Mid-Hudson Valley. This idea won the 2012 Business Plan Contest. Mr. Monroy and his teammate shared the valuable skills they acquired through this contest by developing a two session boot camp to teach Business HOPE participants, local area women who want to start or expand their own small businesses, how to write key components of a business plan.
Mr. Monroy completed two internships – one in commercial banking with TD Bank (Summer 2012) and another for the Ulster County Comptroller's Office (Summer 2011) in Kingston, NY. He began consulting for Educate to Envision, an international non-profit, in Fall 2012. He is currently a graduate assistant for Dr. Kristin Backhaus as well as a peer mentor and an ambassador at Open Houses.
Mr. Monroy received the SUNY New Paltz President's Outstanding Graduate Award (2012), School of Business Outstanding Service Award (2012). He was the awarded the Ulster Savings Bank Scholarship in 2010.
Upon graduation, Mr. Monroy plans to work in the financial service sector, primarily in the area of investment banking. His five year plan is to focus on developing personal and professional growth through his career.
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