The Bozzuto Buzz is all about highlighting the best in each of us, both as individuals and as a company. In these digital issues, we feature employees and residents who are going above and beyond to support each other as well as news from across the company. Thank you for being a part of the Bozzuto community.
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This Is What We Were Built For Teeing Up 3D Printers to Make Personal Protective Equipment for Hospitals This Earth Day, Our Commitment to Sustainability Remains Strong Rise by Bozzuto COVID-19 Impact Mike Henehan to Lead BDC and BHI BCC Ranked Among Largest Contractors in D.C. Social Distance Delivery Creating Community in Times of Crisis
This Is What We Were Built For
I am so grateful that so many of you tuned into our first virtual town hall meeting yesterday—thank you for sharing your questions and thoughts with me. As I said in my remarks, our concept of sanctuary changes and evolves to encompass the externalities of the world and the needs of those we serve. This is what we were built for. We will continue to create goodness for the world and in doing so, we will thrive.
I hope that the stories contained in this digital issue of the Bozzuto Buzz give you a sense of pride that you are an essential part of our Bozzuto family. Nothing makes me prouder than seeing the beauty in each of your work. Thank you again for everything you do to bring our vision to life. Together, I am confident that we will emerge from this stronger than ever.
Teeing Up 3D Printers to Make Personal Protective Equipment for Hospitals
Dan Meyer—who’s working out of the golf simulator room at Eight Eleven Uptown—and other hackers in the Chicago area have 3D printed more than 600 masks and face shield holders. Learn how they’re providing masks, face shield holders and gowns for hospitals on the South Side of Chicago here.
This Earth Day, Our Commitment to Sustainability Remains Strong
In the midst of so much uncertainty, there is something that will never change—our commitment to the environment and sustainable business practices. Bozzuto Management Company (BMC) is honored to receive the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence award for 2020, our fourth consecutive year of receiving the Partner of the Year designation. BMC remains the first and only 100 percent multifamily management company to win this award, demonstrating our dedication to making the world a better place. Thank you to all of our team members, clients and partners who have contributed to this achievement. Learn more about this award here.
April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and we also want to remind you that you can make a positive impact right from home, thanks to our partnership with Arcadia Power. This partnership allows Bozzuto residents and employees to access clean energy (wind and solar power) produced at locations across the United States, while saving money at the same time. Do your part this Earth Day and make the switch for free by signing up here.
Rise by Bozzuto COVID-19 Impact
Our social impact program, Rise by Bozzuto, unites the entire Bozzuto network around cohesive charitable initiatives–leading us to give back in ways that make a tangible difference.
Rise by Bozzuto is shaped by three pillars that were chosen by employees: homelessness and housing, youth development and social-environmental impact. As a purpose-driven company, we recognize the unprecedented environment we’re currently in calls for responsive charitable action that contributes to issues in the fight against COVID-19.
Being a good neighbor means everything right now. We recognize impoverished populations are feeling the effects of homelessness more than ever, frontline medical staff are boldly coming face-to-face with coronavirus every day and at-risk residents are unable to leave their homes for groceries and essential items. To help these individuals, we’ve launched the following initiatives in which our entire Bozzuto network can take part:
- Virtual Race to End Poverty with A Wider Circle: join the Rise by Bozzuto run team here.
- #FeedtheFrontLine through Sweetgreen Impact Outpost with World Central Kitchen: donate a meal to hospital heroes here.
- Grocery Delivery customized for communities with at-risk residents
Mike Henehan to Lead BDC and BHI
Bozzuto is thrilled to announce that as of May 1, Mike Henehan will transition to the role of President of Bozzuto Development Company (BDC) and Bozzuto Homes Inc (BHI) and join the Operating Partners team. He will take the reins from Steve “Straz” Strazzella, his colleague of 15 years who joined Bozzuto nearly two decades ago and will be rejoining his own company, Strazzella Holding Company. Straz has been an incredible partner and mentor for many and led the effort to expand BDC to new markets including Boston, where the company is building Bozzuto’s largest development to date in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Mike has held crucial roles at both BDC and Bozzuto Construction Company (BCC), working on projects such as Monroe Street Market and overseeing large pipelines in the Washington Metropolitan Area and in regions from Philadelphia to Boston. Mike’s experience, work ethic and leadership skills make him well-positioned to help BDC and BHI experience continued success. Congratulations, Mike, and thank you, Straz, for everything you did at Bozzuto!
BCC Ranked Among Largest Contractors in D.C.
Congratulations to Bozzuto Construction Company (BCC) for ranking 15th on the Washington Business Journal’s 2020 list of Largest General Contractors in Greater D.C. Well done, BCC Team!
Social Distance Delivery
Laura Rego and a group of fellow residents at The Lindley and saw an opportunity to help their high-risk neighbors get their groceries while also social distancing. Together, they started a free grocery delivery service for elderly and immuno-compromised residents called Social Distance Delivery. The team has encouraged their high-risk neighbors to email their grocery lists so that a participating member can do the shopping while wearing personal protective equipment. The helper pays upfront, leaves the groceries at the door and later accepts reimbursement via Venmo or cash or check left at a predetermined location. This service is completely free and any tips they receive are donated directly to a COVID-19 relief fund.
Laura and her team of helpers demonstrate that sanctuary is more than a building—it’s a community experience. We offer our heartfelt gratitude to them for going above and beyond to help their neighbors during this uncertain time.
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Creating Community in Times of Crisis
To Chairman and Co-Founder Tom Bozzuto, the answer to successfully getting through this period of isolation is regular exercise and enjoying a good book, looking to great leaders from the past for inspiration. Tom passionately recommended “The Splendid and the Vile” as a relevant and timely example of leading through a crisis. Plus, an occasional bourbon doesn’t hurt.
In a Bisnow Webinar on April 21, Tom virtually sat down with Bisnow Vice President, Sales & Co-Founder Mike Ponticelli to discuss what leadership during a time of crisis looks like. Having experienced four downturns over the course of the company’s life, including this one, he reaffirmed the importance of adapting to a changing world and focusing on future opportunities. He shared a message of hope, saying, “What gives me solace, what I hope to share with other people, is that as awful as what we are going through is, we will come out the other side.”Read the Last Buzz