Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Executive Director Honored Among ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers of 2016
New York City, April 13-14, 2017
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ENR's Top 25 Newsmakers

NEW YORK CITY – CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood was recognized by Engineering News-Record as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2016, attending a luncheon and gala in New York to receive his honor. The two-day affair was a celebration of the newsmakers’ achievements over the year, and Wood was recognized for “propelling the global skyscraper authority into a new era.”

The celebration began on April 13 at the New York Hilton Midtown with a networking reception and luncheon. ENR Publisher Scott Seltz and Editor-in-Chief Jan Tuchman offered words of welcome and introduced past ENR newsmakers in attendance, including former CTBUH Chairman Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates. Also in attendance were Leslie Robertson, Founder, LERA (also a former CTBUH Chairman) and Charles Thornton, Consultant & Founding Principal, Thornton Tomasetti, who, along with Ron Klemencic, are
all CTBUH Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement winners.

ENR Publisher Scott Seltz and Editor-in-Chief Jan Tuchman offered words of welcome and introduced past ENR newsmakers in attendance before presenting this year's Top 25 Newsmakers.
Nadine Post, Editor-at-Large, ENR, and former CTBUH Chairman Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, mingle with attendees before the evening's main event.

Each newsmaker was honored with a video clip highlighting their achievements, followed by an opportunity to say a word of thanks. Wood’s video introduction focused on his successful efforts of reinvigorating the Council, with membership increasing by 539 percent and the annual budget expanding from $225,000 to $5 million during his time as Executive Director.

On stage to receive his award, Wood was gracious for his recognition: “I arrived 10 and a half years ago, and every year I’d look at the ENR 25 Top Newsmakers and think ‘I wonder if one day...’ so it’s a real honor.” He was also quick to recognize others award winners in attendance: “It’s especially an honor to be receiving this award in the presence of other award winners and past chairmen of our organization.”

Focusing on the Council’s achievements, Wood added, “As the video showed, the Council really has grown a lot. We now have 70 percent of our members outside the USA, and if that doesn’t tell you what has happened in tall buildings over the last 10–20 years, I don’t know what statistic does.”
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood accepts his award as one of ENR's Top 25 Newsmakers.

Wood also reserved high praise for Nadine Post, Editor-at-Large at ENR, who nominated him for this award: “I hope I am not crossing any boundaries to say she’s become a real friend and she’s an incredible person.”

At the conclusion of the luncheon, all newsmakers gathered on stage for a photo with Seltz and Tuchman to commemorate the event.

That evening, a black-tie gala was held to honor the newsmakers along with the overall Award of Excellence winner, Marc Edwards, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Edwards was honored for bringing attention to the dangerous levels of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.

Former CTBUH Chairman Ron Klemencic, Chairman & CEO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates socializes with former CTBUH Chairman Leslie Robertson, Founder, LERA.
The gala dinner started with a cocktail reception that lasted for about two hours with networking opportunities and a photo booth to commemorate the occasion. At the dinner, attended by approximately 600 guests, all newsmakers and their guests were seated at a long table in the center of the room.

The dinner began with a flag ceremony and the singing of the national anthem, followed by words of welcome from Steltz and Tuchman who thanked all the sponsors. Each of the newsmakers was again recognized with a short video clip before Edwards was invited to the stage to receive his Award of Excellence trophy and give a speech.

Following the dinner, all newsmakers were invited to a sponsored after-party that doubled as an auction event benefitting the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program. The next day, ENR’s Best of the Best Breakfast concluded the two-day event.