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08 Jun, 2011 | News

CCBQ Honors Richard J. Smyth, VP Corporate Real Estate of JetBlue Airways at Bishop's Humanitarian Award Dinner

For his leadership and commitment to the well-being of others, Richard J. Smyth, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate, JetBlue Airways, was honored by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens at the Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner at Pier Sixty in Manhattan, on June 22, 2011. 

Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, served as Honorary Chairman. Charles F. Murphy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction Company served as Dinner Chairman. Vice Chairmen included Jamie Crystal, Executive Vice President, Frank Crystal & Co. andPeter M. Meyer, NYC Market President, TD Bank. Ken Rosato, Anchor of WABC-TV’s Eyewitness Newsserved as the Master of Ceremonies for this important fundraiser. Renowned Opera Tenor Christopher Macchio also performed.

Richard J. Smyth is JetBlue Airways’ Vice President of Corporate Real Estate (CRE).  As leader of the CRE department, his focus is on developing and maintaining over 65 JetBlue airport properties plus multiple support facilities. The CRE team represents JetBlue in its business with airport operators, agencies and air carriers relative to lease agreements, airport development projects, real estate and related business issues. 

Additionally, Mr. Smyth is responsible for planning, financing, design and implementation of major JetBlue development projects including: two aircraft maintenance hangars, a state of the art training center with six simulators and the new $750 million Terminal 5 at JFK International Airport. The Terminal 5 project includes 26 gates, airfield improvements, approach and frontage roadways, a 1,500 space parking garage as well as historic landmark elements to interface with TWA’s Saarinen terminal at JFK.   

Prior to joining JetBlue, Mr. Smyth was the Program Principal for Continental Airlines’ Global Gateway Project at Newark Liberty International Airport. This $1 billion project included: expansion of Terminal C into a 60 gate facility with international arrival capability, airfield development, aircraft hangars, cargo building, parking garage and extensive roadway improvements.

Previously, Mr. Smyth was Vice President for O’Brien Kreitzberg & Associates providing program and construction management services for numerous aviation projects at JFK International Airport plus significant non-aviation projects throughout the New York area.

He is a graduate of Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and has served as an Adjunct Professor for New York University’s Program in Construction Management.

The Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner was started over twenty years ago and is held annually through the generous support of concerned individuals and organizations who champion the agency’s mission on behalf of children and families, older adults, the developmentally disabled, the mentally ill, the formerly homeless and the isolated. It has generated millions of dollars in support of the work of the agency.

“There is increased urgency to provide services to those in greatest need during these difficult economic times,” said Mr. Siebel.  “Now, more than ever, we are relying on our friends in the community to support the agency’s critical mission.”


Photo Caption: Pictured (from l. to r.) are: Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan, D.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn; Rev. Msgr. Alfred P. LoPinto, Vicar for Human Services, Diocese of Brooklyn, Robert Siebel, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; Charles F. Murphy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Turner Construction Company; Honoree Richard J. Smyth, Vice President of Corporate Real Estate, jetBlue Airways; Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn; Sister Ellen Patricia Finn, OP, Deputy Executive Director, Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; and Ken Rosato, Anchor, Eyewitness News, WABC-TV.