Admiral's Dinner

Attended by over 700 industry leaders, alumni and friends of the College, the Admiral’s Dinner, held on April 30, 2019, is an important source of funding that allows SUNY Maritime to meet the needs of current and future students. Thanks to the hard work of our dinner committee members, and the generosity of our honorees and guests, the dinner raised over $650,000. These funds have a dramatic impact on the lives of SUNY Maritime students.

This year, we were proud to honor two companies who have been long-time supporters of the College and the Dinner; Hornblower and Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corporation, including Fresh Meadow Chiller Services and Fresh Meadow Power, during the 2019 Admiral's Dinner.

Thank you to all of the generous sponsors and guests of the 2019 Admiral's dinner for helping to make the Dinner a great success.

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2019 Admiral's Scholarship Dinner Honorees - Companies


Hornblower is a national dining cruise, tourism and ferry service company. For over 35 years, Hornblower’s state-of-the-art vessels and ferries have sailed past famed landmarks throughout North America and delivered amazing experiences for millions of tourists, locals and commuters across the country. Among the Hornblower family of companies includes Statue Cruises which, since 2008, has been the official provider of ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island Memorial Museum. Hornblower also operates the Niagara Falls Gorge Boat Tour from the Canadian side of the river, the ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, as well as New York City’s NYC Ferry service, which has serviced over eight million riders to date across its six routes and employs about 400 crew members from the New York area. Earlier this year, the city announced that NYC Ferry would be expanding to serve all five boroughs with two new routes and additional stops, including a new landing in Throggs Neck.

Prior to NYC Ferry launching in May 2017, Hornblower has established a key partnership with SUNY Maritime College and the next generation of maritime professionals. In addition to using the College’s full-mission bridge simulators to train their new captains and providing internship, career and growth opportunities with Hornblower, about 25 percent of the NYC Ferry workforce are SUNY Maritime College graduates.

Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp., led by Chief Operating Officer Michael Russo

Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp.(FMMC) is a well-established mechanical contractor with over 25 years of experience. We have been continuously engaged in mechanical construction, encompassing projects that are plan and specification, design-build, including value engineering of plan and specification projects, and turnkey projects. We specialize in power plants, hi-rise residential buildings, commercial buildings, office buildings, correctional facilities, tenant work, sewage treatment plants, chemical and pharmaceutical institutions, industrial buildings, and renovation projects.

Fresh Meadow Power, led by Vice President John Valvo ‘83

Fresh Meadow Power, LLC (FMP) is a specialty contractor within the Fresh Meadow family of companies.  FMP has successfully completed projects for both independent power producers and several major utilities in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions.  Projects have included Utility Boilers, HRSG’s, GT Filter Houses, Simple Cycle Combustion Units, Electrostatic Precipitator Repair, Scrubber Erection, Stack Erection, Air Cooled Condensers, Tube and Shell Condensers, and Power Piping. FMP has a proven history in the areas of heavy rigging, site logistics, steel erection, ASME and AWS code welding, and pressure part welding.


Fresh Meadow Chiller Services, led by Vice President Russell Thompson

Fresh Meadow Chiller Services, LLC (FMCS) was formed through Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp., a premier NY area mechanical company specializing in large capital projects.  FMCS specializes in large tonnage chiller plant maintenance, service, retrofit, and installations.   FMCS also provides service support to FMMC as needed on major chiller plant startups.

FMCS employees expertize includes individual with Carrier, York, and Johnson Controls management experience, factory personnel, and senior technicians who recognized a need in the market for OEM Level expertise at non-OEM prices.  Our emphasis is on technical ability, quality, and timely service at costs below that charged by large manufacturers.  This requires coordination between operations & sales to assure all sold work can be executed to our quality standards.  In contrast to our competitors, we avoid overbookings or “run-away sales” to meet monthly business profit projections (commonly seen in large corporations).  Our key management and senior technicians individually average of 15 years & plus in the commercial/industrial chiller and mechanical fields.