FIELDING DREAMS HONOREE
RICK A. PARISI
Rick A. Parisi, RLA, FASLA, CLARB, is the Managing Principal of MPFP, an internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm that is recognized as one of the foremost pioneers exploring the social and physical dynamics that shape our urban spaces and global landscapes. Under Mr. Parisi’s leadership, the firm plays an instrumental role in challenging traditional perceptions of spatial design in the urban, institutional, healthcare, workplace, playground and residential environments.
The Randall’s Island Master Plan and Icahn Stadium Track and Field Center have been considered the most rewarding public private partnership projects in Rick’s career. In addition he was the lead designer and Team leader for the Randall’s Island Field Development Project – one of the most ambitious field production projects ever undertaken in the United States. The team was able to develop over 65 playing fields – comprising the largest complex of playing fields in the city and over half of all the premier fields in Manhattan.
Rick’s award-winning landscapes throughout the world facilitate discovery, illuminate natural phenomena and enhance social relationships. He designs urban experiences that are grounded in sharing spaces, and are engaging and appreciated by adults and children alike. He brings this philosophy and passionate creativity to each endeavor, demonstrating a commitment to progressive, well-informed and aesthetically functional design.
During Rick’s 30 year career, he has designed and managed many notable projects in the US and around the world including Battery Park City World Financial Center, The USTA at Flushing Meadows, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, The Yards in Washington DC, The Cyber City Hub in Gurgaon India and several projects in Japan, Israel and India.
Rick and his wife Margaret Kittinger, a partner at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects reside in Old Greenwich, CT. His son, Andre, is a student at the University of Vermont.
CHAMPION FOR CHILDREN HONOREE
Abby Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. (She missed Beijing 2008 due to a broken leg.)
Her ability to wear down defenses with her physical play, aerial game and hard running has long been a key to the USA’s success. After winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Wambach retired as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer. A true leader on and off the field, Wambach is dedicating the next chapter of her career to fighting for equality and inclusion across industries.
COMMUNITY CHAMPION HONOREE
Patrick Vieira is head coach of the New York City Football Club (NYCFC). Between 1994 and 2011, Vieira played for six professional teams including Arsenal, Juventus, Internazionale, and Manchester City, as well as the French National Team. With France, Vieira won the World Cup in 1998 and the European Championship in 2000. As Arsenal’s midfielder, Patrick brought the team a Premier League title three times, the FA Cup three times, and the FA Community Shield three times as well. His major individual achievements include receiving the Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1998, as well as making French Player of the Year in 2001, the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 2006, and the English Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Patrick began his coaching career as Manchester City’s reserve team and Elite Development squad manager in 2013, joining the NYCFC as head coach in 2016. His calm, forward-thinking vision, familiarity with team operations, and tactical knowledge of the sport brought NYCFC to the playoffs for their first time in 2016. His leadership both on and off the field has also brought football closer to the community. Among his proudest accomplishments, Patrick and three of his fellow football champions founded the Diambars school in Senegal to harness the power of sport to promote education. In May 2010, Patrick was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. Additionally, he spent two seasons as Football Development Executive at Manchester City overseeing youth development, commercial partners and the club’s social responsibility program, “City in the Community”.
NYCFC provides a recess and after-school soccer program at Randall’s Island Park for 3,000 East Harlem elementary school students, as well as several summer camp programs. Through their Cityzens Giving initiative, NYCFC also collaborates with charity partners to deliver free soccer programs in underserved neighborhoods. In 2017, NYCFC partnered with the City of New York and the US Soccer Foundation to build 10 new soccer pitches in East Harlem, the Bronx, and other historically under-resourced communities.
FIELDING DREAMS MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is CNBC’s chief international correspondent and co-anchor of “Power Lunch,” which airs Monday through Friday from 1 to 3pm ET.
In 2016, she reported live from Iran on the state of the economy and potential investment opportunities in the country, despite continuing U.S. sanctions. Caruso-Cabrera also traveled to Brazil to cover the effect of the Car Wash scandal on Petrobras.
Latin America is a large focus of her coverage as trade has become a key election issue, particularly when it comes to Mexico. Previously, Caruso-Cabrera has done extensive reporting on Mexico’s efforts to modernize PEMEX and has interviewed dozens of Mexican business executives, CEOs and government officials. She also covered Venezuela during the PDVSA strike.
Additionally, she has reported from Cuba more than half a dozen times as relations between the U.S. and Cuba have thawed.
Since 2010, she has covered the European financial crisis, reporting live from Athens, Rome, Frankfurt, Madrid, Brussels, Luxembourg and Cyprus. In the summer of 2015, she spent a full month in Greece.
Caruso-Cabrera joined CNBC in 1998 from WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she spent four years as a general assignment reporter covering crime and hurricanes. Prior to that, she was a special projects producer for Univision where she gained experience covering Latin America. She began her career in 1990 while in college, as a stringer for The New York Times, reporting for the education section.
Caruso-Cabrera has reported one-hour documentaries for the network, including “Liquid Assets: The Big Business of Water” and “The Race to Rebuild: America’s Infrastructure.”
Caruso-Cabrera wrote her first book, “You Know I’m Right: More Prosperity, Less Government,” in 2010. Previously, she wrote a personal finance column for Shape en Español and People en Español.
She has also been awarded Broadcaster of the Year from the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and was named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” in the country by Hispanic Business Magazine.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College.
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David Kane, P.E., AICP’s career has spanned 30 years throughout the northeast, as a civil engineer, project manager, public agency officer, and construction executive officer. His current position, as Hunter Roberts Construction Group’s Senior Vice President, includes operations management for public and institutional sector work throughout the metropolitan area construction market. From 2012 to 2016, David served as Chief Operating Officer for a large minority-women-owned construction management firm here in New York. For the previous 15 years, he worked for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in the Capital Program Division, delivering a broad portfolio of infrastructure, industrial, sports and recreational, public space, cultural, transportation, and resiliency projects throughout New York City. For the last five years of his tenure with NYCEDC, David served as Executive Vice President. Over his career, David has directed, managed, and/or provided executive management for the delivery of in excess of $3.5 billion in new building construction, renovation/restoration/rehabilitation, and infrastructure facilities.
David completed his undergraduate engineering degree at Brown University, and his graduate civil engineering and city planning degrees at the University of California at Berkeley. David is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State and is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners.
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As the Michael Dakolias senior lecturer in the economics department at Columbia University, Gulati balances his academic work with numerous responsibilities within the sport of soccer worldwide. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to 1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as a country economist for the emerging country of Moldova. He rejoined the Columbia faculty on a full time basis in 2003.
Elected U.S. Soccer President in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, Sunil Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States and has helped the sport rise to new heights. The native of Allahabad, India, has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980’s and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence.
Gulati served on the bid committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and Chairs the U.S. bid efforts for the 2026 World Cup. Additionally, Gulati served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999 and 2003. Gulati is a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and serves on the FIFA and CONCACAF Councils.
Gulati serves on the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University and the Randall’s Island Park Alliance.
Gulati, 58, and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in New York City.
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Claudio played professionally for 12 years in three European countries for five different teams: Bayer Leverkusen and Vfl Wolfsburg in Germany, Glasgow Rangers F.C. in Scotland, then Sunderland FC and Manchester City FC in the English Premier League. When with Vfl Wolfsburg, he was the first American player to ever wear the captain’s armband in a European league. Before his retirement in 2008, Claudio played his last professional season in United States with NY Red Bulls.
Claudio represented the United States National team in 4 World Cups from 1994 through 2006, serving as team Captain in 2002 and 2006. He also represented the US in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, making in total 112 appearances for his country. He was the first American player to be selected to the FIFA All World Cup team for his performances during the 2002 World Cup in South Korea, confirming his place as one of the greatest ever soccer players produced by the US. In 2012, Claudio’s significant achievements in the game were recognized by being inducted into the U.S National Soccer Hall of Fame.
After his retirement from professional soccer in 2008, Claudio launched the Claudio Reyna Foundation with the goal to nurture, encourage and develop the sport in America while fighting poverty and childhood obesity.
In 2010, Claudio was appointed the Youth Technical Director of the US Soccer Federation where he worked for three years helping to modernize the approach to youth player development and put the US on a path to success.
Claudio left his post with US Soccer In 2013 when presented with the unique opportunity to become Sporting Director and the first ever employee for the newly formed MLS franchise, New York City Football Club.
Since then, Claudio has been building New York City FC from the ground up. He has lead major initiatives designed to bring New York’s vibrant and widespread youth soccer community closer together. NYCFC’s Youth Affiliate program has worked to engrain the club in to local communities throughout the five boroughs. Claudio has brought in an impressive mix of Major League Soccer expertise and world class football know-how, highlighted by the acquisition of Head Coach Patrick Vieira and the signing of international legend David Villa.
New York City FC kicked off its 2018 season on March 4 and plays home games at Yankee Stadium.