Senior Principal Anjana Kadakia (center) accepts the Concrete Industry Board’s Leader of the Industry from CIB Past President Stephen S. Marchese, Future Tech Consultants, and current CIB President Paul Brooks, Holcim (US) Inc. Photo courtesy Concrete Industry Board. John S. Whinston Photography.
With a resume that includes such high-profile projects as MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, Philadelphia’s Comcast Center and PETCO Park in San Diego, it’s no wonder that that Senior Principal Anjana Kadakia of our Newark office was recognized as a Leader of Industry by the New York Chapter of the Concrete Industry Board (CIB).
Kadakia was one of seven professionals honored at the 2013 CIB President’s Ball on May 17 at Manhattan’s Pierre Hotel. Since 1987, the Leaders of Industry award has been presented every two years to individuals who display an exemplary attitude toward their work and professional relationships. Recipients must have an esteemed reputation within the building community and be cognizant of the importance of the positive effects their work has on the future of the profession.
Tom Scarangello, Anjana Kadakia, Roxanne Donovan (Scarangello’s wife), John Whelan (Aine Brazil’s husband) and Brazil.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Concrete Industry Board,” Kadakia said. “My career at Thornton Tomasetti has allowed me to strengthen and expand my experience in the field, while contributing positively to the future of the industry.”
Kadakia joins past Leaders of Industry award recipients founding principals Charlie Thornton (1991) and Richard Tomasetti (1999) and Vice Chairman Aine Brazil (2007). Brazil was on hand to see Kadakia accept the award as were Chairman and CEO Tom Scarangello, Newark Principal Chris Christoforou and several members of Kadakia’s family. “It was a very nice event,” she said. “There were about 200 people, and I gave a brief acceptance speech.”
Anjana Kadakia making her acceptance speech at the CIB award ceremony. Photo courtesy Concrete Industry Board. John S. Whinston Photography.
Kadakia was nominated for the honor by a former employer, Joe Goldreich of Goldreich Engineering, who is vice chairman of the CIB advisory board. Goldreich gave Kadakia her first engineering job in the U.S. and took her under his wing. “He was very much like a father figure to me,” she said. Kadakia worked at the firm for about five years while earning her master’s degree. She then began her career with Thornton Tomasetti legacy firm Lev Zetlin Associates. “When I told Mr. Goldreich that I was leaving, he was hesitant to accept my resignation. But when I told him that I was going to work for Charlie and Richard, he said, ‘Ok, this is the only firm where I think you will have a great future and so I will let you go.’ ”
Celebrating with Anjana Kadakia (third from right) are Chris Christoforou, daughter-in-law Elizabeth Sakhnovich, son Ripan Kadakia, husband Shirish Kadakia, Tom Scarangello and Aine Brazil.
Goldreich had followed Kadakia’s career at Thornton Tomasetti and was impressed by her project work, which is one of the reasons he nominated her. “When Mr. Goldreich told me that he was going to nominate me for the Leaders of Industry award, he said that I had worked on some remarkable projects,” she said. “And after thinking about it, I realized he was right. I mean how many women can say that they worked on one of the world’s largest football stadiums or the tallest building in Philadelphia. For me, the reward has always been seeing the project get built and how it shapes the skyline. But receiving awards is nice, too. It validates all of your hard work.”
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