Boston, MA (PRWEB) February 02, 2012
Cumar, the industry’s premier natural stone fabricator & supplier, celebrated Thank Your Mentor Day with musical mentor, Grammy Award Winner Patti Austin and special guests. Industry leaders from the Music, Legal, and Design business communities gathered to celebrate and raise awareness of the impact of mentoring both cross-culturally & cross-generationally. Design New England and The Over My Shoulder Foundation created and inspired the Design Industries prestigious MIDDIE (Mentors in Design) award for its first presentation in 2011. Mitchell Gold Bob Williams showroom in Boston’s Back Bay was the perfect setting to gather and have the special guests present their unique mentoring stories.
Dave Connor, general manager of CUMAR Marble & Granite, spoke to the group about the importance of mentoring in the Design industry. “We created the MIDDIE awards to recognize design professionals who share their time, expertise and wisdom with upcoming generations of designers. It is through a personal commitment and focus on others that the magic occurs”, said Connor, “We are putting forth the challenge and call for nominations for the 2012 MIDDIES today!”
In the stone world, mentoring is the only way that the special craftsmanship has been able to live on from generation to generation. Cumar’s founder and owner Angelo "Ivo" Cubi is a 7th generation stone artist from Verona, Italy whose passion for his art has brought him international recognition. His daughter Carlotta is the 8th generation and is the comptroller for the company. She is soon to be bringing G-9 (the 9th generation) into the family. Ivo’s stone creations can be seen in the most luxurious homes, office buildings and hotels on the East Coast.
Mentoring happens every second at Cumar under the watchful and caring eye of Ivo and managers. Young apprentices start as assistants and move quickly within the company. Ivo's infectious spirit and pride in the company translates into a family of diligent employees who stand proudly behind every creation that is made at their facility in Everett, MA.
The emcee for the evening was Boston’s own Candy O’Terry of Magic 106.7 who spoke of her special role as both mentor and mentee with many women in the Boston business world. Says Candy, “I have one motto to live by……you get what you give!”
Rick Dyer, Newton Attorney, told his story of treacherous beginnings in the streets of Boston where he lived with crime, drug addiction, incarceration, and despair and how several mentors in his life provided the hope and ability to overcome. Ultimately with a pardon from then Governor Michael Dukakis, Mr. Dyer was able to become a member of the Massachusetts Bar. Now a passionate attorney in the Metro-Boston community, he gives back as a mentor to many people seeking assistance toward a path of recovery.
Patti Austin concluded the evening presentation with a surprise $10,000 scholarship given to one of her local mentees, Santana Roberts. Santana has been working with Patti for the last 5 ½ years and was just accepted to the Berklee College of Music. Mentored by some of the greatest performers and producers in the Music business her mentoring is extensive and extends to many new talents. What many in attendance at this special event learned is Patti is currently a mentee in the Design Industry with some of our very own local talent serving as her mentors.
Everything seems to come full circle in many people’s lives. In Mentoring it is a natural full circle that brings all involved an incredible sense of satisfaction and purpose. Connor continued, “The emotional energy in the room was electric throughout all of the mentoring presentations. CUMAR is looking forward to its next event later this spring that will continue the Designing the Next Generation and overall mentoring message of” helping those who need a helping hand”.”
As one of Patti’s most influential mentors, Quincy Jones, once said, “We are successful only when we give back.” Take the time to be a mentor. It can be an incredible path to success.
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