Steiner honored by Boy Scouts for years of community service

By Mark Langlois
NEWS-TIMES BUSINESS EDITOR
2001-11-27

 
Business and residential developer Richard E. Steiner stands outside the GE Capital building at Berkshire Corporate Park, one of the commercial projects that he developed. Steiner will receive the Good Scout award Thursday.
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Business and residential developer Richard E. Steiner stands outside the GE Capital building at Berkshire Corporate Park, one of the commercial projects that he developed. Steiner will receive the Good Scout award Thursday.

DANBURY — Richard E. Steiner, developer of the Berkshire Corporate Park and of hundreds of homes in Bethel, Brookfield, Fairfield, Monroe, Trumbull and Easton, will receive the Good Scout award Thursday.

The Connecticut Yankee Council of the Boy Scouts of America will present the award to Steiner in recognition of his many community service commitments and his business acumen.

"We’re honoring a great individual and a great family,” said Tony Rizzo Sr., chairman of the A.M. Rizzo Companies and chairman of the 2001 Danbury Area Good Scout Award Luncheon. "There isn’t a charitable organization or another worthy group that the Steiner family hasn’t supported over the years.”

Steiner has volunteered with the Boy Scouts, Danbury Hospital, the chambers of commerce in Danbury, Monroe and Bethel, Monroe Jaycees, and the United Methodist Church. He has worked with Union Savings Bank, the Fairfield County Home Builders Association and the National Association of Home Builders. In his youth, Steiner was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout at Troop 53 in Redding.

The Berkshire Corporate Park is the home of Duracell’s world headquarters, the headquarters of GE Capital’s Vendor Financial Services unit and many other offices. It encompasses more than one million square feet of office space.

"Rich has the lifelong commitment to business, the community and family that exemplifies the Good Scout Award,” said Stephen Bull, president of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce.

"I’ve always enjoyed working with chambers,” said Steiner, 62, who has worked with three chambers of commerce. He is married to Carol Steiner. The couple have three grown children, Gregory, Heidi and Betsy.

Thursday’s award luncheon at the Danbury Sheraton will benefit Learning for Life and Urban Scouting in the Danbury area. The reception starts at 11:30 a.m. and the lunch and ceremony run from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Previous winners of the Good Scout Award were Joyce Ligi of Ridgefield Bank; Rizzo; Clarice Osiecki, former president of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce; H. William Lichtenberger, former president and CEO of Praxair Inc., and Werner Gerstenberg, president and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals.

The Connecticut Yankee Council served 24,857 young men and women during 2000, and was supported by 6,300 registered adult volunteers. Scouts provided 125,000 hours of community service during the year. Nearly 570 Scouts with physical or mental handicaps were served by the program.

Five thousand members of the council collected 100,000 cans of food for local community food shelves to help stop hunger.

Contact Mark Langlois

at mlanglois@newstimes.com or at (203) 731-3337.


 

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