The late Joseph J. Coffey (left)
Joseph Coffey, legendary New York City detective, best selling author, and loving husband, father and grandfather, was taken from us just days after he warmly and proudly accepted our invitation to be our 2016 Honoree along with his dear friend, Joe Coppotelli. Joe was born and raised in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan and wanted to be a New York City cop since the age of 10. He was known as a “tough as nails,” no-nonsense Irish cop and was one of the greatest detectives in the NYPD. He was a larger than life guy on the beat and at home. Joe was very much a big family man, too and was extremely proud of his three children, Joseph Jr., Steven and Kathleen, as well as six beautiful grandchildren. His first wife, Patricia, died in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Susan McGonigle Coffey.
Joe Coffey was a hero to many New Yorkers and a great friend to us. We were shocked and saddened by this loss, but it is our honor to pay tribute to him and his decades of dedication to the Frances Pope Foundation at this year’s Annual Friendship Ball.
Joseph P. Coppotelli (right)
Joseph P. Coppotelli, Vice Chairman of the Structure Tone organization, is a true leader and a hands-on executive. With 40 years of construction industry experience, Mr. Coppotelli holds a key leadership role in setting the strategic direction of this global organization. Since joining Structure Tone in 1990, Mr. Coppotelli has helped guide the firm through a challenging period marked by steady corporate growth, acquisition and expansion. The Structure Tone organization includes Structure Tone Inc., Structure Tone International, Constructors & Associates, Pavarini Construction Co., and Pavarini McGovern. These companies collectively employ over 1,600 professionals and have offices in 18 cities nationally and throughout the world. Today, a multi-billion dollar global entity, Structure Tone is considered one of the preeminent construction firms in the world.
Leadership qualities combined with an exceptional acumen in the construction business have been Mr. Coppotelli’s trademark throughout his distinguished professional career. As a strategist and visionary, Mr. Coppotelli’s eyes are always on providing the highest level of client service; a quality that has helped the organization become the builder of choice for Fortune 100 clients across many business sectors.
Mr. Coppotelli is a graduate of St. Francis College, where he received a degree in economics. Mr. Coppotelli's high level of professional commitment is mirrored by his commitment to the arts and civic organizations in the community, as indicated by his membership on various boards, committees and councils including the American Red Cross, New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund and the FDNY Foundation.
We are truly honored to have Joseph Coppotelli as our 2016 Man of the Year!