Hilton Garden Inn Celebrates Grand Opening on Stony Brook University Campus
Cutting the Ribbon – Wolfie joins Dr. Robert Frey, CEO of Harbor Construction Management and his wife Kathy Frey; Frank Toner, COO of Harbor Construction Management; SUNY Trustee Cary Staller; SBU Sr. VP, Barbara Chernow; and, Hilton Garden Inn General Manager William Gomes.
STONY BROOK, NY, May 13, 2013 – The newly opened Hilton Garden Inn at Stony Brook University hosted a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on May 13 at its location across from the Administration Building on the Stony Brook University campus. Festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony; brief remarks by Barbara Chernow, Stony Brook University Senior Vice President for Administration; Robert Frey, Stony Brook Research Professor and the Director of the Program in Quantitative Finance in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics and the president and CEO of Harbor Construction Management, the company that developed the property; and, Frank Toner, COO of Harbor Construction Management, who also is a Stony Brook alumnus.
“Robert Frey’s vision, dedication and perseverance accomplished what many others could not,” said Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., who was unable to attend the event. “He needed no explanation as to why a hotel is so important at a public flagship institution. And it did not take him long to identify the right set of partners: A quality franchise in the Hilton Garden Inn; Crescent Hotels as the management company; and, an outstanding head of the hotel construction project, Frank Toner.”
During Dr. Frey’s remarks, he took time out to present Toner with an award to commemorate his efforts in the construction of the hotel. After the ceremony, guests were invited to tour the hotel and sample food from area restaurants and bakeries.
“The concept of a campus hotel has been more than 20 years and three University Presidents in the making, and …