KBE Building Corp. Principal Honored at Jewish Senior Services Event Featuring Art Garfunkel

Simon Etzel honored with the Arthur and Gladys Lunin Humanitarian Award on Oct. 23

FARMINGTON, Conn., Oct. 24, 2014 – At the Jewish Senior Services’ Fall Gala, featuring a private performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Art Garfunkel, KBE Building Corp. principal and SVP Simon Etzel received the Arthur and Gladys Lunin Humanitarian Award.

Jewish Senior Services in Fairfield provides senior care throughout Southern Connecticut, including the second-largest nursing home and rehabilitation center in the state.

“I am honored that Jewish Senior Services chose me as this year’s recipient,” said Etzel, who joined KBE in 1987 and became a principal in 2007 with fellow senior executives Mike Kolakowski and Eric Brown. “Being recognized in this way is truly humbling.”

During the past several decades, Etzel has had a significant impact as a philanthropist, business leader, and community supporter. He chairs the Board of Trustees for The Cove Center for Grieving Children and is on the Advisory Council for Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven.

Etzel is also the leader of KBE’s corporate philanthropic program, 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Established in 2009 to celebrate the firm’s new ownership, name change, and 50 years in business, 50 Ways has helped KBE associates donate more than $1.2 million and 5,000 volunteer hours to charitable causes benefiting children, seniors, and military veterans in Connecticut and Maryland.

This year’s primary 50 Ways beneficiaries are students within Connecticut’s technical high school system. In June, KBE awarded $17,000 in scholarships to 34 students from each of the state’s active technical high schools.

KBE was also the Founding Sponsor of a Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN) original documentary, Made in Connecticut, which premiered on Oct. 23 – the same evening Etzel received his award.

“I missed the documentary premiere – but I did enjoy a moving performance by Art Garfunkel,” said Etzel. “I’m looking forward to watching the full documentary when it re-airs on CPTV this weekend.”

Besides contributing to philanthropic leadership at KBE, Etzel oversees procurement services with a special focus on senior living projects while mastering the assembly and management of design-build teams, including the team for the historic Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse project in Torrington and the STEM Residence Hall at the University of Connecticut.

A high-resolution photograph from the award ceremony is available below. Photo credit: Regina Madwed of Capitol PhotoInteractive.


Caption: (l-r) Simon F. Etzel, Jr., principal and SVP, KBE Building Corporation;

Andrew H. Banoff, President & CEO, Jewish Senior Services

A high-resolution photograph of Simon Etzel is available below:


Caption: Simon F. Etzel, Jr., principal and SVP, KBE Building Corporation

About KBE Building Corporation

Regionally located in Farmington, Conn., and Columbia, Md., KBE Building Corporation is a full-service, single-source commercial construction company strategically positioned to serve the Eastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Founded in 1959 and incorporated in 1966, the firm is celebrating its 55th year providing preconstruction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in the educational, senior living, federal, corporate, hospitality, health care, institutional, and retail markets. KBE has managed more than $2.5 billion in construction volume over the last decade and is ranked among Engineering News-Record magazine’s top 400 construction companies nationally.

Media Contact: Jonelle Lawhorn | KBE Director of Marketing

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About Jewish Senior Services

Jewish Senior Services is one of the premiere providers of senior care in Connecticut serving clients at their two Fairfield locations and in clients’ homes throughout Fairfield and New Haven Counties. Their 5-star skilled nursing and short-term rehabilitation facility has been serving the community for 40 years with an unparalleled level of quality and personalized care. Other services provided include home care, hospice, day services, advocacy and education, and long term care protection. Please call (203) 365-6400 or visit www.jseniors.org for more information.

Media Contact: Robin Friedson | Jewish Senior Services Director, Marketing and Communications t: 203.365.6487 | e: RFriedson@jseniors.org