NEWS RELEASE: Pace’s 48th Annual Leaders in Management Award Dinner Honors Robert S. Sands and F. Daniel Gabel on April 7; Master of Ceremonies – NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin; Entertainment – Tony Award-nominated Ann Hampton Callaway

On April 7, Pace hosts an “Evening of Culture and Wine, Insurance and the Environment, Politics, Song and Family Dynasties” by honoring at its 48th Annual Leaders in Management Awards Dinner:

*Robert S. Sands, President and CEO, Constellation Brands
* F. Daniel Gabel, Chairman and CEO, Hagedorn & Company

* Master of Ceremonies: Ken Rudin, NPR’s Political Editor

* Presenter: Brent Blackwelder, Environmental Advocate

* Jazz & Cabaret Artist: Ann Hampton Callaway, Cole Porter’s Only Collaborator

* Silent Auction: Fine Luxury Wines from Constellation Brands’ Private Collection

(Above left: Rob Sands)

Dan Gabel

April 7, 2011:  An Evening of Culture and Wine, Insurance and the Environment, Politics, Song and Family Dynasties

Pace University’s 48th Annual Leaders in Management Awards Dinner Honors:

  • Robert S. Sands, President and CEO, Constellation Brands
  • F. Daniel Gabel, Chairman and CEO, Hagedorn & Company

Master of Ceremonies: Ken Rudin, NPR’s Political Editor

Presenter: Brent Blackwelder, Environmental Advocate

Jazz & Cabaret Artist: Ann Hampton Callaway, Cole Porter’s Only Collaborator

Silent Auction: Fine Luxury Wines from Constellation Brands’ Private Collection

NEW YORK, April 4, 2011 – At its 48th Annual Leaders in Management Awards Dinner this spring, Pace University will recognize Robert S. Sands, Esq., Law ’84, an important philanthropist and business entrepreneur in upstate New York who is President and Chief Executive Officer, Constellation Brands, Inc., the world’s largest premium wine company; and F. Daniel Gabel, a significant early supporter of environmental organizations who is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hagedorn & Company, a major insurance brokerage firm. The event will be held at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, April 7, 2011. The reception starts at 6:00 pm.

The master of ceremonies at the black-tie affair will be NPR’s Political Editor‪‪ Ken Rudin, who received a BA in Political Science from his alma mater Pace and who has analyzed and predicted every congressional race in the nation with an extremely high accuracy rate since 1984. The “Political Junkie” columnist and “ScuttleButton” creator has a campaign button collection that surpasses 70,000 items.

President Emeritus of Friends of the Earth, Brent Blackwelder, an environmental activist for over 40 years, will introduce honoree Dan Gabel. A leader in the effort to save our nation’s rivers, Blackwelder helped expand the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System from eight rivers in 1973 to over 250 today.

For the first time, the gala this year will feature a silent auction of luxury wines donated generously by Constellation Brands. The brands up for auction include some of the the most sought after and highly rated wines in the industry: 2005 Château Mouton Rothschild, 2007 Opus One and the 2006 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Entertainment will be provided by Tony Awardnominated, multiplatinum songwriter and jazz vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway, along with Pace’s own musical theater students: Ally Bonino ’11, Julia Franklin ’13, Lyle Colby Mackston ’12, Michael Ryan ’13, Brandon Saenz ’11 and Emily Thomas ’12.

Proceeds from the silent wine auction as well as the event will support Pace’s Student Scholarship Program and special projects selected by the President.  Student Speaker will be Diana Cavallo, a junior at Pace’s Pforzheimer Honors College studying English/Communications.

Scions of Family Dynasties in Wine & Spirits and Insurance Brokerage Industries Share “Pace Passion”

Gabel: Five Generations of Innovative Insurance

Dan Gabel, Chairman and CEO of Hagedorn & Company, has been a leader in the insurance brokerage field since he took over as President of the company in 1979.  He is the fifth generation of his family to lead Hagedorn, which was founded in 1869, just four years after the end of the Civil War, by Banker Henry Bohlen Hagedorn and former sea captain John Miles Gillespie.

Gabel joined Hagedorn in 1964 after several years as an accountant with Price Waterhouse.  Under his leadership, Hagedorn continues to be a pioneer in insurance coverage.

A graduate of Duke University, Gabel is a member of the board of Duke’s School of Environment.  He also serves on the boards of Friends of the Earth, the Waterkeeper Alliance, Cary Institute, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation, as well as several corporations.  His early and steady commitment to helping organizations that work to improve the environment has been the hallmark of his public service.  In 2009, Gabel and his wife, Bunny, established The Gabel Internship Award Fund at Pace University, which awards stipends to three students who undertake summer internships at nonprofit organizations that promote environmental activism.

A trustee of his prep school, Cheshire Academy, he also serves on the board of The Hundred Year Association, which honors the achievements of organizations that have been in existence for more than a century, while also recognizing outstanding acts of public service that enhance the present and future prestige of New York City.

Gabel says Hagedorn’s basic mission remains the same today as it was more than a century ago: “to provide insurance and financial counseling to all our clients, regardless of size, so that they profit from our knowledge, service and integrity.”

Sands: “Elevating Life with Every Glass Raised'”

Robert S. Sands, Esq. Law ’84, President and CEO of Constellation Brands, is a glass-half-full kind of guy.

The first Sands winery was in North Carolina and founded in 1935 by his grandfather Mack Sands, a few years after the end of prohibition.  Ten years later, Marvin Sands, Rob’s dad, purchased a sauerkraut factory-turned-winery located in Canandaigua, New York (in the Finger Lakes region), and established Canandaigua Industries as a vendor of kosher wines made from concord grapes.

Fast forward 66 years and Canandaigua Industries is now Constellation Brands, the world’s largest premium wine company with a portfolio of more than 100 consumer brands and sales of approximately  $3.6 billion in about 125 countries and operations at approximately 30 facilities. Constellation’s brands include Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Jackson Triggs, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka.

Sands studied philosophy at Skidmore College and then went on to attend Pace University’s School of Law in White Plains, New York. He earned his juris doctorate in 1984 and began his career  as a full-time associate at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP in Rochester, where he worked part time during his law-school years.

Sands joined Constellation Brands, Inc. in June 1986 as general counsel. In 1993, he was named executive vice president and general counsel.  In 1998, he was appointed CEO of Constellation International. From early 2000 through most of 2002, he served as group president with responsibility for Canandaigua Wine Company and the U.K. Division. In December 2002, Sands became president and chief operating officer and in July 2007, he was named President and CEO of the company. He is also a member of Constellation’s board of directors.

Sands is chairman of the board of the New York Wine and Culinary Center, and on the boards of the Rochester General Health System, the Rochester Business Alliance, and Thompson Health. In 2008, he was named an inaugural member of the Federal Reserve Bank (FED) of New York’s Upstate Regional Advisory Board.  A long-time supporter of arts and culture, Sands was instrumental in bringing the regionally acclaimed Rochester City Ballet to Pace’s Schimmel Theater as part of the Downtown NYC River to River Festival-Summer Stars 2010.

“We have focused on building sustainable growth by staying true to the core values and business philosophies that are the cornerstone of our inspiring heritage and foundation,” said Sands. “We believe that industry leadership involves a commitment to our brands, to the trade, to the land, to investors and to people around the world who turn to our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. We express this commitment through our vision: to elevate life with every glass raised.”

Leaders in Management Award

Past recipients of Pace’s Leaders In Management Award, an annual tradition since 1962, include Magazine Publishing Magnate David J. Pecker, Online Advertising Innovator Gurbaksh Chahal, Thomas J. Quinlan III, President and Chief Executive Officer of RR Donnelley; James Lipton, Dean Emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University; Michael O’Reilly, retired Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of The Chubb Corporation; Herbert Henkel, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Ingersoll-Rand Company; Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications; Barry M. Gosin, Chief Executive Officer of Newmark Knight Frank; David Rockefeller, retired chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank; Edward D. Miller, then President and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Financial Inc; Thomas C. Hays, chairman and CEO of Fortune Brands, Inc; and Eugene R. McGrath, former Chairman of the Board of Consolidated Edison, Inc.

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