GSMT president Victoria Dengel presented the award, a gilded Laurel Leaf, to Janis for her "unique contributions to the building and construction industry." The wrought iron sculpture was created by GMST member Jean Wiart, hand forged at Wiart's atelier, Les Metalliers Champenois Corp.
The GSMT presented its first Civic Leadership Award to philanthropist John Catsimatidis, president and CEO of RedApple Group, for his significant contributions to educational, civic and medical organizations.
Applauding the tuition-free classes offered by The Mechanics Institute since 1858, the educational arm of the GSMT, Catsimatidis stressed the value of continuing education and learning management skills.
Richard Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress, spoke about the historical relationship between the NYBC and The General Society, showing a citation presented by the Building Congress to the GSMT in 1967, which thanked the organization for providing training to more than 150,000 people.
Amiaga's son, Stephen, current vice president of the GSMT, generously donated the photos to the GSMT for the celebration.