Admiral's Dinner

Attended by over 700 industry leaders, alumni and friends of the College, the Admiral’s Dinner is an important source of funding that allows SUNY Maritime to meet the needs of current and future students. Last year alone, thanks to the hard work of our dinner committee members, and the generosity of our honorees and guests, the dinner raised over $800,000. These funds have a dramatic impact on the lives of SUNY Maritime students.

This year, we are proud to honor two companies who have been long-time supporters of the College and the Dinner; Hornblower and Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corporation, including Fresh Meadow Chiller Services and Fresh Meadow Power, during the 2019 Admiral's Dinner.


April 30, 2019

Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner and program begin at 7 p.m.

Marina Del Ray
1 Marina Drive
Throggs Neck, NY 10465

2019 Admiral's Scholarship Dinner Honorees - Companies


Hornblower is a San Francisco-based charter yacht, dining cruise and ferry service company. Since 2012, Hornblower New York has offered private event charters and public dinner cruises from Pier 40 in the West Village. In March 2014, the company expanded to Pier 15 at the South Street Seaport, where it operates frequent happy hour and entertainment cruises, as well as daily New York sightseeing tours. The pride of Hornblower’s New York fleet is the 210-foot Hornblower Infinity. With its open bow, covered sky deck, and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, Infinity provides dynamic event and meeting spaces with unparalleled elegance, grandeur, and excitement.

Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp., led by Chief Operating Officer Michael Russo

Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp.(FMMC) is a well-established mechanical contractor with over 25 years of experience. We have been continuously engaged in mechanical construction, encompassing projects that are plan and specification, design-build, including value engineering of plan and specification projects, and turnkey projects. We specialize in power plants, hi-rise residential buildings, commercial buildings, office buildings, correctional facilities, tenant work, sewage treatment plants, chemical and pharmaceutical institutions, industrial buildings, and renovation projects.

Fresh Meadow Power, led by Vice President John Valvo ‘83

Fresh Meadow Power, LLC (FMP) is a specialty contractor within the Fresh Meadow family of companies.  FMP has successfully completed projects for both independent power producers and several major utilities in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic regions.  Projects have included Utility Boilers, HRSG’s, GT Filter Houses, Simple Cycle Combustion Units, Electrostatic Precipitator Repair, Scrubber Erection, Stack Erection, Air Cooled Condensers, Tube and Shell Condensers, and Power Piping. FMP has a proven history in the areas of heavy rigging, site logistics, steel erection, ASME and AWS code welding, and pressure part welding.


Fresh Meadow Chiller Services, led by Vice President Russell Thompson

Fresh Meadow Chiller Services, LLC (FMCS) was formed through Fresh Meadow Mechanical Corp., a premier NY area mechanical company specializing in large capital projects.  FMCS specializes in large tonnage chiller plant maintenance, service, retrofit, and installations.   FMCS also provides service support to FMMC as needed on major chiller plant startups.

FMCS employees expertize includes individual with Carrier, York, and Johnson Controls management experience, factory personnel, and senior technicians who recognized a need in the market for OEM Level expertise at non-OEM prices.  Our emphasis is on technical ability, quality, and timely service at costs below that charged by large manufacturers.  This requires coordination between operations & sales to assure all sold work can be executed to our quality standards.  In contrast to our competitors, we avoid overbookings or “run-away sales” to meet monthly business profit projections (commonly seen in large corporations).  Our key management and senior technicians individually average of 15 years & plus in the commercial/industrial chiller and mechanical fields.