University Honors Business Partner Of The Year ...

    From left, John Heim, president of A.J. Guzzi General Contractors, Inc., enjoys a moment with his wife, Carol Heim, and Vice President for University Advancement Tom MacKinnon at the Business Partner Appreciation Dinner.
    September 19, 2018

    The University of Scranton recently honored A.J. Guzzi General Contractors, Inc. as its Business Partner of the Year at its annual Business Partner Appreciation Dinner.

    “Twenty-five years ago, my mentor and my best friend, Ang Guzzi, said, ‘I want to give you some advice,’” said John Heim, president of A.J. Guzzi General Contractors, Inc., as he accepted the award on behalf of the company. “He said, ‘Make sure that every project that you do, the quality is perfect, and it will pay dividends.’ Tonight, it paid dividends. I am honored to receive this award.

    “I have to say thank you. I’m just a contractor, and I rely on people around me to do the work. Thank you to the University and all the people at the University. They are fantastic people to work with. Thank you to the architects and engineers that put the project on a piece of paper and give me a road map to follow. Thank you to my employees, suppliers and subcontractors that actually build the project. And most importantly, I want to say thank you to my right-hand woman, my wife Carol. She answers the phone, answers my emails, makes sure I get where I’m supposed to be on time, and every August 10, she puts up with me when I say, ‘The students are coming back and we’re in trouble.’”

    A.J. Guzzi General Contractors, Inc. has worked on a variety of University projects over the years, including the restoration of the Commons, renovations to the TV Studio, McGowan and Blair Houses and the Office of Equity and Diversity. Most recently A.J. Guzzi completed The Estate landscaping project which serves as the backdrop for many Scranton student and alumni photos.  

    The annual event recognizes the top 100 companies that make outstanding contributions to Scranton’s ability to deliver a superior educational experience its students. Finalists for this year’s award include American Janitor & Paper Supply, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Battaglia’s Sporting Goods, Dell EMC, ELD Consulting Group, Ltd., L. R. Costanzo Construction Services Company, Inc., The Quandel Group, United Educators and Wojdak Government Relations.

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