Gregg Hopsicker is a Real Estate Administrator at New York Power Authority’s Clark Energy Center. He is also a participant in NYPA’s Mentor Program. On January 30, Gregg and his mentor, Slyvia Hamer, had the opportunity to join the NFL Players Association in ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ in Times Square.
1. Let’s start off with ringing the opening bell at NASDAQ with the NFL Players Association just days before Super Bowl XLVIII. What was that experience like? The experience of being present at the opening bell of NASDAQ was exciting in itself, but as I arrived from walking down Super Bowl Blvd the excitement continued to grow, then when the NFL Players Association walked in the whole experience was brought to a new level.
Seeing myself on the JumboTron in Times Square was quite a humbling experience as well! You can watch the video here.
2. Aside from NFL players, did you get to meet anyone else? Yes, Mr. Sandy Frucher, Vice Chairman of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., took time out of his busy schedule to meet with our small group from NYPA. Mr. Frucher acknowledged his service in state government – a former Chief Labor Negotiator for New York State from 1978-1983 – and how his skills were transferable to the private sector.
3. How did the NASDAQ opportunity come about? As a NYPA employee participating in our Mentoring Program one of my objectives set forth was to see different styles of leadership qualities and how state government service can elevate my career. So when my mentor, NYPA’s Chief Diversity Officer Sylvia Hamer, advised me there was an opportunity meet Mr. Frucher, and that he would be discussing his experience I did not hesitate to take her up on this wonderful opportunity.
4. How did you get involved in the NYPA mentoring program? In previous years the process worked a little differently, but starting with the 2013 selection process was modified and candidates were selected from within the management ranks. It has always been a volunteer program, and when I was chosen I accepted, becoming a mentee in the 2013 program.
5. From a professional standpoint, what has been the biggest takeaways from participating in the mentoring program? The program was instrumental in preparing me for future opportunities by exposing me to various facets of NYPA’s intricate workings. I was able to gain a greater understanding of the organization as a whole.
6. Will you consider mentoring someone in the future? Yes, I was very fortunate to participate in the program and takeaway some memorable moments not to mention invaluable information for future success. Someday I would like to give back the same opportunity.
7. It’s well-known that NYPA’s President and CEO Gil C. Quiniones is a New York Giants fan. Who are you cheering for in the Super Bowl this Sunday? Since the Dallas Cowboys didn’t make it, I will be cheering for the Denver Broncos.
8. We’re assuming you’ll be watching the game on an energy efficient television screen? Of course!