Sternlicht to be honored as recipient of the Peterson Business Award

Greenwich Library announced that Barry S. Sternlicht, founder, chairman and CEO of leading global private investment firm Starwood Capital Group, will be honored as the 10th recipient of the Peterson Business Award.

Alan Schwartz

Alan Schwartz

Alan Schwartz, Executive Chairman of Guggenheim Partners, will present this prestigious award to Mr. Sternlicht at the 10th Anniversary Peterson Business Award Dinner, to be held on March 2, 2016, at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency Hotel. Library Trustees Dan Daniels and Robert Marks are serving as co-chairs of the event. The dinner is held every other year and is the Library’s only major fundraiser.

The Peterson Business Award was established in 1997 by the Greenwich Library and the Peterson Foundation to “recognize and honor an individual whose innovative thinking, leadership, and sustained record of achievement has had a profound impact on the national and global economy, and whose words and deeds have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and open access to information.”

“We are pleased to present the 10th Peterson Business Award to such a distinguished honoree,” said Haley Elmlinger, President of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees. “Barry Sternlicht embodies all the attributes of this accolade, which celebrates leaders who have made significant contributions to both business and society.”

The Peterson Business Award is named in honor of Clementine Lockwood Peterson, whose 1992 bequest made possible a new 32,000 square-foot wing at the Greenwich Library. Designed by renowned architect Cesar Pelli, this wing contains expanded business and music collections. Mrs. Peterson’s gift was made in memory of her son, Jonathan, and her husband, J. Whitney Peterson. The Peterson Business Award was conceived in order to celebrate Mrs. Peterson’s extraordinary generosity and to recognize outstanding business leadership.

Previous Peterson Business Award winners have included some of the country’s most prominent corporate leaders. They include: Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IBM; Sanford Weill, Chairman of Citigroup; William B. Harrison, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JP Morgan Chase; Dr. Henry A. McKinnell, Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc.; Thomas J. Neff, Chairman of Spencer Stuart; Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo; Peter T. Grauer, Chairman of Bloomberg L.P.; Robert K. Steel, New York City Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, and Robert Goergen, Founder and Executive Chairman of Blyth, Inc.

For additional information or tickets to this event, please contact Nancy Klein, Greenwich Library Development Director, at (203) 622-7957 or [email protected]

About Greenwich Library

The Greenwich Library system consists of the Main Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches. The mission of Greenwich Library is to provide exceptional resources, programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery, and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences. With 1,400 programs and events per year, the Library seeks to serve as the cultural and intellectual crossroads of the community. Greenwich Library has a total circulation of about 1.5 million, the highest reported in Connecticut. Greenwich Library was recently named a five-star library by Library Journal for the seventh time. The Main Library is located at 101 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich. More information is available online at or by calling 203-622-7900.

Barry S. Sternlicht

Barry S. Sternlicht

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