Benedict J. Torcivia, Jr. and Joseph A. Torcivia, co-presidents of Torcon, Inc., were named Monmouth University’s 2015 Distinguished Business Leaders. Over 330 leading executives and business professionals attended the award dinner held on March 19 in Wilson Hall.
“This year we are recognizing two brothers, which is an unusual milestone in the history of the Distinguished Business Leaders award, but our distinguished honorees, Benedict and Joseph Torcivia, are unusual in their accomplishments,” said President Paul R. Brown during the presentation of the annual award. “Both embody corporate and civic leadership at the highest levels, with many years of distinguished volunteer service, especially in the areas of healthcare and education. As business leaders they have a demonstrated record of construction excellence.”
Proceeds from the event will fund an endowed scholarship in memory of the honorees’ father and founder of Torcon, Benedict J. Torcivia Sr., to assist students within the Leon Hess Business School.
Torcon, a Red-Bank-based construction management and general contracting company, is marking its 50th anniversary in 2015. Under the leadership of the Torcivia family, the company has consistently been ranked among the largest general contractors in the U.S. with a record of more than $4 billion in construction over the past decade. Torcon’s commitment to outstanding work is evident on the Monmouth University campus most clearly in the Multipurpose Activity Center, which is a show case arena in the MAAC conference and in the region. Currently, Torcon is working with the University on a phased renovation of the School of Science building. The generosity of the Torcivia Family is also reflected on campus, especially in Torcivia Common, situated between the Leon Hess Business School, Pozycki Hall and the School of Science.
Benedict Torcivia, Jr. joined Torcon in 1979 after earning his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Lehigh University. He serves on the Red Bank YMCA Foundation Board and is a member of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been an active leader in New Jersey’s construction industry for his entire career. He served as president of the Board of the Building Contractors Association of New Jersey and was a long-time board member. He is currently treasurer of the Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey, a state-wide construction association. He is also a member of the Rumson Zoning Board and a past-member of the Sea Bright Planning and Zoning Board.
“Our family’s relationship with Monmouth University has always been very special,” said Benedict Torcivia, Jr. “We were thrilled when the University offered us the opportunity to establish a scholarship in my father’s name in this, Torcon’s 50th anniversary year. Dad had a strong affinity for education throughout his life, so we felt it was very appropriate.”
Joseph Torcivia earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Lehigh University and his law degree from Seton Hall University. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association, joining Torcon in 1986. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Springpoint Senior Living and the Board of Trustees of Barnabas Health Systems’ Monmouth Medical Center. He is also a past-member of the Board of Regents of Seton Hall University, past-chairman of the Monmouth Health Care Foundation’s Board of Trustees, and past-president of the Board of Trustees at Rumson Country Day School.
“As I look at the list of past honorees, I see people I know and respect, and people I don’t know personally, but whom I certainly admire. I feel an incredible sense of pride for us to now be included among those award recipients,” said Joseph Torcivia. “We’re grateful to Monmouth University for this honor, and want to thank all our friends and business associates who supported the event. It was a distinct pleasure to be here tonight to help raise scholarship funds for Monmouth students.”
“A big thank you to our honorees Ben and Joe Torcivia for making this one of the top two most successful events in the history of the Business Leaders Dinner,” said Donald Moliver, dean of the Leon Hess Business School. “Their talents and contributions to the corporate community are impressive.”
“They serve as outstanding role models for our students,” Moliver said.
A portrait of the Torcivias was unveiled at the event and will be displayed in the Distinguished Business Leaders Gallery located in Bey Hall, home of the University’s Leon Hess Business School.