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Yonkers Man Receives Con Edison’s Highest Honor

Lou Villani, an engineering manager who aided in Con Edison’s vital Superstorm Sandy restoration plans, received the company’s highest honor, the “Living Our Values” (LOV) award, at a gala on April 24.

"This recognition is given annually to Con Edison employees, who exemplify the company’s values of service, teamwork, excellence, and concern for the quality of life in their community. Five other employees also were honored.

“Lou is a career employee with more than 32 years of exemplary service at Con Edison. His dedication to his craft and his remarkable work ethic are examples for all employees to follow,” said Sanjay Bose, Con Edison vice president, Central Operations.

Villani aided in developing vital storm hardening plans after the ravages of Superstorm Sandy damaged critical company equipment in 2012. As a department manager, he led his area’s engineering and construction efforts, enabling his group and as well as other parties to design and re-construct electric, gas and steam equipment within an unprecedented 6-month period. Typical work within the same scope would normally require at least three times the amount of time to complete.

Throughout his career Villani has mastered a range high-level assignments, including managing several new substation construction projects, and work with the Transmission Operations, Facilities and Steam Operations departments at Con Edison.

“I’ve always had an interest in engineering, so my career at Con Edison is a perfect match for me,” Villani said. “To be recognized for the work that I love to do is an exceptional honor. I’m very proud to receive this award,” he said.

A professional engineer licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey, Villani is a graduate of Manhattan College, where he received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the New York Interagency Engineering Council, and he sits on the Lehigh University Industrial Advisory Board. The board advises the university on its Energy Systems Engineering master’s degree program.

At the LOV award ceremony, Villani was commended for his focus on providing customers with quality, cost effective service in a safe and timely manner. He was also lauded for volunteering to lead a company research and development study on electrical fault currents and the effects on structural supports.

Lou is a devoted husband and father. He and his wife Rita have three adult children: Thomas, Stefanie and Daniel. He and his family are affiliated with St. Eugene RC Church in Yonkers."

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