Brooklyn Native Bob Caze Wins Con Edison’s Highest Honor
On the Job and In His Off-Time, He Helps and Guides Others
A Brooklyn native who manages complex substation projects and returns to the borough he loves to do charitable work has won Con Edison’s highest honor.
Bob Caze, who grew up in Crown Heights and now lives in Manalapan, N.J., has earned a Living Our Values (LOV) Award for his excellence on the job, his integrity and his contributions to the community.
“I’m proud that the work we do enhances people’s lives by providing them with safe, reliable energy service,” Caze said. “I get a lot of satisfaction outside of work when I’m able to perform small acts that lift people’s spirits or give them hope.”
Caze, who has been with Con Edison for 30 years, coordinates maintenance and repairs at substations in Manhattan. Given that Manhattan is home to the world’s financial district, top hospitals and schools, and transportation hubs that run 24/7, the work Caze does is critical to health, safety and the economy.
Colleagues know Caze, a field operations planner, for his leadership, dedication to employee safety, and calm demeanor.
“Bob recognizes that we have employees with different levels of experience, skills, and cultural backgrounds and he builds a rapport with all of them,” said Thomas Karakatsanis, chief engineer in Manhattan Electric Engineering. “It’s wonderful to watch how Bob can earn the trust of others.”
An example of his style was his work on a project to provide power to Hudson Yards, the huge commercial and residential development on the West Side of Manhattan.Caze participated in numerous calls, meetings and field visits while coaching a new supervisor and making sure the supervisor was his group’s main voice on the project.
During the job, an unrelated piece of electric-delivery equipment went out of service. Caze helped coordinate repairs to the equipment while keeping the project on schedule.
He was also a member of a team that came up with a substation repair that prevented the loss of 800 pounds of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), a greenhouse gas.
Caze is one of six Con Edison Inc. employees who won 2020 LOV awards. The company held off on announcing the winners last year because the Codid-19 pandemic made it impossible to hold the traditional dinner and ceremony. The employees, along with six 2021 winners, were honored in a virtual ceremony last week.
The awards recognize the character employees show outside of work, as well as on the job.
Much of Caze’s charitable work takes place in the area of Brooklyn where he grew up. He is minister of Youth Activities at the Washington Temple Church of God In Christ, mentoring youths through an annual weeklong retreat and other programs.
He also helps run a holiday toy drive at Kings County Hospital and has provided turkeys to the elderly and needy, and tutored schoolchildren.
He is also active in his New Jersey community, where he distributes clothing to the needy and visits elderly and ailing patients in nursing homes and hospitals. He also visits the Goshen Correctional Facility in Orange County, N.Y. where he counsels inmates on how they can change their lives.
Caze is married to his wife Satiera Caze. They have three daughters and a son.
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