Mount Saint Mary College was proud to celebrate two outstanding pillars of the local community at the Ninth Annual Gala Reception on Friday, November 30.
Mobile Life Support Services, Inc., a paramedic ambulance company situated in Newburgh; and Edward G. “Ted” Doering, Founder of the Motorcyclepedia Museum and owner of Umbra Sound Stage, were honored with the Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence.
This award recognizes individuals whose professional accomplishments and approach to management reflect the same commitment to quality, concern for neighbors, and shared prosperity that have exemplified the career and character of restaurateur Joseph A. Bonura. The local businessman owns Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, N.Y. and the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., among other businesses.
About 250 guests attended the event, held at the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center.
According to Margaret Treacy ’13, director of Annual Giving at the Mount, the Gala raised a record $113,000 in gifts, sponsorships, and ticket sales. The funds enable the college to provide an affordable, values-based education to thousands of deserving students, many of whom are among the first in their families to attend college.
Accepting the award on behalf of Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. was the president and CEO of the organization, Scott Woebse.
Mobile Life Support Services is a deeply-rooted, longstanding pillar of the Newburgh community. Originally located in the old Chapman Steamer building and founded in 1981 by Gayle Metzger-Hauser and her late husband, Rick Metzger, the company’s humble beginnings were fortified by the belief that cutting-edge medicine could be brought directly to patients.
Woebse noted that when he joined Mobile Life more than three decades ago, Metzger-Hauser and her husband provided “enormous lessons of leadership. Their emphasis on professionalism, their emphasis on providing the best and most compassionate emergency medical care for our patients, their emphasis on caring for all those who wore the uniform of Mobile Life Services, their generous assistance with community charities…they were then and remain to this day our company’s moral compass.”
Nearly 40 years later, Mobile Life has managed to preserve its “family business” essence, said Woebse, even though it has grown to include approximately 500 EMS professionals. They answer more than 100,000 calls for help each year for their 1,000,000 residents across the region.
Fundamental to Mobile Life’s business philosophy is giving back to the communities they serve. They are often called upon for logistical planning for large-scale events, they help foster relationships that strengthen the foundation of the Hudson Valley community, and they donate to local charities and worthwhile organizations. Mobile Life has also created a dedicated education department to keep community providers up-to-date on the latest healthcare advancements and protocols. By offering “ride-alongs” to healthcare students, including Mount Saint Mary College Nursing program seniors, Mobile Life exposes them to a prehospital perspective and emergency medical and diagnostic skills.
Mobile Life continues to be an industry leader in quality healthcare, compassion, and professionalism by holding their staff to a high moral and professional standard,
“Our core company values have remained rocksteady since our very first days,” he said, adding that if the late Rick Metzger could see the company he helped to found as it stands today, “I think he would smile on how Gail [Metzger-Hauser] has carried their vision forward all these years later.”
Accepting the award on behalf of Ted Doering was Summer Crockett Moore, managing partner and producer at Choice Films Inc., Choice Theatricals, NYC, and Umbra Soundstages – Newburgh.
“Ted is an incredible force here in Newburgh, and truly, globally,” said Moore. “He’s a visionary businessman.”
It was while attending Newburgh Free Academy that Edward G. “Ted” Doering developed the idea to start his own business. An avid motorcycle enthusiast, it was obvious to him that the market for custom and original parts was lacking across the United States, particularly for Harley and Indian brand motorcycles. In 1969 he opened Tedd’s Cycle Shed in Vails Gate, N.Y. He and his father, Jerry, built hard-to-find custom and stock parts through the company, and as this venture grew to include worldwide distribution, V-Twin Manufacturing was created in 1977. In 2003, the pair opened a large distribution center in St. Joseph, Mo. It is still used today as the main shipping hub.
In 2010, Doering founded the Gerald A. Foundation, a private charity that donates to local animal rescue shelters as well as youth and educational programs within the area.
The year 2011 saw the opening of Umbra of Newburgh, a sound stage complex that was created to serve TV and movie productions in the Hudson Valley to assist in bringing jobs and revenue to local businesses. This complex is the first of its kind in Orange County.
“It’s a base for ever-growing enterprises in the production world, which creates many jobs locally, as well as billions of dollars in revenue to a wide variety New York-based businesses,” explained Moore.
Also in 2011, Doering and his father founded Motorcyclepedia, a museum that houses a collection of more than 600 motorcycles and contains the most complete collection of Indian brand motorcycles in the world. This collection is housed in an 85,000 square foot building on Lake Street in the City of Newburgh and is a chartered New York State museum. Doering’s most recent venture in August 2018 was the opening of The Velocipede on Liberty Street, showcasing the development of the bicycle and its relationship to popular culture.