North Bellmore Resident Honored
as New York Power Authority's Black Achiever in Industry
March 21, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—Lesly Y. Pardo, vice president,
Internal Audit for the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and a
resident of North Bellmore, L.I., was among those honored Thursday
night at the Harlem YMCA’s 38th National Salute to Black Achievers
in Industry (BAI) dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in
Manhattan. He was cited for his contributions last year in assuming
the leadership of NYPA’s Internal Audit department at the time of
the illness and subsequent death of his predecessor.
"Last year was very trying for the members of our
Internal Audit department as they dealt with the death of the
department’s former head and founder, Arthur Brennan,” Roger B.
Kelley, NYPA president and chief executive officer, said. “It is a
credit to the experienced and steady hand of Les Pardo that the
group’s thorough and professional auditing functions continued
seamlessly to strengthen NYPA’s internal controls and processes. In
rising to the challenge, Les honored his mentor, Art Brennan, and
demonstrated he deserves to be the Power Authority’s 2007 Black
Achiever in Industry.”
“I feel deeply honored and privileged to be the
recipient of this award and to represent the Power Authority before
this worthy organization,” said Pardo of the BAI recognition.
NYPA’s internal audit staff annually reviews the
adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls for approximately 40
business units, work groups, systems and processes. The audited
functions range from a customer billing system that processes
transactions worth $1.8 billion a year to procedures and related
costs for maintenance projects at Power Authority generating
During Pardo’s months as acting department head, he
made certain that all of the group’s performance measures were met.
His successful efforts led to his being named head of the department
In nominating Pardo for the Black Achiever in
Industry honor, his NYPA colleagues highlighted his positive
attitude. “Les always brings his unique energy, thoughtfulness and
creativity to every task,” wrote William J. Nadeau, NYPA senior vice
president, Energy Resources Management and Strategic Planning. “His
innate ability to think outside the box as he delves to the root of
every issue ensures that his final opinion is informed through every
conceivable possibility. He epitomizes the word ‘integrity.’”
Hired in 1984 as an auditor in the newly-formed
Internal Audit department, Pardo was promoted to senior auditor,
audit supervisor and, in 2001, internal audit manager. During his
years at NYPA, Pardo developed the Power Authority’s first manual on
standardized auditing procedures. He was also instrumental in
installing software to increase the efficiency of the audit process.
Before coming to NYPA, Pardo worked as a senior
accountant at two public accounting firms from 1979 to 1984.
He received a Bachelor of Business Administration
in Accounting from Baruch College of the City University of New York
in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration from St. John’s
University in Queens in 1991. He is a certified public accountant.
Pardo volunteers with the Bellmore Police Athletic
League’s youth soccer programs and is also active with Boukan, an
organization that supports soccer programs for Haitian youths. He
and his wife, Gina Roche Pardo, have two children, Christina, a
third-year medical student at the Robert Wood Johnson School of
Medicine in New Brunswick, N.J., and Christopher, a senior at
Binghamton University, State University of New York.
The annual BAI event is an opportunity for
corporations in the New York City area and other employers to honor
staff members who are making a difference to those organizations and
the communities they live in. The event is also intended to support
the Harlem YMCA’s youth-oriented activities, as well as college
scholarships for promising New York City students.
Photo and Caption
■ NYPA uses no tax money or
state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of
bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting
energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and electric
transportation initiatives. ■ It is the
nation’s largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating
facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines.
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