- Frank Dalene,
president of Telemark, Inc., one of the nation's premiere construction services companies, whose fine quality old-world workmanship has resulted in two of its houses on Long Island commanding the top multi-million dollar resale value in 2008 and 2009, was inducted into the CICU (Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities) 2010 Alumni Hall of Distinction.
Dalene, who is an alumnus of Nyack College, received his award during a ceremony honoring individuals from 23 independent institutions on Monday, March 1, at the New York State Capitol in Albany. Presenting the awards were Senator William T. Stachowski
, Chair of the New York State Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee and Assemblyman Robin Schimminger
, Chair of the New York State Assembly Economic Development, Job Creation, Commerce and Industry Committee.
Dr. Michael G. Scales
, president of Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary, said that Dalene's contributions to the small business community in the Hamptons through his work with Telemark, Hamptons Luxury Homes, Inc., and the Hamptons Green Alliance, "have been very important in the economic health of small business in the area for the past several decades. He is truly an outstanding alumnus of Nyack College, Class of 1977, and well-deserving of this distinction."
Dalene, who received the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year for New York State award last fall from The American Business Defense and Advisory Council, headed by former Republican
Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich
, has journeyed a long way since he started his career in the building industry working alongside his father.
A native of Telemark, a county in Norway, Dalene has lived on Long Island for most of his life. The one-time pre-med major transferred from Stony Brook University
to Nyack College. After his 1977 graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in religion, he joined forces with his father, a master builder, and founded Telemark, Inc., a nationally known and award-winning construction services company based in the Hamptons.
Dalene said "Attending a Christian college like Nyack, taught me to set priorities and focus on goals. It taught me mental discipline and the ability to reason accurately. Above all, it taught me the love of learning and continuous self-education."
That continuing self-education has resulted in a successful career that is still evolving. After founding Telemark, Inc. with his father Hugo
, Dalene, along with his brother Roy
, also founded Hamptons Luxury Homes, Inc. In 2008, Dalene saw that the environmental movement was gaining steam among the public and was a leader in forming Hamptons Green Alliance, a non-profit association of building industry professionals who promote "green building" technologies.
Then, last year as he delved into extensive research in green building, he developed a market driven mechanism that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by identifying the embodied carbon footprint of manufactured products and mathematically converting the carbon footprint measurement into a simple-to-understand indexing system that can be placed on labels and packaging.
Largely self-taught beyond his undergraduate studies, Dalene's "International Carbon Equivalent Mechanism Attributed to Neutrality" (ICEMAN™) earned him a spot in November 2009 as a panelist with scientists from around the world at New York State's premiere 2009 Advanced Energy Conference held in Hauppauge.
His accomplishments to date are quite extensive and among his professional, social, and civic involvements they include:
• President and CEO, Telemark, Inc.
• Vice President and CFO, Hamptons Luxury Homes, Inc.
• Founder of Carbon Factor, Inc. and ICEMAN™
• Co-Founder of the Dalene Family Foundation
• Co-Founder of the Kris Dalene Music Scholarship Fund in memory of his son
• Board of Directors, Lions Eye Bank for Long Island, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System
• Immediate Past President, East Hampton Lions Club, and co-chair of the Health and Sight Committee
• Co-founder, Hamptons Green Alliance
• Member, Long Island Chapter of United States Green Building Council
• Member, New York State Builders Association
• Member, National Association of Home Builders
• Member, East Hampton Town Energy and Sustainability Committee
• Member, American Solution's The American Business Defense and Advisory Council.
In addition to those honors, Dalene has been quoted and Telemark's work has been featured in the numerous publications. Among the numerous awards he has received are the 2000 Republican of the Year Award, 2004 Ronald Reagan
Republican Gold Medal Award, and the 2008 Congressional Medal of Distinction from the National Republican Congressional Committee.