Medina High School honors 2 distinguished alumni
Press Release, Medina Central School
MEDINA – Two distinguished alumni from Medina were recognized on Nov. 8 and inducted into the school’s Wall of Fame.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was created to honor alumni, promote school spirit, foster pride in Medina High School, and serve as an incentive for current students.
Warren Beeton is a graduate from the Class of 1960 where he was the valedictorian. He went on to graduate from Cornell University with a master’s degree in Engineering. He had a successful career as an engineering manager, culminating as Vice President of Engineering for Emerson Climate Technologies, a leading manufacturer of air conditioning and refrigeration compressors. In this role, Beeton and his organization developed cutting-edge, high-efficiency compression technologies now common in air conditioning and refrigeration equipment around the world.
He also assumed worldwide responsibility for government affairs at Emerson Climate Technologies. In his role, he provided leadership for Emerson on the Board of the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy, where he worked with the US Environmental Protection Agency, State Department and Congress on energy efficiency, stratospheric ozone depletion, and climate change.
He also worked with Congress on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which included a Cap and Trade provision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2009. Although it later failed in the Senate, it brought attention to the need for climate change action.
He has published numerous papers and is a frequent speaker on the topic pf energy efficiency and climate change. He is the recipient of the Richard C. Shultze Distinguished Service Award. He is the co-founder of the Prince William Virginia Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby and teaches the science of energy and climate change to continuing education students in Northern Virginia.
Binh Hua is a graduate from the Class of 1992 where he served as class president and was a member of the football, wrestling, lacrosse and soccer teams. He graduated from the University of Rochester (majoring in Economics) and was the recipient of the Xerox Award in the Humanities. He received his MBA in Finance from Georgetown University.
He worked on Wall Street and was one of the few students in the world to be hired by both Goldman Sachs and Soros Fund Management. Through his work in finance, he has advised the most powerful companies in the world, including Exxon, Mobil, Goldman Sachs, General Electric, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Bank of America.
He is currently the Managing Director for Falcon Capital Advisors, where he develops the strategy and execution plans for the development of public and private client companies, as well as U.S. government institutions. He is also the co-founder of a private equity company called Boca Capital Group and a former Board Member and Committee Lead for Bethesda Cares, a non-profit organization with over 500 volunteers. Their mission is to prevent, ease and end homelessness in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Mr. Beeton and Mr. Hua graciously took time out of their schedules on Nov. 8 to talk to students before the ceremony.