Many people showcase their achievements for others to see. It may be a test paper magnetized to the fridge door, a diploma framed on the wall, or trophies stacked in a glass showcase. No matter what manner the recognition, people display it proudly. Gerald Monter understands the pride that accompanies every recognition. However, with six decades of work recognition, Gerald Monter no longer displays each of his achievements.
Gerald Monter created his real estate development company, The Holiday Organization, in 1951. He received so many business accolades, plaques, and honors that he started storing them many years ago. He continues to be honored when he receives them, but with recognition from over 50 organizations, he has little room do display them all. Gerald Monter’s most recent accolades include the Long Island Builder’s Institute Hamlet Estates at St. James Clubhouse 2008, Long Island Builder’s Institute Hall of Fame 2009, and the Shawn Elliot Luxury Fall 2011 Featured Builder Award.
One recent recognition received by Gerald Monter came in 2003. His company was ranked 43rd out of the 100 top private companies on Long Island. The other personal awards he received were from the Long Island Builders Association. He received awards for advertising, sales, and site development. While these are all wonderful, they are not what he takes the greatest pride in.
As a successful business owner, Gerald Monter is able to leave his greatest legacy not in honors but through his donation work. In 2006, he donated $17 million to create the Monter Cancer Center on Long Island. The creation and donation of the cancer center is what Gerald Monter is most proud of. His donation helps provide the latest in oncology treatment to hundreds of people suffering from cancer. It is a health problem that Gerald Monter is keen on preventing and treating. Having his family name reflected in the name of the cancer center is for Gerald Monter, the greatest recognition he could have ever received for his life's work.