WMHO Honors Community Leaders at Jewels & Jeans Benefit

July 9, 2018

L-R:  Bud Simmons, President, Budco Enterprises Inc.; Anne Shybunko-Moore, CEO / Owner, GSE Dynamics Inc.; Dr. Richard Rugen, Chairman, WMHO; Robert Allen, President / CEO, Teachers Federal Credit Union



Stony Brook, NY – More than 300 guests recently attended the Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s festive “Jewels & Jeans” benefit dinner at Flowerfield in St. James, honoring three individuals with impressive achievements and service.   Proceeds benefit WMHO educational programs, Youth Corps and historic properties.   This year’s honorees were:


  • Bud Simmons, President of Budco Enterprises Inc. and founding director of the Master Riggers Association.  In 2001, Bud installed over 2 million pounds of steel in less than 3 months to have the 1 and 9 subway lines open for the first anniversary of 9-11.  Bud is involved in a multitude of organizations including numerous 9-11 memorials, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has been an ongoing supporter of WMHO’s Jewels & Jeans dinner and other programs for the organization.


  • Anne Shybunko-Moore is CEO and Owner of GSE Dynamics Inc., U.S. Defense Manufacturer  specializing in providing complex structural assemblies to the Air Force, Navy, Army and Major Aerospace Primes. Anne served as an appointed member of The National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan federal advisory council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the President, Congress, and U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women business owners.  She is a long-time supporter of various WMHO programs and events.


  • Robert Allen has been President and CEO of Teachers Federal Credit Union  since 1988 and has a total of 47 years working in credit unions. Founded in 1952, TFCU is a full service financial cooperative and has grown to over $5.8 billion in total assets with 26 branch locations and over 700 employees. He has served with many organizations including Chairman, School of Business Advisory Board-SUNY Old Westbury and Member of Congressman Bishop’s Education Advisory Board. TFCU has provided support to WMHO’s onsite and distance learning education programs.


Photo Credit:  Clix Couture