There are standards of excellence, and then there are the standards of Alex Paris. One is remarkably higher than the other.
To Alex, anything worth doing is worth doing right, and it is a philosophy that permeates his many activities – especially his service.
A lifelong resident of Washington County, Alex graduated from Avella High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Liberty University. Representing the third generation at the helm of the family business, Alex Paris Contracting, Alex has earned a reputation for his business acumen and commitment to quality. He has served as the Vice Chairman of the National Utility Contractors Association and is a Former President of the PA Utility Contractors Association. In both 2001 and 2009, he was named Contractor of the Year by the PA Utility Contractors Association.
Those who know Alex will agree that he is very generous in many ways – especially with his time, his knowledge and expertise, and his charitable giving.
Elected to the WCCF Board of Trustees in 2010, Alex has served on numerous committees including Executive, Development, and Personnel. Despite his busy schedule, he makes every effort to be present at as many Foundation meetings and events as possible – as long as they do not conflict with the activities of his sons Emmanuel and Santino. Family is a very important part of his life.
When it came time to assign the role of Project Manager for the Brownlee House rehabilitation project, it was clear that no one was better suited to serve in this capacity than Alex, who did not hesitate to undertake this important job. Not only has he helped in coordinating with contractors on the work that has needed to be completed but he has assisted in important development meetings with prospective donors to secure needed resources. We look forward to hosting our first open house so that all can see how the “Alex Paris standard” has helped to restore this beautiful building to its former glory.
Alex and his wife Valerie have been very generous to the Foundation, making contributions to the Acorn Fund and other diverse initiatives. Through his company, he has been a proud annual WCCF Gives sponsor since this program’s inception and is a member of the Family of Founders, which helps to ensure the Foundation has the operational support it needs in order to grow.
In addition to all that he does for the WCCF, Alex has also made time to serve on the Boards of the Washington Hospital Foundation, Athletics Inc. of Avella, and the West Liberty University Foundation.
Such a remarkable commitment to service should inspire us all.
In recognition of his many noteworthy contributions of time talent, and treasures, Alex was named the recipient of this year’s Richard L. White Excellence Award for Board Service.