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Robert "Steve" Miller honored at Futures and Options' fifth annual Dream Big gala

Over $730,000 raised at annual fundraising event

Robert "Steve" Miller, President and CEO of IAC, with Scholarship winners Djassi Julien and Kayla Mackie

New York, NY (October 27, 2015) – Robert "Steve" Miller, President and CEO of International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, received the Dream Big Award from Futures and Options at its fifth annual Dream Big – A Celebration of Opportunity  held at the Plaza Hotel yesterday.

Futures and Options is a non-profit organization that provides underserved New York City students with career readiness training, professional mentors, and paid internship opportunities. Djassi Julien from the High School for Math, Science and Engineering in Harlem and Kayla Mackie from Millennium High School in Lower Manhattan were awarded scholarships at Dream Big, which raised over $730,000 to support Futures and Options' programs.

"The investment in young people's professional development and experiences, is a cause with an infinite future," said Dream Big honoree, Steve Miller. "When businesses support and partner with Futures and Options they help build a stronger and more diverse work force. This is an organization that teaches students confidence through hard work and opens up the business world to a special talent pool."

 Miller joins a distinguished group of business leaders who have received The Dream Award for going above and beyond in helping students develop professional skills and achieve their career goals. Past award recipients include representatives of: Goldman Sachs, Evercore Partners Restructuring and Debt Advisory Group, AlixPartners LLP, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, The Municipal Forum of New York, New York Tech Meetup and Personal Democracy Media, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co., L.L.C., and the NYC Office of the Public Advocate and The Fund for Public Advocacy.

"We are so very proud of all of our students, who are motivated and determined to achieve their goals," said Executive Director Patty Machir. "The value of early work experience is immeasurable, and when businesses partner with Futures and Options to provide opportunities for young people, everyone truly benefits."

At its heart, the event is a celebration and recognition of Futures and Options students. Each year, the organization awards college scholarships to high school seniors through a competitive application and selection process. This year, the Barbara L. Christen College Scholarship, named in honor of the organization's founder, was awarded to Djassi Julien from the High School for Math, Science and Engineering. "It's important to me that everyone have access to computer science," says Julien, who started an organization called Young Hackers and hopes to work in Silicon Valley as a Front End Web Developer.

The IPG Mediabrands Scholarship and Internship, sponsored by IPG Mediabrands for students interested in careers in media and advertising, was awarded to Kayla Mackie from Millennium High School. Mackie's dream is, "to obtain a degree in communications and work in a position that will reach those who may be unreachable, connect the disconnected, and encourage those who are discouraged."


Futures and Options is deeply grateful to our 2015 Dream Big corporate and individual sponsors for generously supporting our career development program for New York City's undeserved youth.

VISIONARY - $50,000+


CHAMPION - $25,000+


   Stephen & Stephanie Hessler 

Margaret "Peggy" Hill

OPTIMIST - $15,000+

Houlihan Lokey

Jennifer & Jason New

Latham & Watkins LLP

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

BELIEVER - $10,000+


Alvarez & Marsal

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Centerview Partners

Downtown-Lower Manhattan Association


Filsinger Energy Partners

Ned & Debby Flynn


Knighthead Capital Management

Alexandra Munroe & Robert Rosenkranz - The Rosenkranz Foundation

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Franklin LLP

McGuireWoods LLP

Robert S. "Steve" Miller

Prime Clerk


Rothschild Inc.

Roopesh & Allison Shah

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Paul Wasinger & Debra Regan

Weil, Gotshal and Manges

Willkie Farr & Gallaghher LLP

DREAMER - $5,000+

ATL Partners

David Bonderman

Blackstone Charitable Foundation

Centerbridge Partners


FTI Consulting, Inc.

Jerry & Louise Faust

Joele Frank & Laurence Klurfeld

International Automotive Components Group


David & Jennifer Johnston

Kutak Rock LLP


Courtney Leimkuhler & Charles de Segundo

Edward Machir/PwC

Patty Machir

MidOcean Partners

Alexandra Munroe

Steve & Maria Musante

Poonam A. Shah

Erin & Paul Teske

Zolfo Cooper


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Futures and Options is a nonprofit career development and paid internship program for New York City youth.

120 Broadway, Suite 1019. New York, NY 10271. 212-601-0002.