National Grid Community And Customer Manager To Be Recognized At Brooklyn "Rising Stars" Event Aaron Choo Supports NYC Efforts with Communities Recovering from Sandy

NEW YORK, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Aaron Choo, Manager, Community and Customer Management for National Grid – New York, will be recognized as one of the Brooklyn "Rising Stars."  The award recognizes 40 top young professionals who exemplify outstanding leadership skills in their chosen field and in their community. 

In his role for National Grid, Choo is responsible for maintaining strong local partnerships with New York City agencies to provide superior customer service.  Choo works with the agencies to provide energy efficiency assistance to help them save energy and money, and reduce their carbon footprint for their buildings in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island

"I am honored to receive this award and the recognition of my contributions as part of the National Grid team assisting natural gas customers and communities with their energy needs every day and in times of emergencies," said Choo.    

During Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts, Choo worked with New York City agencies to facilitate customers in the hardest hit areas reconnecting to National Grid's natural gas network.  Choo coordinated with the City agencies on replacing all flood damaged gas equipment in customers' homes and restoring their gas service in real time.

"National Grid strives to create an environment that is truly inclusive of our employees, our customers and our communities," said Ken Daly, President, National Grid – New York.  "Aaron's extensive work with agencies was beneficial during Sandy to support the energy needs in the hardest hit communities."  

Choo has a long career with National Grid.  He joined the company in 2002 and has held positions in engineering and marketing. 

He is the treasurer and a board member of the Association of Black Professionals, an employee resource group, which provides support and resources for the professional growth of National Grid employees and advances the company's Inclusion and Diversity vision.  Choo is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. 

Choo has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Hofstra University and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Baruch College.  He is a licensed professional engineer in New York State.  Choo is also one of the first Gates Millennium Scholars, which provides good-through-graduation scholarships for 1,000 talented students each year nationwide. 

The Brooklyn "Rising Stars" will be recognized during the 2nd Annual Awards & Networking Cocktail Event on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Steiner Studios in the Brooklyn Navy Yard at 6 p.m.  For more information visit www.homereporter.com/events.  

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About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it 'joins everything up'.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to more than 3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving more than 3 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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