Page 17 - Salem Magazine Spring 2014
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Harveycutter Hoop Highlight
Carey Harveycutter, a lifelong resident of Salem and an employee of more than 45 years was named the recipient of this year’s NABC Cliff Wells Appreciation Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
This award is presented in honor of former NABC executive director Cliff Wells and is given to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the Association and to college basketball.
“This is an amazing honor for me and one that was totally unexpected,” says Harveycutter. “I have been truly blessed to work in such a great city with such great people for so many years.”
Past winners of this prestigious award include Bobby Knight, Ray Meyer, C.M. Newton, Dick Schultz, Vic Bubas, Billy Packer, Dick Vitale and Myles Brand, to mention a few.
“Carey is an incredible advocate for Division III sports and basketball in particular,” said Page Moir, Roanoke College Men’s Head Basketball Coach and first Vice-President
of the NABC. “He has made the NCAA championships a special event for players, coaches and fans and has been instrumental in conducting the Reese’s Division III All-Star game for the NABC. When he does something, he makes sure it’s done the right way.”
As the game manager for NCAA Division II and III championship events, Harveycutter’s duties have included football, baseball, volleyball, lacrosse and softball in addition to basketball. He has also been instrumental, over the last several years, working with the Reese’s Division III All-Star game, conducted by the NABC and played annually during the Division III men’s basketball championships.
 Larado Robinson took over as the city’s new Director of Water and Sewer operations earlier this year after spending the past 22 years at Draper Aden Associates in Blacksburg. He developed his professional career there as a Project Engineer serving as a Team Leader and most recently Senior Project Manager for the company.
  “I am excited about the opportunity to use my past experiences to help the city continue moving forward and providing excellent service to its citizens,” says Robinson. “My desire is for our operations to be the best on the east coast and I want other utilities to come to Salem to see how we are doing it and desire to emulate us.”
In Salem, Robinson now oversees a 40 person department that is responsible for not only providing high quality water to residents and businesses, but also maintaining the infrastructure throughout the city to ensure a high level of service, reliability and customer satisfaction.
“Before coming here, everyone I spoke with told me that this is a great place to work, and they were absolutely right,” he says. “I don’t consider myself in-charge, but rather I consider myself the captain of a great team of individuals here in Salem.”
Robinson graduated from Virginia Tech in 1986 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Growing up he also received a number of hands-on history and geography lessons that most of us could only dream of experiencing. His father was in the State Department Foreign Service and their family lived in Afghanistan, Liberia, Myanmar and Indonesia.
Robinson secured his Professional Engineer’s license in 1990, and he has lived in Blacksburg since 1991. He has spent most of his professional career in the water and wastewater industry as a consultant helping cities, counties, and towns throughout our region improve their water and sewer systems to better serve their citizens. | SPRING 2014

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