Hal’s ongoing philanthropic support to Lourdes has become invaluable in our mission to provide the highest quality Catholic education. As the largest individual benefactor to the school in recent history, Hal has provided critical funding for:
- Athletic Turf Field & Track
- Student Scholarships
- Science Lab Renovations and Modernizations for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
- Technology/Network Upgrades - Chromebooks, WiFi Modems and Routers
Hal’s generosity in addition to his valuable guidance and counsel brought these projects to fruition and fully established the Pontez Family Science Center and modernized our technological capabilities. These advancements established Lourdes as a wireless campus allowing us to remain ahead of the curve. Having this cutting-edge technology kept us at the forefront and enabled Lourdes to maintain a high level of instruction for students especially remotely during the COVID19 pandemic.
Hailing from Millbrook, NY, Hal is the owner and founder of HPI, LLC. The company was launched in 2002 when he recognized the need for additional capacity and new technology in turbine controls and turnkey power plant design and construction.
Upon graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes in 1975, Hal attended Syracuse University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then quickly began to apply his academic training and business acumen to the world of industrial controls. He also began pursuit of his MBA at Marquette University’s Business School program. His successes were well documented, resulting in his being offered growth opportunities from industrial control companies from around the world while still in his mid-twenties. Hal has subsequently held executive management positions with Allen-Bradley, Eaton/Cutler-Hammer, Honeywell, and finally with Hawker Siddeley Dynamics Engineering, then Vosper Thorneycroft Controls.
His forty-plus years of corporate experience encompasses company ownership, executive management, and the business development of capital-engineered projects. Hal has successfully implemented a unique blend of enterprise and strategic solution selling across the defense, industrial, and government industries. As a mark of his success, Hal was nominated as a finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Hal was inducted into the school’s prestigious Legion of Honor in 2014 and although he currently resides in Houston, Texas, he does not allow distance to limit his involvement with his high school alma mater and remains a valuable alumnus and friend to our school’s leadership.
Our sincerest thanks to Hal Pontez and The Pontez Family for their ongoing support of the Lourdes mission!