Heineken Taps Teles as CMO

Plus: Panek to Guiding Eyes; Mary Jane Denzer upgrades; Loehmann’s closes everything.

Revolving Door

Thomas A. Panek will succeed William D. Badger as President and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind.  Prior to Guiding Eyes, Panek was the VP of Relationship Management at National Industries for the Blind in Virginia. He was responsible for leading the organization while expanding employment opportunities for the blind.

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester (BGCNW) recently elected new officers to its board of directors. R. Todd Rockefeller will now serve as president, Muffin Dowdle will serve as vice president, and Marc Weisenfreund will serve as secretary. Linda Mahon has been reappointed treasurer for her second term.

  •        R. Todd Rockefeller has been a member of the BGCNW board of directors since 2000 and is a Club alumnus. A partner at DRSW Insurance and past president of the Westchester chapter of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New York, he currently serves as secretary treasurer on the organization’s board.
  •        Muffin Dowdle of Pound Ridge has been a real estate agent in the Northern Westchester community for 25 years. A Club alumnae herself, Dowdle later returned to the Club as a board member and has now been serving for nearly 20 years.
  •        Marc Weisenfreund began his career on the BGCNW board of directors more than 18 years ago.                               
  •        Bedford Corners resident Linda A. Mahon works in private-wealth management and asset management. She was formerly vice president at US Trust Company, Solomon Smith Barney, and Paribas Asset Management, among other major Wall Street firms.

Nuno Teles

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HEINEKEN USA has appointed Nuno Teles as the company’s new chief marketing officer. He joins HEINEKEN USA from HEINEKEN Brazil, where he served as CMO and successfully grew the Heineken brand by 500% over his four-year tenure, helping it achieve the top market share position among all premium imported brands in the country. Named the 2012 “Best Marketing Professional” by LIDE (a group of the top 100 companies in Brazil), Teles began his career at Unilever, spending eight years in a variety of marketing and innovation roles across Europe. 

The Mount Kisco Medical Group, PC (MKMG) has appointed Kevin J. Conroy as its new chief financial officer. Conroy brings a distinguished healthcare leadership background to MKMG.


High-end women’s fashion destination Mary Jane Denzer will move from its current space on Mamaroneck Avenue to a 5,000 sq-ft space at The Ritz Carlton Westchester. The Mamaroneck Ave location will remain fully operational until the boutique settles at the Ritz in late spring or early summer of 2014.

Loehmann’s, a New York-based fashion retailer, will close all 39 stores, including its White Plains location on Tarrytown Rd, by the end of March. The retailer was started in Brooklyn by Frieda Loehmann in 1921 and was a staple for Westchester shoppers seeking bargains on men’s and women’s designer clothing.

The Village Board of Mamaroneck is considering two differing proposals regarding the proposed expansion of Hampshire Country Club. Of the two separate options under consideration, Hampshire’s preferred plan would add 121 high-end condominium units to its property. According to club, the plan would preserve over 90% of the property’s open space, keep approximately 125 jobs, create tax revenue, and allow Hampshire to continue as a full-service country club while converting the golf course into housing.

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The County’s LDC offers Pace University $98 million in tax exempt financing; the Governor appoints an IBM executive to improve ‘Common Core’ school curriculum.

Forest City Residential has asked New Rochelle to “immediately” reimburse the company in $2 million in expenses related to its failed proposal to create massive waterfront development at Echo Bay, citing the terms of a memorandum of understanding the two sides signed in 2008. According to the city, the developer invested in the project voluntarily, maintaining that its claims have no legal basis. For its part, Forest City says its claim for reimbursement is a result of the City Council’s refusal to approve a land disposition agreement in November, effectively killing the project.

The county’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) approved a resolution giving Pace University access to $98 million in tax-exempt bond financing for the renovation of its Pleasantville campus, the most extensive improvement plan in the campus’ history. The project, which consolidates the school’s Briarcliff campus into the Pleasantville campus, is expected to help attract a high-level, global pool of students and revitalize the local economy at no extra cost to taxpayers. This project will create 600 high-wage construction jobs and strive to source building materials locally.

The Cuomo Administration has created the Common Core Implementation Panel to aid the implementation of the new curriculum, prior to the end of the legislative session in June. The Common Core was first implemented in New York classrooms last school year. Stanley Litow, IBM’s vice president for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, will serve as chairman of the panel.

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Property: 73 Main St, Tuckahoe
Brokered by: Alfredo Pujols, WAP Realty Group, (646) 294-5482
Description: A ground-floor retail space in a fully detached building with great frontage on Main St in downtown Tuckahoe.  The landlord is open to one tenant or dividing the space into two 1150-sq-ft retail, office, or medical spaces.
Selling Points:  Steps from Metro North Railroad, the site is just a two-minute walk to banks and restaurants.
Downside: Parking can be a challenge.


MONDAY, 2/24/14

Rivertowns Creative Meetup with Seth Godin
6:30 pm. Yonkers Public Library, 1 Larkin Ctr, Yonkers. $10. Marketing Guru Seth Godin’s  Q+A formatted talk will focus on: What is hard for your organization? What’s the thing that has to go right for you to succeed, the thing that’s in doubt? What difficult problem are you working to solve in the marketplace? Because only the difficult problems are going to get our money and our attention. Godin is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. Register at www.meetup.com/YONY-Rivertowns-Creative-Meetup/events/163714032/

THURSDAY, 3/6/14

Gaining a Competitive Edge through Innovation and Creativity
8:00 am. Manhattanville’s Reid Castle, 2900 Purchase St., Purchase. Tickets are $25 each in advance and $30 at the door. Manhattanville College’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Business Council of Westchester, and Westchester Library System present “Gaining a Competitive Edge through Innovation and Creativity.” This innovation and creativity breakfast will feature Bruce Nussbaum, author of “Creative Intelligence,” and a panel of Westchester’s leading professionals.  Register online at http://www.westchesterlibrarysystem.org or contact Patricia Braja at pbraja@wlsmail.org or 914-231-3241.

THURSDAY, 3/13/14

914INC.‘s Speed Networking Night
6 – 8 pm, $15. The Travelers Club at The Westchester County Airport. 240 Airport Rd, 2nd floor. Fast-paced and fun, 914INC.‘s Speed Networking Night is sure to create new contacts and profitable relationships for attendees. Business owners from small startups to executives at the county’s largest corporations will all benefit from this exciting meet-and-greet opportunity… details   

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