Spielberg Joins Jacob Burns Board; Business Council Hires New EVP/COO; 914INC. Honors 28 Super-Successful Business Women


The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester announced that Patrick M. Gooney has been appointed Senior Sales Manager. Gooney has worked in the hospitality industry since 1998 and comes to The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester from Posner Advertising, where he had been Vice President of Real Estate and Hospitality since 2005. Prior to Posner, he was Senior Sales Manager at the Melrose Hotel in New York City, where he was named Manager of the Quarter in 2003 and Manager of the Year in 2004. He previously worked at the RIHGA Royal Hotel, now known as The London NYC as Sales Manager.

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Steven Spielberg

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has joined the Board of Directors of the Jacob Burns Film Center, a nonprofit institution based in Pleasantville with a mission of independent film exhibition and 21st century education. In a prepared statement, Spielberg said, “What makes the JBFC different from every other well-intentioned organization that brings community and film together is its educational outreach to under-resourced schools. They reach so deeply into the community to give kids a chance to find themselves early on and before it’s too late, because that’s all the kids really want. I am thrilled to be on the Board and look forward to the work we will do together.”

Diana Costello

Marilyn Wilkie has been appointed Interim Senior Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs for Iona College. She formerly served as Acting Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs. A lifelong resident of New Rochelle, Wilkie began her Iona career in 1999 and has held many positions, including Regional Representative, Major Gifts Officer, Senior Major Gifts Officer, and Assistant VP for Campaigns and Major Gifts.

Kathleen Scherf has been promoted to Director of Surgical Services at Phelps Memorial Hospital Center. She will serve as the nursing administrator for the Operating Room, Ambulatory Surgery Unit, Pre-Surgical Assessment, Pain Center, and Endoscopy. Scherf began her nursing career at Phelps in 1989 as a graduate nurse in a medical-surgical unit, and over the years has worked in the hospital’s intensive care unit and post-anesthesia care unit. She progressed through several nursing leadership positions including Coordinator, Nurse Manager and, most recently, Assistant Director of Surgical Services.

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Global tax and advisory firm WTP Advisors of White Plains announced today that strategic finance and operations executive, Guy Sanschagrin, who was most recently a PricewaterhouseCoopers director, has joined its transfer pricing practice. Based in Minneapolis, Sanschagrin has more than 15 years of transfer pricing experience with Big Four and investment banking firms, including a three-year overseas assignment as the national leader of a Big Four firm’s transfer pricing practice in Belgium. Sanschagrin will team with WTP Advisors to identify leading practices and develop practical solutions, tools and technologies that help clients tackle their transfer pricing needs effectively and efficiently, said the firm.

Diana Costello was recently named to the position of Director, Client Services of PR firm Co-Communications in its Westchester office. Costello spent nearly nine years at The Journal News, where she covered a wide range of topics, including business, residential and commercial real estate, labor trends, education, cooking and restaurants, and retail. She is the recipient of a 2011 New York News Publishers Association Award for Excellence and a 2011 New York State Associated Press Association Award for Business/Finance Reporting, among other recognitions. In her new role, Costello will spearhead media relations efforts for a diverse range of clients; manage staff; develop strategic campaigns; and assist with business development.


Robert G. Kurzman, Jessica Galligan Goldsmith, and Susan Slater-Jansen of Kurzman Eisenberg Corbin & Lever, LLP, have been selected as New York Metro Super Lawyers. The three partners have been named to the 2011 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers, a listing of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in the New York Metropolitan area. Each year, only five percent of lawyers in New York State receive this honor.

Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway has been named recipient of the 2011 American Gaming Association Gaming Voice Award in the category of Best Broadcast Advertisement/Television for its “Big Ball” commercial created by agency DDB NY. The award was announced at the AGA Communications Awards Luncheon on Oct. 5 at Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. An expert panel of judges selected Empire City Casino out of 218 entries; it beat such finalists as Ameristar Casinos, Inc., Fallsview Casino Resort, and Mohegan Sun. The advertisement depicts a giant roulette ball bouncing north through New York City streets, rounding Columbus Circle—which is reimagined as a pseudo roulette wheel—before heading up to the Yonkers train stop and arriving at Empire City Casino to land in [an actual] roulette wheel as its final destination. You can view the award-winning commercial at www.yonkersraceway.com/commercials.

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WestMed Medical Group, a multi-specialty group medical practice based in Purchase, has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative Certification Program, an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. This is a three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care. WestMed is the only oncology practice in Westchester with QOPI certification, one of only 87 medical practices so recognized nationwide and one of five statewide.


New businesses, relocations and operations

On Nov. 2, Citibank will open a new branch in Tarrytown at 20 South Broadway and Neperan Rd. The branch will service retail, small business, commercial banking, and mortgage customers with account opening and teller services, as well as 24-hour banking with drive-through and lobby ATMs. It will also feature envelope-free ATMs and online account access.

Lv2bfit, a fashion fitness boutique specializing in active wear and couture accessories, will officially open its doors Oct. 20 in the Rye Ridge Plaza. Owner Patty Palmieri is also a local fitness instructor at The Gym in Armonk with over 30 years of experience in fitness. She has taught everything from BBX to interval classes, boot camp and gliding, and says her store will combine her two passions: fitness and fashion.

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