R5 Business Council Announces the 2009 Rising Stars Class

RYE BROOK — On Thursday, June 11, The Business Council of Westchester–the county’s largest business membership organization–was scheduled to present 40 young professionals with Rising Star awards during a ceremony at The Atrium at 800 Westchester Ave. in Rye Brook. Modeled after the national business recognition program “Forty under Forty,” the Business Council has honored the extraordinary accomplishments of Westchester’s most accomplished business leaders under the age of 40 each year since 2004.

The Rising Stars, ranging in age from 24 to 39, represent the wide range of industries that make up the Business Council’s membership and Westchester County’s business community as a whole. Among them: engineering, communications, real estate, law, not-for-profit, energy, education, health care, and financial services.

“It’s important to recognize that Westchester is a place where bright young professionals not only succeed, but raise the bar and set new standards for success,” said Dr. Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of The Business Council of Westchester. “As Westchester’s largest business organization, it’s our responsibility to present these young leaders with the opportunities to work, succeed and prosper in this county.”

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Anyone between the ages of 21 and 40 who works in Westchester was eligible for consideration as a Rising Star. The two-part nomination process asked the nominator to describe the nominees’ professional/entrepreneurial and/or personal accomplishments and leadership qualities, while nominees were asked about lessons learned, strengths, and long-term goals.

“Rising Stars” is sponsored by The RPW Group and The Westchester County Business Journal. Supporters include Berkeley College, Entergy, EZKR Accounting and Consulting LLP, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide and Opus Advisory Group.

Rising Stars Class of 2009

Steve Abbattista, OLA Consulting Engineers, PC
Gino Bello Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty
Jason Berger, All Shows Ticket Service
Jason Black, Reckson, a division of SL Green
Matthew Bonilla, Pace University
Mark Boyland, Keller Williams Realty
Brian Carcaterra, Newmark Knight Frank
Joe Clarkin, Select Telecom, Inc.
Tammy Cuomo, Reckson, a division of SL Green
Jim Dowling, Opus Advisory Group, LLC
Sean Casey Egan, C & C Operating Inc.
Joanne Fernandez, Entergy Nuclear Northeast
Jason Friedland, Shleppers Moving & Storage
Robert Hariegel, MasterCard Worldwide
Felice Harris, Lois Bronz Children’s Center
Christopher Jones, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Lauren Kaufman, Co-Communications, Inc.
Jonathon Kozak, Esq., Jackson Lewis LLP
Matthew Kuchinsky, Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP
Kei Kurihara, Verizon
Caroline Lewittes, Thompson & Bender Inc.
Seth Mandelbaum, Esq., McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP
Luisa Marciano, Abigail Kirsch
Marc Mazzarulli, Opus 465
Marcie McGeehan, The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
Peter Neglia, Friends of Westchester County Parks
Michael Nicolosi, One Communications
Jeff Nyikos, Leros Point To Point, Inc.
Sedrick O’Connor, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division
Adam Paget, Esq., Puck Agency, LLC
David Richman, Rakow Commercial Realty Group, Inc.
Stephanie Russo-Pastilha, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Inc.
Dan Scavino, Trump National Golf Club
Michael Schneider, Boutique Media Group
Mike Seminara, Manhattanville College
Filipe Silva, KeyBank
Chris Steffanci, Heineken USA, Inc.
Melissa Thornton, Limousine Service of Westchester
Daniel Timins, Esq., Timins & Durante LLP
Michael Timlin, Gold Shield Training Center

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Business Council of Westchester Presents Entergy Day of Golf

WHITE PLAINS — On Sept. 22, the Business Council’s Entergy Day of Golf will offer 18 holes of golf in a beautiful setting at Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains. Players are encouraged to use the outing to entertain clients or prospects and network with Westchester’s top executives.

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 The day starts with a sumptuous buffet brunch, followed by a warm-up on the putting green or driving range. When play begins at noon, golfers enjoy on-course refreshments. Afterward, a cocktail hour is followed by a buffet dinner and tournament awards, raffle and silent auction.

Affordable, high-visibility sponsorships are available. For details or golf reservations, contact Ebony White at ewhite@westchesterny.org or
(914) 948-2110.


Free One-On-One Counseling For Small Businesses, Start-Ups

Louis Scarmardella, NYS Small Business Development Center

WHITE PLAINS — The New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a business assistance organization, is located in the offices of The Business Council of Westchester. Start-up and small businesses are eligible for free one-on-one counseling to discuss starting a business or improving the performance of an existing business.

“The Small Business Development Center provides services that are essential to both existing businesses and start-ups,” explained SBDC Business Advisor Louis Scamardella. “In today’s economy, businesses are struggling more and more. If you want to start your own business, or have questions about the best way to grow, the SBDC can help.”

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For more information and/or to set up a confidential appointment, call Louis Scarmardella at The Business Council of Westchester: (914) 948-2110.


Health Insurance Available Via Business Council Benefits Group

WHITE PLAINS — Membership in The Business Council of Westchester gives sole proprietors and small business owners access to health insurance through the Business Council Benefits Group (BCBG).

Administered through Michaels & Associates, the BCBG specializes in selecting innovative and traditional benefit solutions based on your company’s particular needs. Whether you are looking to implement new benefits (one or more) or just wondering if you’re getting the best deal, the BCBG can help.

We provide turnkey service–from analyzing your needs and current benefits, all the way through implementation and employee education. We can evaluate your plan experience over time and help you avoid unpleasant surprises and expenses; and we’re always available to answer your questions. We continuously monitor the complex and evolving legislative environment that can impact your benefits (as well as related tax and financial matters) and watch for opportunities to help you save money.

For rates and information, contact Marc Neuberger at (914) 948-2110.

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New Members

Jim Richards
The Richards Organization Advertising
14 Calvert Street
Harrison NY 10528
(914) 835-3111

Michael Caligiuri
The Advertising Solution Association, LLC
33 Westlake Drive
Thornwood NY 10594
(914) 449-6018

Vanessa Nugent
Graphicness LLC
2001 Palmer Avenue . suite 202
Larchmont NY 10538
(914) 320-4644

Art Gallery

Amy Wessan
Amy Wessan Fine Art
85 Main Street . Unit C-3
Tarrytown NY 10591
(914) 319-7622

Attorneys & Legal Services

Michael Getman
The Law Office of Michael Getman, PLLC
445 Hamilton Avenue . Suite 1102
White Plains NY 10601
(914) 220-5475

Coaching-Personal & Executive

Barry Kleiman
The Enterpreneur’s Source

2 Mica Place . Bedford NY 10506
(914) 234-8622

Computer Consultants & Services

Dan Sherman
CMIT Solutions of White Plains
P.O. Box 307
Scarborough NY 10510
(914) 941-8184


Marcia Miller
MEM Consulting
410 East 57th Street . Apt 8A
New York NY 10022
(212) 755-4370

Consultants-Business & Management

Michele Wood
Michele Wood Consulting, LLC
281 Garth Road . #A4L
Scarsdale NY 10583
(914) 725-7038

Tom Fox
MyEureka Solutions
1315 Park Avenue
Mamaroneck NY 10543
(917) 539-6617

Consultants-Organizational Development

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies, LLC
10 Anthony Court
Armonk NY 10504
(914) 953-4458

Electrical Contractors

Dennis Oliva
S&D Electrical Consultants
5 Spruce Hill Road
Armonk NY 10504
(917) 731-7407

Financial Services

Kim Millman
Opus Advisory Group, LLC
2500 Westchester Avenue . Suite 401
Purchase NY 10577
(914) 825-1017

Human Resources Outsourcing

Peter O’Leary
Ultimate Software Group
134 Jennings Ave
Patchogue NY 11772
(631) 654-1986


Paul Gerken
AFLAC – Paul Gerken
5 West Main Street . Suite 107
Elmsford NY 10523
(914) 573-1350

Medical Services

Anthony DiPietro
Upright Imaging of Westchester
1034 N. Broadway
Yonkers NY 10701
(914) 980-2134

Kim Kit Yeng Wong
Kim Wong, M.D.
One City Place . Suite 1603
White Plains NY 10601
(303) 885-7353

Moving & Storage

Jason Friedland
Shleppers Moving & Storage
656 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers NY 10704
(914) 751-9802

Organizing Consultants

Stephanie Schur
Space Organizers
355 Old Tarrytown Road . #308
White Plains NY 10603
(914) 997-1434

Relocation Services

Kathleen Flynn
The Mulberry Group
6 Pine Ridge Road
Larchmont NY 10538
(914) 833-2564


Rob Botta
Best Buy
2478 Central Park Avenue
Yonkers NY 10701
(914) 337-4077

Shopping Malls

Acadia Realty Trust
Crossroads Shopping Center
423 Tarrytown Road
White Plains NY 10607
(914) 288-8100

Technology Services

Marc Jaffe
The Taming of the Mac
12 Spruce Road
South Salem NY 10590
(914) 602-3600

Tree Service

Richard Rothrock
Alive and Growing
100 South King Street
Danbury CT 06811
(203) 798-9252

Video Productions Services

Arie Marek
2900 Westchester Avenue
Suite 205A . Purchase NY 10577
(914) 251-9244

Wellness Programs

Paul Shashaty
Creating Wellness Lifestyle Services
10 City Place . Suite 6A
White Plains NY 10601
(203) 246-8007

Wholesale Clubs

Yasmin Sexton
BJ’s Wholesale Club
820-828 Pelham Parkway
Pelham Manor NY 10803

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Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

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