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Staten Island
in Business
According to recent findings by the Center
for an Urban Future, an independent Manhat-
tan think-tank that publishes studies about New
York City’s economy, women-owned businesses
in the five boroughs have increased substantially
over the past several years. The report, published
through Capital One’s Future Edge Initiative,
also states that women entrepreneurs in this city
are starting and growing businesses in every sec-
tor and are finding lasting success in their en-
But here on Staten Island, women have been
an integral part of the borough’s economic land-
scape for decades. To celebrate their contribu-
tions to our economy and Staten Island’s future
in general, we have compiled a list of some of the
borough’s most influential women in business.
Their work spans from corporate duties to ca-
reers in the non-profit sector – each professional
a powerful part of the Staten Island workforce.
please see pages 8-15

Economy is ‘robust’
SIEDC Economic Indicator Report
shows positive signs for Island.

staten Island has ‘robust’ new economy

SIEDC 2017 Economic Indicator Report shows good signs for borough
By JessICa Jones-GorMan
Why deal With the hassle of recruiting Business Trends
to the industrial West Shore – Shore are also cited, including
now home to Amazon – which is the 3.5 million-square-foot Ma-
setting the pace for new manu- trix Development Site, which
After studying Staten Island’s facturing development, we are will house NYC’s only Amazon
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• Custodial / Superintendant Needs ing four years worth of data on lenges.” largest park in New York City
economic changes, The Staten The Economic Indicator Re- at Freshkills and a television
• Vacation Coverage Island Economic Development port, released in January, tallied and movie studio called Staten
• Handy Man Repairs Corp. has released a detailed eco- factors such as unemployment, Island Stages at the site of the
nomic snapshot for the borough, population, real estate value, former prison.
• Interior / Exterior Maintenance providing a narrative for busi- income, transportation, indus- “SIEDC continues to advocate
• Emergency Staffing ness owners and residents alike. try-specific items, housing and for the West Shore, and the New
• Truck with driver available (local) “For many years, our hidden commuting trends between 2012 York City Regional Council has
gem and suburban oasis in New and 2016, while also highlighting even named the development of
York City was a collection of current projects on each of the the area a priority project for the
local neighborhoods and small borough’s Shores. state,” the report notes. “SIEDC
communities,” noted Cesar “Thanks to the ‘Core Four’ is excited to see what projects lay
Temp shows up at your business at the time required Claro, president and CEO of projects – New York Wheel, Em- ahead in the future and to wit-
One person or several the SIEDC. “While we still have pire Outlets, Lighthouse Point ness the remarkable potential of
that vibrant fabric, we’re also and Urby – the North Shore is this unique area.”
growing at a rapid pace. Staten experiencing a boom in devel- The SIEDC, which has been
Island’s robust new economy opment that is not only unprec- serving the community for near-
One call to Project-One does it for you! is interesting, diverse and in- edented for the area but serves ly 25 years, offering a variety of
Call Jean (718) 761-8390 novative. From the North Shore as a catalyst for the entire bor- services to the general public as
and the over $1 billion worth of ough,” the report reads.
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By BRIDGET WESTON POLLACK But word-of-mouth is about more than a homeowner able for online selling should consider getting on board.
Revenue is trending upward for small businesses asking which landscaping company installed the neigh- ECommerce will do more than connect you with the
across the nation. Use these stats and insights to help bor’s new flowerbeds. It can also include a powerful on- majority of consumers who would rather do their shop-
you climb on board the upswing and increase small busi- line component that may help you increase small busi- ping online – it also gives you an edge over competitive
ness sales in 2018 – and beyond. ness sales. businesses that don’t offer online purchasing. If you sell
Steady is the word for small business growth dur- The vast majority of consumers (88 percent) say they relevant products or services and don’t yet offer online
ing 2017. In a Statista survey of small business owners, trust online reviews as much as personal recommenda- purchases, going eCommerce is easier than you think.
38 percent reported higher revenue. That represents a tions. Lack of a website may have hampered some business-
positive trend that saw 28 percent of owners reporting If you’re one of the small businesses struggling to es considering consumers’ growing preference for all
growth in 2015 and 34 percent in 2016. attract new customers, it’s worth considering creating things online.
The highest small business growth areas in 2017 in- a strategy to ask for client reviews on relevant sites, Twenty-nine percent of small business owners say
clude professional scientific and technology services (9.1 whether it’s Facebook, Angie’s List or Yelp. they don’t have a company website. However, that gap
percent), health care (8.4 percent), manufacturing (5.3 There’s another statistic that further underlines the may be closing as owners recognize changing consum-
percent), accommodation and food services (4.7 percent) importance of earning positive ratings online: consum- er needs. About 92 percent of small businesses without
and retail (2.7 percent). ers spend up to 31 percent more on products and services sites say they plan to launch one by the end of 2018. If
Yet owners continue to face challenges. About 60 per- from businesses backed by excellent reviews. you don’t have a website yet, our recorded webinar “Es-
cent of small businesses say attracting new customers is So, in addition to helping attract new customers, a sential Elements of Every Small Business Website” is a
among their top issues. Owners also cited key challeng- portfolio of great online reviews can help you boost good starting point.
es such as growing revenue (55 percent) and improving sales.
cash flow (35 percent).
Be where your customers are: online Bridget Weston Pollack is the vice president of marketing
Positive online reviews can boost sales About 51 percent of U.S. consumers prefer online and and communications at the SCORE Association. In this role,
Word-of-mouth power continues to impact small busi- mobile shopping. Yet 74 percent of small businesses Bridget is responsible for all branding, marketing, PR and
ness success. Results from an Alignable poll suggest 85 don’t have an ecommerce-enabled website, according to communication efforts. She focuses on implementing mar-
percent of owners believe this oldie-but-goodie is their Small Business Trends. While ecommerce isn’t suitable keting plans and strategies for the organization to facilitate
top source for acquiring new customers and sales. for every business, those with products or services suit- the growth of SCORE’s mentoring and trainings services.

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Berelson Bonner Buchell, Calder Cirelli Contrino Coomer Cugno, Sorrentino DeHart Flores Gerenser

CORPORATE BUSINESS Inn in September 2001. to assistant manager of business on to work in the press office of “I come from a family of en-
“We opened four days after services. After managing the Borough President Molinari be- gineers, so I have always been
Lois nicotra the horrific events of September New York State Entrepreneur- fore taking a position with the fascinated by the field,” she said.
Owner, The Nicotra Group LLC 11,” Nicotra said. “It was such a ial Assistance Program and the SIEDC’s newly launched tour- “And I gravitated toward the dis-
Lois Nicotra was a newlywed difficult time. We built this hotel New York City Small Business ism council. cipline of electrical engineering
working as an elementary school with the intention of hosting Services Minority and Women- “I worked here for two years because it is not mundane: Elec-
teacher and studying for her weddings and other wonderful owned Business Enterprise for before being hired by Staten Is- tricity is invisible and therefore
master’s degree when her hus- events and found ourselves host- 10 years, she relocated to Staten land Cable,” Gutman said, detail- hard to understand. I found it an
band Richard asked her to help ing dozens of repast luncheons Island to work with the Staten Is- ing her positions in both mar- extremely challenging and re-
balance the books of his fledging for the grieving families of Stat- land Business Outreach Center. keting and public affairs. “After warding field in which to work.”
business. en Island instead.” “My position as deputy di- 14 years with the company, I re- O’Connell, who earned her
“When we first got married, But the Nicotras say the trag- rector of this organization has turned to the SIEDC.” degree in electrical engineering
he was running his first store edy allowed them to be a place of three components,” Flores ex- Serving as senior vice presi- from the New Jersey Institute
in Manhattan and asked me to welcome for people in both good plained. dent since 2013, Gutman handles of Technology and an MBA in
help with the payroll,” Nicotra times and bad. And in the past “I currently oversee the Wom- everything from human resourc- finance from Montclair State
said, detailing the Everything 17 years, they have singlehand- en’s Business Center, working es to city contracts and works University, joined the staff of
Yogurt franchise her husband edly turned that once desolate with women and minorities, cer- closely with the SIEDC staff and Con Edison in 2003 as an associ-
launched on Wall Street in 1975. West Shore of Staten Island into tifying and helping them grow finance team on the organiza- ate engineer. She has held vari-
“We lived in the tiniest two-room a bustling business hub. their small businesses. I also tion’s daily operations. ous positions over the past 15
apartment then and I did it all by “Sometimes I look around provide one-to-one technical as- “I think one of the best as- years with responsibilities in-
hand sitting on the edge of the this Corporate Park and cannot sistance to clients with any as- pects of this job is my ability to cluding electrical construction,
bed using the ironing board as believe that this is all a reality,” pect for their business, whether have so much community in- project management, capital
my desk.” Nicotra said, speaking of the it’s assisting with business and volvement,” noted Gutman, who project planning and operations
The franchise – which would seven Class A office buildings, marketing plan development has also been honored for her and maintenance in various bor-
eventually grow to encompass 198-room Hilton Garden Inn, or creating a social media page. work with numerous Staten Is- oughs.
250 stores nationwide – began to Nicotra’s Ballroom & Confer- And I provide workshops on var- land organizations including the “I currently have the respon-
take off and Lois had a choice: ence Center, Above Rooftop, Lo- ious small business and technol- Staten Island Historical Society, sibility of delivering safe and
Continue her teaching career or renzo’s Restaurant Bar & Caba- ogy topics and assist with work- Council on the Arts & Humani- reliable power to customers on
join her husband’s business. She ret, and the 107-room Hampton force development.” ties for Staten Island, the Staten Staten Island,” O’Connell said.
chose the latter. Inn & Suites that now occupy Flores also assists the Forest Island Zoo and New Direction As Con Edison’s vice presi-
“We worked so well together,” that original site. Commons Avenue Business Improvement Services. “It is extremely fulfill- dent of electrical operations, she
she said of her life and business Café, a restaurant that donates District commercial corridor ing to work with so many com- is also responsible for the Cen-
partner. “And, of course, he is 100 percent of its profits to Stat- and serves on the BOC SBA munity groups and non-profits, tralized Meter & Test Organiza-
very handsome and convincing.” en Island initiatives, is among Women’s Business Center Advi- supporting all of their efforts tion that installs, replaces and
The couple continued to grow Nicotra’s pride and joy. sory Board. and programs.” tests electric meters, the Electric
the business for 20 years, ex- And even more expansion is “The past 17 years have been And Gutman’s daughter, Meter Shop that supports the 3.5
panding into markets all over scheduled for the future. very rewarding,” Flores said. Emily, is an important part of million electric meters and the
the country. After renting a “We are currently embark- “I started as a receptionist and her work-life balance. Astoria Transformer Shop that
small business space in Port ing upon the largest project in have been able to grow and learn “There are many challenges refurbishes underground dis-
Richmond for close to a decade, our portfolio,” Nicotra said. about all of these beneficial ser- that go along with being a work- tribution transformers and net-
they decided to purchase their “Corporate Commons Three vices. Watching clients succeed ing mom,” Gutman concluded. work protectors.
first office building on a desolate will feature 330,000 square feet and helping their businesses “We often struggle to do our job A woman working in a mostly
strip of South Avenue in 1993. of space with a rooftop organic thrive is the best part of my job.” without letting motherhood male-dominated field, O’Connell
“At that point, we were han- farm, weather station and char- color who we are in the work- says she has faced challenges
dling more aspects of the busi- ter school. We are very excited to gina gutman place. But all of my career choic- during the span of her career,
ness with regard to franchising launch this new venture.” Senior Vice President, es have been family focused, and but notes the key to overcoming
– hosting conventions, meeting Staten Island Economic I think it’s those decisions that them is confidence.
with prospective franchisees – nina flores Development Corp. keep us grounded.” “I think one of the key things
and we were sending the people Deputy Director, Staten Island After graduating from Syra- for a woman in any industry is
coming to meet us to hotels in Business Outreach Center cuse University with a degree in michele o’connell to have the endurance to handle
New Jersey because there was After studying business ad- journalism, Gina Gutman gravi- Vice President of Electric difficult situations with a high
no place to stay here on Staten ministration in college, Nina tated toward a career in public Operations, Con Edison degree of emotional intelli-
Island,” Nicotra said. Flores started her career as a relations: Landing her first job Michele O’Connell was in- gence,” she concluded. “I think
After years of research, plan- receptionist with the Brooklyn as a PR assistant with the Staten spired to go into the field of engi- it’s important to be able to assert
ning and construction, the cou- Economic Development Corp., Island Children’s Museum, the neering because it was challeng-
ple opened the Hilton Garden eventually working her way up Pleasant Plains native moved ing. please see WOMEN, page 9

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Gutman Intoccia Langworthy Nicotra O’Connell Parenti-Norden Profeta Rassias Remauro Rosenthal
dina rosenthal
yourself with confidence while Board certified in general living skills, started to wonder Executive Director, Staten Island ues to be our mission: Bringing
still maintaining empathy. Hon- surgery, she specializes in per- what I was living for.” Children’s Museum new and exhilarating programs
esty and trust should also never forming nipple-sparing and are- But during a routine visit to that meet the changing needs
be underestimated – obstacles ola-sparing mastectomies with her doctor, who was helping her Dina Rosenthal was study- and changing demographic of
arise in any career, it’s how you immediate reconstruction. She with the transition of losing her ing chemistry at Ithaca College Staten Island.”
handle them that defines the out- is also experienced in providing vision, she found out she was when she took some mandatory And over the past 20 years,
come.” partial breast radiation. pregnant. liberal arts courses and fell in Rosenthal, an openly gay
The Todt Hill resident is also “I had a purpose again,” she love with art history. So she con- woman, has changed, too.
dr. cynara coomer active in the community: She said. tinued her education at Virginia “I’ve seen tremendous growth
Chief of Breast Surgery, Staten serves as a member of the Board Five years later, Bonner Commonwealth University, and acceptance here on Staten
Island University of Trustees and on the Executive and her husband Joe have two earning a master’s degree in the Island,” she said. “Twenty years
Hospital-Northwell Health Committee for Development for daughters, Nuala and Aoife. discipline and landed a job at ago, I was unwilling to share
A native of South Africa, Staten Island Academy and is an Shortly after the birth of her the Children’s Museum of Rich- details of my personal life. But
Dr. Cynara Coomer originally active member of Bright Pink, a daughters, she started an on- mond, Va. the world has changed, people’s
pursued a career in journalism non-profit that educates health- line resource and blog, www. “I’ve always worked in muse- attitudes have changed, and the
before switching gears to study care professionals regarding ge-, to chron- ums – after high school I worked Staten Island community has al-
medicine. Earning her medi- netic risk and familial risk for icle the challenges she faces on a at the South Street Seaport Mu- ways been so warm and welcom-
cal degree from Loma Linda breast cancer. daily basis. seum, and while I was still in ing. I am proud and privileged to
University School of Medicine “I started the website be- grad school, I worked at a bunch be a part of it.”
in Southern California, she ful- cause I felt very alone,” she said. of small historic houses,” Rosen-
filled her surgical residency at NONPROFITS “There are all of these mommy thal said. “I’ve always been fasci- doreen cugno
SUNY Downstate Health Scienc- blogs out there, but none of nated by the arts.” and luanne sorrentino
es Medical Center before being HOLLY BONNER them spoke directly to me. Rosenthal took a position at Co-Founders, St. George Theatre
appointed an assistant professor Director of Accessibility Services, When I launched blindmother- the Science Museum of Virginia For years, Doreen Cugno and
of surgery there. City Access New York hood, I realized how many other next, traveling to schools across Luanne Sorrentino spent unend-
Taking an interest in surgery Holly Bonner was only 19 mothers there are just like me. the state to present science work- ing hours working with their
from the start, Coomer devoted a when she was first diagnosed I had moms and dads calling, shops. She was then offered a mother, Rosemary Cappozalo, to
lot of time to her cardiac subspe- with breast cancer and 28 when Skype’ing, texting, glad to know position at the National Muse- save the historic St. George The-
cialty, but as she completed her the disease returned. After sev- that someone else was in their um of American History at the atre from being torn down. They
residency, she began to explore eral rounds of radical chemo- same situation.” Smithsonian Institution, where donated their life savings, hosted
other options. therapy and aggressive treat- Bonner, who holds degrees in she ran an educational program countless fundraisers and even-
“I worked with a lot of can- ments of radiation, the social human services and social work, about how science influenced tually brought the building’s
cer patients and began to feel worker lost her eyesight at the has held positions at Camelot American progress. In 1998, crumbling structure back to
as though that was my niche,” age of 32. Counseling, Seamen’s Society when a position became avail- life. But according to Cugno, the
Coomer said. “The treatment essentially at- and Concord High School. In able to head the Staten Island whole process didn’t feel real
“I had a heart and connection tacked my optic nerves and I de- addition to her role as mother Children’s Museum, Rosenthal, until Tony Bennett walked onto
for women with cancer. I looked veloped optic neuritis,” Bonner and blogger, she is the director a Brooklyn native, took the op- the Stapleton stage.
at various areas to specialize said of her vision loss. “Thrust of accessibility services for City portunity to come back home. “He shook my hand and said
in and that’s where my calling into a much darker world, I went Access New York, an organiza- “I love living and working in ‘thank you for bringing me
was.” from the role of social work tion that assists individuals with this community,” the Randall here,’” Cugno said, detailing the
Before coming to Staten practitioner to the part of dis- developmental and sensory dis- Manor resident noted. “Staten legendary singer’s first perfor-
Island University Hospital, abled client in need of services.” abilities. She also is the director Island has this wonderful ‘small mance at the theater. “It was sim-
Coomer was a breast surgeon at Unemployed, newly disabled of education and outreach for town in a big city’ feel, and it’s ply surreal. After so many years
Mount Sinai Medical Center and and faced with the news that the IlluminArt Productions, a non- very easy to connect with the of hard work and perseverance,
Lenox Hill Hospital in New York disease had most likely robbed profit that utilizes the power of residents and families of this that was the moment when it all
City. At both hospitals, she estab- her of the opportunity of start- theater to help children develop borough.” came together for me.”
lished a clinical practice devoted ing a family, Bonner fell into a solutions for social problems. Under Rosenthal’s leadership, Fascinated by the local gem
to treating breast diseases of all deep depression. She recently finished writing a the museum has doubled in size for years, the trio launched a
kinds, both benign and malig- “I was 32, had two master’s children’s book on blind parent- – not only its physical footprint non-profit in 2004 to save the
nant. degrees and required someone ing. but also in the number of people theater, which had no electrical
Her time at SIUH has been to come to my house and teach “I think my mission in life is it serves and employs. power, no plumbing and water
spent building and promoting me how to make a grilled cheese to prove that anything can be “This has always been a place pouring through the ceilings.
the Florina Rusi Marke Compre- sandwich,” she said. “I was in done – it’s just about finding a for families with young children The orchestra seats, carpeting,
hensive Breast Center, an all-in- a really bad place, and despite way to adapt to the hardships to play and experience enrich- stage lighting and sound system
one care facility that opened in months of training in technol- that you’re given,” Bonner con- ment activities in a hands-on
2015. ogy, mobility and adult daily cluded. way,” she said. “And that contin- please see WOMEN, page 12

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were also gone, and the heating we were doing.” my family is here to stay – and years before being named execu- happy. And it’s my job to raise
and air conditioning systems Restoration of the theater is we want to keep providing arts, tive director of the program in money for it. My husband says
were in complete disrepair. After still ongoing – 1,300 new seats culture and entertainment of 1993, a position she continues to I’m the only person alive who
a few months of restoration, the and hand rails were recently which the residents of Staten Is- hold today. gets excited to go work on Mon-
theater opened to the public in added, and a new marquee will land can be proud.” “I took a different path than I day morning. I just feel so lucky
June of that year. be complete this spring. Cugno originally thought – moved away to be a part of it.”
“We burned the candle at both credits her hardworking staff joanne gerenser from clinical work to do more Cirelli, who serves as the di-
ends, worked day in and day out with filling the St. George stage Executive Director, Eden II administrative work,” Gerenser rector of community relations
to get it done,” Cugno said. “We with top-notch talent each week. Joanne Gerenser was inspired said. “But the work we’ve been and fundraising for On Your
just kept our eyes focused on the “Our staff makes magic hap- to study speech therapy after able to accomplish here has been Mark, which provides services
end result and did whatever it pen every weekend,” Cugno said. growing up with two childhood very fulfilling.” to children and adults with dis-
took to get there. We knew that Today, Cugno is in charge of friends who were deaf. Earning Co-author of the interactive abilities, says promoting the
the rich history of this build- the theater’s operation and Sor- a master’s degree in speech and CD-ROM entitled “Behavioral organization’s six unique busi-
ing had to be saved; the theater rentino focuses on running the hearing from Ohio State Univer- Programming for Children with nesses is perhaps the most in-
could not be duplicated today, dance studio founded by her sity and a Ph.D. in speech and Autism,” Gerenser has also au- spiring part of her job.
and it was important for our bor- mother who passed away in 2009. hearing science at the City Uni- thored several book chapters “I plan all of the events – our
ough and for our community to Both sisters are still very active versity of New York Graduate and articles on autism and devel- gala and golf outing – coordinate
save this jewel.” in the theater’s fundraising. Center, Gerenser began work- opmental disabilities. She is an our annual appeal and do all of
Cugno says her family found “I can’t tell you how much ing at Eden II in 1982 as a speech associate editor of the Journal the grant writing,” she said. “I
much help from Staten Island’s it means to me when someone therapist. of Speech-Language Pathology also handle social media, press
elected officials and the commu- tells us ‘your mother would be so “I learned of autism while and Applied Behavior Analysis. releases and community rela-
nity at large. proud,’” Cugno said. in college and knew I wanted to She sits on a number of pro- tions, but promoting On Your
“Brian Laline and Jim Mo- In the future, the sisters will work with children who had this fessional advisory boards for Mark’s unique businesses is
linaro were instrumental in the continue to foster their educa- disorder,” Gerenser said. “But several programs serving chil- honestly what I love best. I am
success of this theater since its tional outreach program while in 1982, there were very few pro- dren and adults with autism in beyond proud of the work being
early days,” Cugno said. “And still concentrating on bring- grams. I did a lot of research and the U.S. and abroad and has re- done at the Café, Chocolatier,
the borough is full of the most ing high profile talent to the St. found a home here at Eden II.” ceived numerous awards for her Snack Zone, Exceptional Cre-
amazing and generous support- George stage. She worked as a speech pa- work with children and adults ations Gift Shop, Novel-tees and
ers who truly believed in what “The theater is here to stay, thologist and director for 10 with autism, including the Nas- vending machines throughout
sau Suffolk Autism Lifetime the Island.”
Achievement Award, the Mosaic Cirelli, who worked for As-

ne of Valarie’s pleasures in life is to make people happy. She does this in Foundation’s Educator of Excel- semblyman Matthew Titone and
many ways, but specifically by creating memorable itineraries based on her lence Award, the Elija Chariot served as the president of the
clients’ preferences. In particular, she knows full well what honeymooners are Award and the Louis R. Miller Young Democrats Club before
looking for, and has assisted with many Destination Weddings and advises her clients Business Leadership Award. taking the position with On Your
how to pull it off successfully. While her main focus is on luxury travel, Valarie never “When I started working in Mark, serves on the board of the
turns a blind eye—she’ll help you whenever she can. this field, one out of every 2,500 Staten Island Business Outreach
children was diagnosed with au- Center and is also part of the
Scanning the globe, she keeps current by attending trade shows, webinars, but most tism; today the diagnosis is one Chamber of Commerce’s Young
importantly travels to those destinations which are of utmost interest. Valarie enjoys out of every 68,” Gerenser said. Professionals Group.
doing site inspections at the many all-inclusive resorts, those that are adult-only and “And while it is so unfortunate
those which are family-friendly. Why wouldn’t you want the personalized attention/
that the numbers have exploded
hand-holding that Valarie can provide? Don’t go it alone – call Valarie today!
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In addition to her many certifications, Valarie is Co-Director of the Staten Island Nacta dren needing services just keeps
Chapter, a published author, and winner of the Top 25 Travel Agents Nationwide in growing, it is so comforting to be VIENNA PROFETA
2012. She enjoys mentoring students and her hobbies include hosting events/parties,
Valarie Contrino, CTA part of a community like Staten Senior Vice President
cooking and spending time with her family. Island that is so supportive and of Development, Eger Foundation
“Creating Memorable Vacations Since 2001” teresa cirelli
More than 30 years ago, Vi-
enna Profeta began lobbying for
Director of Community Relations better hospice care.
and Fundraising, On Your Mark
Valarie has earned Specialist Titles with Avalon River Cruises, Vegas, Disney, Sandals/Beaches, “After my father’s illness and
The best part of Teresa Cirel- passing, I was inspired to be-
Norwegian Cruise-Lines, Hawaiian Islands and Italy, to name a few.
li’s day comes when she slips out come involved with hospice,”
of her office and grabs a cup of Profeta said. “There were so
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Contact Contrino Travel Today at 718-761-4846 “If I’m having a stressful day cared for him as he reached
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come here and see these guys though there should be more for
singing and dancing, working families who were going through
and loving life and it just re- such a sad and emotional time.”
charges me,” she said, speaking So Profeta, a longtime mar-
on her cell phone from a table keting exec with experience in
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the beauty and travel industries, to incumbent Eric Vitaliano. work well together and our expe- in this borough is all about,” cess within the Staten Island
started her own foundation Remauro was chair of the riences are complementary.” Calder said, detailing Millenni- community.”
called Staten Island Friends for GOP from 1999 to 2002, resigning Calder, a former pastry chef um’s involvement with Heart of For DeHart, real estate was a
Hospice. to accept a position with the Bat- who also worked in merchan- Nicholas. “We’re happy to give natural progression of her prop-
“It was my dream and goal tery Park City Authority, where dising and marketing before back as much as we can.” erty management work.
to build the first free-standing she served as vice president of getting her billing certification, “Growing up, I was always
hospice on Staten Island,” she community relations. She spent had plenty of management ex- christine dehart on a construction site with my
noted. “Hospice existed in hos- years as a member and then perience, while Buchell excelled Broker, Salmon Real State dad,” DeHart said. “So I am fa-
pitals and nursing homes, but chair of Community Board 1, in computer proficiency. They miliar with every phase of build-
from my experience, I knew that where she advocated for trans- launched Millennium Medical After graduating from the ing from excavation to comple-
a home-like environment was portation improvements and Billing in March 2009 and for the College of Staten Island with a tion. I think that gives me an
the dignified option of care that green development. past nine years have continued bachelor’s degree in business advantage over other agents who
this borough was missing.” Remauro returned to her en- to expand and grow. management, Christine DeHart do not have that experience.”
Profeta raised funds and ral- trepreneurial roots several years “In our line of business, we’re went to work for her family busi- Certified by the national As-
lied groups of volunteers, bat- ago when she opened the Von responsible for handling pro- ness, which handled property sociation of Realtors as an inter-
tling breast cancer twice and Agency, a full service PR and so- viders’ finances, so you need to management and construction net Real Estate E-Pro, DeHart is
undergoing four surgeries in a cial media management firm. have a good name for yourself,” in Staten Island for more than 40 also a senior real estate special-
span of 10 years. She launched “We handle promotion, brand- Calder said. “And it takes time years. When she desired to add a ist, a designation that means she
the “Happy to See You” program ing and website development,” and referrals to build that trust.” new dimension to her services, has the knowledge and expertise
in 2000, in which licensed hair- Remauro said. “We’ve handled Their company offers special- she applied for her real estate li- to counsel clients 50 and over
dressers visit the terminally ill everything from small business- ized services for providers all cense. through major financial and life-
for a day of pampering. es to Nicole Malliotakis’ mayoral over the country, but the busi- “I went to work for John Salm- style transitions in relocating,
When Eger Health Care and campaign.” ness owners are proud to be a on, who has a wealth of knowl- refinancing or selling the family
Rehabilitation Center offered And although she admits to part of the Staten Island busi- edge in the industry and helped home.
to donate a portion of land if obstacles throughout her ca- ness community. In 2015, the duo me transition into being a full- “I think the biggest miscon-
Profeta could raise the funds to reer, Remauro is quite proud of hosted a fundraiser for a local time real estate agent,” DeHart ception about real estate is
build a hospice residence there, her success. “Look at who I am boy with congenital heart dis- said. “Under John’s leadership, that it is a part-time business,”
she accepted the challenge and – married at 16, two children by ease. I built the DeHart Real Estate
soon signed on as its director of the time I was 19, a failed busi- “That’s what being a business Team and have found great suc- please see WOMEN, page 14
development. In May 2013, the 22- ness owner in my 20s – I wasn’t
acre Addeo Hospice Residence, supposed to make it,” Remauro
equipped with eight luxury
suites, opened to the public.
“I’m so happy that Staten Is-
said. “But I jumped every hur-
dle. And I may not have taken a
traditional route to get to where
2017 Realtor of the Year Recipient
land families now have this type I am, but I still made it. No one Christine DeHart
of hospice care,” Profeta said. can stand in the way of a strong Associate Broker
“And in the future, we plan on woman who believes in herself
launching a capital campaign to and surrounds herself with posi- DeHart Real Estate Team Leader
bring bigger and better things to
this beautiful building.”
tive people.” SALMON REAL ESTATE
jane calder 1855 Victory Blvd
leticia remauro and danielle buchell Staten Island, NY 10314
President and CEO, Owners, Millennium Medical Billing
The Von Agency Inc.
After opening her own busi-
More than 10 years ago, Jane
Calder and Danielle Buchell
“I love what I do, and I know what
ness at the age of 21, Leticia
Remauro faced plenty of chal-
were working together at a Stat-
en Island billing company when
I do matters to each client”
lenges. But when high taxes
and an unfavorable business cli-
their boss died unexpectedly and
the business was left in uncer-
If you or anyone you know
mate forced the closure of her tainty. is interested in selling a
Pleasant Plains supper club, the “It was a very sad situation,”
strong-willed entrepreneur be- Calder noted. “She was a won- home or commercial
came active in government. derfully intelligent woman and
“I took an odd path into poli- we had the pleasure of working property please call me.
tics,” Remauro admits. “But as a with and learning from her.”
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nity liaison before working in counts and start their own busi- The
the same capacity for then-Gov. ness. DeHart
George Pataki. In 1994, she ran “It was a scary decision,” Real Estate Team
for Assembly, losing the election Calder said. “But Danielle and I

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DeHart said. “A good agent is “This is what I always wanted en Island Children’s Museum was faced with the challenge of traordinary shopping experi-
dedicated to the job seven days a to do, the career I strived for,” and the Friends of Blue Heron working full time while raising ence. Many of my clients I’ve
week.” she noted. Park. She co-founded Staten Is- three young daughters. known for decades, and they are
DeHart is a member of the She later joined the legal staff land Vote Yes, Inc., a grass roots “Having to juggle work and among the most rewarding rela-
North Shore Rotary Club. She of the Bank of New York and organization advocating for bor- personal obligations was often tionships I have today. I’ve sold
chairs an annual event to sup- concentrated on credit facilities ough self-government. She also overwhelming,” she said. “It them their prom dresses, then
port the autistic community of and bank regulatory matters be- served as treasurer to the Staten took many years of hard work, gowns for their friend’s wed-
Staten Island and serves on com- fore joining the staff of Carella, Island Herb Society and served long hours and perseverance to dings, then gowns for their own
mittees that raise funds for vari- Byrne, Bain & Gilfillan in Rose- on the Board of the Internation- get to where I am today. Build- children’s weddings.”
ous charities. land, N.J., as an associate attor- al Herb Association. ing and maintaining personal Rassias fosters those relation-
“I have been blessed with a ney. While there, she handled relationships with vendors and ships by remaining an integral
great family and had a wonder- acquisitions and divestitures for clients helped me grow.” part of the business community.
ful start in life. Now I feel the an investment company and pro- RETAIL/BUSINESS OWNERS For Rassias, an important “Being a part of the commu-
need to give back to those that vided counsel to an investment part of the process was learning nity and keeping up with what’s
may need a helping hand. I love advisory firm. EMILY RASSIAS how to do business in her home- happening in the neighborhood
it when I get to see the effect my In 1990, she returned to Staten Owner, Emily’s Boutique town. is important,” Rassias said. “In
hard work has on the communi- Island, her hometown, to be of “Staten Island is a very 2016, I helped develop the Rich-
ty,” she said. counsel and later a partner with When Emily Rassias opened unique place,” she said. “Being mond Road Merchant’s Associa-
Johnson & Langworthy, where her eponymous boutique in 1982, so close to New York City, where tion, which I remain an active
leslie langworthy she concentrates on estate plan- she faced many challenges. the best of the best is available, participant of today. Additional-
Partner, Johnson & Langworthy ning, trust and estate settlement “Being young and female in you really have to work hard to ly, Emily’s supports local schools
After graduating from Col- and general corporate practice. an industry dominated by men keep your clients on the Island. and charities with donations to
gate University and Albany “I so enjoy working with the was very difficult,” she noted. “I You have to make your business their events whenever we can.”
Law School, Leslie Langworthy people of Staten Island,” she was originally perceived as inex- the most convenient and depend- A factor that supports her
started her law career at a small said. “This is truly a wonderful perienced and constantly had to able option for them. In addition store’s mission is unrivaled cus-
firm in Fulton County before be- place to live and work.” prove myself.” to knowing they are going to find tomer service.
coming a trust officer for Manu- Langworthy has served on In addition to the difficul- the perfect outfit or dress, they “Our priority is customer ser-
facturers Bank and the Bank of the board of directors of the Al- ties associated with maintain- want the service. For 35 years,
New York. zheimer’s Association, the Stat- ing a small business, Rassias we continue to provide an ex- please see WOMEN, page 15

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vice,” she concluded. “The most ing as a commercial artist at J. said, speaking of Bozo’s Army ness. years would hold,” the business
important thing is that our cli- Walter Thompson when both of and Navy, which opened its “After college, I went to Paul owner said. “I wrote from the
ents walk away feeling confident her parents became ill and she doors in 1973. Mitchell in New Dorp and got heart and was awarded with new
and looking amazing. It’s all had to take a leave of absence to “It’s been a family business my license.” styling stations and equipment.
about the experience.” run the family business. for 45 years, inspired by the Together with Concilio, Intoc- It was a very proud moment for
“My mother started this Brooklyn stores of my grandfa- cia launched an education train- us.”
valarie contrino business in 1951, selling house ther and great-grandfather be- ing program and committed her- In the past several years, the
Owner, Contrino Travel dresses and blouses,” Berelson fore him.” self to propelling her business entrepreneurial skills of Intoc-
Beginning her career as a said. “It was never her intention Parenti-Norden, who worked forward. cia’s family have spread: Her
travel consultant just before Sep- for her children to take over the as an accountant at Dun and “Fundraising, networking, mother recently opened a wom-
tember 11, 2001, Valarie Contrino shop, but when she became ill, Bradstreet for several years be- even forming a support group en’s clothing boutique and her
worked concurrently for several that’s what I did.” fore taking an ownership role with other business owners in husband launched a bakery in a
years as an insurance broker for Berelson instantly fell in almost two decades ago, says which we discuss best business nearby strip mall.
a large commercial brokerage love with the business. Adding she has witnessed a number of practices,” Intoccia said. “We In the near future, the stylist
firm in Parsippany after being a full baby shop and introduc- changes to the business during made every possible move to hopes to expand upon Bamboo’s
relocated after the World Trade ing formal wear, the shopkeeper its lengthy selling span. continue the growth of Bamboo success with a second location.
Center attacks. invigorated the Forest Avenue “We’ve always sold basic Salon.” “My advice to other women
“I opened my own agency in boutique with new brands and work clothes, boots and other In 2014, Intoccia submitted an in business is to just go for it,”
February of 2005 and in 2008 unique fashion finds. supplies, but also participated essay to Modern Salon Magazine Intoccia concluded. “If you’re
made the life-changing decision “We put in a huge amount in many trends, offering Gloria and won a $30,000 makeover for passionate and feel strongly
to leave my well-paying job and of Communion and Christen- Vanderbilt and Jordache Jeans her salon. “We were coming up about chasing your dream, stay
focus on travel full time,” Con- ing and added accessories and and even retained a large ac- on our 10-year anniversary and I focused and do it. Life’s too short
trino said. “Given the economic costume jewelry, too,” Berelson count with Nike for some time.” was thinking of what the next 10 not to do what you love.”
climate at the time, it was truly said. “We turned it into a mini But the focus has always re-
a leap of faith but I was deter- department store with items mained on providing unrivaled
mined to make it work.” that the manufacturers will only customer service.
Ten years later, Contrino sell to us, not the majors.” “We have very loyal custom-
Travel is thriving. “I owe my All changes Berelson said ers who have been with us for
success to a lot of great people in were a success because she lis- decades,” Parenti-Norden said.
this industry who supported me tened to her customers. “And even though a lot of our
along the way,” Contrino said. “Once you shop here, you fall brands can be purchased online,
Contrino, a certified travel in love with the store,” she said. shoppers continually come back
associate, has traveled exten- “My staff has been with me for for the personal attention and
sively herself – some of her fa- years – we know each and every quality products that we pro-
vorite destinations include Hong one of our customers by name.” vide.”
Kong, Japan, Western Europe, Six years ago, the store owner Parenti-Norden places great
North America, the Caribbean expanded once again, creating a importance on giving back. She
and Mexico. Particularly proud website so she could reach cus- serves on the boards of the Stat-
of her designation as a Hawaii tomers around the world. en Island Seaman’s Society and
Destination Specialist, Contrino “It completely changed my the Staten Island Giving Circle.
has also earned specialist titles business,” she said. “I think it’s very important
with Vegas, Disney and Sandals/ Although she has weathered to find your balance,” she con-
Beaches. She has also earned many economic changes in the cluded. “As a business owner, it
the LGBT Lifestyle Specialist 56 years she has been running is necessary to serve a purpose
designation. Contrino also plac- the store, Berelson says her busi- in the community in which you
es great emphasis on giving back ness savvy is what helped her live and work.”
to her community. As a member survive. 8
of the newly founded group, “The economy is like a roller amanda intoccia
Staten Island Career Coaches, coaster ride,” she concluded. Owner, Bamboo Salon
she mentors students preparing “But when you’ve been in busi-
for their entry into the work- ness as long as we have, you Amanda Intoccia earned a de-
force and serves as an adjunct know what to do. At the end of gree in arts administration from or visit
professor for the College of Stat- the day, I really love this store, Wagner College before taking on
en Island’s Workforce Develop- and that’s what makes Suzanne’s a co-ownership role at her moth-
ment Programs. a success.” er’s Richmond salon.
“Running this business is a “My mom opened this salon
dream come true,” Contrino laura parenti-norden and I would always assist here
concluded. “Every day I am able Owner, Bozo’s Army and Navy after school and on weekends,”
to help people plan some of the Intoccia said of Bamboo, which
happiest moments of their life. It Laura Parenti-Norden basical- her mother Caryann Concilio
doesn’t get any better than that.” ly grew up on the selling floor of launched in 2003.
her father’s New Dorp business. “I never realized this would be
suzanne berelson “I used to come here every my career path, but while work-
Owner, Suzanne’s Fashion Corner day after school and I spent most ing here as an assistant, I devel-
Suzanne Berelson was work- weekends here, too,” the retailer oped such a passion for the busi-

SIEDC launches three BIDs

discussed ongoing neighbor- ough’s over 50 neighborhoods,
Continued from page 2
hood development efforts.
“Staten Island is in many
each with their own identity and
character. In an effort to stimu-
ways a borough of half a mil- late economic growth in these
lion people with a small town, areas, the SIEDC has created
well as to its 200 members who Middle America feel,” the report the borough’s most effective and
represent a wide variety of busi- reads. “Most important to this comprehensive neighborhood
nesses in the community, also fabric of community are the bor- development effort. Through
work with elected officials, gov-
ernment agencies and business
owners, SIEDC has launched
three Business Improvement
Districts as well as numerous
merchant organizations. This
work has realized hundreds of
thousands of dollars in new
investment, major real estate
transactions and quality-of-life
and infrastructure improve-
The borough’s nearly 1,000
acres of developable land for
manufacturing, transportation
and industrial uses was also re-
ported, as was Staten Island’s
three New York City designated
Industrial Business Zones along
the Richmond Terrace, West
Shore and Rossville waterfronts
– a designation that allows for
a tax benefit of $1,000 per relo-
cated employee to those areas,
among other benefits.
“The data here supports the
general feeling of Staten Is-
landers – the borough is open
for business and it is thriving,”
Claro concluded. “Today is
truly a great day to be a Staten
Islander and to do business in
our growing and flourishing bor-
Some of the report’s most in-
teresting findings include:
• The number of Staten Island-
ers without jobs dropped from
9.1 percent in 2012 to 4.4 percent
in 2016 and has remained at that
mark through mid-2017.
• Staten Island’s population
(478,000) has steadily increased
since 2011. But this population
growth is projected to taper off
between 2020 and 2030 as the bor-
ough continues to age.
• Property values are rising
across the borough – bolstered
by activity in St. George and the
South Shore.
• Median household income
on Staten Island is $71,622, which
is $12,000 higher than the U.S.
please see SIEDC, page 18

Number of residents
commuting to
Manhattan decreasing
is an expected growth in the
Continued from page 16
retail sector (5,000 jobs) due to
projects such as Empire Outlets,
Riverside Galleria, Amazon, the
Boulevard at New Dorp and the
median household income. Stat- Staten Island Mall expansion.
en Islanders also earn slightly • Between 45-50 percent of
more than New York State resi- residents now commute to Man-
dents on average, and the bor- hattan where the rate was once
ough boasts a nearly $25,000 edge easily more than 60 percent. A
over New York City as a whole. shift has been seen in the local
• Like most boroughs outside economy, with more residents
of Manhattan, Staten Island has working within the borough or
experienced relatively stable commuting in private vehicles to
employment since 2008. There New Jersey.

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Soroptimist International of Staten Island holds meetings the first group’s advocacy work and on- students throughout the bor-
Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Li Greci’s Staaten. To the-ground projects is to ensure ough,” Cooper said. “We’ve also
When the Staten Island chap- become a member, complete the membership form online at www. women and girls have an equal supported an adult daycare pro-
ter of Soroptimist International or obtain a form at any meeting. For more infor- voice in creating strong and gram that provides respite for
was founded in 1955, the group mation, email peaceful communities, now and caregivers of those with demen-
consisted of a handful of profes- in the future. Here on Staten Is- tia. We’ve funded programs with
sional women who were dedi- land, the group hosts nine busi- Emma’s Place and Camp Good
cated to improving the lives of of women and girls worldwide. ing to 15 clubs within five years, ness meetings each year and Grief, which offers a free camp
other women throughout the The name Soroptimist, which is with a growing concern for one major fundraiser – a Ruby for grieving children and teens
world. best interpreted as “the best for women in their communities. Award luncheon that is being and also participated in the
“In the beginning, there was women,” was coined from the “It just sort of spread through- hosted this year at the Vander- Warm Your Heart project, which
a limited membership – one Latin soror meaning sister, and out the country and soon the bilt on March 18. works on crocheting hats, gloves
woman from every profession optima meaning best. world,” Cooper said, noting So- “The funds we raise are used and scarves for the homeless.”
– one doctor, one lawyer, one ac- “Women weren’t allowed to roptimist International of Paris to support our major programs Staten Island Soroptimist also
countant and so on – who all had join Rotary clubs and other or- was founded in 1924, followed of service, which includes the supports larger initiatives, col-
to be recommended to the group ganizations, so this group, spear- by the creation of a Soroptimist Live Your Dream award,” Coo- lecting funds and supplies when
before joining, all with the com- headed by Violet Richardson, de- International Association in per said. disaster struck areas of Florida,
mon goal of improving the sta- cided to start their own,” Cooper 1928. Today, through its global “It is a financial award that Puerto Rico and Haiti.
tus of women,” noted Jayne Coo- said. network of four Federations and each club gives to a female head “Part of the philosophy of
per, president of the borough’s The California group’s first its dedicated volunteer member- of household who has returned this organization focuses on the
philanthropic group. “But project was to “Save the Red- ship of more than 75,000, the to college or a technical training fact that during disaster, women
through the years and decades, woods” – the great ancient trees group is driven by its mission program and is in need of finan- often recover more slowly,” Coo-
the group grew and flourished were being felled and the club of transforming lives through cial assistance.” per said.
and membership became open to lobbied the legislature, taking on education, empowerment and by Funds from the luncheon “They need assistance to help
women from all walks of life.” powerful lumber companies and enabling opportunities. also support the group’s Dream their children and families and
The borough branch was winning public support, which “Our local club has approxi- It, Be It mentoring program, that is what we aim to provide.
one of the many Soroptimist resulted in a major portion of mately 80 members,” Cooper which targets girls in second- While the bulk of our work is
offshoots that developed rap- the forest being set aside as pro- said. “We work with the Federa- ary school who face obstacles to done right here in our own com-
idly during that era. Founded in tected land that still exists today. tion of Americas, following their their future success. It provides munity, we do support women
Oakland, Calif., in 1921, the very Additional Soroptimist clubs standards, which are deeply girls with access to professional worldwide.”
first Soroptimist club sought to soon followed along the Pacific rooted in the vision that women role models, career education Cooper, a social worker who
bring about change to the lives and Atlantic coasts, amount- and girls will achieve their indi- and the resources to live their has been with the organization
dreams. for 23 years, joined the group
“Education is key for women because she felt its values were
in all areas of life, and the So- closely aligned with her own.
roptimist programs stress that,” “It’s an amazing group of
Cooper said. wonderful women,” she con-
The local chapter also collects cluded. “With my involvement in
and purchases items for victims Soroptimist, I have been able to
of domestic violence and sup- meet and help other women from
ports other non-profit organiza- all over the world who share my
tions and their work. same goals of care, compassion
“We helped obtain a grant for and concern. It is truly a life-
Illuminart, an organization that changing experience.”

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The Staten Island Zoo presented its annual Groundhog Day event
on Feb. 2. Staten Island Chuck forecast an early spring. Above,
John Franzreb blows the traditional horn. Below, Scott Stringer
holds a banner proclaiming an early spring.

on the job
Katherine fitzgerald
Staten Island in industrial organizational psy- Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, in South Beach. In addition, It’s services in the fields of engi-
Chamber of Commerce chology with a focus on organi- Inc. Our Pleasure properties include neering design, planning and
zational behavior, magna cum Arirang Hibachi Steakhouses in urban design, and facilities con-
The Staten Island Chamber of laude in May. She received her tom savvides both New York and New Jersey, sulting services.
Commerce recently announced bachelor’s of science degree in Staten Island as well as The Grand Plaza in In her role as lead civil engi-
a new workforce development psychology and business man- Economic Development Corp. Staten Island. neer, Ryckman directs the engi-
and human resource service to agement at the College of Staten The Staten Island Economic Tranchina graduated with a neering team and is responsible
employers on Staten Island as Island with cum laude. She has Development Corp. recently bachelor’s of science degree in for overseeing all aspects of site/
a benefit to Chamber member a publication in the Journal for welcomed a new 2018 Business civil engineering from Princeton civil engineering design, draft-
businesses and organizations. Vocational Rehabilitation on em- Council member – Tom Savvides University. After several years ing, plan review and approval,
Employers can now have job ployment skills in individuals of Richmond County Country working in the construction and and coordination of technical
listings created and posted on with autism. Club. engineering field, Tranchina activities on civil and site design
various job search platforms; “I’m excited to expand and en- For more than a century, Rich- joined his brother Joe when Ari- projects of varying complexity.
screening and assessments of hance the Chamber’s programs mond County Country Club has rang Hibachi in Brooklyn was She is assigned to multiple coast-
potential candidates; and access by developing new relations and maintained its status as New formed in 1992. For the past 18 al protection and resiliency proj-
to a broader network of college analyzing market data. I plan to York City’s only private country years, he has worked in the hos- ects spanning the five boroughs
candidates. Small businesses use my academic and employ- club. pitality industry. as principal civil engineer and
and mom-and-pop stores make ment experience to create and It was organized on April 18, Tranchina has been a member project manager.
up 80 percent of the SI Chamber lead diverse programs to facili- 1888, and officially incorporated of the Board of Meals on Wheels
membership. These businesses tate the career development of in 1891. The majority of found- for the past eight years. He was mark intoccia
will particularly benefit from Staten Island residents,” Fitzger- ing members were members an ambassador for the SIEDC Staten Island
these new human resource tools ald said. of the Richmond County Hunt for four years before being pro- Economic Development Corp.
through increased support and Club, which had formed a year moted to cabinet member in 2009 The Staten Island Economic
assistance with the SI Cham- jessica kooris earlier in 1887. and then to the board of direc- Development Corp. recently wel-
ber’s human resource services. Equity Valuation Associates These founders wished to for- tors in 2011. comed Mark Intoccia of Mark’s
The SI Chamber also wel- Jessica Kooris is affiliating malize their organization and He acts as an assistant coach Bake Shoppe as a new Business
comed Katherine Fitzgerald as with Equity Valuation Associ- provide a place to partake in the for his son’s flag football team Council member.
its new talent and workforce de- ates for New York City Board of popular sports of the time. With- and is active in many fundrais- Intoccia took his first job in a
velopment specialist. She joined Standards and Appeals engage- in only a decade of opening its ing efforts on Staten Island. bakery at age 15. He worked side-
the Staten Island Chamber of ments, economic and market doors, RCCC established a dis- Tranchina is also on the board by-side with the lead baker and
Commerce in late December and analyses and other real estate tinguished reputation as a fine of directors of the Staten Island owner, watching and learning,
is motivated, energetic and pas- consulting assignments in all establishment for fox hunting, Chamber of Commerce and is a developing his sill set and culti-
sionate about helping business- five boroughs of New York City. lawn tennis and golf. member of the Brooklyn Cham- vating his craft.
es and institutions fulfill their Kooris brings to EVA an im- ber of Commerce as well. He went on to take classes in
workforce needs. Some of her pressive 10-year record as a real marcello sciarrino cake design at the International
job responsibilities will include estate project manager and has Staten Island igor yakovlev Culinary Center in New York
connecting employers to talent- collaborated on hundreds of fea- Economic Development Corp. Staten Island City. After much thought and
ed job seekers on Staten Island; sibility studies submitted to the The Staten Island Economic Economic Development Corp. consideration, Intoccia and his
providing employers with in- BSA. She will be working closely Development Corp. recently The Staten Island Economic wife Amanda decided to take a
formation related to human re- with Rebecca Pytosh on these as- welcomed Cabinet member Mar- Development Corp. welcomed a chance, sell their house and pur-
source policies, procedures and signments. cello Sciarrino of Island Auto new Business Council member sue his passion.
programs; overseeing the Cham- EVA is a full-service real es- Group. – Igor Yakovlev of Beezy Beez
ber Assist Online Job Board; and tate appraisal and consultant Serving drivers in Brooklyn, Honey. michele o’connell
acting as the employer liaison company doing assignments in Jersey City, Avenel, Long Island Beezy Beez Honey produces Staten Island
for Youth WINS, a multi-organi- all five boroughs of New York City, Union and Old Bridge, they some of the best raw honey from Economic Development Corp.
zational workforce partnership. City as well as Central New Jer- are a dealership group selling the New York and New Jersey The Staten Island Economic
Fitzgerald has extensive re- sey. hundreds of new vehicles rang- area. Development Corp. announced
search and workforce develop- ing from Chrysler Group to Their warehouse is located that Michele O’Connell of Con
ment experience. Before joining john polignone Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and in Staten Island where they pro- Edison is its member for Febru-
the Chamber, she assessed per- Weichert Realtors beyond. duce, pack and bottle their raw, ary.
formance and trained more than – Appleseed Group local honey. O’Connell is vice president of
500 individuals for employment Weichert, Realtors – Apple- mark tranchina Staten Island and electric servic-
or school and tracks progress to seed Group recently announced Staten Island michelle ryckman es. She is responsible for the safe,
increase retention rates. She will John Polignone has joined its Economic Development Corp. Staten Island reliable and economic operation
work very closely with the com- Staten Island office. Polignone The Staten Island Economic Economic Development Corp. of the electric distribution sys-
munity to develop opportunities joins a dedicated team of knowl- Development Corp. announced The Staten Island Economic tem serving Staten Island; the
for Staten Island residents by edgeable agents at Weichert, Re- its member of the month for Development Corp. recently wel- centralized Meter & Test Organi-
focusing on labor market trends altors – Appleseed Group, who January was Mark Tranchina, comed Michelle Ryckman, presi- zation that installs, replaces and
and data. She will enhance con- bring many years of combined vice president of It’s Our Plea- dent and CEO of Insight Civil tests electric meters; the Electric
nections with local businesses to real estate expertise to their cli- sure Hospitality Group. Engineering, as a new Business Meter Shop that supports the 3.5
expand job opportunities and as- ents. It’s Our Pleasure proper- Council member. million electric meters; and the
sist with recruitment and train- Weichert, Realtors – Apple- ties include The Grand Oaks Insight is a certified women- Astoria Transformer Shop that
ing needs. seed Group, located at 2043 Rich- Country Club, The Vanderbilt owned business enterprise com- refurbishes underground distri-
Fitzgerald is graduating with mond Ave., is an independently at South Beach, South Fin Grill, mitted to providing comprehen- butions transformers and net-
her master’s of science degree owned and operated affiliate of Deck Blu and Boardwalk Café sive technical and professional work protectors.

SI Chamber honors business leaders at Louis R. Miller Awards

University Hospital; Dr. Carolyn SCORE Staten Island; Donna His first job while attending gram. His contributions to the
Business Trends
Raia, director of the Virginia Long, Crossroads Unlimited, high school was in a bakery in agency were recognized in 1990
Gruppuso Breast Imaging Cen- Inc.; Jon Salmon, Salmon Real New Jersey, where he worked when the agency dedicated its
Eight business and commu- ter at Staten Island University Estate; and MaryLee Montalvo, nights for a salary of $2.25 a new Port Richmond headquar-
nity leaders were honored by the Hospital; Denise Henick, direc- MLM Public Relations. week. He eventually entered the ters in his name. Miller also
Staten Island Chamber of Com- tor of administration, Stop & This year’s presenters includ- insurance field, working his way helped found the Business Edu-
merce on Feb. 15 at the organiza- Stor; Gregory Perillo, master ed Frank Besignano, Signature up to positions as life insurance cation Development Council to
tion’s 24th annual Louis R. Mill- artist, Perillo’s World of Fine Bank; Salmon; Tom Scarang- underwriter and, later, estate serve as a liaison between the
er Business Leadership Awards Art; Scott Weisberg, president, ello, SCARAN; Judge Philip S. planner for the Prudential Insur- business community and the
Breakfast, hosted at Richmond Everything Entertainment; Ken Straniere, recently retired su- ance Co. on Staten Island. College of Staten Island.
County Country Club. Tirado, president/owner, Kill- pervising judge of Civil Court; Miller joined the Solomon He supported the Jewish Com-
The event, which welcomed meyer’s Old Bavaria Inn; Frank and Louis Tobacco, Staten Island Huber Agency of the Mutual munity Center, the United Jew-
about 300 guests, including past Siller, chairman/CEO, Stephen University Hospital. Benefit Life Insurance Co., Man- ish Appeal, the Jewish Founda-
honorees and local business Siller Tunnels To Towers Foun- The awards are presented in hattan, at its founding in 1941 tion School, the Staten Island
owners, was sponsored by Rich- dation; and Alan Aurelia, music honor of Louis Miller, a tireless and remained with the firm Community Chest, Staten Island
mond County Savings Bank, a director, Richmond County Or- community activist who viewed until 1966. From insurance, Mill- Family Services, the Staten Is-
division of NYCB and the Stat- chestra. volunteering as a way of giving er entered the world of banking, land Institute of Arts and Sci-
en Island Advance. More than Winners were chosen by something back to his neigh- joining the staff of the former ences, the YMCA, the College of
200 honorees have received the the Selection Committee from bors. He believed in volunteer- Community National Bank and Staten Island and Doctors’ Hos-
award over the past two decades, nominations submitted through- ing was a way to repay everyone Trust Co., Oakwood. pital.
each recognized for their out- out 2017. This committee is co- for the love of America he found A chartered member of the He received the Wagner Col-
standing contributions to the chaired by Janet Langton-Mag- after immigrating to America. Life Underwriters Association lege Distinguished Citizenship
local community. nuson of SCARAN/AAA Thrifty Born in a small village in Rus- of New York, Miller opened Award, and was named a Paul
This year’s honorees were: Dr. Exterminating and Solomon sia, Miller’s family came to New an estate planning office in St. Harris Fellow, the highest honor
Cynara Coomer, chief of breast Chemo, Wells Fargo Advisors Jersey in 1913 before moving to George in 1955, which he main- that Rotary International be-
surgery and director of The Flo- Financial Network Richmond New Brighton in the early 1930s. tained for about 20 years. stows.
rina Rusi Marke Comprehensive Wealth Management. Commit- He settled in West Brighton in One of Miller’s pet projects Louis Miller died on Aug. 12,
Breast Center at Staten Island tee members are John Amodio, the 1950s. was the Meals on Wheels pro- 1994, at the age of 93.

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