In accordance with chamber by-laws, officers of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce were elected by 18 directors to serve two-year terms at the May 11 meeting of the full board of directors hosted by Adelphi University.
They are: Dr. Anthony Libertella, president (Adelphi University); Stephanie H. Cullum, 1st vice president (Coach Realtors); Thomas J. McCambridge, 2nd vice president (Albanese Organization); and Salvatore J. Armao, secretary/treasurer (Armao, Costa & Ricciardi, CPAs, P.C.). Roger Eltringham, immediate past president, will join the officers as a member of the executive board.
Dr. Anthony Libertella
Dr. Libertella is a professor of management and law at Adelphi University's School of Business. Dr. Libertella formerly served as the dean of the Adelphi University School of Business. A highly visible figure in the Long Island business community, Libertella has been the recipient of four business leadership awards and was honored as Businessperson of the Year by the Long Island Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE) and as Hero of the Year by the South Shore Children Guidance Center. He had previously served as president of the chamber from 2005-2006.
Looking forward to his new term, he said, “The Garden City Chamber is the largest community chamber on Long Island and has been acknowledged at the most innovative. As president, my objective will be to promote the chamber’s mission: to serve our members and the Garden City community by adding value-added support and services to stimulate business growth, prosperity and to enhance the quality, character and vitality of our great village.”
Stephanie Healy Cullum
Stephanie Healy Cullum is associate broker/vice president of Coach Realtors on Seventh Street. A recognized expert in Long Island real estate, Stephanie specializes in the Garden City market. Her 19-year career in real estate has included sales, management, training, marketing and land development. With 32 active agents, Stephanie has successfully developed the office into the #1 Coach office in volume and sales. Featured in the real estate section of the New York Times and quoted by Newsday on the state of the general and luxury home market, Stephanie was honored by the chamber in 2007 as Businessperson of the Year, and has served several terms as a chamber director.
Thomas McCambridge is vice president of commercial leasing of the Albanese Organization, Inc., which has developed six buildings in the area’s commercial corridor, including 855, 1001 and 1050 Franklin Avenue, company headquarters. Having had 17 years of diverse general management, operations and marketing experience with national and regional real estate firms, McCambridge is responsible for the marketing and leasing of the company’s retail spaces. Tom had previously served as director of real estate for Cablevision System Corporation’s business telecommunications services unit. He previously served two terms as a chamber director and at-large member of the Executive Committee.
Salvatore J. Armao
Salvatore J. Armao, CPA/PES/CEP, CFE, is a partner of Armao, Costa & Ricciardi, CPAs, P.C. For more than 25 years, he has been providing accounting, tax planning, consulting and financial statement preparation services to labor unions and employee benefit plans as well as clients in the construction and not-for-profit industries. As a certified financial planner, Armao also counsels business matters including asset protection, business succession planning, estate tax minimization, pension design and executive benefits. He conducts a variety of business specific seminars and is an author and lecturer on the topics of accounting and auditing.
Roger Eltringham, immediate past president, has been an insurance broker since 1975, and is with Allianceplus, Inc. in Westbury. His focus has been on sales/service/claims/property and casualty insurance (75 percent commercial and 25 percent personal sales and service), life insurance, disability and long term care insurance. Roger has served as past president of the Leukemia Society of America, the Eastern Property Owners' Association (EPOA) and Garden City Kiwanis and was a director of the Garden City Turkey Trot from 1978-2008. He served as Lt. Governor of the Long Island South Central Division of Kiwanis and has chaired and contributed to numerous community events. Roger served several terms as a chamber director, as secretary/treasurer and as president of the Garden City Chamber from 2006-20011. He was honored as the chamber’s “Citizen of the Year in 1998.
Additionally, six new and returning directors were elected at the chamber’s luncheon program and annual meeting March 30: John E. Appelt, CFP, CSA (SNS Resources); Connie Deckel (Kings Super Markets); Jacqueline Goode (Securities Consultants LLC); Michael Ventre (civic member); Kevin M. Walsh (Walsh Markus Mcdougal & Debellis LLP); and John Wilton (Garden City Properties/GC Commercial).
Appointed to fill vacancies were Joanne K. Adams (The New York Racing Association) and John E. Byrnes (AAA New York). The complete roster of 18 directors follows:
Joanne K. Adams
Joanne K. Adams is the director of community relations for the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA). She is the immediate past president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the chamber’s charitable arm; and was honored as the chamber’s Citizen of the Year in 2010.
John E. Appelt
John E. Appelt, CFP, CSA is a partner of the Garden City-based Senior Network Solutions Ltd. A certified financial planner for 35 years, John has specialized in the personal and business markets. He is a field underwriter and is NY State Partnership certified.
John E. Byrnes
John E. Byrnes has been with AAA New York, Inc. (AAA) since 1994. He serves as assistant director of management services; is secretary/treasurer AAA/CAA Eastern Conference; and is secretary/treasurer of AAA New York State. This is Jack’s third term as chamber director.
Russell Ciolli is the owner/operator of Grimaldi's Pizza. Russ co-initiated the Chamber Merchants Card project; has served two terms on the chamber board; and was honored as Businessperson of the Year in 2009.
Connie Deckel is the general store manager of Kings. She is a multi-term director of both the chamber and the Mineola-Garden City Rotary Club. A major chamber volunteer, and volunteer in various charitable organizations, Connie was recipient of the chamber’s first “Presidents Award” in 2011.
Dr. Robert Feirsen
Dr. Robert Feirsen has served as superintendent of Garden city Public Schools since 2005. He is beginning his third term as a chamber director. Having published articles in several educational journals and magazines, he also co-authored How to Get the Teaching Job You Want. Dr. Feirson has also presented at numerous national and regional conferences, and serves on the board of on several educational organization.
Richard G. Fromewick
Richard G. Fromewick is the chair of , a tax certiorari and condemnation practice in Garden City. He has successfully represented at trial numerous owners and tenants in proceedings to reduce real property taxes and regarding claims against the state of New York and its municipalities. He has been a member of the firm’s Management Committee since 1991.
Jacqueline Goode, in the securities field since 1982, is the president and founder of Securities Consultants, LLC, a securities compliance consulting firm that provides both in-house and outsources compliance and financial/operations services for broker/dealers, registered investment advisers and other members of the financial community.
Thomas J. McCambridge
Thomas J. McCambridge is the vice president of commercial leasing for the Albanese Organization, Inc. He is responsible for the marketing and leasing of the company’s retail spaces within its six buildings in the area’s commercial corridor, which include Garden City’s 1050, 855 and 101 Franklin Ave. the region’s first green commercial building in the region.
E Christopher Murray
E Christopher Murray is a partner in the law firm of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C. which concentrates on commercial litigation and environmental issues. He serves as president of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and as president of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc., its charitable arm.
Frank Pelliccione is vice president of business development at Flushing Savings. His numerous responsible positions include: department head, legal services; service liaison for attorneys and judges, Nassau and Suffolk counties; vice president of Professional Service Group, attorney and CPAs; and is director of government, public and consumer affairs among other notable positions with Flushing Bank.
M. John Pittoni
M. John Pittoni, Esq. (M. John Pittoni, LLC) has practiced law for more than 43 years primarily in the Garden City/Mineola area with his areas of concentration primarily in litigation, real estate and probate. Having represented a number of banks as well as public corporations, he has also litigated many probate contests in various Surrogates Courts transactions. John has worked with the EPOA for almost 38 years having twice served as president.
Nasser Samman has been general manager of the top-ranked luxury Garden City Hotel since 2001. Overseeing its daily operations, Samman has contributed to the hotel’s reputation for elegance and unparalleled service. A member of a number of organizations to promote the Long Island region, Samman has received countless honors, including the chamber’s Businessperson of the Year award in 2010.
Alba Spinelli, AVP, branch manager, First Trade Union Bank, New Hyde Park, is a seasoned financial services professional with more than 25 years in private banking, small business, commercial and institutional relationships, including operations, business development, service quality and team management. As a proactive team leader, she is committed to sales and service excellence as well as business development.
Richard Spoering, proprietor of the Town Meat Market, is one of the longest members of the Garden City chamber, and has been acknowledged for his specialzed meat products, prepared foods and services.
Michael D. Ventre
Michael D. Ventre, a civic member of the chamber, is the managing principal of Windsor Commercial Real Estate in Westbury. His areas of specialization include tenant and landlord representation, market research and site analysis. Other specializations include strategic planning and asset management plus multiple assignments on behalf of his clients on a regional level.
Kevin M. Walsh
Kevin M. Walsh, managing partner in the firm of Walsh Markus Mcdougal & Debellis LLP, serves as village attorney and zoning board counsel for the Inc. Village of Massapequa Park; village attorney for the Inc. Village of Farmingdale; and counsel to the zoning board of the Inc. Village of Malverne. Areas of concentration include real property law; real estate finance; municipal and zoning law; banking regulations and regulatory compliance; tax certiorari, commercial leasing; landlord/tenant debt workshops/bankruptcy.
John E. Wilton
John E. Wilton is senior marketing director of Garden City Properties/GC Commercial. Actively involved in local real estate, John is noted for developing relationships with both principals and landlords of Garden City-owned properties, thus leasing the majority of the village’s retail and office space. He serves as chairman of the chamber’s Merchant, Professional and Retailers Group which promotes the value of shopping locally.