Queens Chamber honors business leaders

The Queens Chamber of Commerce honored four local business leaders at its annual Business Person of the Year awards last Thursday at Terrace on the Park.

This year’s recipients included Sister Tesa Fitzgerald, founder and executive director at Hour Children, Christopher Horch, associate partner at JB&B, and Nick Tziazas, president of Lyons Mortgage Services, Inc.

John Catsimatidis, the president and CEO of Red Apple Group, was this year’s Hall of Fame honoree.

“It’s our opportunity to honor people in the Queens community who have added something special to the business community and to their own community,” said Chamber chair Thomas Santucci.

The honorees were chosen for demonstrating business acumen, street smarts, hard work, success and for “doing well by doing good.”

Queens Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Thomas Grech said the honorees all have made a difference by giving back.

“That’s the legacy of the people out here tonight,” he said.

Queens Business Expo 2018

This year’s Queens Business Expo, our largest annual event, was a great success. We had 135 Exhibitor tables, a sold-out breakfast sponsored by NY Daily News, five industry-specific panel discussions, and over 1,500 visitors. Further, we were so excited to have former Met, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, join us and greet Exhibitors and guests.

The breakfast panel, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: A Queens Perspective,” was a who’s-who of industry leaders: Andy Byford (President, MTA/NYCT), Seth Pinsky (President, RXR Realty), Mark Scheinberg (President, Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association), and Lysa Scully (General Manager, LGA). Their insight into upcoming projects and developments was extraordinary.

Photo Cred –> Dominick Totino Photography

A huge THANK YOU and shout-out to our Sponsors:

Aloft New York LaGuardia Airport
Austin Dental Plus
Baker Tilly
Cohn Reznick
Consolidated Edison
De Sales Media
East Coast Energy Group
EMU Health
Engie MEP/Trystate Mechanical
ENT and Allergy Associates LLP
First Nationwide Title
Flushing Bank
Friends of BQX
Graf & Lewent Architects
Investors Bank
LIJ Forest Hills Hospital
Lincoln Computer Services
Lyons Mortgage Services, Inc.
Maspeth Federal Savings
Mattone Group
Metro Fire Inspections & Maintenance
PaySwipe, Inc.
Prime Storage
Resorts World
Sterling National Bank
TD Bank
TSC Training Academy
Zara Realty


The Future of Retail Panel Discussion

Retail is undergoing an enormous transformation, leaving many asking, “What’s the future of retail?!” This conference, hosted by the Queens Chamber of Commerce Real Estate Committee, was designed to address the exact question. The panel was comprised of the following industry experts:

PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Future of Retail”
Moderator: Tom Grech, Queens Chamber of Commerce
Retail Services: Jonathan Krivine, Director of Retail Services, Avison Young
Banking: Steven Rothman, SVP, Director of Operations, Jones LaSalle
Fashion: Frances Graham, Project Director, Linesight / Primark
Food: Paul Daniels, Owner/Operator, Chick-fil-A Queens Center Mall
National Malls: Dustin Rand, Leasing Manager, Macerich Leasing

Over 75 people were in attendance, including financiers, property manager, leasing agents, etc. Breakfast was catered by Applebees and we received Audio/Visual support from Ash Krikorian at IAN Audio.

Thanks to all who participated 🙂

Evening of Hospitality at Aloft NY LaGuardia Hotel

Aloft NY LaGuardia is the hottest new hotel to join the Queens Chamber, and graciously opened its doors to showcase the borough’s finest food and beverage vendors for “An Evening of Hospitality.”

On May 10, over 100 attendees enjoyed food and drink from a dozen food and beverage vendors. The event was run by the Queens Chamber of Commerce Restaurant and Hospitality Committee with the help of Michael Zayas (Real Hospitality Group) and Hanny Lin (Aloft Hotels).

The event was sponsored by Heartland Payment Systems and Metro Fire Protections.

Thank you so much to our amazing Food and Beverage Exhibitors:

Bareburger – www.bareburger.com
Café de Colombia – Juan Carlos Acosta, planetausa14@gmail.com
Casa Del Chef – www.casadelchefny.com
Good Eats at Aloft NY LaGuardia – www.aloftnewyorklaguardiaairport.com
Fusion East Caribbean and Soul Food – www.fusioneastny.com
Kaiso, a potent blend of coconut water and fine spirits – www.kaisococktail.com
Lady M Confections – www.ladym.com
Long Island City High School Culinary Program
Salt and Bone Smokehouse – www.saltandbone.com
Smokehouse, St. Albans
XYZ Lounge at Aloft NY LaGuardia


12TH Annual Start UP Queens Business Plan Competition


This 4-day family-friendly event will feature a full midway, complete with rides, games and great “fair” food and drinks, fun and exciting entertainment for all ages.
The NYC Fair will feature more than 30 different rides and many family-friendly areas, sure to delight
kids of all ages.
Dog Shows
Children’s Movie and TV Characters
Wood Carvers
Pig Racing
& more!
The NYC Fair is conveniently located at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
Event information HERE

Transitions: A Free Memoir Writing Workshop for Seniors

Date: May 10 2017
Location: Newtown Italian Senior Center @ 8320 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst, NY 11373, USA
Contact: Nancy Agabian; 718 335 7272; nancyagabian@gmail.com

For Seniors Aged 60 and over: This free writing workshop led by local
author Nancy Agabian will help you learn techniques of creative writing
in order for you to write about your experiences about life’s various
stages. Every Monday and Wednesday, 10 am to noon. The workshop will
culminate in a reading to the public in late June.

RSVP: http://www.queensbp.org/event/transitions-a-free-memoir-writing-workshop-for-seniors/

Jamaica Center Paint Night!

Date: Friday May 19 2017
Location: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning  @ 161-4 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, NY
Contact: Joe Nocerino ; 917.455.1355 ; jnocerino@queensbp.org

Join Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning for a Creative and Fun Night with friends, loved ones, wine, cheese, and a casual and guided painting project. Ages 21 Open for all levels of artists. All materials will be provided (paint, brushes, canvas).
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-night-a-creative-and-fun-night-with-friends-loved-ones-tickets-33506722509?ref=estw.