The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce 2018 Board of Directors:
Shannon Lazare MRCC President M&T Bank 45 Eisenhower Drive 4th Floor Paramus NJ 07652 201-368-4538 firstname.lastname@example.org mtb.com
Shannon Lazare is Vice President and Team Leader with M&T Bank, she covers the Northern Bergen County and NJ Territory. Shannon provides business owners with the tools to be able to grow and sustain their businesses through good and tough economic times by providing them with customized solutions for their businesses based on their individual needs. She has over 15 years of Banking Experience, a Bachelor’s of Science and Business Administration from West Virginia University and an MBA in Management from Montclair State University. She is a Director for the Bergen County Workforce Development Board and a Director for the Jersey Cares Board.
Peter Gallo is the owner and operator of Envision Video Services, a full service video production company located in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Envision Video Services specializes in all areas of Video production from digitizing old home movies and videos to full scale videotaping and editing for both business and personal needs. Peter graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in 1996 and prior to starting Envision Video in 2005, Peter worked as a Senior Network Engineer for 9 years. Peter is involved in many community and industry based organizations, which he attributes to his success. He believes that by giving back to the community everyone wins. Peter has been a member of the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2010 and he has participated on a number of committees, including the Miniature Golf Committee, the marketing Committee, and the Winterfest committee. But Peter is probably best known for his work behind the camera when it comes to The Chamber. Since 2010, Peter has been working with The Chamber to provide most of the event videos currently up on The Chamber’s website. Peter also shot and edited the Cablevision commercial at Sharp Electronics in the summer of 2010.
Peter Enjoys what he does and brings Joy and Commitment to everything that he takes on.
Benjamin Mills, CPA MRCC Treasurer Goldstein Lieberman & Company LLC One International Boulevard, Suite 700 Mahwah, NJ 07495 201-512-5700 email@example.com glcpas.com
As a partner at Goldstein Lieberman & Company LLC, Mr. Mills is experienced in all areas of auditing, accounting and taxation methods, procedures and operations. He is an expert in the preparation of corporate financial statements and audit compliance; preparation, review and documentation of business and personal tax returns; and in the development of corporate budgets, projections and forecasts. His work paper reporting model is an industry benchmark. Mr. Mills is a seasoned public accounting professional with more than fifteen years experience working with corporate clients and high net-worth individuals. Ben leads the firm's Accounting Standards Task Force, which addresses and interprets pronouncements impacting the financial reporting of organizations. As a recognized trainer in all facets of accounting and auditing, Mr. Mills is chairman of the firm's Continuing Professional Education Task Force.
Sharon Rounds MRCC Secretary & Executive Director Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce One International Boulevard, Suite 211 Mahwah, NJ 07495-0025 201-529-5566 firstname.lastname@example.org mahwah.com
Sharon Rounds has been the Executive Director of the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce since January, 2005. She has been a resident of Mahwah for over 20 years. Sharon was on the HSO Executive Boards of Commodore Perry School, Joyce Kilmer School and Ramapo Ridge Middle School and served on the Mahwah High School Music Boosters Club as Vice President. She was the President of the Winter Park Committee, which built the original playground located on East Ramapo Avenue in Mahwah.
Past work history includes Loran Associates, Western Union Telegraph Company, American Satellite and ITT. Sharon is a graduate of Berkeley College.
Robert Angner is the Executive Director of the Valley Center for Health and Wellness in Mahwah, NJ. The Valley Center for Health and Wellness is a healthcare hub, a facility that houses the LifeStyles medical fitness center along with an urgent care center, a diagnostic imaging center, a laboratory services center, a physical therapy center and a retail pharmacy. The Center for Health and Wellness aligns with The Valley Health System's strategy of improving their patient's and the community's overall wellbeing while taking a well-rounded approach to health and wellness through diagnosis, prevention, rehabilitation, treatment and education of various disease states.
Rob is an experienced marketing, sales and consumer goods professional dedicated to elevating insights, strategy, brand management, customer experience and communications through a holistic, customer-centric methodology. He has led successful launches of multiple brands and products at Mercedes-Benz USA and Maserati NA and built collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders as well as agency and partner teams.
Rob resides in Lake Hopatcong with his wife Rashmi and three children Dylan 15, Jayden 12 and Maya 10.
Ms. Cathleen Davey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director/Ex-Officio of the Ramapo College Foundation, joined the College in 1993. Ms. Davey’s portfolio includes leadership of annual and capital fund-raising; corporate and foundation relations; alumni development, constituent relations; and events and conferences. She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, National Planned Giving Council, and Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Ms. Davey has twice been named to the CASE Circle of Excellence for Educational Fund Raising. She serves on the Board of the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce and is its past president. Ms. Davey also enjoys leadership roles on the School Advisory Board at her children’s school. Prior to joining Ramapo, she directed development and alumni relations operations at Seton Hall University. Ms. Davey earned a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Public and Corporate Communications from Seton Hall University. While Ms. Davey appears to spend 24 hours a day on the Ramapo campus, she has been occasionally spotted along the Jersey shore with her family.
As The Business Doctor, Beth Donalds provides big business solutions for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Equal parts CFO, marketing strategist and operations guru, Beth’s passion is working with Entrepreneurs to help them achieve their business and financial goals. Her philosophy is that every business owner has their own vision of success and she works with you to achieve that vision. She helps you quantify your financial goals, identify your barriers to growth, and implement your action plans to succeed. Beth has 30+ years’ experience as a proven business partner, successful in shaping sales and marketing plans, improving day-to-day operations to drive growth and bottom-line results that increase your business value. Beth has a practical approach to problem solving and putting financial and operational fundamentals into practice in order to improve profits and achieve strategic goals.
Born and raised in Bergen County, Brian graduated in 1984 from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. From 1984-89 he worked at Price Waterhouse in New York, NY in the Audit Dept. and earned his CPA designation. In 1989 Brian joined Durkin Agency, Inc. which has been in business since 1945 and is a family owned Independent Insurance Agency representing 12 major Insurance Companies. The GHP Insurance Center in Ramsey was purchased in 2004 and Brian became the President of the newly established Durkin/ GHP Agencies.
Brian resides in Tenafly with his wife Kate and they have 3 adult children: Erin, Brian and Sean.
Mark Fairman is a Financial Services Professional with NYLIFE Securities LLC and an Agent with New York Life Insurance Company since 2003. Mark provides families and businesses with custom insurance and financial services from one of the highest rated companies in the industry, and coordinates educational financial seminars throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Texas. Mark is a long standing active member of MRCC where he served as a Director/Board Member and AVP of Member Support for nine years. He is well known in the community for integrity and for providing excellent service in both personal and business insurance and retirement programs.
Janet Filipow Director Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. 100 Williams Drive Ramsey, NJ 07446-2907 201-236-4254
Janet is a marketing professional with over 20 years of B2B experience and is currently leading the Proposal and Business Development team at Konica Minolta located in Ramsey. She is passionate about volunteering and making a difference in local communities.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Bryant University and received her M.B.A. in Marketing from Long Island University.
Christopher Heyer, Esq. is a Partner with the law firm of Scura, Wigfield, Heyer & Stevens, LLP located in Wayne, New Jersey. Mr. Heyer concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation in both Federal and State Courts in New Jersey and New York, as well as managing similar litigation in other States on behalf of corporate clients. He represents individuals and corporations in employment matters, personal injury/property damage defense litigation, medical malpractice litigation, Appellate Division litigation in the Courts of New Jersey and New York. Mr. Heyer also counsels corporate entities with respect to employment and business law issues.
Mr. Heyer was graduated cum laude from Union College, New York and received his Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law Newark, New Jersey. He is admitted to practice in the State Courts of New Jersey and New York, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey, and is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association.
Sandi Jeanette VP of Community Relations
Good Samaritan Hospital Member of the Westchester Medical Center Network 255 Lafayette Avenue Suffern, NY 10901 845-368-5637 Fax: 845-368-5449 email@example.com bschs.org
As Worksite Wellness Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital, Sandi Jeanette arranges Wellness presemtatopms for businesses and schools in Rockland, Orange and Bergen Counties, and manages Mended Hearts Chapter #368 - a support group for cardiac patients and their families. Previously, Sandi served as Rockland County Director of the American Heart Association for 21 years, where she worked as a Health Educator and Cardiac Liaison. Sandi is a member of the Rockland Coalilition for School Health and Wellness, is past President of the New City Rotary, and currently serves as President of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education.
Christine Mazzoli, Director of Sales and Marketing at the Crowne Plaza Suffern-Mahwah Hotel and Conference Center located in Suffern. She is an experienced hospitality sales professional with 20+ years of experience in both hotel sales, marketing and team building events.
Christine is known by her customers to have a creative approach to any obstacle and enjoys exceeding her clients expectation. The Crowne Plaza is a full service hotel with 230 guest rooms and 24,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a new outdoor patio. Christine is a proud member of the Crowne Plaza team.
Aparna Mulchandani brings with her 20+ years of experience in the world of graphic design. Aparna holds a BFA in Design from the University of Massachusetts and a BA in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University. Under her direction, her company has won over a dozen internationally recognized industry awards for corporate identity (logos), marketing materials (direct mail, brochures and advertising), digital and web design. Community service, with a focus on children’s education and well-being, has always been one of Aparna’s passions. She has assisted various local non-profits by providing pro-bono design services through out her career. After spending her childhood in India, Aparna travelled and worked in Europe and across the US before settling in Ramsey in 2001 with her husband and 2 sons.
Jim O'Connor CAS, CHS-III, CFE - Director of Operation: Licensed N.J. Private Investigator, is a retired Detective Lieutenant of Police from Newark, NJ. He is the Senior Partner with Check-M-Out Security Services, Investigations, LLC, CAS - Certified Anti-Terrorism Expert, CHS - Certified Homeland Security Expert and NJ State Police Certified SORA Instructor.Jim is a on the Board of Directors of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Chairman of the Meadowlands Security Committee, Meadownlands USA Magazine column entitled "The Meadowlands Regional Security Corner." He is also a member of the Meadowlands Economic Development sub committee.Jim resides in Mahwah with his lovely wife Jeanette and two great kids. He is a member of the Sports Boosters and is an Assistant Track Coach.
Deborah A. Richin, CFP® VP of Corporate Partner Development UBS Wealth Management 201-454-1331
Deborah A. Richin, CFP®, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Portfolio Manager, has 15 plus years of experience helping business owners and individuals realize all that is important to them. She is continuing to provide these services at UBS Wealth Management. Her office is located in Paramus, New Jersey.
Rena Rothman has been a Chamber member since 2002. She teaches piano to students of all ages. Rena is also a member of the SRV Lions Club. Previously she spent 17 years working at NBC News as a Production Manager. She was a music major at Florida Atlantic University and was the Musical Director for Mahwah High School’s drama department. Rena resides in Mahwah with her husband and daughter.
Paul Scarduffa is a Retail Market Manager and Vice President for TD Bank N.A., located in Ramsey, NJ.
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest commercial banks in the United States with $225 billion in assets, and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at more than 1,300 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. Paul has worked in the banking industry for over 25 years, and remains active as a member of the Bergen Highlands-Ramsey Rotary Club & Park Ridge Recreation and Cultural Committee. In addition, he graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, and resides in Park Ridge with his wife and two daughters.
Robin Sheppard VP of Events Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel 290 Route 17 South Mawah, NJ 07430 201-828-2031 Fax: 201-529-1824 firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Sheppard, Director of Sales and Marketing for the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton located in Mahwah. Robin who spearheaded the opening of this new select service hotel just 4 years ago is a true Business, Hotel and Hospitality Industry Professional, with a history of significant accomplishments and a list of satisfied guests, hotel operators and owners. Robin, a trainer in experienced selling skills and techniques is a Hotel Industry Veteran for the last 25 years and an active participant in the community who has served on several committees to include the MRCC’s Ambassadors Committee and Annual Golf and Humanitarian Awards Committee.
Pattie Simone is an energetic branding, business development and communications pro with an extensive entrepreneurial background and journalist credentials.
Her expertise spans business & operations process, customer service, sales, strategic planning, content marketing, video production, branding & community building, digital and email marketing, website production, blogging, advertising, speech and feature writing, public relations and media training.
Pattie's passion project - WomenCentric LLC, a business and career advancement resource - provides great tools, tips and advice for busy working women, in every stage of their careers.
Follow her on Twitter: @PattieSimone and @WomenCentric.
Sara Subramanian is an experienced hospitality and certified meeting professional with more than 15 years of experience in hotel operations and management including Front Office, Food & Beverage, Hotel Sales, Catering and Convention Services. She is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel. Prior to joining the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, she was the Director of Sales and Marketing for Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn Express in Stamford, Connecticut. The Sheraton Mahwah hotel is a landmark property that boasts of 225 well-appointed guest rooms with 24,000 square feet of function space and surrounded by 100 acres of manicured outdoor space. Sara and her team of five Sales Managers work with individuals and business alike in both Mahwah and the surrounding areas to provide them with a memorable guest experience, while increasing visibility for the town. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management and an MBA in Global Business Leadership. She resides in Connecticut with her family.
Andy Sulzer AVP of 5K Tri State Office 19 West 21st. Street New York, NY 10010 646-935-3554 email@example.com
Andy is with Tri State Office Interior, Manager of Sales/ Business Development. He has been in the “Commercial Interiors” industry for 19 years. He works from a consultative approach, as a trusted partner with his clients, when designing their interior office space. I work closely with the client to develop the best layout for their office space, as well as offering the best option when looking to purchase their office furniture.
From the initial client meeting to job completion, Andy prides himself on being accountable to his customers throughout the process. Our staff provides clients with superior design and realistic costs. Meeting these requirements is a team effort and we are there to ensure that the project cost and schedule are adhered to.
My ultimate goal is to ensure a working environment, one that meets their needs for function and budget. Equally important, is one that meets their corporate image as representation of who they are and what they want to portray.
Miri Upton AVP of Membership Synergia Financial 79 N. Franklin Turnpike Ramsey, NJ 07446 201-338-0694 firstname.lastname@example.org
Miri Upton is a Financial Services Professional, dedicated to assisting individuals, families and small business owners, organize and simplify their financial lives. Her goal is to educate and empower her clients, so they can focus on fulfilling their hopes and dreams. She creates an individualized “roadmap” which could be, creating an educational fund for a child or grandchild, planning a 5, 10 or 20 year plan focused on retirement or begin a plan for their business. Each client is unique and Miri remains focused on that. Throughout the last decade in financial services, Miri advanced rapidly, taking on new challenges, including licenses and designations. She currently holds Series 7 & 66 Registrations, Life, Health & Accident Insurance Licenses and has received the CRPC® and CRPS® designations. Miri is currently insurance licensed to do business in New Jersey and New York. Miri is also a Registered Representative and Investment Adviser Representative of Equity Services, Inc. and offers securities in New York and New Jersey. A native of Bergen County, New Jersey, Miri serves as a Director of the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with several non-profits in the community. She currently resides in Mahwah with her husband and daughter.
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