The leadership of the LIBDC is comprised of the Executive Board, the Advisory Board and the Emeritus Board.
The Executive Board
The Executive Board of Directors (“Executive Board”) shall constitute the organization’s Board of Directors. The Executive Board is the governing body of the organization and is primarily responsible for establishing and promoting the organization’s mission and direction. The Executive Board are volunteer members, but shall be responsible for the overall management of the organization.
Responsibilities of the Executive Board include:
- Exercise fiduciary role to ensure the management of the organization;
- Review financial and business dealings and vote on expenditures of the organization;
- Establish mission and program direction for the organization;
- Set policy and programs;
- Elect officers and Executive Board Members;
- Establish fund raising goals and efforts;
- Recruit new Executive Board and Advisory Board members.
Richard AmsterdamVice President, New York Business Development Corp.
Rich is a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer, responsible for providing loans in Nassau, Suffolk, Kings, Queens and New York counties.
Rich joined NYBDC in May 2006. He has over 15 years experience in banking and finance, having most recently worked for M&T Bank as the Managing Officer of the Garden City Business and Professional Banking Center. Prior to that, Rich worked in Fleet Bank’s Small Business Services group and at Citibank in the Management Associate program and retail branch banking.
He obtained a Masters of Science degree in Banking from Mercy College in New York, NY and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.
Rich is also the President of the Suffolk County Small Business Advisory Council, and an active member of the Risk Management Association. Previously he served as a Board Member of Hofstra University’s Corporate Development Council and former Co-Chairman of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s Banking on a Cure program. Rich is a NYSCA Certified youth soccer and youth football coach, holds an advanced soccer coaching certification from NSCAA and coaches his son’s SYSL intramural and developmental soccer teams.
New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) works in conjunction with its lending partners to provide loans to small businesses in New York State. NYBDC is a complement to conventional banking, working in partnership with banks to provide term loans, many of which do not meet the requirements for traditional financing. Our goal is to be more creative in our underwriting. In many cases, we include multiple participations, SBA guarantees, flexible amortization and long-term payouts.
NYBDC also manages the Empire State Certified Development Corporation which is otherwise known as The 504 Company. Empire State CDC is licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide the SBA 504 Loan Program – a fixed-asset economic development program designed to promote growth and job creation in small businesses.
A third component of NYBDC is the Statewide Zone Capital Corporation (SZCC), a privately owned loan and investment fund whose capital is used to promote the expansion and growth of new and existing businesses located within New York’s Empire Zones.
Nancy BloomProperty/Casualty/Surety Agent, Gundermann & Gundermann Insurance
Nancy Bloom has been a commercial insurance and surety agent with Gundermann & Gundermann Insurance for the past 21 years. She has extensive experience in the insurance business with a key focus in the construction industry.
In addition to serving on the Executive Board of the LIBDC, Nancy is active in a variety of associations that include Association for a Better Long Island, Commercial Industrial Brokers Society, Long Island Real Estate Group and United States Green Building Council. She also supports the Habitat for Humanity, United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau and United Way’s YouthBuild program.
John KominickiPresident, Kominicki Media Group
John is President of Kominicki Media Group LLC, a content and media consultancy for print and digital platforms. John spent 15 years as publisher of Long Island Business News following stints running newspaper companies in Texas and Oklahoma. Before that, he was an award-winning, Europe-based writer and editor for such publications as Stars & Stripes, USA Today and The New York Times.
Outside the office, John also serves on the boards of the Long Island Association, Vision Long Island and the LI Software and Technology Network, among others.
A collection of John’s newspaper columns and blogs, “Uncle Gerry Had A Girlfriend in New York,” is available at Amazon.com.
William G. MannixDirector, Town of Islip Economic Development
Bill Mannix has served as Director of the Town of Islip’s Office of Economic Development since April 1993. He was appointed by a new administration which vowed to make economic development a top priority.
Over the last seventeen years, Islip, a large New York suburban town of 320,000 people, has built a reputation as “the most business friendly town on Long Island” (KPMG Peat Marwick/Hofstra University study). There have been numerous economic development success stories emanating from Islip during Bill’s tenure, including NBTY’s (Nature’s Bounty) $49 million soft-gel manufacturing plant in Bayport; EDO corporation’s $13.5 Million Antenna manufacturing facility in Bohemia; Alcan Packaging’s $22 Million facility in Brentwood; and the successful development of Tech Industrial Park, with its 1,400 jobs, in Central Islip.
Islip’s economic development marketing efforts have been recognized by numerous organizations during Bills tenure, including the American Economic Development Council, the Northeastern Industrial Developers Association and the New York State Economic Development Council. In 2010, Bill Mannix was named New York State Economic Developer of the Year by the New York State Economic Development Council. Bill is a Certified Economic Developer, as recognized by the International Economic Development Council.
Prior to being appointed to his present position, Bill served as Chief of Staff for Islip Supervisor Frank R. Jones and as Deputy Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. During 2006, Bill served the citizen’s of Islip in an interim capacity as Deputy Town Supervisor. He received a BA in History from SUNY Brockport and has over 30 years experience in government administration.
Bill serves as the Executive Director for Islip Town’s Industrial Development Agency and its Local Development Corporation.
Bill also serves as a board member for the Long Island Business Development Council, the Suffolk County Workforce Investment Board, the New York State Economic Development Council, and the International Economic Development Council.
Marlene McDonnellDirector of Business Development, Marketing, Events; Long Island Business News
Ed MirabellaCorporate Consultant & President, Mirabella Associates Inc.
Mirabella Associates Inc. was founded by Ed Mirabella in 2006 after a 40 plus year career in Commercial Banking. 28 of those years were spent in the Long Island market. During that time Ed Mirabella generated an impressive list of contacts in Commercial Banking, Real Estate, Construction, Hospitality, Accounting, Legal, Medical / Surgical, and cultivated relationships with the various Town & County officials that are involved with Economic Development.
The businesses that I represent present a menu of needs ranging from Finance, Sales & Marketing expertise, and / or a need to develop relationships to further grow their businesses. Relationships with the various Money Center, Regional & Community Banks, SBA, IDA’S has proven to be a valuable asset in serving the needs of the client base.
Ed Mirabella is a Director & serves on the Executive Committee of the Long Island Business Development Council, He is also a past President of the Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk County.
Andrew D. Presberg Esq.Managing Partner, Law Offices of Andrew Presberg, P.C. Andrew’s firm places its emphasis on commercial & industrial real estate transactions and specialized real estate financing programs such as SBA, IDA and JDA, business and corporate law transactions, and commercial litigation.
Theodore P. Sasso Jr.President, Sasso Realty
Ted Sasso provides commercial real estate services to his customers , clients and the organizations he participates in. For over 45 years Ted had advised both for-profit as well as not-for-profits on their real estate matters. As director of real estate for 2 Fortune 500 companies, CBS Inc. and MacMillan Inc., Ted advised their various business components nationally as well as internationally. In that role Ted conducted business in 35 US States and 13 foreign counties.
Ted’s early experience in real estate was with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey working on what was to become the World Trade Center. As an owner’s representative Ted was a member of the leasing team for Rockefeller Center. In 1980 Ted helped establish the Cushman & Wakefield of Long Island as its first manager. Later Ted would be responsible for establishing Sasso & Fitzsimons which became the Edward S. Gordon Company of Long Island and ultimately CB Richard Ellis. Ted was also president of Renaissance Realty and is now president of Sasso Commercial Real Estate Services Ltd.
Through it all Ted has found the time to be a leader with The Long Island Business Development Council as co-chairman, The Hempstead Industrial Development Agency and Local Development Corporation as chairman of both, The Incorporated Village of Brookville as a trustee and Police Commissioner , The Henry Viscardi School at Abilities! as a trustee and many other public services. Ted’s client and relationship list is a “Who’s Who” in business and other activities.
David E. Wenger.President, Wenger Construction Co., Inc.
Wenger Construction provides General Construction & Construction Management services for private and public, commercial and industrial projects ranging from $1,000,000.00 to $25,000,000.00.
The Advisory Board
The Advisory Board provides non-binding strategic advice to the organization and to the Executive Board. The Advisory Board does not have authority to vote on organizational matters or matters that bear legal fiduciary responsibilities. The Advisory Board are volunteer members and shall serve at the pleasure of the Executive Board.
The roles and responsibilities of the Advisory Board include:
- Developing an understanding of the business, market and industry trends;
- Provide “wise counsel” on issues raised by the Executive Board;
- Provide unbiased insights and ideas from a third point-of-view (not involved in the operation of the organization);
- Encourage and support the exploration of new business ideas;
- Act as a resource for the Executive Board;
- Provide a social networking platform for the Executive Board and the organization.
Anthony AloisioDirector, Town of Huntington Planning & Environment Department
Anthony J. Aloisio was raised in Westbury, New York where he attended local schools and graduated from high school. He then attended the University of Connecticut and graduated with a degree in Urban Studies/Economics. Mr. Aloisio continued his education at the University of Rhode Island earning a Masters degree in Community Planning and Area Development. Following graduation, Mr. Aloisio worked as a City Planner in Connecticut for ten (10) years before returning to Long Island in 1986 to take a position as Town of Brookhaven Director of Economic Development/Executive Director of the Industrial Development Agency. After nineteen (19) years he left Brookhaven in 2006 for his current position, Director of Planning for the Town of Huntington. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has received the designation of Economic Development Professional from the National Development Council.
Denise Miranda AngiuloClient Manager, Advantage Tile For over 20 years Advantage has built a reputation for delivering nothing short of excellence. The Advantage Group of Affiliated Companies includes: Advantage Title; Advantage Foreclosure; Advantage Legal; Advantage Settlement; and Mortgage Advantage.
Denise Angiulo has been a member of our Group for 5 years and is a Client Manager in Business Development. Her focus is on Title Insurance, but does increase our business for our affiliate companies.
Denise’s 12 years of experience in this industry and her enormous networking contacts, enables her to help bring Advantage Title to the next level. Denise’s clients consists of some of the top Law Firms on Long Island and Manhattan. She is a Board Member of LIBDC (Long Island Business Development Council) a member of AREW (Association of Women in Real Estate, LIBI (Long Island Builders Institute) ABA (American Business Associates) just to name a few.
At Advantage Title, it is more than professionalism and consistently outstanding service. It’s a level of passion about title which is unmatched in the industry. Our CEO, Joseph M. Willen, our expert legal team and our highly skilled staff are committed to ensuring the success of every transaction on Long Island, in New York State, nationally and internationally. In addition, our strong relationships with many of the nation’s top underwriters give us flexibility and give our clients every advantage.
Louis J. BiscottiPartner, WeiserMazars LLP
Louis J. Biscotti has been a leader in the field of accounting for more than 40 years, focusing his practice on improving company growth and profitability. Many of Lou’s clients have grown from small emerging firms into companies worth hundreds of millions. Prior to joining WeiserMazars, he founded Biscotti, Toback & Company, a full service CPA and business advisory services firm, which was among the top twenty firms on Long Island. Lou’s clients come from a variety of industries, but he is particularly well known for his work in the manufacturing and distribution sector, especially the food industry.
Lou’s multi‐disciplinary background, a combination of CPA, MBA and advanced study in Manufacturing, Systems Analysis, Management Consulting, Strategic Planning and Technology, including designation as a CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional), has made him nationally recognized as an accounting and business management specialist. Biscotti, Toback & Company was the premier food industry accounting firm in the Northeast and was honored as one of “The Best of The Best” by national industry publications Inside Public Accounting and Accounting Today. Lou is a frequent lecturer and published author on various financial and business topics. His expert advice has appeared in both national and local publications such as Photo District News, Long Island Business News and Newsday. He is a featured panelist and speaker at local and national events, including the WCBS Annual Small Business Breakfast which hosted over 1,000 attendees. He has been honored several times in the “Who’s Who in Accounting” in Long Island Business News.
Lou served as a Trustee for the Foundation for Accounting Education and was a Board Member of The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is an active member of The Long Island Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, The American Institute of Commercial Producers and many local Chambers of Commerce. He is a former President of the Accounting Circle and an Executive Advisory Board Member of St. John’s, his alma mater. Lou also serves on the advisory boards for many of his clients, both large and small, where the cumulative experience of his over 40 years in practice and more than 1,000 clients has given those companies an invaluable edge.
Fredrick C. Braun IIIRetired Commercial Banker (46 years), Bankers Trust, Marine Midland and State Bank of Long Island Financial consultant. Board member of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center and Town of Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency.
Frank P. Castellano, PGVice President & Chief Operating Officer, P.W. Grosser Consulting
Mr. Castellano is Vice President and COO of PWGC with over 20 years of environmental consulting experience serving public and private clients in the New York metro area. He received his MS in Hydrogeology from AdelphiUniversity and his BS in Water Resources from SUNY Oneonta.
Mr. Castellano joined PWGC in 1992 shortly after the company’s 1990 inception. During his 19 year tenure with the firm, Mr. Castellano has been responsible for the development of much of the firm’s clientele, individual business lines and professional staff. He has been an essential part of the firm’s management team and a key contributor to the firm’s growth. While accolades received early in his career were focused primarily on technical accomplishments related to his work as an environmental consultant, more recent acknowledgements have been related to his successful management of the firm’s growth and associated challenges including, staff retention, client development and contract management.
Mr. Castellano is extremely active in the Long Island business community and routinely contributes his time to speak on topics ranging from environmental risk management to the demands associated with the governance and growth of environmental consulting firms in the Long Island marketplace.
Bio coming soon.
John DiminoAdministrative Vice President and Regional Manager, M&T Bank Corporation – Business Banking
John has been Regional Manager for Business Banking at M&T Bank in Melville, NY since 1998. He manages three lending teams located in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the five boroughs.
John is responsible for the expansion of M&T Bank’s presence on Long Island and New York City, including the opening of seven de novo Business Banking Centers in key commercial markets on Long Island, Queens and Manhattan. He heads the Business Banking Initiative to develop business with labor unions for M&T Bank and its Wilmington Trust wealth management division.
Prior to joining M&T, John held Middle Market and Business Banking management positions at several other local financial institutions.
John is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia. He joined the Board of Directors of the Long Island Business Development Council in 2013. John serves on the Long Island loan committee of the NYBDC and was named Lender of the Year by the Empire State CDC in 2011. He is an active member of the LIBDC and is a volunteer fund raiser with Outreach House in Brentwood, NY and has served as a volunteer fundraiser for the Huntington Arts Council. He is also a past honoree of both organizations.
Todd L. FlamenbaumSenior Vice President & Group Director, Signature Bank
Thomas F. Goldrick, Jr.Retired Chairman & CEO, State Bank of Long Island
M. Patrica Janco-TupperWealth Advisor and Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Pat is responsible for formulating and implementing comprehensive and innovative wealth management solutions for some of the most prominent and influential families in New York and on Long Island. These solutions include investment management and advisory, trust and estate planning, lending and banking services.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Ms Janco was Managing Director and Senior Private Banker at Deutsche Private Wealth Management for 3 years. Before joining Deutsche Bank, she was a Managing Director and Senior Private Banker at The Citi Private Bank where she worked for 10 years on Long Island. Before joining Citi, she was a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank for 15 years, where she was responsible for new business development. While employed at Citi, Ms. Janco was repeated recognized as a member of the Chairman’s Council as a top banker worldwide.
Pat is deeply involved in the Long Island community. She is currently on the Corporate Advisory Board for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, an associate board member of ABLI (Association for a Better Long Island), a board member of the Real Estate Practitioner’s Institute and the LIBDC (Long Island Business Development Council), a board member and hospitality co-chair of WEDLI (Women Economic Developers of Long Island). She is the co-chair of the journal committee for the Nassau County Museum of Art. She is a member of the Circle of 99 for the Long Island Fund for Women and Girls. Pat and her partner, Becky Creavin, were honored at the Women’s Fund Annual Breakfast in September as “Women Achievers Against the Odds”. Additionally she serves actively on the committees for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Island Harvest and the Heckscher Museum of Art and We Care of Long Island.
Jack H. KulkaPresident, Kulka Construction Management Corp.
For almost 30 years, Jack Kulka has been responsible for the construction of almost 20 million square feet of commercial, institutional, retail, industrial and residential facilities throughout the metropolitan New York area. Having been recently cited by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s top builders, based on square footage completed, we have provided numerous owners with optimum designed and constructed facilities at substantially reduced costs. Jack Kulka is the originator of and the foremost exponent of the construction management method on Long Island. Jack employs an experienced staff of professionals that foresee and solve problems in a prompt, efficient manner to enable a client to receive the best product as quickly and cost effectively as possible.
New York University, BS/Electrical Engineering, 1964
Licensed Professional Engineer: State of New York #49829; State of New Jersey #22776; USGBC-LEED AP
Member of the Construction Specifications Institute
Certification from Tulane University in the Fundamentals of Real Estate Syndications
Certification in Practical Architect-Engineering Law from the University of San Francisco School of Law
Member of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers
Member of the LIA Business Development Council
Member of the Business Council of New York State
Member of the New York City Chamber of Commerce
Vice Chairman of United Way of Long Island 1988 Campaign
Chairman of United Way of Long Island 1989 Campaign
Past President, Suffolk YM-YWHA
Past President, Commack Jewish Center
Past Chairman, Farmingdale College Foundation
Past Chairman, American Cancer Society Theatre Party Fund Drive
Past Chairman, St. John’s Hospital Fund Raising Committee
Advisory Board of Touro Law School
Advisory Board of Apple Drug Rehabilitation Institute
Chairman of Hauppauge Educational Foundation
Executive Board of Torch Foundation
Member of Suffolk County Electrical Agency
Risa MonroeSenior Vice President, Senior Client Manager; Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Lisa MG MulliganDirector of Economic Development & IDA CEO, Town of Brookhaven
Our mission is to provide encouragement and support to businesses as they start, expand, or relocate in the Town of Brookhaven.
Frederick E. ParolaExecutive Director, Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency
A lifelong resident of Wantagh, Fred Parola attended Wantagh Elementary schools and Wantagh High School and graduated from Hartwick College and Albany Law School. He served in the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office upon receiving his law degree.
Mr. Parola’s legislative experience began as an Assembly counsel on Higher Education and the Committee on Commerce and Industrial Development, as well as a Senate counsel on the Crime and Corrections Committee under Senator Ralph J. Marino. In addition to his Legislative Counsel duties, Mr. Parola had a variety of governmental experience prior to his appointment at the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency. He was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1978, serving with distinction until he was elected Nassau County Comptroller, taking office in January 1994. From 1972 to 1980, he was a member of the Nassau County Youth Board and served as a member of the Town of Hempstead Housing Authority from 1974-1979.
In the State Assembly, Mr. Parola focused on eliminating excessive government spending and runaway taxes while proposing to correct abusive public sector practices. While in Albany, Parola was one of the most articulate advocates for education and earned the highest ratings of any legislator on environmental issues.
As the former County Comptroller, Fred was considered a no-nonsense reformer. He was independent of the County Executive and the Administration and the Legislature to ensure that he could objectively investigate and oversee all the county’s financial operations. His aggressive investigations have saved Nassau taxpayers millions of dollars and his excellence in financial reporting earned him the Government Finance Officers Award for eight consecutive years.
Mr. Parola became the Executive Director of the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency in January 2002. He is the agency’s Executive Director, Chief Executive Officer and liaison to the public.
Hon. Fred Parola and his wife Norene reside in Wantagh with their two children
Kathy Pasquale-O’MalleyDirector of Business Development, JRS Architect, P.C.
Michael QuigleySenior Vice President & Director of Business Banking New York, Bank United
Karen ScutellaroHSBC Bank Bio coming soon
Louis SolowayPartner, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP
For over 50 years, Louis Soloway has built a distinguished reputation for legal counsel in matters surrounding land use and commercial real estate transactions. Concentrating his practice on Long Island and in the New York metropolitan region, he has also handled transactions across the country.
Retained by developers and corporate real estate departments, Mr. Soloway assists clients in every phase of commercial and residential projects. With experience in most local jurisdictions, he advises clients on zoning, site plans, variances and all other aspects of land use and development.
Mr. Soloway brings an astute financial sense to real estate transactions. He is often asked to counsel clients on purchases, leases and operating agreements. He has a reputation for finding simple solutions for complex real estate problems.
Active as a philanthropist, Mr. Soloway served as a director of The Rehabilitation Institute and has been honored as Humanitarian of the Year by that organization. He holds degrees from Columbia College and Columbia University School of Law and is a member of both the Nassau County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.
Mr. Soloway is admitted to practice in the state of New York; U.S. District Courts, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP has grown into Long Island’s second largest full-service law firm with offices in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Its 13 practice areas include: real estate, real property tax certiorari and condemnation, cooperative and condominium, land use and environmental law, corporate/securities, litigation, commercial lending, labor relations/employment law, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights, trusts and estates, elder law, municipal law/government relations, and criminal law.
Marie ZerePresident, Zere Real Estate Services, Inc.
Zere Real Estate specializes in the sales and leasing of commercial, office, industrial, retail, land use and development. National and international corporations have sought Marie Zere’s brokerage expertise as a recognized economic development advocate for the region. Her knowledge, integrity and hands-on business style is responsible for a multitude of transactions that have been beneficial to our local communities and have provided thousands of jobs that continually stimulate the economy of Long Island.
Her distinguished client roster includes the new Touro Law Center at the Federal Court Complex in Central Islip, Northrop Grumman Corp, RJ Reynolds, Old Castle out of Dublin, Ireland, Cintas Corp, Super Stop & Shop, The Home Depot, Amerada Hess, McDonalds, Scholastic Book Fair, Saturn, Meenan Oil, NY Life Insurance, Metropolitan Life, AFLAC, State Farm, Allstate, Northwestern Mutual, Firestone, Black & Decker, Bobcat, United Van Lines, Toronto Dominion Bank, Capital One, Empire National Bank, Hudson City Savings Bank, Suffolk Federal Credit Union, United Cerebral Palsy, AHRC to name a few.
In May of 2006 Marie was elected as an Honorary Member of the International Honor Society in Business Administration through Delta Pi Chapter at Dowling College. In June of 2006 the Nassau Conservancy for Historic Preservation honored Marie at their annual luncheon at Belmont Park a yearly event that recognizes business advocates who work to preserve the environment. In September of 2006 she was inducted into the Long Island Business Development Council Hall of Fame for Business where she is an executive board member. In November of 2006 Marie was the honoree for the Long Island Museum. She has had the distinct privilege of receiving the first award for achievements in the industry over the last quarter century given by the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island besides serving as their past president. Marie was on the Board of Governors for the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors, past-president of the Long Island Transportation Management, former Executive Board Member of the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, past board member of the Long Island Association of Commerce and Industry (LIA), vice-president of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and is a standing member of the Planning Board for the Village of the Branch in Smithtown. She received the Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Business Award by the Town of Islip and the Long Island Distinguished Leadership Award. Annually she supports violence against women and children and delivers food and clothing to the needy during the holidays.
Emeritus Board Members
A Director Emeritus is a former member of the organization’s Executive or Advisory Board who has retired or completed his or her service as such. Emeritus Board members may be called upon by the Executive Board to assist the organization is its on-going mission. Members of the Emeritus Board are volunteers and have no voting rights.
Domenic R. D’Angelo
Richard C. Dunne
George Gatta Jr.
Hope M. LaBorne
Stephen G. Latham
Edward Mangano Esq., Nassau County Executive