Who We Are

The Center’s advisory board consists of an assembly of some of the major movers and shakers of the community, including:

James Aspromonti: Certified Public Accountant with Marcum Advisors and a partner in the firm’s Assurance Services Group as well as a member of its SEC practice Group.  He is also a board member of United Cerebral Palsy.

Debbie Avelis:  Partner – Lewis, Johs, Avalione, Aviles law firm.

John Barry: President of Brainworks.

Wilbur Breslin: President of Breslin Realty, which maintains 8 million square feet of real estate in over 30 real estate centers in 5 states.

Lee Browning: Founder and Principal of Browning Hotel Properties LLC.

Joe Campolo: Managing Partner at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick law firm.  He serves on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Social Enterprise Alliance of Long Island and The Hauppauge Industrial Association.

Dave Carballeira: Manager of Astoria Savings & Loans.

A.J. Caro: President and CEO of Arrow Security

Karin Caro: President and CEO of Blu Chip Marketing

John DiLiberto: President of Island Drafting Technical Institute.

Mike DeLuise: Former VP External Affairs at Dowling College, former VP of University Relations at Hofstra University.

Michael Dwidziak: President, Strategic Planning.

Teresa Elkowitz:   Regional Drector of VHB Enginerring, Surveying and Landscape Architects, one the Northeast’s largest land use agencies.

Ernie Fazio: Chairman and President at Long Island Metro Business Action (LIMBA), an organization supporting reform in areas including transportation, education, energy and infrastructure.

Frank Filipo: Executive Vice President at Suffolk County National Bank.  Mr. Filipo is also the Chairman of the Board of the Bay Street Theatre, a non-profit organization supporting the arts.

Joseph Gergela: Executive Director of the Long Island Farm Bureau, the largest farming advocacy group in New York State’s number one agricultural county.

Ken Greenberg: President of Austin Williams Advertising.

Peter Goldsmith: Chairman of Long Island Software & Technology Network also known as LISTnet.  Mr. Goldsmith was the former Director of Operations at Grumman Data Systems and the Director of Operations at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Mark Herbst: Executive Director of the Long Island Contractor’s Association

Fred Johs: Founding partner of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP law. Mr. Johs serves on the Committee for the Tenth Judicial District, the Commission on the Jury of New York State and Krausman Committee of the Appellate Division.

John King: Founder of J. Kings Food Service Professionals Inc., one of the largest food services providers on Long Island for over 35 years.

Jack Kulka: President, Kulka Construction, an original founder of the Hauppauge Industrial Association, one of Long Island’s largest and most prominent business advocacy groups.

Harriet Kulka: Former Campus Dean and Dean of Students at NYIT.

Philomena Lombardi: CFO of Lombardi Management and Caterers.

Steve Louro: President and CEO of Proffesional Group Claims.

Anita MacDougal: Long Islanders for Tax Reform.

Doug Manditch: CEO Empire National Bank.

Terri Alessi-Miceli: President of Hauppauge Industrial Association, 1,000 company member organization.

Anne Shybunko-Moore: President and CEO of GSE Dynamics

Mitchel Pally: Executive Director of The Long Island Builders’ Institute. Former legislative director for the Long Island Association, Long Island”s largest business organization.

Arthur Perri Jr.: Director of Grants and Research Funding at Dowling College.  Mr. Perri sits on the advisory board for the Dowling Center for Minority Teacher Development and Training and is one of the Universities’ governmental relations liaison’s.

Vincent Polemeni: President of Polemeni Builders, one of the region’s biggest developer group.

Mitchell Rechler: Co-owner of RecHler Equities, one of the largest commercial property managers on Long Island.

Desmond Ryan: Executive Director of The Association For a Better Long Island, former government liaison for Grumman Aerospace.

Sheldon Sackstein: Chairman of Action Long Island, an organization dedicated to the advancement of business and economic development on Long Island. Mr. Sackstein has served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and is a member of the U.S. Small Business Administration Region II – New York Advisory Council.

Bill Schoolman: Owner of Classic Coach and Hampton Luxury Coach Bus services.  Bill Schoolman is one of the most successful entrepreneurs on Long Island creating the ninth largest integrated ground transportation service in the country.

Sal Turano: President and CEO of Abstracts Inc.

Andrea Vecchio: Long Islanders for Education Reform.

Bob Venero: President and CEO of Future Tech, a $70 million full service IT provider and one of the region’s most respected high tech firms.

Greg Walker: President and CEO of Headwind Capital

Marie Zere: President and CEO of Zere Real Estate Services and the former President of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society.