Rockland Business Association, Rockland County NY


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Events — General Membership Luncheons

Join us for an opportunity to mingle and get to know your fellow RBA members, as well as be introduced to new members. Hear up-to-date RBA business and listen to a knowledgeable speaker on a relevant topic.

Sponsorships Available: Call the RBA Office, (845) 735-2100

January General Membership Luncheon

January 18th General Membership Luncheon featured our very own RBA President/CEO, Al Samuels, whose presentation title was "It's Time To Hit The Reset Button - A policy look at 'Sacred Cows'. 

He touched on the necessity of economic development; the rise of the poverty rate in the County and the ability to pay for it, and the importance of communication amongst all Rocklanders. 

The lunch was sponsored by Marquis Home Care.

RBA President Al Samuels holds up graph showing how poverty rate has risen in Rockland
RBA President Al Samuels holds up graph showing how poverty rate has risen in Rockland

Neil Zelman, CEO of Marquis Home Care, speaks to guests
Neil Zelman, CEO of Marquis Home Care, speaks to guests

 

Brian Campbell, Rockland Pros; Michael Shilale, Michael Shilale Architects and Andrew Ritschel, Electronic Office Systems
Brian Campbell, Rockland Pros; Michael Shilale, Michael Shilale Architects and Andrew Ritschel, Electronic Office Systems

 

New members gathered for a picture.  (left to right) Joel Greenwald, Greenwald Doherty LLP; Suzanne Copeland, Copeland Collaborative; Deirdre Ryder, Vits International Inc.; Bassie Friedman, Marquis Home Care (sponsor); Michel Wouters, Worldwide Logistics Limited; Ed Day, Rockland County Executive; Ron Caspari, Metrodata Systems LLC; Elizabeth Webster, The Blue Book Building & Construction Network; Bryan Covert, Gary Goldberg Financial Services and Jordan Hollar, Rose & Kiernan, Inc.
New members gathered for a picture.  (left to right) Joel Greenwald, Greenwald Doherty LLP; Suzanne Copeland, Copeland Collaborative; Deirdre Ryder, Vits International Inc.; Bassie Friedman, Marquis Home Care (sponsor); Michel Wouters, Worldwide Logistics Limited; Ed Day, Rockland County Executive; Ron Caspari, Metrodata Systems LLC; Elizabeth Webster, The Blue Book Building & Construction Network; Bryan Covert, Gary Goldberg Financial Services and Jordan Hollar, Rose & Kiernan, Inc.

Bassie Friedman, Neil Zelman, CEO and Raisie Jacobs all from Marquise Home Care - this month's lunch sponsor.
Bassie Friedman, Neil Zelman, CEO and Raisie Jacobs all from Marquise Home Care - this month's lunch sponsor.

Networking prior to program
Networking prior to program

Alison Kellner, Home Instead Senior Care; Velvet Reda, Mental Health Association and Suzanne Copeland, Copeland Collaborative
Alison Kellner, Home Instead Senior Care;
Velvet Reda, Mental Health Association and
Suzanne Copeland, Copeland Collaborative

December RBA General Membership Luncheon

The December 14, 1017 General Membership Luncheon featured Kevin Dahill, President, Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association gave an overview of the deficit NY faces as healthcare changes are met at the federal and state levels.  The luncheon was sponsored by Good Samaritan Hospital.

Kevin Dahill and Al Samuels, Pres./CEO, RBA, greet each other prior to the start of the program
Kevin Dahill and Al Samuels, Pres./CEO, RBA, greet each other prior to the start of the program

Amanda Levin, Good Samaritan Hospital, Director of Development, Foundation addressed the group as this month's sponsor
Amanda Levin, Good Samaritan Hospital, Director of Development, Foundation addressed the group as this month's sponsor.

Kevin Dahill, President, Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association, presented
Kevin Dahill, President, Northern Metropolitan Hospital Association, presented "Healthcare Policy & Politics: A Misguided Prescription"

New RBA members Kevin Cramsie, Berard Associates CPA and Frank Mancini, Plus Funding Group
New RBA members Kevin Cramsie, Berard Associates CPA and Frank Mancini, Plus Funding Group
RBA Executive Board Members Leonard Birbrower, Esq. Birbrower and Beldock; Sheldon Horowitz, Safe Harbour Group and Harold Peterson, Sterling National Bank
RBA Executive Board Members Leonard Birbrower, Esq. Birbrower and Beldock; Sheldon Horowitz, Safe Harbour Group and Harold Peterson, Sterling National Bank

November RBA General Membership Luncheon

The November General Membership Luncheon featured Ryan Silva, new Executive Director of the NYS Economic Development Council - sponsored by the West Group Law PLLC - Teno West, Managing Partner.

Nyack Seaport hopping with RBA members networking
Nyack Seaport hopping with RBA members networking

Ryan Silva spoke on 'Economic Development A Look Ahead'
Ryan Silva spoke on 'Economic Development A Look Ahead'

GM Stephanie Kosmos and Teno West, West Group Law, compare notes
Stephanie Kosmos and Teno West, West Group Law compare notes

GM Tom Della Torre and Ben Naynor of Rockland Community College with Ann Byne, The Byne Group in center
Tom Della Torre and Ben Naynor of Rockland Community College with Ann Byne, The Byne Group in center

Richard Sena, RPS Realty-Ellen Schmall, JCC-Chris Christie, Christie Consulting and Josh Wolfe, Skypunch Creative

Richard Sena, RPS Realty-Ellen Schmall, JCC-Chris Christie, Christie Consulting and Josh Wolfe, Skypunch Creative

 

October RBA General Membership Luncheon and 8th Annual Green Awards 

The 8th Annual RBA Green Council Awards Luncheon took place on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Rockland Country Club.  The lunch was sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.  The goal of these awards is to highlight the success of members who advance environmentally-conscious business practices.  The awards were adorned with beautiful photographs by Paul Tappaden.
 
The winners were:

  • Sterling National Bank for Energy Efficiency sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities
  • Aptar Congers for Waste Reduction sponsored by Sunrise Solar LLC
  • Rockland Farm Alliance for Water Conservation sponsored by SUEZ
  • Cambridge Security Seals for Green Manufacturing sponsored by Instumentation Laboratories
Michael Shilale, Architect and Chair of the RBA Green Council, Danielle Petrow, Aptar Congers; John McDowell, Rockland Farm Alliance; Elisha Tropper, Cambridge Security Seals and Vincent Mazzillo, Sterling National Bank.
Michael Shilale, Architect and Chair of the RBA Green Council, Danielle Petrow, Aptar Congers; John McDowell, Rockland Farm Alliance; Elisha Tropper, Cambridge Security Seals and Vincent Mazzillo, Sterling National Bank.
Michael Shilale, Architect and Chair of the RBA Green Council, Danielle Petrow, Aptar Congers; John McDowell, Rockland Farm Alliance; Elisha Tropper, Cambridge Security Seals and Vincent Mazzillo, Sterling National Bank.
Penny the gold jester was again promoting the RBA 50th Anniversary Extravaganza with an appearance at our lunch.  Pictured here are Gabriella Napoli and John Cirilli of Michael Shilale Architects with Don Rudie of Atlantic, Tomorrow's Office.
Michael Mui, Allstate and Greg Flotard, New York Life get a royal welcome
Michael Mui, Allstate and Greg Flotard, New York Life get a royal welcome

 

September RBA General Membership Luncheon

The September 7th General Membership Luncheon featured Rockland County Executive Ed Day.  He spoke about accomplishments and challenges his administration face.

The Rockland County Executive got a special welcome from the RBA Anniversary Gold Jester
The Rockland County Executive got a special welcome from the RBA Anniversary Gold Jester. 

New member Carmela Carpentieri, Spinak Medical Eye Center and Sharon Fagan, Lakeland Bank
New member Carmela Carpentieri, Spinak Medical Eye Center and Sharon Fagan, Lakeland Bank

 

New member Bruce Barrett, AFLAC, Jackie Grillo, Maser Consulting and Daniel Ortega, Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative 825
New member Bruce Barrett, AFLAC, Jackie Grillo, Maser Consulting and Daniel Ortega, Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative 825

New member Harold Willis, Palisades Federal Credit Union with Roger Scheiber, RBA, Brian Campbel, Rockland Professional Services

New member Harold Willis, Palisades Federal Credit Union with Roger Scheiber, RBA, Brian Campbell, Rockland Professional Services

 

July RBA General Membership Luncheon

July 20th RBA General Membership Luncheon addressed the opioid addiction problem with a discussion on what the RBA and its business members can do to help.

Al Samuels, President/CEO, presented research concerning the opioid addiction problem before opening it up to members to voice their ideas and suggestions on how the RBA can help with this issue.
Al Samuels, President/CEO, presented his research concerning the opioid addiction problem before opening it up to the audience. Members' voiced their suggestions on how the business community can help with this issue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domenick Cocchiara, Reclaim New York, Seth Canter, Rockland Boulders and Chris Bailey, Vista Electric
Domenick Cocchiara, Reclaim New York, Seth Cantor, Rockland Boulders and Chris Bailey, Vista Electrical Contractors

New members Michael and Esther Apter, MDA Accounting & Business Services joined by our own Roger Scheiber
New members Michael and Esther Apter, MDA Accounting & Business Services joined by our own Roger Scheiber

Dick Neely, Vista Electrical Contractors and new member Tejash Patel, Firehouse Subs
Dick Neely, Vista Electrical Contractors and new member Tejash Patel, Firehouse Subs

 

Fran Reinstein with new member Joseph Minuta, Joseph Minuta Architecture
Fran Reinstein with new member Joseph Minuta, Joseph Minuta Architecture

 

June General Membership Luncheon

The June General Membership Luncheon featured Jeremy Schulman, President/CEO, Rockland Economic Development Corporation. He discussed REDC's outreach to bring more businesses into Rockland County.  The lunch took place at Paramount Country Club and was sponsored by Joe D'Urso, Rockland-Bergen Music Festival. The festival is taking place on June 24 and 25thin Tappan, NY and is one of Rockland's premier events.

Joe D'Urso, Rockland-Bergen Music Festival; Tom Clifford, Sunshine Plumbing & Heating and Joe Allen, Active International
Joe D'Urso, Rockland-Bergen Music Festival;
Tom Clifford, Sunshine Plumbing & Heating and
Joe Allen, Active International

RBA President/CEO Al Samuels speaks with REDC President/CEO Jeremy Schulman
RBA President/CEO Al Samuels speaks with
REDC President/CEO Jeremy Schulman

New member Joseph Rossi, Turtle Bay Advisory Service and guest Justin Berson, Terrytech
New member Joseph Rossi, Turtle Bay Advisory Service
and guest Justin Berson, Terrytech

Barry Dorfman, Liberty Mutual Group joins new member Gloria Papasophocles, CPA
Barry Dorfman, Liberty Mutual Group joins
new member Gloria Papasophocles, CPA

 

May General Membership Luncheon

The May 18th General Membership took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Suffern, NY, and featured Thomas P. DiNapoli, NYS Comptroller.

Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative 825 sponsored this month's lunch.

NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Rockland Country Executive Ed Day and Al Samuels, RBA President/CEO
NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Rockland Country Executive Ed Day and Al Samuels, RBA President/CEO

 

 

April General Membership Luncheon

The April 20th General Membership took place at the Paramount Country Club and featured Dr. Cliff Wood, President, Rockland Community College.  Dr. Wood gave an overview of his accomplishments during his tenure and his work on the Mid-Hudson Regional Council with Al Samuels. Rand Commercial sponsored this month's lunch.

Enjoying great meal at the Paramount Country Club
Enjoying great meal at the Paramount Country Club
Joseph Rand, Rand Realty & Better Homes and Gardens, Rand Commercial
Joseph Rand, Rand Realty & Better Homes and Gardens, Rand Commercial
Dr. Cliff Wood, President, Rockland Community College with Al Samuels
Dr. Cliff Wood, President, Rockland Community College with Al Samuels

 

  • RBA welcomes new members Christopher McCracken, Advance Testing and Dana Pavelock, EverCare Inc.
  • RBA Ambassador Fran Reinstein welcomes John River and Laura Ramsey of Insperity and Gary Javier, Mass. Mutual
  • RBA President Al Samuels and BSCHS's Christopher Banks get preview of Kevin Dahill's outlook for healthcare in New Year
  • Rockland County Executive Ed Day joined by Julia Light, The Byne Group
  • Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO, and Christopher Banks, Bon Secours Charity Health System; and RBA Vice President Joan Neumann
  • Edie Haughhney, Kyla Basso, Roger Dean, Roger Scheiber and new member Kate Coffey of EDU Trips
  • Meet the RBA's new member, Michael Khekoian of Computuners
  • New member Brian Campbell, Rockland Professional Services, and Justin Schwarts, Atlantic-Tomrrow's Office
  • New member Jacob Busani, Jay Property Holdings; Major John Hodgson, Crestview Conference Center; and Arnel Anolin, Trustco Bank