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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
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
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.
Networking prior to program
Alison Kellner, Home Instead Senior Care;
Velvet Reda, Mental Health Association and
Suzanne Copeland, Copeland Collaborative
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
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 "Healthcare Policy & Politics: A Misguided Prescription"
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
Ryan Silva spoke on 'Economic Development A Look Ahead'
Stephanie Kosmos and Teno West, West Group Law compare notes
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
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:
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.
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 Harold Willis, Palisades Federal Credit Union with Roger Scheiber, RBA, Brian Campbell, Rockland Professional Services
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 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 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
Dick Neely, Vista Electrical Contractors and new member Tejash Patel, Firehouse Subs
Fran Reinstein with new member Joseph Minuta, Joseph Minuta Architecture
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
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
Barry Dorfman, Liberty Mutual Group joins
new member Gloria Papasophocles, CPA
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
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.