BALLPARK SPORTS SHOP
Abdulurb Abbadi is a third-generation owner of Ballpark
His grandfather started the aptly-named business in 1980,
right near Yankee Stadium.
For years they sold Yankee merchandise – jackets, jerseys,
hats. But in 2019, when Nike took over the merchandising, Ballpark
Sports Shop lost its licensing.
With the help of the community, Abbadi and his family led a
rally – a David VS. Goliath battle – and won.
“We as a small business have been part of the old and new
stadium,” said Addabi.
In 2022, is set to launch a website from which to purchase
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FORDHAM ROAD BID
Wilma began her career on Fordham Road back in 1995 at
the Bronx Council for Economic Development. It was during
her time as the Executive Director of this founding organization
that she helped establish Fordham Road BID in 2005.
Since then she has long been considered the heart and soul
advocate of the neighborhood and is the architect behind
many of the economic, social, and capital improvements
that have occurred on Fordham Road.
A.S.A.P. MORTGAGE CORP
Irene Amato is the CEO for A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp. and established
it from the ground up, after beginning her career in
the mortgage industry over three decades ago. From the beginning,
Amato made it her mission to surround herself with true
professionals who share the same beliefs and passions as she
does; this has always been one of her top priorities.
Amato’s success has been a direct result of her dedication
and commitment to her clients and the industry as a whole. Her
clients become her friends
VICE PRESIDENT & BRONX AREA MANAGER
Maria Alvarado is a Vice President and Bronx Area Manager
for Popular Bank. She oversees a team that provides a wide
retail and business banking, mortgage services and investment
planning, among others. In addition to the three Popular Bank
branch locations in the Bronx, Maria also oversees locations in
Upper Manhattan and Queens – a total of 10 branches. With
more than 22 years of experience with Popular Bank, Maria is
a highly regarded leader who is committed to her employees,
customers and the communities we serve.