34 THE QUEENS COURIER •RISING STARS •JANUARY 17, 2013 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com rising stars JANUARY 31, 2013 H H H H s THESE ‘STARS’ SHINE CFO & SVP DevelopmentGOODECHRISTIAN P. & Networking presented by Metropolitan Advisors; Dr. Peter Feibish, Orthodontics, Resorts World Casino New York City - Genting, President & Founder, JR WealthFatoullahThe 5th Annual Rising Stars Awards Hospitality will honor young profession- Dynamic Dental; Christian Goode, CFO & Americas als who exemplify outstanding leadership SVP, Resorts World NY; Gerdie Rene Gordon, Christian Goode has substantial What do you love most about your job? also in their community. Corporation; Tracie Hall, VP of Strategy The opportunity to work with extraor-project development and casino man-member, Cambria Heights Development skills, not only in their chosen fi elds, but feature networking with top Queens pro- Services, Queens Library; Matthew Jahrsdoerfer, whether it be co-workers, business part-various management capacities for the& Organizational Development, Librarydinary individuals on a daily basis,agement experience, having served in The evening, set for January 31, will fessionals, an expo with the area’s leading Audit Principal, Grassi & Co; Isabella Leung, past 10 years and currently as Chief ners or members of the community. businesses, and a charity raffl e benefi ting Human Resource Manager, Crystal Window What is one characteristic that youFinancial Offi cer and Senior Vice the Hank Auffarth Family Center of The & Door Systems; Jennifer Matthews, NTC President of Genting Americas over- believe every leader should possess? Child Center of NY and Morgan Center, a Marketing & Events, USTA National seeing all South and North American Integrity. In order to lead, people must pre-school for kids with cancer. Tennis Center; Maria Messados, Principal/ development opportunities. have the respect, trust and loyalty of oth- Along with recognizing notable Queens Insurance Broker, Queens Medallion; Goode previously headed the develop- ers. I think that integrity represents all fi gures, the “Rising Stars” event also pro- Ann O’Connor, Cultural Collaborator, ment of Resorts World Casino New York those qualities and more. the borough. Sales Associate, Greenthal Property Sales Offi cer. Who’s your favorite speakeror author? Why?Before joining Genting, Partner,, LicensedCity as the Chief Financial Tony Rappaport Michael RatnerZoescope Studio;& Management;This year’s event will feature Mentor of vides one of the top networking forums in the Year award recipient Bud Harrelson, Abrams, Fensterman; Jeffrey Reich-Hale, as CFO, he was a Ronald Reagan. He had a a star of the 1969 World Series champion Director of Sales & Marketing, Wyndham Gaming Specialist unique ability to simplify the New York Mets, and Honorary Emcee and Garden LIC; June ReidBlair, Department Consultant with G. complex issues, engage an audi- Star of Stars Awards Recipient Danielle Manager, Delta Air Lines at JFK International Michael Brown & ence and he was compassion- Monaro, Morning Show Co-Host, Z100 Airport; Jeff Yanni, General Manager, Delta Associates. Goode has ate in what he said. I can Elvis Duran & the Morning Show. Air Lines at LaGuardia Airport; Elias Roman, led and been an inte- remember watching him plead The 5th Annual Rising Stars Awards CEO and Co-Founder, Songza Media, gral member of teams with Mikhail Gorbachev to & Networking Event presented by Inc; Rick Rosa, Executive VP & Managing in developing projects tear down the Berlin Wall and Metropolitan Hospitality will be held from Director, Douglas Elliman; Frank T. Santoro, with a net cost of over when he consoled the world 5 to 8 p.m. in the Caesars Club at Citi Counsel, Farrell Fritz, P.C; Suzanne Shusteris, $3 billion. Additionally, in the wake of the fi rst shuttle Field on Thursday, January 31. Manager, TD Bank; Aravella Simotas, he has assisted in arrang- accident. Both speeches give Ticket prices include hors d’oeuvres, an Assemblymember, District 36; Kevin Skelly, ing almost $2 billion in me chills to this day. open bar and dessert. Assistant General Manager, Clearview Golf fi nancing for these Meet the 2013 Rising Stars: Corp.; Seth Taylor, Executive Director, 82nd various proj- Eric D. Abrams, Digital Media & Membership Street Partnership; Silvia Tejeda, Licensed ects. Associate, Queens Chamber of Commerce; Real Estate Broker, Rapid Realty Astoria Joseph Amodeo, Development Director, Quality Inc.; Ebony Young, Executive Director, Long Services for the Autism Community; Anahit island City YMCA; Jason Hilliard, Executive Azatyan, Manager, OKG Jewelry; Anokye Director, Congressmember Gregory Meeks; Blissett, Attorney, Law Firm of Russo & Frank Russo III, Manager, Russo’s on Blissett; Ricky Brava, Senior Partner, Apollo the Bay; Abbi Leman, Communications Financial Group; Ricardi Calixte, Director of Director, CUNY School of Law; Andrew Neighborhood Economic Development, Barnes, Manager, National Grid; Wafa Queens Economic Development Corporation; Abboud, Founder & Chief Executive Jennifer Colletti-Membreño, Assistant Director of Offi cer, Human First, Inc.; Chris Lynch, Development, Samuel Field Y/Central Queens Director of Operations of Parker’s Medical Y/Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village; Elizabeth Culp, Transportation Division, Lakeville Asst. VP & Branch Manager, Roslyn Savings Ambulette Transportation. Services Director, Goldman Queens County Savings Bank/NYCB,HSponsored by: TD Bank, Queens Library,, Business Paisley Demby Bank; Sachs 10,000 Small Delta Airlines, Con Edison, the Businesses at LaGuardia Daily News, Sandwire, National C o m m u n i t y Grid, Flushing Bank, Council for College; Jeffery Airport Opportunity and Parker DeShields, Mortgage Jewish Institute for HealthCare D e v e l o p m e n t & Rehabilitation. Officer & For sponsorship oppor- ARAVELLA SIMOTASBanks, Consumer Affairs and Protection, Energy, HJudiciary, Small Business and Steering committees.Aravella Simotas is the AssemblymemberWhat do you love most about your job?District 36 Team Leader, tunities, to be an exhibitor S o v e r e i g n or for tickets, call 718-224- Bank; Josh 5863, ext. 226. Assemblymember representing the 36th District in Queens. I enjoy being a strong voice for small businesses, Since taking offi ce in January 2011, the environment and women and children in the Simotas has established herself as both New York State Assembly. Nothing is more sat- an effective legislator and a staunch isfying than recognizing a problem and being able advocate for students, women and to do something to help my friends and neighbors. seniors in her district and the environ- ment at large. What motivates you? In Albany, she has made promoting I entered public service to serve the people of the small business development one of community where I have lived since I was a small her top legislative priorities, authoring baby and where I am raising my daughter. several bills that would make it easier for local businesses to operate in New If you can have dinner with any person-living, York State. historical or fi ctitious, who would it be and why? Simotas was recently named chair I would be delighted to dine with Mark Twain. of the Smart Power NY Coalition. She His observations of American culture and life still currently serves on the Assembly’s resonate today and his insight is invaluable.
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