FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com JANUARY 17, 2013 •RISING STARS • THE QUEENS COURIER 35 USTA National Tennis Center H HH H HNot to mention, being able to work for a great organiza-JANUARY 31, 2013 HMATTHEWSrising starsJennifer Matthews joined the United States Tenniss JENNIFER NTC Marketing & Events Association (USTA) in April 2002. She is responsible for tion like the USTA and all of their great initiatives every all on-site events, graphics, signage and marketing for the year for the community and the people who love playing US Open. She is also very heavily involved in community tennis. H outreach, marketing initiatives for the National Tennis Center and streamlining all social media platforms to the community. What have been your biggest obstacles and how Located all year round at the USTA – Billie Jean did you overcome them? King National Tennis Center, she created a site Like many of us, the last few years have been –wide employee based program called “Color tough from an economy perspective and with Wars,” where employees are split into teams a lot of unknowns on many fronts. Striving to and participate in monthly challenges that exceed customer expectations, both during the increase employee relations and build stronger US Open and in the off-season, make it a partnerships between departments. challenge to always keep focusing on “what She is the Vice President of Membership for matters” and keeping our long strategic goals the Queens Tourism Council. in mind. Patience, a good understanding of our customers’ needs and a strong vision What do you love most about your job? allow me so “steer the ship” when we are The best thing about the sports and enter- in choppy waters and overcome any tainment business is that it is constantly challenge that comes our way. changing. Whether it is a new player around or a unique event we are person-living, historical or fi cti-HIf you can have dinner with any we are focusing our marketing efforts having at the National Tennis tious, who would it be? Center, change keeps me busy That’s a hard but easy question I am the luckiest person in Karolyi. His leadership, determina- JEFF YANNIfor me. I would choose ex-USAOlympic Gymnastics coach Bela and always thinking one step ahead. Personally, I think the world as I get to go to tion and confi dence inspires me General Manager for Facilities a job that I love every day. The staff I work with is and Complianceevery day to achieve for the stars constantly pushing me to has motivated me to do more Delta Airlines, LaGuardiaand to go above-and-beyond. He excel and drive results to and to search for the great- new heights every year. ness inside of me. Jeff Yanni is currently the General Manager for Facilities and Compliance at Delta’s newest H responsibility. She believes that serving people is her ultimate purpose in charity golf tournaments.Yanni is also active in several charities. Hehis MBA in Management from the Universityat Albany and an undergraduate degree inaccounting from Siena College in 2002.has helped raise monies for the Leukemiaand Lymphoma Society, the Spinal MuscularAtrophy (SMA) and various holiday programsfor the needy. He is very active in Habitat forHumanity and is very eager to participate inEbony Conely-Young is the Executive Director of the Long IslandLeader for various conferences & events, being a mentor and coachcountry for the past 12 years holding positions with Y-USA asCo-founder of the Emerging Leaders Group, Steering CommitteeCity YMCA. She has worked diligently with YMCAs across theLong Island City YMCAto aspiring leaders, and working as a Group Executive with the Y’sShe is an advocate for youth development, healthy living, and socialin Indiana.Hin various cities and began with NorthwestAirlines in Albany. In 2004, Yanni receivedExecutive DirectorEBONYhad been a Station Manager for Delta AirlinesCONELY-YOUNGhub in LaGuardia. Prior to March 2012, Yanni life and she is able to execute that on a daily basis as the director of the What do you love most about your job? Long Island City Y. I love going to work for Delta Airlines What do you love most about your job? because every day brings unique and complex challenges. We never have two days that I love people! People motivate me, they give are the same because we encounter new and me a reason to work! My career allows me different situations involving our customers. to execute this passion in mind, body, and Providing them with the best possible travel spirit. I am able to assist our members and experience keeps me going strong every day. the community in building strong families through youth development, healthy living, What is the Single Most Important Thing in and social responsibility. I love my job! your organization? What motivates you? Our employees are the most important piece Seeing people achieve their goals of our organization. I get to work with the best and helping them in any way possible. and most professional people in the aviation Whether it be through fi ghting diabetes, industry. We are one great team and have the cancer, or helping a family receive fi nan- same goals - safety, reliability and the best pos- cial aid so that their children can afford sible customer service. to participate in Y programs. If the If you can have dinner with any person-liv- people are happy, then so am I! ing, historical or fi ctitious, who would it be? If you can have dinner with any per- I would choose Abraham Lincoln because son-living, historical or fi ctitious, we could discuss complex issues facing our who would it be? and economic issues of the Civil War wouldcountry during his presidency. Political, social, Jesus. His biblical teachings have provide an insight to the thinking and actions compelled me to do the work that I do. of the great man. I admire his hard work and His knowledge and wisdom exceeds earthly dedication in keeping the Union together and expectations. abolishing slavery.
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