38 THE QUEENS COURIER •RISING STARS •JANUARY 17, 2013 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.queenscourier.com rising stars JANUARY 31, 2013 H H H H JENNIFER H vices for those who need them most.in a positive way, by helping to provide ser-multi-service agency dedicated to enhancingthe quality of individual, family and communal s COLLETTI- Samuel Field Y development operations, and how did you overcome them?What have been your biggest obstaclesFinding ways to stay interested in my careerIn this capacity she helps to oversee thelife through service to people of all ages, abilitylevels, stages of life and backgrounds. MEMBREÑO munity businesses with the goal of provid- have been able to reinvent myself and grow ingrowth has always been a challenge for me.By placing a strong emphasis on education Iincluding the SFY/CQY Business Council.The Business Council partners with com- Assistant director of ing resources to the people in Queens who my career. development need them most. In turn, Business Council Samuel Field Y members benefi t from their association with a in your life and how did this person impactWho has been the most infl uential personlarge social service agency with a 60 year track Jennifer Colletti-Membreño record and from extensive marketing exposure your life? is the assistant to the Y’s 35,000 clients. There have been many infl uential mentors director of devel- along the way, supervisors who encouraged opment at the What do you love most about your job? me and gave me new opportunities. I’d have Samuel Field Y. It brings me joy to work in a fi eld that to say, though, that the most infl uential people Known as “The provides so much personal and professional in my life have been my family members. They E v e r y b o d y fulfi llment. When you work for a non-profi t encourage and support me to continue to Place,” the Y organization such as the Samuel Field Y, you reach for the stars. is a non-profi t, have the opportunity to impact people’s lives RICKY BRAVA ship alive. It’s a win-win scenario.What is one characteristic that Senior Partner possess?you believe every leader should Apollo Financial Group All leaders should have great ana- As the Senior Partner of Apollo Financial Group, lytical skills and not be afraid of doing Ricky Brava is responsible for directing sales and the the right thing. investment education facets of the fi rm including valu- A leader should be fearless. processes. H JEFFERY B. DESHIELDS HWhat do you love most about your job?The mortgage industry allows me to work with individualsHIf you can have dinnerI would love to have dinnerwith any person-living, his-torical or fi ctitious, whowould it be?with J.P. Morgan, the reasonbeing is that he was a vision-ary with the will to see hisvisions come to fruition. Anincredibly smart and astuteman. I would have learned alot from him even from just onedinner.Jeffery B. DeShields attended the State University of NewMortgage Development Officer & Team LeaderSovereign BankBrava is the company’s leading consultant in marketingWhat do you love most about your job?As the Senior Partner of Apollo Financial Group I loveation, due diligence, deal parameters, and negotiationand new business development for both national and inter-national markets. In addition to joining Apollo FinancialGroup, Brava is President of Brava Entertainment, Inc.,where he leads corporate business development and newclient systems. He manages a diverse project portfolio,including market analysis studies, production and talentfeasibility profi les, and customer satisfaction measurement.being in the Distressed Debt Business. As investors anddebt traders we profi t while also having the ability to helpAmerican homeowners keep their dream of home owner- York at Potsdam where he began to fi nd his calling as a from diverse backgrounds and cultures. You have the ability community activist. During his term at the univer- to educate, inform and insure that individuals make decisions sity he was an active member of student based on quality information that will affect not only their government, assisted with community and lives but their entire family. Overall, there is nothing more campus outreach through the division of satisfying then knowing that you have helped a client succeed multicultural affairs as the assistant direc- at achieving a goal or dream. tor and served on multiple committees. He continues to be involved with the What have been your biggest obstacles and how have community through his current work you overcome them? as a mortgage development offi cer/ The only obstacle I have faced during my carrier is the team leader by assisting people changes within the fi nancial environment, but through to understand credit, clarify- dedication, perseverance and adaption I have been able to ing issues with credit and weather the storm. To be frank, I have always had the mindset QUEENSCOURIER.COM knowledge on how to in time. Who is your favorite speaker or author?throughout thehome ownershipavoid the pitfalls ofGO TOthat come what may if you believe you can succeed you willproviding them fi rsthandFOR MOREA coin toss is needed here Dylan Thomas, “Do not gotri-state area. NETWORKING gentle into that good night” a true poet with his reference OPPORTUNITIES! from Henry V that shows the strength of brotherhood andto darkness and being blind which rings true in any day andage. Or, William Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech comradery against innumerable odds. “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.” Two great men, two distinct and notable voices.
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