Top Businessmen Honored at Kings of Long Island Event

Top Businessmen Honored at Kings of Long Island Event

Hundreds of supporters gathered to see dozens of successful business, community, cultural, political, civic, and religious male leaders be honored at SCNG Events’ prestigious Kings of Long Island Awards and Networking event Thursday night.

SCNG Events, a division of Long Island Press parent company Schneps Community News Group, honored some of the top businessmen from Suffolk and Nassau counties for the work they do in their professions and their communities during a gala at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck.

“I congratulate all of the honorees,” said Edward D’Ambrosio, Executive Senior Manager of Douglas Elliman, who was honored as the Realtor of The Year. “I especially thank my Douglas Elliman team, because this award I could not accomplish without incredible dedication and teamwork from all of my staff and agents.”

The empowering event connects and recognizes the most powerful and active members of the community in one room. It offered face-to-face networking, as well as business building, team building and branding opportunities.

Sponsors include the Whitmore Group, Long Island Cigar & Bourbon, Grassi & Co., Plainview Hospital, Syosset Hospital, Maffucci Moving & Storage Corp., the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center, and Vertigo Media Group.

One hundred percent of raffle proceeds were donated to Life’s WORC, a nonprofit organization founded by Long Island Press Publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis. Through its unique person-centered approach, Life’s WORC provides the comprehensive support and services that people with developmental disabilities and autism need to face their unique challenges — and enjoy a fulfilled life, in spite of them. Proceeds were also donated to VetsEDU, which provides veterans and the active military community with the education and resources they need to navigate through their well-earned benefits.

TV Broadcaster Geraldo Rivera was named Kings of Long Island 2018 Humanitarian of the Year.

“Life’s WORC does God’s work for the developmentally disabled population,” said Rivera, who hosts fundraisers for the nonprofit that was founded after he exposed mistreatment of patients at the infamous Willowbrook State School, a former mental institution in Staten Island.

The evening kicked off with a cocktail hour so honorees and their guests could mix, mingle and get to know each other better. As the night went on, everyone gathered in the main dining hall to receive their awards for the evening. The excitement was contagious.

“It’s a great honor to be a part of this event,” said honoree Jeffrey G. Cohen, CPA, Partner-in-Charge of Tax Services at Grassi & Co. “Vicki and Geraldo are legends and examples of class, courage, empathy, love and giving.”

Michael Fener, CPA, MBA, EMT-B, Executive Director of Plainview and Syosset Hospitals, echoed the sentiment.

“It was truly an honor being identified as a King of Long Island and being among such an amazing group of fellow Kings,” Fener said. “Great to hear how every one of the Kings are not only leaders in business but all have ways of giving back to their communities.”

Sponsors include the Whitmore Group, Long Island Cigar & Bourbon, Grassi & Co., Plainview Hospital, Syosset Hospital, Maffucci Moving & Storage Corp., the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center, and Vertigo Media Group.

The 32 Honorees include:

Humanitarian of The Year
Geraldo Rivera, TV Broadcaster

Philanthropist of The Year
James C. Metzger, CEO and Chairman, The Whitmore Group

Dynamic Duo
James B. Baydar, Esq., Partner, Pegalis & Erickson, LLC

Sanford S. Nagrotsky, Partner, Pegalis & Erickson, LLC

Community Media Heroine/Emcee
Antoinette Biordi, News 12 Long Island

Michael Aharoni, Founder, VetsEDU

Stuart B. Almer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gurwin Family of Healthcare Services

Andy Ayala, Branch Manager, Lakeview Mortgage Bankers

Dr. Michael J. Berlin, Owner, Family Wellness Center

Marc Buccellato, CPT, CFSC, Owner & Co-Founder, On the Marc Training™

Jeffrey G. Cohen, CPA, Partner-in-Charge of Tax Services, Grassi & Co.

Dr. Matthew E. Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Interim Chief of the Scoliosis Service, Hospital for Special Surgery

Edward D’Ambrosio, Executive Senior Manager, Douglas Elliman

William Diaz, Founder, Noticia and SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival

Michael Fener, CPA, MBA, EMT-B, Executive Director, Plainview and Syosset Hospitals

Thomas Francis, Owner, Founder, Long Island Cuban Cigar and Bourbon Experienc

Dr. Perry Frankel, Board Certified Cardiologist, Lipidologist, Founder/Director Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics

Stephen T. Greenberg, M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director, Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery

Steve Kirschbaum, General Manager, Lessing’s Catering Division

Bobby La Serra, CEO , Strong Island Television

Judd Levine, President, Maffucci Moving & Storage, Interstate Agent for Bekins Van Lines

Rick Lewis, CEO, Mid Island Y Jewish Community Center

George Likourezos, Partner, Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt

Brian Michels, Partner, Michels & Hanley CPA

Andrew Parton, President, Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center

Fred Pesce, Vice president, Vertigo Media Group

John Savarese, AVP, Branch Manager, Wantagh Branch, Investors Bank

Jonathan Scinto, Chef, TV Personality

Joe Spinosa, Vice President, Business Development, East/West Industries

Wayne Thompson, founder and executive director of Strategic Opportunities, Achieving Results (S.O.A.R!)

Gino Veneroso, Area Manager of Business Development, Sunrise Senior Living’s New York Market

Ricky Wolbrom, Partner, Malc and Company CPAs

Simon A. Zysman, Ph.D., Founder and President, EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE RESOURCES SERVICES, INC. (EARS)

Whitestone mobile gym brings daily workouts right to the people

Whitestone mobile gym brings daily workouts right to the people

On The Marc Training (OTMT), founded by Whitestone native Marc Buccellato and his wife Monique, has a fleet of vans and a staff of trainers and health specialists revolutionizing the way people experience the gym.

After graduating from Rutgers, Marc Buccellato began coaching a youth hockey team. Working out of his Nissan Altima, Buccellato began training individual team members outside of scheduled practice. He would go to their house for private training sessions, and the athletes started seeing results on the ice. They started telling their friends, and the mobile training program took root.

Soon, Buccellato was doing private workouts with a multitude of hockey players, not just members of his team.

Buccellato saw a business opportunity. “If [we] bring the gym to your house, there’s no excuse. All the motivation comes with it,” Buccellato said. Rather than clients dragging themselves out of bed and driving to a physical location, OTMT packs up all the equipment and drives right up to the client’s driveways. It’s a lot easier to walk to the front door than drive to the gym.

To gain knowledge of the fitness industry, Buccellato studied at the three best gyms in the United States. It was on this circuit that he met his wife, Monique, a former All-American gymnast at UCLA. One thing led to another, and Buccellato was explaining his business idea to her. “I thought it was a great idea,” she said. “And [now] people really enjoy it.”

Buccellato moved back to Queens in 2013, and Monique followed in 2014. She told him he should start using vans instead of his Altima, a small, four-door sedan. Today, OTMT has five vans in its growing service.

An average day with OTMT is jam-packed with fitness. From 4 to 7 a.m., trainers work out with the business people who need to get out to Manhattan. Once kids start getting dropped off at school, trainers work out with parents. Seniors have workouts from noon to 2 p.m., and from 2 to 10 p.m., it’s nonstop for student-athletes.

OTMT’s trainers have all the equipment they need in the van. They unload the equipment needed for the client’s workout and carry it to the desired exercise space, whether that be someone’s backyard or their basement.

With personal trainers, a yoga instructor, a masseuse, a stretching specialist, and a dietician, OTMT offers people the chance to achieve fitness on their terms. OTMT has plans in place to add pilates instructors and physical therapists in 2019, helping them reach as many people as possible.

“It’s not just about the training, we truly connect with the client and want to see them succeed, even if they aren’t with OTMT anymore or in New York anymore. [We’re] not just there for OTMT, we’re about helping people,” Monique Buccellato said.

Health and wellness aren’t all OTMT is bringing to people’s doorsteps, they’re bringing a personal touch.

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