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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)

Top Businessmen Honored at Kings of Long Island Event

Elite Fitness To Your Front Door

Marc Buccellato is no stranger to the fitness industry. From a young age, his love for fitness shined through and has motivated him to create a mobile training company that is second to none. Marc started weightlifting and training when he was only 13 years old and never stopped reaching for his dream of someday becoming an entrepreneur and working for himself. With a degree in Exercise Science from Rutgers University and a strong family support system behind him, the road of opportunity was endless and ready for Buccellato to take his self-motivation and industry training to the finish line.

After mentoring with the top three gyms in the world, Buccellato took everything he learned over the years and meshed the various philosophies into his own. In 2013, On the Marc Training was born and his journey was about to begin on a long stretch of road that would give him the ability to help people reach their fitness goals from the convenience of their own home.

On The Marc Training is revolutionizing the fitness industry with a cutting-edge concept of mobile training that offers a unique way for people of all ages to get fit and healthy. With four mobile vans and five certified personal trainers on hand, along with a massage therapist, stretching specialist, yoga instructor and a registered dietitian, clients can literally have any type of service available to them without leaving their house. The company has taken mobile fitness to a new level and developed a mobile training program that brings all equipment and staff to a client’s front door.

“The biggest challenge that most people face is allotting time in their busy schedules to actually workout and drive to a gym,” states CEO Buccellato. “We saw there was a huge niche for mobile training on the North Shore of Long Island and came up with the concept of bringing the gym to them.”

On The Marc Training offers clients customized programs that include youth fitness, senior fitness and sports performance training. Most clients can book their appointments online every Sunday from the convenience of their computer or mobile phone using the company’s app OTMT Elite Health, making it extremely easy for people to get in the best shape of their life.

“The biggest joy of being the CEO of a mobile training company is being able to interact with different types of people on a daily basis and learn what motivates each person, and how to help people lose weight and achieve their health and fitness goals,” states Buccellato. “Seeing a happy client and getting a new referral is our greatest form of accomplishment.”

By offering a long-term customizable fitness program to their clients along with a nutritious diet, On The Marc Training gives clients the ability to create a better life for themselves and their families. It’s all about helping people achieve their goals, not only with a workout schedule, but a healthy diet. The biggest obstacle most people face that prevents them from achieving a healthy lifestyle is typically food and not eating right. Buccellato and his team are on hand to help guide clients nutritionally on what to include in their diet and what to eliminate.

Today, more and more people are on the go and too busy to take care of their health. With so many studies showing the benefits of exercise and how it can prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and other health ailments, people need guidance on how to get on a health regimen that works for them. With On the Marc Training on your team, clients can rest easy knowing that they are getting a personalized training program that is customized to their specific needs.

“I began training with On The Marc Training six weeks after giving birth to my second child. The staff helped me not only lose my baby weight and then some, but helped me to define and tighten my trouble areas. It has been two and a half months and my strength and endurance is better than before I was pregnant,” states Lori, an adult fitness client of OTMT.

“On The Marc Training has been training my 11-year-old son who plays on a travel hockey team. The staff’s focus on conditioning and hand-eye coordination have dramatically changed his game. He is stronger, quicker and more confident,” states Sharone, mom of a youth fitness client of OTMT.

“I assumed that approaching the early eighties was going to be a time marked by falls, isolation and boredom. I was wrong. I train with Marc and his staff three times a week and found myself focused and taking strides forward in my everyday life. They have helped me conquer my fears by devoting their energy into helping me make my daily life a bit easier,” states Eric, a senior fitness client of OTMT.

The company continues to stay ahead of the curve and is taking the high road in helping people across Long Island reach their fitness goals. Future plans for the business include expanding into Manhattan and the Hamptons and continuing to work with people in the North Shore communities on Long Island. Buccellato truly enjoys meeting new people daily and exploring new areas on Long Island to carry out the company mission of helping people become the best they can be and achieve their long-term fitness goals seamlessly.

For more information, visit or contact On The Marc Training for a free consultation at 917-842-0044 or

Elite Fitness To Your Front Door