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Business Council Of Westchester Honors '40 Under 40'

Michael J. Fosina, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NewYork Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital, gave the keynote address at the 2015 “Rising Star” Award ceremony. Photo Credit: Contributed
Michael J. Fosina, “Rising Star" Eleni Zimmerman, and Willa Brody attended the "40 Under 40." Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Forty of Westchester County's up-and-coming business leaders received the 2015 "Rising Star" Award from The Business Council of Westchester.

In presenting the awards to the next class of winners, BCW President and CEO Marsha Gordon said the honorees are some of the finest young talents in the region and exemplify all that's great with Westchester's economy.

"Westchester has one of the most highly educated workforces in the country, and we know that CEOs, entrepreneurs and business owners are looking for young and talented professionals. They are seeking people like you," Gordon said. "What's great about the Rising Stars program and our winners is that they are a reflection of the community. They are reflection of the creativity, drive, energy and can-do spirit of the young professionals in Westchester County."

This year's winners represent a wide-range of professionals from various backgrounds including marketing, advertising, public safety, government, media, health care, education, social work, hospitality and nonprofits, among others. The selection process was competitive and led by Maria Bronzi, Director at Altium Wealth Management. Bronzi, who is chair of the Rising Stars program, received "40 Under 40" honors in 2011.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino commended The BCW and the Rising Stars program, saying that each has strengthened Westchester and its business climate.

"This annual reception is a Westchester tradition, but the Rising Stars program has become a Westchester institution. It is part of what makes this county a special place to live and work," said Astorino. "The Business Council appreciates talent. Westchester has a lot of it, which is why this award is so coveted."

The 2015 Rising Stars are:

Jessica Antonette, CEO/Owner, JTonezMusic Corp. Jennifer Bannan, Director of Advertising & Marketing, Thompson & Bender Vincenzo Battaglia, Police Sergeant, White Plains Department of Public Safety David Buchwald, New York State Assemblyman Donvil Collins, Founder & President, VeeKast Andrea Contreras, Manager, Client Services, Altium Anthony D'Arpino, Founder & Owner, Harrison Wine Vault Andrew Edge, AVP - Business Banking & Commercial Lender, Sterling National Bank April Fatato Grundman, Onsite Owner and Educational Director, The Goddard School Yorktown Bonnie Fogarty, Executive Director, Community YMCA Megan Gann, Business Development Manager, Westchester Hills Golf Club Anna Geller, Director, Business Analysis & Acquisitions, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits Richard Giacovas, Producer/on air talent, News 12 Jeffrey Hogan, Energy & Sustainability Manager, Montefiore Hospital Kelvin Joseph, Chief Operating Officer, Steiner Sports Nikhil Kumar, Vice President, Undergraduate Enrollment Management, Manhattanville College Ashley Ley, Technical Director, AKRF, Inc Anthony Luisi, Associate, Cuddy & Feder LLP Kimberly Mallard, Senior Vice President, Executive Operations, Tommie Copper Anna Linda Marciano, Assistant General Counsel, Heineken USA, Incorporated Ryan McAuliffe, Vice President, M&T Bank Jaime McGill, Executive Director, Yonkers Industrial Development Agency Alan Murray, Chief Executive Officer, North Shore-LIJ CareConnect Insurance Company, Inc. Erin Nesbitt, Director, Program Management, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Jessica Oliva, CEO, Fit Mama 4 Life Jill Ortiz, VP Finance & Accounting, Diamond Properties Linda Parry, CEO, Product Launchers Christopher Phillips Senior Vice President, Product Platform and Technology, Mindspark Interactive. Regina Poniros-Simonetti, Controller, Robert Martin Company LLC David Putrino, Director, Telemedicine and Virtual Rehabilitation, Burke Medical Research Institute Amit Rajani, CEO, General Dentist, Yonkers Avenue Dental John Rubbo, Founder and “Brew-EO,” Yonkers Brewing Company Eliza Scheibel, Associate, Wilson Elser Timothy Schlauraff, Department Manager, Consolidated Edison of NY Jamell Scott, Dean of Scholars and Families/Athletic Director Amani Public Charter School Diana Seo, Owner, B Spa & Salon Nicholas Singer, Managing Member, Purchase Capital Loren Ward, Vice President, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch John White III, Firefighter, City of Yonkers Fire Department Eleni Zimmerman, Social Work Advanced Clinician, NewYork Presbyterian Hospital – Eating Disorders Unit

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