YONKERS, N.Y. – Several Yonkers residents and workers from the city were recently named Rising Stars winners by The Business Council of Westchester, the county’s largest business membership organization.
The Yonkers winners, which make up nearly 25 percent of this year’s Rising Stars, come from a variety of backgrounds and represent the diversity and breadth of the city’s economy and its workforce. The Rising Stars connected to Yonkers work in a variety of fields including public safety, medical, marketing, advertising, media, government, restaurant and education. They are among 40 Rising Stars winners who will be recognized on June 11 at 800 Westchester Ave. in Rye Brook.
Tara Rosenblum of News12 Westchester is returning as the event’s emcee.
“We’ve always known that Yonkers has great people and great businesses, so I’m pleased to see many of our current and future leaders recognized for their contributions,” said Mayor Mike Spano said. “Yonkers is a great city to live and work and that’s clear from our Rising Stars winners.”
Here are the Yonkers winners:
- Amit Rajani, chief executive officer, general dentist, Yonkers Avenue Dental
- John Rubbo, founder and “Brew-EO,” Yonkers Brewing Company
- John White III, firefighter, Yonkers Fire Department
- Jaime McGill, executive director, Yonkers Industrial Development Agency
- Richard Giacovas, producer/on air talent, News 12
- Donvil Collins, founder, president, VeeKast
- Christopher Phillips, senior vice president, product platform and technology, Mindspark Interactive Jamell Scott, dean of scholars and families/athletic director Amani Public Charter School
- Jennifer Bannan, director of marketing and advertising for Thompson & Bender, the marketing, advertising and communications firm that created the Generation Yonkers campaign
The Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Stars program is modeled after the national business recognition program “Forty Under Forty,” and Rising Stars is specifically designed to recognize individuals under the age of 40 who exemplify leadership, foresight and a vision for the future of Westchester County. Winners were selected based on professional and/or entrepreneurial accomplishments, demonstrated leadership qualities and professional and/or business affiliations.
“As Westchester County’s largest city and an urban center that is attracting great new businesses and impressive new talent, Yonkers is such a vital part of our economy and the region’s future,” said Marsha Gordon, president and chief executive officer of The Business Council of Westchester. “We’re excited about the contributions of these Rising Stars – both to Yonkers and Westchester. Congratulations to all of our winners on this wonderful achievement.”