Council Speaker to be honored at Kings of Queens


           Time is running out for you to attend one of the most popular area networking events – and to meet and honor City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

            The Queens Courier and Queens Business will host the 3rd Annual Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event, presented by American Airlines. This event will recognize Queens’ most influential men in business whose achievements and participation in many community activities throughout the years has helped the city to grow.

A special award, “Top Woman of the Year,” will go to Quinn.

            The event will take place Thursday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The day, which is expected to attract more than 500 people, will feature a morning of networking with top professionals and an expo with the area’s leading businesses.

            Ticket prices are $85 each and include access to trade show, networking, refreshments, lunch, awards presentation and a raffle with proceeds benefiting the Child Center of New York.

            “Our mission is to help at-risk children and youth succeed in life,” said Susan Wyant, Chief External Affairs Officer with the Child Center of New York. “We are extremely grateful for any community support. More than 1,000 children are on our waiting list for support and we are grateful to The Courier for helping us realize our goals.”

                Kings of Queens is being sponsored by American Airlines, TD Bank, City University of New York, Sandwire, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, HSBC Bank, Flushing Bank, Bombardier, Con Edison, Queens County Savings Bank, New York Daily News, Big City Graphics Printing and the Central Queens Y/Samuel Field Y.

            Honored this year are Henry Auffarth, Senior Managing Director, Think Forward Financial; John Buran, President and CEO, Flushing Bank; Michael Clendenin, Director of Media Relations, Con Edison; Sean Crowley, Attorney, Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP; Richard Dzwlewicz, Regional Vice President, TD Bank, Leonard T. D’Amico, Partner, The D&F Development Group, LLC; George Fehling, CEO, Ramps/Lifts for Better Living, Inc.; Chris Ferreri, Vice President of Administration, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation; Peter G. Florey, Principal, The D&F Development Group, LLC; John A. Golden, President & Managing Member, Martin A. Gleasons Funeral Home, LLC; Steven Goodman, Ed.D, Executive Vice President and CEO, Samuel Field YM&YWHA/Central Queens YM&YWHA; Louis C. Grassi, CPA, CFE, Managing Partner, Grassi & Co.; Edward Horn, Director of Sales Marketing & Community Affairs, St. Michaels Cemetery; Howard Koeppel, CEO Koeppel Auto Group; Eduardo Marti, Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges, CUNY; Carl Mattone, President, The Mattone Group; Hugh P. McCann, General Manager, AirTrain Rail Operations JFK International Airport, Port Authority of NY & NJ; Mark Najarian, Managing Director, American Airlines Terminal 8, JFK International Airport, Marc Newman, Owner, Standard Refrigerators, Inc.; Jose Rey, Attorney, Law Offices of Jose Rey; Sean Schoenfeld, SVP District Executive, HSBC; Ralph F. Tragale, Assistant Director of Aviation, Public Affairs Port Authority of NY & NJ; Peter Tu, Executive Director, Flushing Chinese Business Association; Lou Vlahos, Partner, Farrell Fritz P.C.; and John Vogt, Regional Director of Restaurant Operations, White Castle Management Co.

            To purchase tickets, expo tables, or inquire about sponsorship and participation opportunities, call 718-224-5863, Ext. 226 or e-mail [email protected].

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