“Stars” Will Shine at the 2014 Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event


The Queens Courier will once again recognize the “Rising Stars,” a yearly networking event held to honor the borough’s top young professionals.


In years past, the event has boasted attendance of over 400 people and has raised thousands in charity funds. Honorees have included various elected officials and top business leaders.


This year’s event hopes to bring that and more, and will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at Terrace on the Park.


 Also in attendance, Master of Ceremonies, Greg Kelly, Co-Anchor of Fox 5 “Good Day New York“, “Mentor of the Year” Award Recipient, Eugene Lang, Founder of REFAC Technology Development, the “I Have a Dream” Foundation and the Founder of Project Pericles and Star of Stars Award recipient, Queens Borough president Melinda Katz.


Interested in attending or becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Maria Romero at 718-224-5863 ext. 226 or [email protected]


Tickets are $90 per person, or $850 for 10 people


Purchase your Ticket Today at qns.com/events


Proceeds of this years raffle will benefit the Flushing Town Hall Educational Programs


Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event sponsored by City University of New York, Investors Bank, Con Edison, Delta Air Lines, TD Bank, Daily News and Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation.


Interested in attending or becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, contact Maria Romero at 718-224-5863 ext. 226 or [email protected]

2014 Rising Stars:

Steven Appel, Assistant Director/Co-Founder, CERRU at Queens College

Stacey Altman, Assistant Administrator, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation 

Christine Backel, Senior Advisor-Business Advisory Practice, Grassi & Co

Jacob Berelowitz, Director of Social Services, Queens Boulevard Extended Care Facility

Anthony Brown, Associate, J.P. Morgan Asset Management U.S. Private Bank

Mauricio A. Carrasco, Mortgage Loan Officer, Everbank

Michael Cassano, Financial Advisor, North Coast Financial Group, An Office of MetLife

Joseph Chang, Production Manager, Crystal Window & Door Systems

Denise DeSabato-Pisapia, Chief Operating Officer, Vallo Transportation Ltd

Elizabeth Dickinson, Hub Manager – Terminal 2 / John F. Kennedy International Airport

Ulysses Duenas , Performance Leader, John F. Kennedy Airport

Dana Frankel, Director of Economic Development, Planning & BID Services, Long Island City Partnership

Cesar Garcia, Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Realty Landmark II

Anat Gerstein, Founder/President, Anat Gerstein, Inc

DJ Peter Gozzi, Owner/President, Live Sounds Entertainment

Efrain Guevara, Assistant Vice President, Branch Administration Manager, New York Community Bancorp,

Benjamin Guttmann, Co-Founder, Digital Natives Group

Nick Hardie, Director of Training, Queens Economic Development Corporation

Delilah Rettagliata Houser, Marketing Manager, Qside Federal Credit Union

Anthony Ingrassia, Producer, Joseph Marc Sports Media

Tamiko Myrna Johnson,  TV HOST, BACKYARD TV

Matthew Katakis, Owner, Butcher Bar

Fenella Kim, President & CEO, Reliance Star Payment Services Inc.

Ron Kim, New York State Assemblyman, District 40

Jennifer Krinsky, NYC Press Secretary, State Department of Labor

Vladimir Lackovic, COO, Digital Natives Group

Maria Messados, Principal/Insurance Brokerage, Queens Medallion

Rich Nieto, Owner, Sweetleaf

Logan O’Connor, President/Chef, Logan’s Catering LLC/Logan’s Cafe

Tamar E. Ogburn, Event Planner, EmblemHealth

Francis Papadopoulos, AVP Branch Manager, Investors Bank

Craig Ratigan, Vice President/Relationship Manager, TD Bank

Kleber Silva, Franchise Owner of Jamaica Queens , Rapid Realty

Joseph Schiavone, Community Library Manager, Queens Library at Sunnyside

Sami Abu Shumays, Deputy Director, Flushing Town Hall

Rachel Thieme, Executive Director, Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District

Sheron Thompson, Department Manager, LaGuardia Airport

Eun Chong “EJ” Thorsen Esq.,  Associate, Vishnick McGovern Milizio, LLP

Matthew Wallace, Chief of Staff, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

Dr. Jessica Widmer, Gastroenterologist, Forest Hills Hospital

Wycliffe Wilkinson, Associate Director of Development, Futures in Education


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