40 under 40: Meet the Queens business and community leaders

40 under 40

Meet Queens’ 40 outstanding individuals under 40 years of age.

Star Network’s “40 Stars Under 40” awards and networking dinner takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park.

The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 24 at Terrace on the Park, located at 52-11 111th St.

Guests will also get the chance to interact and connect with business leaders at an expo area featuring businesses from around the region. There will also be a prize raffle, with all proceeds donated to the Queens Theatre for Children’s Programming.

The honorees, as nominated by their peers, include the following:

1.Michael Albarella, vice president and market manager for People’s United Bank

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2. Andrea Brodie, associate with Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf LLP

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3. Sierra Brown, Queens Marketing, Yelp and Tourism Development with the Queens Economic Development Corporation

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4. Eamonn G. Carr of Keller Williams Realty Landmark

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5. Luca DiCiero, founder and CEO of NYSpace Finders

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6. Aliza Fisse, DVM, founder of Turnpike Veterinary Clinic

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7. Vito Giannola, chief retail officer and executive vice president for Sussex Bank

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8. Michael Gillen, Director of Technology & Communications – Queens Economic Development Corporation

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9. Alan Hayon, president of Credit Advisory Group


10. Danielle Henderson, an agent with New York Life Insurance Company

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11. Jason Hu, M.D., director of physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York-Presbyterian Queens

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12. Jeff Guillot, political expert who focuses primarily on development, communications and public policy

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13. Jordan M. Ivler, sales division of Mount Lebanon Cemetery


14. Victoria Jennings, general manager of COFFEED


15. Regina Khanna, radiologist at Queens Hospital Center


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16. Cynthia Kotowski, office manager and real estate associate with Charles H. Greenthal Property Sales

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17. Ari Kramer, Vice President/Relationship Manager, Investors Bank

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18. Christie Lauren, founder and head designer of Christie Lauren Bridal Accessories

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19. Dana Y. Lee, associate with Forchelli, Curto Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP

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20. Anthony Lemma, district director for the House of Representatives

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21. Douglas Liang, senior vice president at Flushing Bank

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22. Davon Lomax, labor management representative of District Council 9

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23. Latreash McCurdy, Sr. Graphic Designer, Dale Carnegie Training

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24. Andrew Meditz, president of Elite Pool and Fitness Management

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25. Benjamin Pocock, director of breast services at Elmhurst Hospital Center

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26. Audrey Puente, Meteorologist/Feature Reporter for WNYW/ Fox 5


27. Pasquale Rafanelli, valuation manager with Grassi & Co.

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28. Andrew-Paul Salvatore Ragusa, business development director of Politan Real Estate

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29. Sergey Rautkin, founding partner with Leap EDU

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30. William Romero, vice president of AXA Advisors

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31. Joselyn M. Salazar, marketing director of Guild Net

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32. Stephen Schumann, assistant vice president of business development for the Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation

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33. Patrick W. Smith, executive vice president of Nancy Packes Inc.

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34. Geoffrey Smith, marketing director for NY Grants

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35. Patricia Stein, president of Liberty National Title Agency

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36. Samantha Vulpis, financial advisor, Morgan Stanley

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37. Sam Wanigasinghe, account manager for Eastern American Data/Voice Inc.

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38. Steven Yu, marketing and regional sales manager of Crystal Window & Door Systems

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39. Lillian Zepeda, director of communications for City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland

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40. Michael J. Zuchelli, vice president of Elite Pool and Fitness Management

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The event is co-sponsored by the Queens Courier, QNS.com, Flushing Bank, Investors Bank, New York Presbyterian-Queens, National Grid, Elmhurst Hospital Center; People’s United Bank; New York Community Bank; NYSpace Finders; Crystal Window and Door Systems; Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation; Sussex Bank; Dale Carnegie Training; Charles H. Greenthal Property Sales; Yelp; the Queens Chamber of Commerce; and the New York Daily News.

For sponsorship or exhibitor opportunities contact Demetra Plagakis by calling 718-224-5863, ext. 227, or by email dplagakis@starnetwork.com. Click here to purchase tickets to the event.