2010-06-18 / Front Page

New Directors Elected To Chamber Board

(L-R): Richard Fromewick (Meyer Suozzi, English & Klein); Russell Ciolli (Grimaldi’s Pizzeria); Salvatore Armao (Armao, Costa & Ricciardi); John Wilton (Garden City Properties, Inc./GC Commercial)); and Nasser Samman (The Garden City Hotel)
(L-R): Richard Fromewick (Meyer Suozzi, English & Klein); Russell Ciolli (Grimaldi’s Pizzeria); Salvatore Armao (Armao, Costa & Ricciardi); John Wilton (Garden City Properties, Inc./GC Commercial)); and Nasser Samman (The Garden City Hotel) The Executive Board of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce four new Directors elected to the Chamber Board by Chamber members present at its recent Annual Meeting and luncheon program this past spring.

The three new directors elected to serve three-year terms until March of 2013 are Salvatore J. Armao, CPA, PFS/ CEP,CFE (Armao, Costa & Ricciardi); Richard G. Fromewick, Esq. (Meyer Suozzi, English & Klein); and Alba Spinelli (First Trade Union Bank). Appointed to fill a one-year vacancy was John Wilton (Garden City Properties, Inc./GC Commercial). Russell Ciolli (Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Garden City), E. Christopher Murray (Ruskin, Moscou & Faltischek), and Nasser Samman (The Garden City Hotel), current directors, were elected to serve additional three-year terms.

Salvatore Armao is a senior partner and co-founder of Armao, Costa & Ricciardi, CPAs. Mr. Armao has over twenty years of experience in accounting, auditing and consulting services with specific expertise in advising labor unions, employee benefit plans, and nonprofit organizations. He also counsels business owners on matters such as asset protection, business succession planning, estate tax minimization, pension design, and executive benefits. Sal is a member of numerous trade and professional associations. Recently, he earned the prestigious Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designations.

Richard Fromewick is a partner in the law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein where he serves as chair of the Tax Certiorari and Condemnation law practice, as well as a member o f the firm’s Management Committee since 1991.

Mr. Fromewick provides a full range of real estate tax assessment services with respect to all types of commercial and residential properties. He is an expert in tax assessment reduction proceedings, projection of real estate taxes in connection with the purchase, development and improvement of properties, and advising with respect to tax exception matters. Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., a nationally known law firm, has counseled and represented businesses, professionals and individuals since 1960.

Alba Spinelli, who recently joined First Trade Union Bank, has had 23 years of banking experience ranging from teller, operations officer, business development officer (marketing to business banking commercial type clients with revenues up to$50MM) and finally a branch manager with full responsibility for large scale commercial branches throughout Nassau County. Headquartered in Boston, and founded in 1987, First Trade Union Bank has a long standing reputation for serving middle market, small business, unions and government entities as core clients. “Our client-first, relationship-based approach to banking is something that we know will resonate strongly with the Long Island community.” comments Michael A. Butler, president & Chief Executive Officer.

John E.Wilton, serves as senior marketing director of Garden City Properties Inc./GC Commercial, a full service brokerage specializing in residential, condo, co-op, sales and apartment rental. GC Commercial venue is leasing and sales of office, retail, professional as well as property investment/sales and acquisitions and specialization in all forms of full phase development, condo conversion and property analysis. John Wilton has served as chairman of the Chamber’s Merchant, Professional and Retailers Group for the past year. He has continually championed the effort to enlist the residential and business communities to spend their shopping and dining dollars here in the Village and to develop focus groups and an on-going marketing campaign toward this effort. “A vital downtown with a strong ‘economic engine’ is vital to all. It affects everything from home valuation to taxes,” reminds John.

The 22-member Chamber Board of Directors is composed of a cross-section of members of the business community which include representatives from the fields of banking, residential/commercial real estate, payroll service, education, supermarket, investment, law, CPAs, restaurant/catering services and hotel management. The professional staff includes Althea Robinson, executive director, Liz Denby, assistant director, and Jim Heavey, controller.

For questions/information, please call the Chamber at (516) 746-7724 or visit our newly re-vamped website www.GardenCityChamber.org.

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