“The economy is coming back”: job creation, focus on green energy from the SIEDC business conference

STATEN ISLAND – More than 500 members of the business community gathered at the Grand Oaks Country Club in Huguenot to attend the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation’s (SIEDC) annual business conference on Thursday, coming together for a range of business opportunities. networking, educational seminars and summit roundtables. The general theme of the event? How to get back to business and move forward in this post-pandemic climate.

“The economy is coming back,” noted Andrew Kimball, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, who took to the podium at the opening breakfast to reassure guests about Staten Island’s overall economic well-being. . “There is momentum in this room. Unemployment is down, jobs are up, and people are going back to work. Yes, there are new ways of working right now, but the work is indeed in progress and there is a lot of excitement in New York.

Telling attendees that Mayor Eric Adams is committed to the economic success of this borough and detailing how Staten Island is uniquely positioned to “capture the economy of the future,” Kimball spoke about offshore wind initiatives and service and manufacture of large-scale wind turbines which are being planned for the shores of the region in the near future.

“These same projects are creating 1,000 jobs on the South Brooklyn waterfront,” Kimball said. “The plan is to extend these jobs to this borough.”

Kimball’s comments kicked off the day-long conference, which was filled with more upbeat news about Staten Island’s economic climate.

“Change is good, that’s how momentum happens,” noted Vicki Salemi, nationally recognized author, columnist and career expert for Monster.comwho addressed attendees about “Fighting the Great Quit” and spoke candidly about the new workplace landscape.

Vicki Salemi, nationally recognized author, columnist and career expert for Monster.com, addresses business conference attendees on “Fighting the Great Quit.” (Staten Island Advance/Jessica Jones-Gorman)(Staten Island Advance/Jessica J.

“Yes, people have changed careers and industries and our way of working is completely different after the pandemic,” Salemi noted. “But we are now returning to a kind of normality, and I think 2023 will be an interesting year for employers and employees.”

Green energy and job creation take center stage at SIEDC business conference

A roundtable on “Diversity and Inclusiveness in Small Business” included a conversation about minority and women-owned businesses. (Staten Island Advance/Jessica Jones-Gorman)(Staten Island Advance/Jessica J.

The free event, which was presented by Investors Bank, brought together more than 70 different local suppliers in an expo-style get-together, as well as a variety of educational seminars and panel discussions, each focused on new economic developments in the community and how they will help small businesses succeed.

Green energy and job creation take center stage at SIEDC business conference

The free event, which was presented by Investors Bank, brought together over 70 different local vendors in an expo-style get-together. (Staten Island Advance/Jessica Jones-Gorman)(Staten Island Advance/Jessica J.

Chad Reyes of Lion’s Pride Leadership served as the SIEDC Ambassador for the Business Conference, and Brian Gomez of Investors Bank was the event chair.

Green energy and job creation take center stage at SIEDC business conference

Jaime Bilotti, left, co-founder of Fanmade and Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” recipient, was a guest speaker at the Women at the Top Symposium. (Staten Island Advance/Jessica Jones-Gorman)(Staten Island Advance/Jessica J.

Keynote discussions were held on how mastering cryptocurrency can benefit businesses and the opportunities surrounding the cannabis economy in New York. Symposia focusing on “Women at the Top” and “Careers in Education”. The impact of the film industry on the local economy was discussed, as was diversity and inclusivity in small businesses. A panel discussion on solar power and offshore wind initiatives looked at upgrading existing utilities, and the policies, construction, incentives and job creation that will result.

Green energy and job creation take center stage at SIEDC business conference

Fourteen panelists joined a panel discussion on solar power and offshore wind initiatives, which looked at upgrading existing utilities, as well as the policies, construction, incentives and job creation that will result. (Staten Island Advance/Jessica Jones-Gorman)(Staten Island Advance/Jessica J.

Thirty-one of the borough’s most influential private sector business leaders were recognized and awards were presented for Staten Island’s Top 20 Under 40, a collection of young professionals under 40 who have had an impact on Staten Island.

Top 31 recipients included:

1. Michael Caridi, VG Enterprises

2. Joseph Torres, CFP, Merrill Lynch

3. Joseph Ferrara, BFC Partners

4. Gary C. Angiuli, The Angiuli Group

5. Philip Guarnieri, Empire State Bank

6. Steve Klein, Northfield Bank

7. Brian Gomez, Investor Bank

8. Frank Wilkinson, The Country Lanes of Rab

9. Carol Decina, National Network

10. Anthony Santo, Henry F. Malarkey & Co.

11. Vincent Pitta, Pitta, LLP

12. Katia Gordon, Con Edison

13. Pamela Columbia, Statewide Fire Corp.

14. Ralph Branca, Empire State Bank

15. John Tardy, JVN Restoration Inc.

16. Bill Spiezia, Rogers Surveying, LLC

17. Robin Lefkowitz, Northfield Bank

18. Gail Castellano, Community Bank of New York

19. Dan Ryan, Staten Island Media Group

20. Marcello Sciarrino, Island Auto Group

21. John R. Merlino Jr., Esq., Merlino & Gonzalez

22. John DiFazio, DiFazio Industries

23. Denise Henick, Stop and Stor

24. Walter Daszkowski, Daszkowski, Tompkins, Weg & Carbonella, CP

25. Christopher Ressa, RJW Brokerage Corp.

26. Robert Myers, IDB Bank

27. Liam Gilroy, National Life Group

28. James H. Thomson, Esq, Thomson Law, PLLC

29. Gina Laine, Community Bank of New York

30. Keith Campanella, Campa Construction

31. Christine DeHart, Salmon Real Estate

The winners of the 20 Under 40 Awards:

1. Bobby Aanonsen, SIEDC

2. Jaime Bilotti, fan of the band

3. Joshua Braverman, Tekie Geek

4. John Buonocore, Buono Jewlers

5. Joseph Carbonara, Sunrise Office Services

6. Kimberly Carbonaro, Cross Road Foundation Inc.

7. Dr. Christopher Corbo, Wagner College

8. Tiffany Feo, Staten Island Zoo

9. Susan M. Fiorentino, Staten Island Academy

10. Andrew Guido, Civic Association of New Dorp Central

11. Jennifer Miller, Holiday Helpers

12. Briana Nasti, New York City Council

13. Ebenezer Owusu-Sekyere, Integration Charter Schools

14. Saul Porter, Northfield LDC

15. Jazmin Rivera, BRICK Education Network

16. Joseph Salimeni, J’s on the Bay

17. Marcello Sciarrino III, Merrill Lynch

18. Meghan Sinback, YMCA of Greater NY South Shore and Broadway

19. Colleen Siuzdak, Staten Island City Hall

20. James West, Scamardella, Gervasi & Kasegrande, CP

The conference concluded with a housing summit, which addressed issues such as promoting new housing stock, access to transit opportunities, environmental resilience and housing for young professionals. A blender closed the day.

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