Sunnyside Chamber gets new president


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Swain Official Headshot

Swain Weiner is trying to get Sunnyside recognized. The newly-elected president of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce feels the neighborhood, which he calls “vibrant and multicultural” is not as widely recognized as it should be.

“It is a close-knit and fabulous neighborhood,” said Weiner. “I want to make people more aware of what a great neighborhood it really is.”

Weiner previously served two terms as secretary of the chamber.

“He’s a very fine gentleman and he will certainly represent us well,” said Luke Adams, former Chamber president and current marketing director. “I’m looking forward to working with him. I think he’ll do a fine job.”

Weiner will take over the position from Rebecca Barker.

“I was very flattered to be [able to follow] a strong leader and I hope to be on board with their excellence” said Weiner.

Weiner is president and partner at Greiner Maltz Investment Property. He also serves on the board of the Kiwanis Club.

The real estate and investment property expert got his start at Katz Media, where he was the director of sales. ‘

In 2009, he became a vice president at Massey Knakal, where he had worked for nine years.

“After going through three corporate buyouts with Massey Knakal, I felt like there was a need to go in a different direction – a direction of growth,” said Weiner.

Weiner grew up in Bayside and attended Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business where he earned a BS in business and marketing. He has been married for 25 years and has two sons, ages 21 and 19.

While it may be occasionally difficult to achieve unity in a community, Weiner believes if everyone works together, initiatives can be accomplished.

“One of the biggest challenges I feel is to always make sure everyone is going in the same direction and that we are all on the same page, doing the most we can for the community,” he said.