Meet the 2013 Rising Stars


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The 5th Annual Rising Stars Awards & Networking presented by Metropolitan Hospitality will honor young professionals who exemplify outstanding leadership skills, not only in their chosen fields, but also in their community. In years past, the event has boasted attendance of over 400 people. The evening will feature networking with Queens’ top professionals, an expo with the areas leading businesses, and a charity raffle benefiting the Hank Auffarth Family Center of The Child Center of NY and Morgan Center, A Pre-School for Kids with Cancer.

Along with recognizing notable Queens figures, the “Rising Stars” event also provides one of the top networking forums in the borough.

This year’s event will feature Danielle Monaro, Co-Host of the Z100 Elvis Duran & The Morning Show as Honorary Emcee and Star of Stars Award recipient as well as Mentor of the Year Award recipient and Former 1969 Mets baseball player, Bud Harrelson.

The 5th Annual Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event presented by Metropolitan Hospitality will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Caesars Club at Citi Field on Thursday, January 31, 2013.

Ticket prices include hors d’ oeuvres an open bar and dessert. Click Here To Reserve Your Ticket

Meet the 2013 Rising Stars:

Wafa Abboud, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Human First, Inc.; Eric D. Abrams , Digital Media & Membership Associate, Queens Chamber of Commerce; Joseph Amodeo, Development Director, Quality Services for the Autism Community; Anahit Azatyan, Manager, OKG Jewelry; Anokye Blissett, Attorney, Law Firm of Russo & Blissett; Ricky Brava, Senior Partner, Apollo Financial Group; Ricardi Calixte, Director of Neighborhood Economic Development, Queens Economic Development Corporation; Jennifer Colletti-Membreño, Assistant Director of Development, Samuel Field Y/Central Queens Y/Camp Poyntelle Lewis Village; Elizabeth Culp, Asst. VP & Branch Manager, Roslyn Savings Bank; Paisley Demby , Business Services Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College; Jeffery DeShields, Mortgage Development Officer & Team Leader, Sovereign Bank; Josh Fatoullah, President & Founder,  JR Wealth Advisors; Dr. Peter Feibish, Orthodontics , Dynamic Dental; Christian Goode, SVP & CFO, Resorts World NY; Gerdie Rene Gordon, Member , Cambria Heights Development Corporation; Tracie Hall, VP of Strategy & Organizational Development, Library Services, Queens Library; Matthew Jahrsdoerfer, Audit Principal, Grassi & Co; Isabella Leung, Human Resource Manager, Crystal Window & Door Systems; Jennifer Matthews, NTC Marketing & Events, USTA National Tennis Center; Maria Messados, Principal/ Insurance Broker, Queens Medallion; Ann O’Connor, Cultural Collaborator, Zoescope Studio; Tony Rappaport, Licensed Sales Associate, Greenthal Property Sales & Management; Michael Ratner, Partner, Abrams, Fensterman; Jeffrey Reich-Hale, Director of Sales & Marketing, Wyndham Garden LIC; June ReidBlair, Department Manager, Delta Air Lines at JFK International Airport; Jeff Yanni, General Manager, Delta Air Lines at LaGuardia Airport; Elias Roman, CEO and Co-Founder, Songza Media, Inc; Rick Rosa, Executive VP & Managing Director, Douglas Elliman; Frank T. Santoro, Counsel, Farrell Fritz, P.C; Suzanne Shusteris, Manager, TD Bank; Aravella Simotas, Assemblywoman , District 36; Kevin Skelly, Assistant General Manager, Clearview Golf Corp.; Seth Taylor, Executive Director, 82nd Street Partnership; Silvia Tejeda, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Rapid Realty Astoria Inc.; Ebony Young, Executive Director, Long island City YMCA; Jason Hilliard, Executive Director, Congressman Gregory Meeks; Frank Russo III, Manager, Russo’s on the Bay; Abbi Leman, Communications Director, CUNY School of Law; Andrew Barnes, Manager, National Grid; Chris Lynch, Director of Operations of Parker’s Medical Transportation Division, Lakeville Ambulette Transportation.

Sponsored By: TD Bank, Queens Library, Queens County Savings Bank/NYCB, Delta Airlines, Flushing Bank, Con Edison, Daily News, Council For Airport & Opportunity, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, National Grid and Sandwire

For Sponsorship opportunities or to be an Exhibitor please call 718.224.5863 Ext 226.