ABOVE: Chamber President & CEO Thomas Grech with outgoing chair Mayra DiRico.
At the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on April 26, Supreme Court Justice Gregory Lasak swore in the new officers and members of the Chamber’s Board of Directors.
Outgoing chair Mayra DiRico reflected on her time as the first foreign-born and Hispanic chair of the chamber.
Under her leadership, the chamber was able to establish its Vision 2020 Strategic Plan, a set of initiatives that will help the chamber increase brand prominence, support businesses, increase market penetration throughout Queens and double the chamber’s membership to 2,020 by 2020.
DiRico also assisted in implementing 100 projects to improve the business community in the borough. She also praised the success of the Queens Day in Albany events, which gave chamber members access to business and legislative leaders.
“All of those projects were designed to make the chamber stronger, because as we celebrate our 106 years we always have to raise the bar,” she said. “Our purpose is to be here for our members.”
Chairperson: Thomas Santucci, Gateway Investments, Inc.
Vice Chairperson: Howard Graf, Graf & Lewent, Architects
Treasurer: Patrick Yu, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Associate Treasurer: Richard Dzwlewicz, TD Bank
Secretary: Nash Roe, City Underwriting Agency
Associate Secretary: Fran Biderman-Gross, Advantages, Inc.
Michael Billia, Investors Bank
Susan Browning, Northwell L.I. Jewish Forest Hills Hospital
Tamara Gavrielof, Signature Bank
Peter Klein, Klein Wealth Management
Henry Kuykendall, Delta Air Lines
Jeff Owen, Queens Center Mall
Nayan Parikh, Ashnu International
Juan Santiago, National Grid
Michelle Stoddart, Resorts World Casino New York
Swain Weiner, Greiner Maltz Investment Properties
Patrick Yu, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP