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And the Nominees are…….

The 40 Under 40 Nominees    


Here are the names of 56 nominees who made it through the first round of judging for Putnam’s first-ever “40 under 40” awards, to be presented January 25, 2013 at Villa Barone Hilltop Manor in Mahopac.  These individuals are friends and colleagues who have become prominent through involvement with our chambers of commerce. I am excited to also see names that I am unfamiliar with. I look forward to also getting to know those individuals.

  The nominees are:

 Ruth Ayala-Quezada, Carmel Taxi; Joe Bachmeier, New York State Senate; Greg Ball, 40th State Senate District; George Barbarossa, Rev Design, Inc.; Julie Barr, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; Rebecca Bertoldi, Modern Media Publishing/Eventful Magazine; Sue Boyd, Putnam Valley Elementary School; Dan Branda, 40th State Senate District Office; Mike and Tom Bucci, Bucci Brothers Deli; Faith Ann Butcher, Examiner Media; Matt, Camerino, The Chophouse Grill; Alicia Canfield, Kidz Country; Louis Cardillo, Keller Williams Realty; Nicky and John Crecco, Villa Barone Hilltop Manor; Nicholas D’Andrea, Park Ford; Joe DeBellis, Wireless Zone; Katie DeMarco, Putnam County Visitors Bureau; Neil Denaut, All-Out Fitness; Savanna DeStefano, Alesca Productions;

David Dretel, D & S Pump & Supply; Brett Freeman, Halston Media; Sidney Haitoff, Medical Management Corp of America; Eytan Hammerman, Temple Beth Shalom; Brittany Hyatt, Polhemus Construction Company; Jamie Imperati, Professional Women of Putnam; Michael Lee, Putnam Valley School District; Joseph Lucia, Joseph Lucia & Associates; Anthony Malvagno, Alesca Productions; Luigi Manente, Cartwright & Daughters; Michael McClay, Paychex, Inc.; Erin Meagher, Brewster Shipping Center; Paul Melella Jr, United Martial Arts Center; Angelina Mendes, George Fischer Middle School; Jessica Olson, Magic Mirror; Jason Pabon, Putnam Valley Pharmacy; James Pfeiffer, First Niagara Bank; Lauren Pistone, L J Strategies; Amber Polhemus, Meadowview Farm; Mike Reyes, First Niagara Bank; Katie Robertson, Putnam County Visitors Bureau; Jonathan Schneider, Schneider Financial Group;

Tara Scozzafava-Baisley, Putnam Valley Florist; Richard Seidel, Millennium Printing; Bramdeo Singh, MD, Putnam Hospital Center; Heather Soss, Health & Harmony Wellness Center; Adrienne Spadaccini, Putnam County Law Department; Kelly Torres, NY Face & Body Art;

Scott Van Niekerk, Wholistic Physical Therapy; Lee & Christina Vataj, Countryside Kitchen;

Toni Vulaj, The Chophouse Grill; Nagi Wissa, Lake Mahopac Pharmacy & Surgical Supply; Andrew Zacotinsky, East Road Motors; Carmelo Zagari, Arturo’s Tavern.


Some people question why a 40 under 40 not a 60 under 60? Our thought was to find new blood, undiscovered talent that can be groomed to take on leadership roles in our  Chambers andcommunities. Some on this list have already done so and are a fine example for all of us.


-Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce, Business Strategist/ Associate Broker Keller Williams NY Realty


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