Recently the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce awarded their Businessperson of the Year to longtime local business owner and former Board Chairman Bill Zacotinsky of East Road Motors in Carmel. Zacotinsky received the award after more than 30 years running his automotive and small engine repair business and over a decade of service to Putnam County’s largest local chamber of commerce. His service to the chamber included stints on the Shop Putnam Business and Home Expo committee as well as the annual Mahopac Street Fair.
Residing in Mahopac with wife Pam, where they raised their three sons, Zacotinsky started out in the corporate world, having worked for McDonnell Douglas on the space shuttle program before the 1986 Challenger disaster disrupted the entire industry. In order to keep the family local, he chose to go back to the auto repair business which his father had toiled in for many years. Thus East Road Motors was born.
Zacotinsky was chosen for this year’s award because of his years of dedicated service to the community and the countless volunteer hours that he and wife Pam have put in while helping to make a difference in the home community they know and love. “We need to recognize community service,” says Mike Bucci, CEO of the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce. “Bill has volunteered so much time for community, business and cultural events. He and Pam are very valuable members of our organization.”
The Businessperson of the Year award is given annually to a member of the chamber who has distinguished themselves above and beyond their peers through their service to the community and the independent entrepreneurs which are the backbone of local businesses. The Zacotinsky Family is a great example of those who have built both the chamber and our beautiful, vibrant community into an economic engine for Putnam County.
– Jennifer Maher, Chairwoman, the Putnam County Chambers of Commerce