Kings Of Kings Honorees Announced

September 18, 2012 Editorial Staff
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The Home Reporter and The Brooklyn Spectator have announced the honorees for the upcoming second annual Kings of Kings County event, scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 27 at 8:30 a.m. at the El Caribe Country Club Caterers, 5945 Strickland Avenue in Mill Basin.

A Champions Breakfast and Networking Event that honors top Brooklyn men for their outstanding leadership and their contributions to the community, the Kings of Kings County event recognizes Brooklyn’s most influential movers and shakers whose major achievements and participation in the community help the city thrive.

The list of honorees encompasses business, community, civic and religious leaders from around the borough. This year’s honorees include:

  • Neville Clifton , VP/Store Manager , TD Bank;
  • Rick Bland, President & CEO, NYC Industries for The Blind;
  • Chip Cafiero, President, Blu Buffalo Consultants LLC;
  • Michael Cairl, President, Park Slope Civic Council;
  • Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President, NY Law School;
  • Gil Cygler, President & CEO, Allcar Rent A Car;
  • Lt. Col. Richard S. Davis, Battalion Commander, U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion New York City;
  • Brendan J. Dugan, President, St. Francis College;
  • Reverend Khader El-Yateem, Pastor, Salam Arabic Lutheran Church;
  • Anthony Franzese, Owner/Broker, Weichert Realtors;
  • Victor Gartenstein, Owner, Gartenstein Properties;
  • Dr. Richard Grazi, Director, GENESIS Fertility & Reproductive Medicine;
  • Michael Halkias, Owner, The Grand Prospect Hall;
  • Stephen Hindy, Co-Founder, Chairman and President, The Brooklyn Brewery;
  • Russell Hotzler, President, New York City College of Technology;
  • Robert Howe, Attorney, Law Office of Robert Howe; Jude LaBarca, Owner, Pilo Arts;
  • Anthony Lolli, President/CEO, Rapid Realty;
  • Mike Long, State Chairman, NYS Conservative Party;
  • Serafino Maiorano, CEO, Maiorano & Associates;
  • Rick Miranda, President & CEO, Brooklyn (Kings County) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;
  • Joseph Mure Jr., Attorney, Joseph Mure Jr. & Associates, Chairperson, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund;
  • Edward J. O’Donnell, Senior VP & Market Manager, JP Morgan Chase;
  • Jack Rafferty, Senior VP, Citibank;
  • Gregory Rigas, President, Arc Electrical and Mechanical Corp.;
  • Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce;
  • Frank R. Seddio, Attorney, Abrams Fensterman Attorneys at law;
  • Thomas J. Schaefer Sr., VP, Branch Manager, Flushing Bank;
  • Buddy Scotto, Community Activist;
  • Matt Silver, Regional Director of Catering/Food & Beverage, American Golf Corporation;
  • Robert Wychulis, CEO, HealthPlus, an Amerigroup Company;
  • Rudolph Wynter, Senior Vice President – US Shared Services, National Grid; and
  • Al Asfazadour, president of AARP Chapter #5005 in Bay Ridge.
Woman of the Year is Jill Zarin, former Housewife of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

The emcee will be John Noel, Reporter, NBC4 New York. In addition, the Woman of the Year is Jill Zarin, former Housewife of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

“It’s a great opportunity to pay homage to these people who give so much back to the community,” said Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator Co-Publisher Joshua Schneps. “This event is also a great opportunity to encourage businesspeople to meet and work together, keeping business in Brooklyn.”

The Kings of Kings County event also includes a business expo with networking that will precede the awards breakfast and that is designed to attract professionals from many industries eager to make connections with their peers, and let other Brooklyn businesses know what they have to offer.

Sponsors of this year’s event include TD Bank, City University of New York, Flushing Bank, National Grid, Delta Airlines, Citibank, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Wells Fargo, JP Morgan Chase, St. Francis College, Preferred Health Partners, Weichert Realtors, The Franzese Group, Maimonides Medical Center and HealthPlus Amerigroup.

One hundred percent of all raffle prizes will be donated to the Guild For Exceptional Children and Life’s Worc.

For further information, ticket purchase and sponsorship opportunities, call 718-224-5863, extension 226 or email [email protected]. Tickets can also be purchased on line at

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