What’s Happening: 4th Quarter 2021
CRED supports and empowers RBA members who are in real estate, development, and construction through networking, resource sharing, education and advocacy. Exclusively for members in real estate, development, construction and allied fields including current and prospective commercial property owners; architects/engineers; project managers/general contractors; sub-contractors (HVAC, electricians, etc.); commercial real estate brokers; lenders; title companies; insurance providers; municipalities/regulatory agencies.
The Construction, Real Estate, and Development Council is sponsored by Rand Commercial and co-chaired by Judith Bachman, Esq. and Michael Shilale, Architect
Our Economic Development/Government Affairs subsidiary was very active in the 4th Quarter of 2021. Our October meeting featured an important presentation by Steve Porath, Executive Director of the County’s Industrial Development Agency. Steve shared that his office had 17 active applications in various stages of consideration. This was more activity than was seen even before the Covid outbreak. And, he noted. there was great diversity in the types of businesses looking for IDA assistance, to include very substantive companies from outside the region. Very uplifting news.
We also had a wonderful session on the County’s workforce development programs with presenters Stephanie Campasso from Rockland Works, Jean Leandre from Rockland Community College and Debra Thomas and Deborah Studnitzer from the County’s Workforce Development Board. Their topic, “Workforce Development Meets Economic Development” was truly refreshing as it targeted a true understanding of how the two areas are so intertwined.
As we approached year-end and the start of a new legislative session, ED/GA engaged in serious conversation about a range of issues important to Rockland. These included the misguided campaign to municipalize Rockland’s water supply, a move that would cost upwards of $1.25 billion and saddle the county with an annual debt service of $32-$44 million a year; the impending Congestion Pricing program that unfairly targets Rockland and our neighbor, Orange County; the loss of Home Rule control of zoning issues regarding accessory apartments and the pros and cons of “pot” shops in our local communities.
Our Hospitality & Tourism Alliance enjoyed presentations on new events to help the industry in Rockland. Jerry Kleiman brought us information on the Philippine-American Cultural Foundation’s plans for a three-day event to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Bataan/ Corregidor. It is planned for the weekend of April 8-10 with much of the activity to be held on the campus of Dominican College. In addition to a parade featuring troops from the 31st Infantry Regiment, there will be exhibits and a symposium. Jerry shared that in 2017 there was a much smaller event that drew over 1,000 people to Rockland.
HTA also heard from the folks at Rockland Works about a job fair to help companies in hospitality and tourism find much needed workforce. Labeled the Hospitality & Tourism Winter Festival, it was scheduled for January 12, 2022 as a live event at the Palisades Center. Unfortunately, state restrictions on in-person activities forced the event to be held virtually. The RBA wholeheartedly endorsed this initiative and congratulates the organizers for being able to pivot to a virtual format. Working with Rockland Works was Rockland County Tourism the Workforce Development Board and the American Jobs Center.
Recognizing the stress that HR is under while being pulled in many directions and having to figure out how to interpret the COVID related regulations and mandates, we wanted to cover topics that can help HR relieve some of that day-to-day stress. The November meeting topic was “Assisting HR Professional Navigate the Ever-Changing Workplace,” a timely topic covering managing staff burnout; encouraging employee wellness and self-care; an organization-wide response efforts to changing workplace challenges. Our presenters were our very own Liz O’Halloran, MBA, MSW, from Orange & Rockland (now ConEd) and Susan Mazarella, LCSW, CEAP, SAP, EAP Administrator from Montefiore Nyack Hospital.
Our next meeting is scheduled for February and will focus on leadership skills for HR professionals.
We meet every other month, 5x a year, so our meetings are in February, April, June, September, and November being cognizant of the fact that December and January are probably the busiest months for our HR members.
If you are responsible for the HR function at your company or have an HR staff member – this group is for you! We have been around since 2013 and would love to see the group continue to grow… Since this is an invitation only group please reach out to Doreen, Lena or Liz to be added to our invitation list.
Liz O’Halloran & Lena Bodin
Rockland Emerging Business Owners & Professionals
We want to cultivate ambition and passion and create a comfortable, educational environment to help guide younger business professionals get acquainted with reality, and onto the proper path to success.
Chaired by David Palma, Payed Processing, Jason Horowitz, Triforce Commercial Real Estate LLC, and Michael Khekoian, Computuners
REBOP has held monthly Zoom calls to network and connect with our peers.
To learn more about REBOP visit the REBOP Facebook page facebook.com/reboprba
Fuel your business aspirations with the help of Women’s Leadership Council
Women’s Leadership Council was excited to welcome two women on the Executive Leadership Team of The Mental Health Association of Rockland at its October 28, 2021 program. Velvet Reda and Sonia Wagner engaged our members with a terrific presentation and discussion on Heels in Motion: Bringing Passion to Work and Finding Work/Life Balance. The program and robust conversation that followed provided ideas and insight into life/work balance. When our personal and work lives are balanced, we find that passion for our professional goals naturally follows.
On November 30th, in the face of rising covid-19 rates, our annual networking event was held virtually once again. This year’s program, Cocktails, Cooking and Conversation with Hudson’s Mill’s new Chef and Entrepreneur, Nikki Hanna, was incredibly engaging. Nikki, a former Hell’s Kitchen contestant, not only demonstrated how-to make a mouthwatering cassoulet, but discussed her women’s chef line of apparel, touching on themes we present on in our leadership programs, including the importance of mentorship, implementing and growing in others the leadership skills you’ve learned, and using your connections to help develop, grow and market your business. We plan on bringing RBA members a similar program in -person in 2022!
Please be sure to Save the Date of January 27th, 2022 for our first Women’s Leadership Council program of the new year, when we enthusiastically welcome back our colleague and friend Patricia Stark for what is sure to be an inspiring conversation about her new book Calmfidence: How to Trust Yourself, Tame your Inner Critic and Shine in any Spotlight. Please register for this exciting presentation!
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