What’s Happening: Councils & Forums – 1st Quarter 2018

Late Spring 2018

Construction, Real Estate and Development Council (CRED)

The CRED council continues to support the RBA’s effort to foster development and tax relief in Rockland County. CRED is co-chaired by Michael Shilale, Architecht, MSA, and Judith Bachman, Esq., The Bachman Law Firm.

CRED has provided the following programs in the last quarter:

  • Impact of the New Tax Law on Real Estate and Development
  • Economic Development Panel with Al Samuels, Jeremey Shulman, Steve Porath and moderated by Matt Rand.
  • “Coffee with the Supervisor” with George Hoehmann of the Town of Clarkstown.

CRED has also held roundtable discussions among its members to share knowledge regarding issues affecting local development.

Future meetings include a Boat Tour of the Tappan Zee Bridge Construction.

CRED regularly draws about 20 attendees and holds its events at the JCC in West Nyack.

CRED supports and empowers RBA members who are in real estate, development and construction through networking, resource sharing, education and advocacy. Members will be those 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.

Green Council

Under the Tappan Zee - Mario Cuomo Bridge

Under the Tappan Zee – Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

Celebrating our 10th year, the RBA’s Green Council is proud of a decade of delivering educational programs, sustainable building tours, a green toolkit and an always anticipated annual Green Awards Program.

Born on Earth Day in 2008, the Green Council embarked on a mission to educate, promote and advocate to the business community the benefits of adopting Green principles. Our vision is to act as a Chief Sustainability Officer to assist members in implementing and realizing bottom line benefits of going green.

We have empowered members to find the sustainable solutions such as solar power, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and improving transportation. Best of all many of these sustainable strategies are self funding. The available incentives and the cost savings involved, help members actually save money while being green.

Look for future programs from, SUEZ, our subsidiary group sponsor, creating incentives for water conservation and free water use audits. Orange and Rockland Utilities will be at our Council in May describing their robust energy conservation program for businesses large and small.

We will officially celebrate our 10th Anniversary while saying goodbye to the Tappan Zee Bridge on May 31st.  Come and join us to learn all about the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge and see the last remnants of the Tappan Zee being removed.  Sailing aboard the River Rose we expect another sold out tour, with unmatched views of the jewel of the region, the Hudson River and the new Bridge.

Hospitality and Tourism Alliance

What’s Happening Newsletter – Spring 2018

Constantly looking into growing the industry with an emphasis on maximizing hotel room occupancy, the Hospitality and Tourism Alliance meetings have been working to bring about meaningful tourism opportunities to the County.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week held its kick-off press conference at Restaurant X in Congers. A well-attended event, it was the first time that Rockland spotlighted its many participating restaurants. The farm-to-table movement has become an important attraction for the Hudson Valley and many Rockland restaurants are embracing that theme to attract tourism business.

The County Tourism Department had a very successful Travel Show at Jacob Javits in NYC and many RBA members volunteered at the county booth. Next up will be the Miami/Orlando Travel Show, the largest US travel destination.

A presentation by Matt Shook of Palisades Interstate Park brought the group up to speed on their latest developments. Included were:

  • The completion of the pool at Rockland Lake State Park to open this season
  • Replacement and building of a fantastic playground in Bear Mountain and development of some hiking trails for undeveloped areas.

The park also reported that its record attendance (over 7,000,000 last year) is putting a strain on its ability to support automobile traffic and parking. A study is proposed on alternatives to bringing folks in and out of the park to relieve congestion.

The filming Industry is bringing strong revenue to venues throughout the county (one location expects to do over $1,000,000 in activity this year). While the hotel industry would like to see more overnight stays created by filming, one of the benefits has been the discovery of the many actors and crews in Rockland.

At the meetings, members share their organizations planned activities related to tourism. Included in these presentations have been the Rockland Historical Society, Garnerville Arts Center, Visit Nyack, Rockland Bergen Music Festival, Haverstraw Arts Council, Rockland Boulders, Palisades Center and many more.

HR Connexions Group

HR Connexions – where corporate HR professionals come together to learn and discuss pertinent, timely HR and legislative issues which affect their day-to-day functions and HR operations.

In February, we reached out to all RBA members’ HR personnel letting them know about the good work we are engaged in. As a result, HR Connexions has added more names to our contact list, bringing the total to 92 companies. We’re looking forward to welcoming new participants to our future meetings. This is an invitation-only group of Human Resource practitioners from RBA member companies and we meet every other month.

Professional Marketing Council

The Professional Marketing Council continues to meet monthly, discussing relevant topics related to our fields. In March, we gathered to talk “Crisis Communications” with Deborah Rizzi, Director of Communications for Suez and Scott Salotto, Director of Communications for Rockland BOCES. They provided the group with tips, ideas, and plans that were extremely beneficial, knowing that at any given time, anyone could be faced with a crisis big or small.

Our April meeting featured a look at the latest social media trends and issues with Christine Gritmon. She spoke about what she learned at the conference Social Media Marketing World.

Save the date! The PMC is excited to announce its next RBA Marketing Event! On the  morning of June 6, join us as Mark Stevens, best-selling author of “Your Marketing Sucks” and  “Everything You Ever Learned About Selling Is A Lie” joins us for an interactive discussion on all things marketing and business. Mark is Founder of MSCO.com, and CEO of AlmostScience.us.

Technology Initiative

Tech Initiative AttendeesIn today’s technology-driven world, “innovation” has become a basic expectation. IT leaders are tasked with making technical magic, improving customer experience, and boosting the bottom line — yet often without any increase to the IT budget.

  • How are organizations striking the balance between new initiatives and cost control?
  • How IT organizations are executing on innovation?
  • The most important IT initiatives on the agenda today
  • The technologies with the biggest potential for positive business impact
  • The skills IT professionals need to survive and thrive

The Technology Initiative presented these forums this past quarter:

  1. Current and Future Trends in Technology
  2. Cybersecurity: You Can’t Afford To Ignore It Anymore
  3. How Does Technology Impact Your Business?
  4. The RBA Technology Initiative introduced Rockland BOCES P- TECH Program to the business community.

As timely as RBA Technology Initiative believe these are the current issues facing the business community today, the pace of disruption can be slowed by a host of issues, including cyber security, government regulation, and, most importantly, consumers’ ability to adapt and accept change. In this era of endless innovation, the only prediction you can be 100% assured of is that future will look very different from today.

Women’s Leadership Council

What’s Happening Newsletter – Spring 2018

Ladies, enhance your business and career!

Ladies, fuel your business aspirations with the help of the Women’s Leadership Council. Designed for female business owners and professional women, WLC provides networking, inspiration, and resources. Join us each month for information and discussion about topics that impact women in business.

Suzanne Copeland, Marian Rokeach, Joan Neumann, RBA and Robin Rosenberg

Suzanne Copeland, Marian Rokeach, Joan Neumann, RBA and Robin Rosenberg

We are excited to report that Suzanne Copeland, Copeland Collaborative and Robin Rosenberg, Garner Arts Center/Garner Historic District have joined Marian Rokeach, FountainView at College Road as co-chairs.

  • In February, Lucy Redzeposki, Director, Economic Development & Tourism, Office of the County Executive, inspired us to not take “no” for an answer by sharing her experiences and clever tips followed by a lively discussion with participants.
  • In March, we heard from Zuleika Cuevas, Coach and Adjunct Professor at RCC who presented “A Girl, An Actress and A Vision—A Leadership Story”.
  • “Leading Through A Sea Change, Learn Best Practices For Successful Change Management” lead by Suzanne Copeland, Copeland Collaborative, is our topic for April.
  • You won’t want to miss our Annual Fashion Show on June 14th at Paramount Country Club featuring Wine & Food Pairing lead by a wine sommelier, a Qi Gong demonstration with ‘sacred pauses’, healing sounds and other movements, an update from Avon on makeup trends, and of course, the latest fashions that work for professional women from Lord & Taylor modeled by our own RBA members! Some modeling spots are still available – call Joan at the RBA 845-735-2100.