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Staten Island Chamber of Commerce presents its 2017 Annual Building Awards for Excellence in Design & Construction

Joyce Suss - November 13, 2017

 Nov. 13, 2017 – Eric Eremita, the no-nonsense general contractor for HGTV’s “Love It or List It,” will emcee the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce 2017 Building Awards Program on Friday, Dec. 1 – and he promises only good news. 

The Chamber’s annual event, now in its 56th year, celebrates the best in construction and design for commercial and residential properties across Staten Island, as judged by industry experts. Each year, entries are submitted by homeowners with new construction or renovations, contractors, engineers, architects, interior designers, landscapers, and craftsmen. 

“These awards aren’t about specific tastes in design or personal preferences,” said Chamber President and CEO Linda Baran. “Our judges are professionals who can recognize quality materials, expert craftsmanship, and exquisite design. This is really about the excellent work our building and design industries do here on Staten Island.” 

The Building Awards Luncheon is sponsored by Kamco Supply Corp and National Grid and will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec.  1, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets are available at or by phone at 718-727-1900. Tickets are $60 per Chamber member and $90 per non-member. 

The Building Awards committee is chaired by Lana Seidman, NARI-HIC of Staten Island, who oversees committee members Anselmo Genovese, Anselmo S. Genovese Architect P.C.; Ronit Lapid, Designer Touch Interiors; Holly Wiesner Olivieri, Holly's Staten Island Buzz Realty; Alfred Saulo, Alfred V. Saulo Architect, P.C.; and Jonathan Weinberg, Builder Prime. 

This year’s Building Awards judges were committee members Glen Cutrona, AIA, Cutrona Architecture PLLC; Frank Martarella, American Institute of Architects, S.I. Chapter; Murray Berman, Heritage Hill Homes; Stuart Garber, Garber Building Supplies; Lana Seidman, NARI-HIC; Mike Veneziale, Statwood Home Improvements; Debra Monte, The Green Inspector; Joseph Gobin, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; Laura Fitzsimmons Volsario, Gateway Arms Realty Corp.; Holly Wiesner-Olivieri, Holly's Staten Island Buzz Realty; Diane Yetman, DiTomasso Real Estate; JoAnne McDonald, Shamrock Paints; and Janice Giacalone, Hall of Frames. 

About Eric Eremita
Eremita, a general contractor and television personality on HGTV's "Love It or List It" will be emceeing the awards luncheon. He has also appeared on HGTV's Brother vs Brother (season 2) with “Property Brothers” Drew and Jonathan Scott.

For more than three decades, Eremita has specialized in interior and exterior design, blending his artistic vision with the homeowner’s wishes, calling it “the marriage of luxury and artistry." As the former owner of Town & Country Design in Staten Island, he specialized in custom interiors, as well as fabricating and installing frameless shower doors, custom glass and mirrors, and Hunter Douglas window treatments. He has won many awards, including several in the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Building Awards program for craftsmanship, interior and exterior design. 

As a general contractor, Eremita ensures that his customers will have a market-savvy builder and designer help them through the process of creating their dream home. He focuses on translating the client’s vision into actual construction or renovation, executing the highest quality while keeping expenses to a minimum.


“Put very simply, I have been called ‘The Design Boss’ for my savvy style and no-nonsense personality,” Eremita said. “Most people don't realize how much time and effort go into a single project. You must have a wide range of skills - from project management to design sensibility, to an insider's knowledge of market prices and construction processes. Not to mention the passion for shopping!”

As CEO and chief owner's representative, Eremita assists clients with every aspect of a new construction or renovation project, including the architectural stages, selecting the right materials – even picking out furniture, at the best price. Eremita resides in Staten Island with his wife of 17 years, Joanne, and their children, Mia, Eric Jr., and Evan.


About the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce

The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce was established in 1895 by a small group of Staten Island merchants and professionals “to promote the general business interests of Staten Island.” Since then, it has grown into the largest business organization on Staten Island representing over 700 separate businesses and 20,000 employees. Every major industry sector is represented in the Chamber’s membership, with businesses ranging in size from “mom and pop” stores to large public corporations.


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