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Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Awards

 

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Brief History of the Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award

In 1993, 24 Staten Island business owners and professionals came together to form The Business Education Development Council for the College of Staten Island (BEDC), chaired by John J. Amodio. It was formed to act as liaison between the business community and the College of Staten Island (headed by Dr. Edmond Volpe) to help fulfill the need to provide continuing education to business people on Staten Island.

In 1993, the BEDC was instrumental in working with Dr. Volpe and Dr. Ronald Sheppard in establishing a Small Business Development Center as an outreach of the Continuing Education Department at CSI’s campus. The SBDC celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2013.

In 1994, BEDC wanted to give small businesses recognition for their accomplishments and show them off as role models for others. However, before the first recognition was given, Louis R. Miller passed away. With the assistance of Brian Laline, editor of the Staten Island Advance, the “recognition” was named “The Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award.”

Effective September 1, 1996, the BEDC became a part of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Committee. The first Chairperson of the Louis R. Miller Business Leadership Award was Hedy Hartman, Executive Director of Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences. She was succeeded in 1999 by Cynthia “Cindy” Garner and in 2007 by Glen V. Cutrona. In 2011, Janet Langton-Magnuson became co-chair with Mr. Cutrona. In 2017, the co-chairs are Ms. Langton-Magnuson and Solomon Chemo.

 

 

 About Louis Miller

Louis R. Miller was a tireless community activist who viewed volunteering as a way of giving something back to his neighbors. A longtime judge for the Staten Island Advance Women of Achievement program, Miller believed in volunteering as a way to repay everyone for the love of America he found after immigrating to this country.

Born in a small village in Russia, Miller’s family moved to Plainfield, N.J., in 1913. He also lived in Burlington Township and Jersey City before moving to New Brighton in the early 1930s. He settled in West Brighton in the 1950s. His first job while attending high school was in a bakery in Plainfield, where he worked nights for a salary of $2.25 a week. He eventually entered the insurance field, working his way up to positions as life insurance underwriter and, later, estate planner for the Prudential Insurance Co. on Staten Island.

Miller joined the Solomon Huber Agency of the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co., Manhattan, at its founding in 1941, and remained with the firm until 1966. His dedication twice earned him the title “Man of the Year” from the company.

From insurance, Miller entered the world of banking, joining the staff of the former Community National Bank and Trust Co., Oakwood. After serving as director of business development for four years, he was named trust officer in 1971, becoming responsible for the development and implementation of all corporate pension plans, trust and incentive plans and estate planning.

A chartered member of the Life Underwriters Association of New York, Miller opened an estate planning office in St. George in 1955, which he maintained for about 20 years. His recognized expertise in insurance, life underwriting and estate planning led to his lecturing and writing on those topics, as well as serving as a consultant to numerous small businesses on the Island.

One of Miller’s pet projects was the Meals on Wheels program. His contributions to the agency were recognized in 1990 when the agency dedicated its new Port Richmond headquarters in his name. It was Miller who six years previously had suggested the agency move to a new location, and it was Miller who set about helping to sell the old building and purchase the new one.

Another important project was the Business Education Development Council, formed in 1993 to serve as a liaison between the business community and the College of Staten Island. Miller helped found the organization because he firmly believed in the need for business owners and professionals to provide continuing education to small businesses on Staten Island.

Miller also supported the Jewish Community Center, the United Jewish Appeal, the Jewish Foundation School, the Staten Island Community Chest, Staten Island Family Services, the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences, the YMCA, the College of Staten Island and Doctors’ Hospital. He received the Wagner College Distinguished Citizenship Award, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor that Rotary International bestows.

Louis Miller died on August 12, 1994, at the age of 93.

 

* Past Award Recipients *

2016

Zane Tankel and Roy Raeburn - Applebee's Grill & Bar (Apple-Metro, Inc.) Click Here for More Information 

Joan and Alan Bernikow - Jewish Community Center of Staten Island Click Here for More Information 

Dennis McKeon - Where To Turn Click Here for More Information 

Al Gentile Jr. - St. George Pharmacy Click Here for More Information 

George Zaloom - Zaloom's Auto Repair Click Here for More Information 

John Constantino - Clove Auto Body Click Here for More Information 

Carolyn Aston-Reese and Nancy Nix - Wicked Stitches Click Here for More Information 

Todd W. Ettlinger - Rajakaruna & Ettlinger PC Click Here for More Information

 

2015

Charles Di Bartolo – BetterBizWorks, LLC Click Here for More Information

Robert Gullery – Wil John’s Tire Empire Click Here for More Information

John Kotz – Richmond Chandelier Co. Click Here for More Information

Joseph Marchese – Financial Planning Concepts of America Click Here for More Information

Diana Petrone Vasquenz – Not Just Bagels Click Here for More Information

Maryann Piazza – Majestic Vending and Services Inc. Click Here for More Information

Lynn Rogers – Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Inc. Click Here for More Information 

Jason Serapiglia - Pique Fitness Click Here for More Information

 

2014

Bernard Del Rey – Del Rey, Tanzi & Gavin LLP – Certified Public Accountants Click Here for More Information

Claudette Duff – Integrity Senior Services Click Here for More Information

Reverend Dr. Daniel Mercaldo – Church at the Gateway Click Here for More Information

Chad Reyes – Wealth and Legacy Group Click Here for More Information

S. Joann Scamardella – Scamardella Funeral Home, Inc. Click Here for More Information

Salvatore Sottile – Sottile Security Services, Inc. Click Here for More Information

Ronald Victorio – Victorio Associates Click Here for More Information 

Ryan Walsh - Walsh Electrical Contracting Inc. Click Here for More Information 

2013

Solomon Chemo, CFP – Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, Richmond Wealth Management

Leonora Vaccaro – Staten Island Community Services Friendship Clubs, Inc. Click Here for More Information

John Vincent Scalia, Sr. – John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, Inc. Click Here for More Information

Christopher Ferrara – ComServe Consulting and Facatel Communications Click Here for More Information

Doreen M. Inserra, CPA – Doreen M. Inserra CPA, P.C. Click Here for More Information

Cory Schifter – Casale Jewelers Click Here for More Information

Allan Weissglass – Magruder Color Company, Inc.; Weisglass-Gold Seal Dairy Corp. Click Here for More Information 

Dr. Abdul Rehman - Private Practice, Brooklyn Hospital Center and SI University Hospital Click Here for More Information

 

2012

Dr. Peter Albert – Staten Island Urological Associates PC Click Here for More Information

Claire Bisignano Chesnoff, ABR, CRS – Claire Properties Click Here for More Information

Melanie Franklin Cohn – Council on Arts and Humanities for Staten Island (COASHI) Click Here for More Information

Barton Horowitz- Relevant Public Relations, LLC Click Here for More Information

Michael Lanza – Colonial Funeral Home Click Here for More Information

Stefano Sena – Bocelli Ristorante Click Here for More Information

Vincent DeMonte – Bocelli Ristorante Click Here for More Information

Maria Buonsante – Bocelli Ristorante Click Here for More Information

Eve Taranto – Silver Lake Golf Course Inc.Click Here for More Information

Doug Johnstone – Silver Lake Golf Course Inc. Click Here for More Information

Steve Villamarin – Villa Marin Buick, GMC Click Here for More Information

Lynda Villamarin – Villa Marin Buick, GMC Click Here for More Information 

Louis Villamarin - Villa Marin Buick, GMC Click Here for More Information

 

2011

Vittorio Asoli – Trattoria Romana Click Here for More Information

Dominick Brancato – New York Center for Interpersonal Development Click Here for More Information

Elizabeth Egbert – Staten Island Museum Click Here for More Information

Marlene Boyd – MLM Public Relations, Inc. Click Here for More Information

MaryLee Montalvo – MLM Public Relations, Inc. Click Here for More Information

Tomas Morales, PhD – College of Staten Island Click Here for More Information

John E. Nikolai – Jealan Fireplaces, Inc. Click Here for More Information

Chris Williams – Williams Eye Works Click Here for More Information

Brian Farley - Hudson Elevator Click Here for More Information

Michael Farley – Hudson Elevator Click Here for More Information

 

2010

Diana Arneth – Community Health Action of Staten Island Click Here for More Information

John Castellano – Castellano’s House of Music Click Here for More Information

Dr. Jack D’Angelo – Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Associates of Staten Island Click Here for More Information

Gianfranco Franzese – Pasticceria Bruno and Restaurant Click Here for More Information

Salvatore Settepani – Pasticceria Bruno and Restaurant Click Here for More Information

Clifford Holtermann – Holtermann’s Bakery Click Here for More Information

Robert Scamardella – Scamardella, Gervasi, Thomson & Kasegrande P.C. Click Here for More Information

Steve White – Staten Arts Photography Click Here for More Information Click Here for More Information 

George Wonica - Wonica Realtors & Appraisers, Inc. Click Here for More Information

 

2009

Elizabeth Dubovsky – The Staten Island Foundation - Click Here for More Information

Vincent D’Antuono – Pastosa Ravioli of West Brighton - Click Here for More Information

George Fehling – Ramps/Lifts for Better Living - Click Here for More Information

Elvis Kraljev – Posh Baby and Teen Furniture - Click Here for More Information 

Dr. James V. Malpeso – Staten Island Heart P.C. - Click Here for More Information

Raymond Masucci – Masucci Developers, LLC, Charleston - Click Here for More Information

Rev. Terry Troia – Project Hospitality - Click Here for More Information

Doreen Zayer - Relax on Cloud 9 Spa - Click Here for More Information

 

2008

Dina R. Rosenthal - The Children's Museum Click Here for More Information

Gary Angiuli – Angiuli & Gentile LLP Click Here for More Information

Dr. Victor P. Avis, DDS – Avis Dental Click Here for More Information

Gerardo Campitiello – Excelsior Grand Click Here for More Information

Dr. George S. Ferzli – Dr. George Ferzli Click Here for More Information

Gregg Gaal – Gregg Gaal, Gregg Mechanical Corporation Click Here for More Information

Jeff Henick – Stop & Stor Click Here for More Information

 

2007

Sue and George Kirchoffer – Moravian Florist Click Here for More Information

Sari Kingsley – Sari Kingsley Real Estate, Ltd. Click Here for More Information

Dr. Theodore Strange – Staten Island University Hospital Click Here for More Information

Beverly Neuhaus – Richmond Senior Services Click Here for More Information

Rosemarie Scampas – Inform Business Inc. Click Here for More Information

Donna Long – The Grace Foundation Click Here for More Information

Paul Campione – P.A.C. Plumbing, Heating & A/C Click Here for More Information

Christian Moccia – Metro Ink, Ltd. Click Here for More Information

Thomas DeVito - Metro Ink, Ltd. Click Here for More Information

 

2006

Theodore Atlas Jr. - Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation - Click Here for More Information

Connie Mauro – Mauro Graphics Limited - Click Here for More Information 

Dr. Mark Sherman – Unity Games - Click Here for More Information

Jacob Carey – Unity Games - Click Here for More Information

Lenore Schwartz – Total Electrical Distributors, Inc. - Click Here for More Information

Bruce Behrins – The Behrins Law Firm PLLC - Click Here for More Information

Allen Bentson – Bentson Insurance - Click Here for More Information

Donald Bentson – Bentson Insurance - Click Here for More Information

Robert P. Bentson – Bentson Insurance - Click Here for More Information

Luke Nasta – Camelot Counseling Centers - Click Here for More Information

 

2005

Michael Behar – Tappen Park Associates, Inc.

Rosemary Cappozalo – Mrs. Rosemary’s Dance Studio

Dorothy Doran

George Esposito

Robert Fitzsimmons Sr. – Gateway Arms Realty Corp.

Dr. Joanne Gerenser – Eden II School for Autistic Children, Inc.

Glen Mancuso – Allstate Insurance/ Mancuso Agency

Connie Profaci – Connie Profaci Realty

Henry Salmon – Equity Valuation Associates; Salmon Real Estate

Jon Salmon – Salmon Real Estate

Laura Gasparis-Vonfrolio, RN, Ph.D. - Dr. Laura Gasparis-Vonfrolio, RN, Ph.D.

 

2004

Alex & John Inserra – The Renaissance - Click Here for More Information

Matthew & John Scamardella – Matthew Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc. - Click Here for More Information

Butch Galante – Galante Home Improvements Inc. - Click Here for More Information

Bill DiBiasi - Tax Abatement Specialist - Click Here for More Information

Richard Salinardi – Lifestyles for the Disabled - Click Here for More Information

James Sak, Esq. – Sak & Rampulla, LLP - Click Here for More Information

Steven Coppola – APB Security Systems, Inc. - Click Here for More Information

Al Lambert – Al Lambert Orchestra - Click Here for More Information

Frank Paolino - Electric Light and Power - Click Here for More Information

Edith Susskind - Edith Susskind, Gift Specialist - Click Here for More Information

Donna Martucci – Women's Work Construction Corp. - Click Here for More Information

John DiNaso - DiNaso & Son's Building Supply - Click Here for More Information

Tom Beyar - Beyar's Market - Click here for More Information

 

2003

James McBratney – Jimmy Max - Click Here for More Information

Fran & Frank Reali – Century 21 Safari Realty - Click Here for More Information

Linda Vinciguerra – Linda Lingerie Boutique - Click Here for More Information

Philip & Leonard Rampulla – Rampulla Associates Architects, L.L.P. - Click Here for More Information

Melvin Kling – Kling Real Estate - Click Here for More Information

John Shall, CPA – DeSantis, Kiefer, Shall & Sarcone, LLP - Click Here for More Information

Calvin Sprung – Visiting Nurse Association of Staten Island - Click Here for More Information

Rose Franco – Royal Designs of New York - Click Here for More Information

Gerald Amerosi – Gerald Peters Goldmine Jewelers - Click Here for More Information

Gil Chapman - Island Ford  - Click Here for More Information

 

2002

Bonnie Bell Nalwasky – Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences - Click Here for More Information

Linda Allocco – YMCA of Greater New York - Click Here for More Information

Charles & Diana Milatta - Milatta's Continental Caterers - Click Here for More Information

Tom & Linda Carroll – Thrifty Exterminating Corp. - Click Here for More Information

Tom & Frank Scarangello – SCARAN Heating and Air Conditioning - Click Here for More Information

Mario Rapaglia – Bario’s Pizzeria Restaurant and Caterers - Click Here for More Information

Barry O’Brien – Bario’s Pizzeria Restaurant and Caterers - Click Here for More Information

Diane DiResta – DiResta Communications - Click Here for More Information

Richard Addeo - ADCO Electrical Corp. - Click Here for More Information

Ronald Gregg - Law Offices of Gregg & Associates - Click Here for More Information 

Barbara Gigante - Celebration for Kids Learning Center - Click Here for More Information 

Richard Reetz - Community Agency for Senior Citizens - Click Here for More Information

 

2001

Susan Huckvale-Arann – American International Designs, Inc.

Dan Wheeler – Office Equipment Co. of S.I. Inc.

Norman Abbate – Richmond Discount Appliance Sales

Alan Poritz – Clean Swift Maintenance, Inc.

Carol Dunn – Staten Island Inter-Agency for Aging Inc.

William Russonello

Tony Ferreri

Rab Wilkinson

Geroge Kaye – Supreme Chocolatier

Alberta Brescia

Dr. Mohammad Khalid – Mohammad Khalid, D.D.S.

Barbara Davis

 

2000                                                                                                                    

Jennifer Gotlin Cutrona, Esq.

Lucille Chazanoff – Royal Press

Mario Giammarco

Frank DeMeo

Robert, Donald & Thomas Farrell

Terrence McGinley – Harmon Funeral Home

Evelyn Rogers – A Taste of Honey

Rich Grado – Creative Media

Jack & Nick LiGreci – LiGreci’s Staaten

Gladys Schweiger – Alzeheimer’s Foundation of Staten Island

Tirone Brothers

Salvatore Calcagno - Salvatore Calcagno Construction Inc.

 

1999

John Casey – Casey Funeral Home

Thomas A. Russo

Robert Skeele

Kathryn Whitford – American Parkinson Disease Assoc., Inc.

Stephen Margarella – Margarella Industrial Construction Corp.

Stanley Friedman

Dana Thomas Magee – Community Resources; Community Board II

Samir A. Farag – SCORE

Francis Paulo Huber – Snug Harbor

Carmine Ragucci

Salvatore Esposito

Harold Kaplan - ABCO

 

1998

Kenneth Popler

Thomas Kinslow

Gerri Gibney

Kathy Meola

Lois & Richard Nicotra – The Nicotra Group; Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island

Dr. Ronald Sheppard – Dr. Ronald Sheppard

Maloy Group

Jerry DeLuca – Jerry DeLuca Complete Auto Diagnostic & Repair Center, Inc.

John Calhoun

Susan Meeker

Paul Ferrara – Stat Land Security Services

William Dubovsky - Comtel Information Services

 

1997

Robert Cutrona - Project-One Services, Inc.

Rev. William Epps

Salvador Garcia

Glen Cutrona – Cutrona Architecture PLLC

Paul Kidder – Tottenville Merchants Association

Camille Carbonaro

Mike Fortunato – Fortunato Septic Cleaning Services

Janice Giacalone-Stoffers – The Hall of Frames

Bruce & Kevin Calogera

Bentley Lawwall Brown

Linda & Kevin Walsh – Spectrum Reach

Patrick McDermott - McDermott & Thomas Assoc.

 

1996 

David Rampulla - FerryAds.com

Barbara Nastro

Richard Lattuga

Gary Bartels – Bartels & Eleford

Joseph Marzo III

Mark Loffredo – Post Exterminating Company, Inc.

Loretta McGinn

Egon Salmon – Salmon Real Estate

Michael Lombardi Jr.

Peter Milano – Milano Wines & Liquors

Donald Bruns – Beuscher’s Flower Shop

Louis Buttermark Sr. - Louis L. Buttermark & Sons, Inc.

 

1995

Joseph Piccinnini – Richmond Music Center

Georgiana Di Mauro

Stella Ferrara

Linda Salmon

Frank Scarangello Sr. – SCARAN

William Frew Jr., Esq.

Charles Martino – Martino Realty

Dr. Louis Gianvito - Dr. Louis MD Gianvito

Vincent Gattullo

Daniel Schiffner – Net Pay

Robert Mims – Bob Mims Heating & Air Conditioning

Dr. Thomas Carreras - Dr. Thomas Carreras DVM 

 

1994

Al Melniker

Vincent Caputo