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FAIRFIELD COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL • WESTCHESTER COUNTY BUSINESS JOURNAL • JANUARY 25, 2021


POWERFUL WOMEN: Westchester County Area code: 914 (unless otherwise noted)

Abigail Kirsch Tappan Hill Mansion, 81 Highland Ave. Tarrytown 10591 631-3030 • abigailkirsch.com President: Abigail Kirsch Year company established: 1990 Business description: Caterer Allan M. Block Agency Inc. 24 S. Broadway, Tarrytown 10591 631-4353 • ambins.com jmurray@allanblockinsurance.com President: JoAnne Murray, president and owner Year company established: 1959 Business description: personal and business insurance agency American Gymnastics 317 Railroad Ave., Bedford Hills 10507 241-1997 • americangymnastics.us amerigym1@aol.com President: Diana Marino, owner Year company established: 1991 Business description: traditional nursery school and instructional gymnastics held in a facility covering 14,000 square feet An American Bistro 296 Columbus Ave., Tuckahoe 10707 793-0807 • anamericanbistro.com americanbistro@optonline.net President: Denise Horton, co-owner Year company established: 1992 Business description: restaurant featuring American-style cuisine Angelface Day Spa 322 Underhill Ave. Yorktown Heights 10598 245-1084 • angelfacespa.com info@angelfacespa.com President: Angela De Angellis, president and Founder Year company established: 1995 Business description: beauty salon and spa Ann & Andy Child Care 2170 Saw Mill River Road Elmsford 10523 592-3027 • annandandychildcare.com info@annandandychildcare.com President: Deborah Asadoorian, Cheryl Anstett and Anna Fucci, co-owners Year company established: 1973 Business description: childcare for 18 months to pre-K

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Arch Street Communications Inc. 31 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 400 White Plains 10601 821-5100 • asc-pr.com nmadonick@asc-pr.com President: Nora Madonick Year company established: 1992 Business description: strategic communications and outreach firm serving federal and state agencies

Carol Kurth Architecture PC & Interiors Ltd. The Arcade Building, 644 Old Post Road Bedford 10506 234-2595 • carolkurtharchitects.com carol.kurth@carolkurtharchitects.com President: Carol Kurth, owner and founder Year company established: 1995 Business description: architecture and interior design firm

Bayside Travel Group of Companies 69 Pondfield Road, Bronxville 10708 833-8880 • luxurytravelservice.com info@baysidetravel.com President: Barbara Nichuals, owner Year company established: 1987 Business description: travel company specializing in customized luxury experiences

Certified Site Safety of NY LLC 99 Lafayette Ave., White Plains 10603 437-5454 • certifiedsitesafety.com info@certifiedsafety.com President: Penny Gianatasio, CEO Year company established: 2008 Business description: safety and risk management/construction services

Bedford Stone & Masonry Supply Corp. 284 Adams St., Bedford Hills 10507 666-6404 • bedfordstone.com info@bedfordstone.com President: Daryl Burbank-Wear, manager Year company established: 1958 Business description: masonry supplier

Co-Communications Inc. 4 Red Oak Lane, Suite 109 White Plains 10604 666-0066 • cocommunications.com stacey@cocommunications.com President: Stacey Cohen, president and CEO Year company established: 1997 Business description: public relations and marketing

Booked Parties P.O. Box 184, Chappaqua 10514 917-650-7743 • bookedparties.com claire@bookedparties.com President: Claire Gilvar, founder Year company established: 2015 Business description: a listing and booking platform for children’s birthday parties, including gits, favors, décor and desserts

Concept: CARE Inc. 50 Main St., Suite 976 White Plains 10606 682-7990 • conceptcareny.com cgreenberg@conceptcareny.com President: Carol Greenberg, owner Year company established: 1995 Business description: home health care agency

Bronxville Wellness Sanctuary 14 Studio Arcade, Bronxville 10708 337-9356 • bronxvillewellness.com info@bronxvillewellness.com President: Stephanie Filardi, co-owner Year company established: 2011 Business description: beauty salon and holistic spa services

Decorative Hardware Studio Inc. P.O. Box 627, Chappaqua 10514 238-5251 • dhshardware.com dhshardware@gmail.com President: Marie Prezner, vice president, sales and marketing Year company established: 1975 Business description: custom manufacturer of brass hardware serving the hospitality and interior design industries

Buzz Creators Inc. 400 Columbus Ave., Second floor Valhalla 10596 358-5080 • buzz-creators.com crae@buzz-creators.com President: Christina Rae, president Year company established: 2009 Business description: public relations, marketing and brand building

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Diana Gould Ltd. 12 Frontage St., Elmsford 10523 347-7134 • dianagouldltd.com events@dianagouldltd.com President: Diana Gould, owner Year company established: NA Business description: floral décor, set design and prop building, furniture and props, graphic design and printing, LED lighting DigiStar Media 600 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 400 Harrison, New York 10528 914-826-5512 • digistarmedia.com RColner@DigiStarMedia.com President: Robin Colner Year company established: 2011 Business description: social media and content marketing Ease Into Italy & Beyond LLC 207 S. Buckhout St., Irvington 10533 231-5634 • easeintoitaly.com easeintoitaly@gmail.com President: Kathleen Guglielmo, owner Year company established: 2006 Business description: travel planning for vacations and study abroad opportunities in Italy Eco-Prima Tea 11 Clearbrook Road, Suite 120 Elmsford 10523 930-8892 • ecoprimatea.com anupa@ecoprimatea.com President: Anupa Mueller, owner Year company established: 1995 Business description: tea distributor Eileen Fisher Inc. 2 Bridge St., Irvington 10533 591-5700 • eileenfisher.com onlinesupport@eileenfisher.com President: Eileen Fisher Year company established: 1986 Business description: women’s apparel The Flower Bar 11 Addison St., Larchmont 10538 834-4900 • the-flower-bar.com orders@the-flower-bar.com President: Nancy White, owner Year company established: NA Business description: florist offering individual or subscription orders for personal use, businesses and events

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POWERFUL WOMEN: Westchester County Formé Urgent Care and Wellness Center 7-11 S. Broadway, White Plains 10601 723-4900 • formeurgentcare.com President: Gina Cappelli, president Year company established: 2000 Business description: boutique urgent care and wellness center Fullerton Beck LLP 1 W. Red Oak Lane., White Plains 10604 305-3464• fullertonbeck.com kbeck@fullertonbeck.com President: Eileen Fullerton, managing partner; Katrine Beck, founding partner/ owner Year company established: 2018 Business description: law firm GMG Public Relations, Inc. 23 Blauvelt Street, Nanuet, NY 10954 996-8100 • gmgpr.com President: Risa B. Hoag Year company established: 1991 Business description: Public Relations/ Marketing/Advertising Harquin Creative Group 80 Surrey Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10804 738-9620 • harquin.com President: Sherry Bruck Year company established: 1992 Business description: Branding/ Marketing Harrison Edwards Inc. 80 Business Park Drive, Suite 303 Armonk 10504 242-0010 • harrison-edwards.com ThinkBig@harrison-edwardpr.com President: Carolyn B. Mandelker, president and CEO Year company established: 1987 Business description: public relations and marketing Howie Marketing & Consulting Inc. 40 Wilner Road, Somers 10589 248-1112 • howiemarketing.com howiemarketing1@gmail.com President: Lydia Howie, CEO Year company established: 1999 Business description: grant writing, marketing services and development and guest-speaking services for nonprofits

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Hudson Fusion LLC 30 State St., Ossining 10562 762-0900 • hudsonfusion.com cindy@hudsonfusion.com President: Cindy Penchina, president and CEO Year company established: 1996 Business description: marketing and web design services

March Boutique 1207 Pleasantville Road Briarcliff Manor 10510 923-2100 • marchboutique.com info@marchboutique.com President: Lynn Puro, owner Year company established: 2006 Business description: boutique Mary Ann Liebert Inc., Publishers 140 Huguenot St., third floor New Rochelle 10801 740-2100 • liebertpub.com info@liebertpub.com President: Mary Ann Liebert Year company established: 1980 Business description: publishing firm serving the scientific, technical, medical and information fields

Hyman & Gilbert 1843 Palmer Ave., Larchmont 10538 833-5297 • hymangilbert.com rkg@cloud9.net President: Rita K. Gilbert Year company established: 1983 Business description: law firm I Am More Scarsdale 6 Spencer Place, Scarsdale 10583 723-6673 • iammorescarsdale.com info@iammorescarsdale.com President: Abbey Solomon and Marcy Berman-Golstein Year company established: 2017 Business description: women’s apparel and accessories boutique that also hosts women-focused events

M Boutique Group Chappaqua 10512 266-0624 meryl@mboutiquegroup.com President: Meryl Lefkowitz, founder and president Year company established: 2012 Business description: consulting agency specializing in events, public relations, marketing and branding solutions

The Inner Group 1000 N. Division St., Suite 2D Peekskill 10566 788-8471 • theinnergroup.com innergroup@optonline.net President: Marjorie Finer, founder and COO Year company established: NA Business description: advertising agency

Mindy Eisenberg Stark, CPA 88 Bonnie Meadow Road Scarsdale 10583 725-8880 • mescpa.com mindy.stark@mescpa.com President: Mindy Eisenberg Stark Year company established: 1982 Business description: certified public accountant

Loughlin Personnel Ltd. 7-11 S. Broadway, White Plains 10601 287-0333 loughlinpersonnel.com laura@loughlinpersonnel.com President: Laura Loughlin, CEO Year company established: 1998 Business description: recruiting agency providing permanent, temporary and temp-to-perm employment solutions

The New Crystal Restoration Enterprises Inc. 109 S. Regent St., Port Chester 10573 937-0500 • newcrystalrestoration.com lisa@crystalrestoration.com President: Lisa Cordasco, president Year company established: 1960 Business description: a disaster response and property restoration company serving Westchester County

Madison Approach Staffing Inc. 7 Skyline Dr. Hawthorne 10532 428-4800 • madisonapproach.com info@madisonapproach.com President: Allison Madison Year company established: 1988 Business description: Workforce solutions firm providing staffing, recruiting, training and consulting

Penny Pincher Boutique 184 Harris Road (Route 117 Bypass) Bedford Hills 10507 241-2134 • pennypincherboutique.com info@pennypincherboutique.com President: Melinda Arkin, owner Year company established: 1985 Business description: women’s luxury consignment

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Phoenix Learning Solutions LLC 1 Ramapo Road., Ossining 10562 762-2041 • phoenixlearningsolutions.com kmeany@phoenixlearningsolutions.com President: Kathy Meany, president and founder Year company established: 2009 Business description: training and development, including facilitation and instructional design Pretty Face Medi Spa 2081 Albany Post Road, Montrose 10548 788-9790 • prettyfacemedispa.com linda@prettyfacemedispa.com President: Linda Nicolo, owner Year company established: 2002 Business description: full-service medical spa Red Ski Creative Inc. 295 Main St., Mount Kisco 10549 914-482-3220 • redskicreative.com contact@redskicreative.com President: Susan Pietrobono Sanquily and Kim Dittrich Year company established: 2015 Business description: creative, solutions for small and large businesses, including graphic, logo and packaging design, brand identity and marketing collateral Rei Pilates 115 Halstead Ave., Harrison 10528 200-1556 • reipilates.com appointment@reipilates.com President: Reina Horowitz, owner Year company established: 2014 Business description: boutique pilates studio Rey Insurance Agency 219 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow 10591 631-7628 • reyinsurance.com service@reyinsurance.com President: Laura Rey Iannarelli, owner Year company established: 1978 Business description: independent insurance broker Ruby Media Group 115 N. Broadway, White Plains 10603 268-8645 • rubymediagroup.com • krisruby.com kruby@rubymediagroup.com President: Kris Ruby Year company established: 2009 Business description: public relations and social media agency

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SA LU T I N G P OWER FU L WO M E N

Some of the powerful women of Thompson & Bender (L to R): Josefa Paganuzzi, Karina Yücel, Sara Prchlik, Debbie Pizzino, Valerie Hovasapian, Elizabeth Bracken‑Thompson, Vicky Hochman, Amy Lasagna

Powerful and professional. Thompson & Bender has the team and talent to deliver the best in

communications: strategic PR, integrated advertising, digital marketing, social media, website development, media buying and planning, and special events. For more than 30 years, T&B has been delivering powerful results that help clients succeed. T&B has created award-winning campaigns for the “who’s who” of regional Fortune 500 corporations, healthcare, higher education, economic development, real estate, retail, hospitality, media, government and not‑for‑profit organizations. Named 2020’s “Best Advertising & PR Agency, Best Graphic Design Firm, and Best Social Media Agency in Westchester.”

1192 PLEASANTVILLE ROAD, BRIARCLIFF MANOR, NY | (914) 762-1900

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POWERFUL WOMEN: Westchester County Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro 45 Purchase St., Rye 10580 921-4166 • rubysoysterbar.com info@rubysoysterbar.com President: Lisa McKiernan, owner Year company established: 2006 Business description: restaurant Scalise & Hamilton PC 670 White Plains Road Scarsdale, NY 10583 725-2801 • scaliseandhamiltonpc.com President: Deborah A. Scalise Year company established: NA Business description: law firm Scott Miller Stiefvater Real Estate Inc. 303 Wolfs Lane, Pelham 10803 738-1133 • pelhamny.com stiefvater@pelhamny.com President: Marilyn Stiefvater, broker and owner Year company established: 1974 Business description: real estate brokerage

Silverman Realty Group Inc. 237 Mamaroneck Ave. White Plains 10605 683-8000 • silvermanrealty.com info@silvermanrealty.com President: Bonnie Silverman Year company established: NA Business description: commercial real estate development and management firm Snyder & Snyder LLP 94 White Plains Road, Tarrytown 10591 333-0700 • snyderlaw.net lsnyder@snyderlaw.net President: Leslie Snyder, partner Year company established: 1990 Business description: law firm

Standing Room Only Fine Foods 1491 Weaver St., Scarsdale 10583 472-3002 • srofinefoods.com info@srofinefoods.com President: Sharon Snyder, director and president Year company established: 1990 Business description: fine foods retailer and caterer

Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets 33 Round Hill Road, Armonk 10504 219-5260 • tastefultreats.com info@tastefultreats.com President: Rose Colonna, owner Year company established: 2002 Business description: full-service gift provider

T Square Properties Inc. 56 Lafayette Ave., White Plains 10603 328-7511 • tsquareproperties.com phyllis@tsquareproperties.com President: Phyllis Tunnell, principal Year company established: 1983 Business description: commercial real estate firm

Tayne Law Group PC 445 Hamilton Ave., Suite 1102 White Plains 10601 301-3300 • taynelaw.com info@taynelaw.com President: Leslie H. Tayne, founder and head attorney Year company established: 2001 Business description: law firm

Solaris Sports Club 201 Veterans Road Yorktown Heights 10598 962-4094 • solarisclubs.com President: Elizabeth Gagliardi, president Year company established: NA Business description: health and fitness club

SCALISE & HAMILTON PC Deborah A. Scalise Sarah Jo Hamilton Lisa M. Bluestein Of Counsel

SCALISE & HAMILTON PC 670 White Plains Road, Suite 325 Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914) 725-2801

Ethics & Professionalism Grievances

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Deborah A. Scalise of Scalise & Hamilton PC, Scarsdale, New York, represents judges, lawyers and law firms in ethics and professional responsibility matters before the Character and Fitness and Grievance Committees and the Commission on Judicial Conduct. The firm also provides proactive advice via advisory letters, website and escrow account review and assists law students with bar admission. She received her Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College (CUNY). Active in several bars statewide and local bar associations, Scalise has held leadership positions and coordinates or lectures CLE programs. She plans community outreach events for local students, including Career Day, Law Day and Take Your Children to Work Day. She also volunteers as a legal advisor and coach for Rye Neck High School and the Westchester/New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Mock Trial Competition. Scalise received the NYSBA’s 2019 Ruth G. Shapiro Memorial Award for her noteworthy contributions to women’s concerns through pro bono services, writing, service to bar associations or community organizations. In October 2018, the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley recognized her during National Pro

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Bono Week for legal counsel and mentorship in the area of ethics and professionalism. She was honored by the New York City Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Program for her continued support and contributions in 2015; received the Westchester Bar Association’s Family Friendly Award in 2014, the Westchester Bar Association State of New York Marilyn Menge Award in 2012 and the Westchester County Above the Bar Pace Setter Award in 2019. Repeatedly recognized by her peers as “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell since 2002, Scalise is a Super Lawyer, since 2009 and a Best Lawyer in America, since 2012.

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THE POWER OF A DYNAMIC DUO

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hances are if you were reading the Westchester County Business Journal back in the early ‘90s, you read an article that referenced Risa Hoag and Sherry Bruck. Thirty years later, these two women business owners are still working together and show no signs of slowing down. In fact, the duo has collaborated on more than 15 marketing, public relations, advertising and social media campaigns on both sides of the Hudson in the past five years alone. Risa is the president of GMG Public Relations and Sherry is the president of Harquin Creative Group. Together they are a formidable team, developing creative and impactful marketing campaigns for clients across a range of industries for three decades. Risa and Sherry met while members of the Westchester Association of Women Business Owners; both served on the board before it was folded into what is now the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC). “We have always been in sync. Sher-

ry and I not only complement each other’s strengths, we each bring our own distinctive creative style to the projects we work on together, which in the end produces a more effective and compelling campaign for our clients,” says Risa. Some of the projects and clients they have collaborated on include Ring in the New Year at Noon at New Roc; SUEZ Conservation Rebate Program featuring Bailey the Beaver, which is now a television commercial and mascot; Rockland’s Meals on Wheels ‘What a difference a Day Makes’ adult day care campaign; The Westchester-Putnam Workforce Development Board; Trion Real Estate Management; and most recently the team was added to the Qualified Suppliers List (QSL) for Rockland County. Both firms are New York state Wom-

Sherry Bruck (left) and Risa Hoag have partnered on creative projects for over 30 years. This photo was taken at the 2019 Ring in the New Year at Noon celebration at New Roc. Photograph by Samantha Hoag.

en-owned Business Enterprises (WBEs) making them ideal choices for larger firms looking to meet diversity goals and enhance their marketing, PR, advertising, branding and social media efforts. “It’s so satisfying to partner with a confident, capable businesswoman like Risa. To me being powerful is synony-

mous with being empowered and that’s how I feel every time we take on a project together,” adds Sherry. “It’s unusual to have such a long-term working relationship and our clients definitely benefit from the longevity and experience we have together.” You can reach Risa at www.gmgpr. com and Sherry at www.harquin.com

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HR Management and Leadership Tactics for 2021

The Tea Experience LLC 104 Pearsall Drive, Suite 1D Mount Vernon 10552 772-0126 • theteaexperienceny.com leslie@theteaexperienceny.com President: Leslie Allicks, owner Year company established: 2012 Business description: tea party catering

By Allison Madison, President, Madison Approach Staffing, Inc.

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s owners, managers and HR leaders contemplate planning for 2021, they’re finding that what used to be the exception for managing their workforce, has now become the rule. They’re transitioning from the temporary “make do” mindset and implementing permanent management policies and procedures that accommodate the flexible hybrid staffing models that sprung from the COVID-19 emergency. As a guide we have compiled a best practice list gleaned from managers who have been on the frontline. Let’s begin with the Virtual Meeting/Work Session. 1) Start by setting an example: Even though we are working from home, we are getting paid to do a job which means being professional, being on-time, being accountable, and not making excuses. If we as managers are repeatedly ignoring the norms of workplace behavior, our teams will follow suit. 2) Set a meeting agenda and timeframe: Virtual meetings should be treated the same as an in-person office meeting. An agenda should be sent out in advance with set time parameters. It should have a purpose and not be used as a chance to “check-up” on people to make sure they are working, as that will cause resentment (more on this later!). Notes should be taken and recapped with definitive action steps and staff assignments.

3) Set Expectations for being on-camera for virtual meetings: There has been a lot of debate on whether requiring people to be on-camera is fair. This issue has been argued from multiple angles from the fact that women typically spend more time on their hair and make-up than men, to sensitivity of home environment. There is no doubt that being able read body language and facial expression is helpful in communication, so requiring people to turn their video on is not unreasonable. Remember that when people come to in-person office meetings they are expected to get dressed, drive to work, and show up. Why is it a problem for an online meeting? Managers need to be clear in communicating expectations and be confident that the request is not out of line. Just be sure that everyone has the technology to meet expectations. 4) Accommodate some socializing: Just as there would be some socializing in the office, there should be space allocated for chitchat online, as long as it doesn’t go on too long

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or descend into gossip. We want our teams to bond and like each other and it’s human nature to be friendly. 5) The Silent Lurkers: Be careful of people who stay silent during the actual meeting, and then hold what is called “the meeting after the meeting” where they let it all hang out. Make sure to call on people and ask for their input during the scheduled meeting and create a respectful environment where people feel heard and have a chance to contribute. 6) Recording Meetings: Give everyone the courtesy of notifying them that the meeting is being recorded and for what purpose. Recording meetings helps people pay attention so they don’t have to focus on taking detailed notes, but it can be a deterrent to speaking freely if not handled correctly. Transcribe the meeting and distribute recaps so that staff trust the recordings are being used for the purpose of keeping a project on track and accurately recording details for those who couldn’t attend. 7) Private Communication: If a staff member is struggling with getting their work done, the virtual technology, and missing deadlines, a manager must do as they always would—have a private conversation to make a course correction. Making accommodations is one thing, but be careful it doesn’t transition into “making excuses”. That is not good for the employee or the company and could affect their future career and review. The importance of establishing clear expectations and being fair and consistent with your team are always important, no matter what staffing model your organization uses. Leadership is a difficult balancing act between holding staff accountable and being compassionate, but in these times your staff needs strong direction now more than ever. Lead on!

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Thompson & Bender 1192 Pleasantville Road Briarcliff Manor 10510 762-1900 • thompson-bender.com liz@thompson-bender.com President: Elizabeth BrackenThompson, partner Year company established: 1986 Business description: advertising and marketing, public relations, creative and digital services, special events planning and promotion Uovo Moderno 156 Katonah Ave., Katonah 10536 401-9298 • uovomoderno.org sales@uovomoderno.com President: Marry Ann Hawley, owner and manager Year company established: 2013 Business description: general gift store with items for the home as well as clothing and jewelry Valerie Wilson Travel Inc. 2700 Westchester Ave., Suite 120 Purchase 10577 701-3200 • valeriewilsontravel. squarespace.com harleyr@vwti.com President: Valerie Ann Wilson, CEO and founder Year company established: 1981 Business description: travel management company for personal and business travel; services industries, including fashion, finance, publishing and pharmaceuticals Westfair Communications Inc. 701 Westchester Ave., Suite 100J White Plains 10604 694-3600 • westfaironline.com • wagmag.com dee@westfairinc.com President: Dee DelBello Year company established: 1990 Business description: publishing firm: Westchester and Fairfield County Business Journals, WAG magazine and associated websites

Whispering Pines Florist of Chappaqua 83 S. Greeley Ave., Chappaqua 10514 238-5661 whisperingpinesofchappaqua.com blkisuzi55@aol.com President: Beth Hundgen, owner Year company established: 1956 Business description: florist Win at Business Coaching LLC 27 Windle Park, Tarrytown 10591 226-0807 • winatbusinesscoaching.com kathy@winatbusinesscoaching.com President: Kathy D’Agostino, founder and owner Year company established: NA Business description: executive coaching, company culture consultant and sexual harassment issues Women’s Enterprise Development Center Inc. 901 N. Broadway, Suite 23 White Plains 10603 948-6098 • wedcbiz.org ajaniak@wedcbiz.org President: Anne M. Janiak, CEO and founder Year company established: 1997 Business description: entrepreneurial training programs and services WOMENINBUSINESS.ORG P.O. Box 277, Purchase 10977 288-9888 • womeninbusiness.org toby@womeninbusiness.org President: Toby Nadler, founder Year company established: NA Business description: national distinction for influential and successful women entrepreneurs, executives and professionals in all business sectors Zen Your Closet 931 Garfield Ave., Peekskill 10566 282-4875 michele@zenyourcloset.com President: Michele Cunningham Year company established: 2016 Business description: personalized closet-organizing services, wardrobe styling, personal shopping

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Cuddy & Feder: Fostering an Environment of Respect and Equality

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hroughout its 50-year history, Cuddy & Feder LLP has made tremendous strides in preparing and promoting women to partnership and leadership positions. We are focused on the retention and promotion of our women lawyers and are committed to providing them with the tools for success. At Cuddy & Feder, diversity is both a moral imperative and a competitive advantage. Drawing on diverse perspectives, we can uncover innovative legal solutions for your most challenging business and individual problems and opportunities. The firm embraces and strives for diversity not only in terms of our people, but also in the unique ideas and perspectives each person brings to the firm. The strength and success of our law firm requires the inclusion of people with different insights and experiences, which results in more creative and inno-

vative solutions to your legal and business challenges. Even as we do our best to promote diversity of thought at Cuddy & Feder, it all comes together for a single goal: providing our clients with the highest level of service and innovative legal thinking. Cuddy & Feder is dedicated to fostering an environment that embraces differences, promotes equality, and engenders mutual respect, thereby creating a culture of inclusion where everyone has the opportunity to excel. We are committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse attorneys and staff, thereby resulting in a diversity of perspectives that benefits the firm, our clients, and the communities in which we practice. We proudly recognize our powerful women lawyers, leaders and staff who have helped to make the firm what it is today.

AS WE DO OUR BEST TO PROMOTE DIVERSITY, IT ALL COMES TOGETHER FOR A SINGLE GOAL: PROVIDING OUR CLIENTS WITH THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SERVICE AND INNOVATIVE LEGAL THINKING.

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Ingenuity, thoughtfulness and insight have been the hallmarks of our law firm for 50 years. Our attorneys help local, regional, national and multi-national clients alike identify and implement nuanced solutions to complex legal challenges in the following key practice areas: Corporate Law; Energy & Environmental Law; Finance; Land Use, Zoning & Development; Litigation; Non-Profit Organizations; Real Estate Law; Telecommunications; and Trusts, Estates & Elder Law.

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We proudly celebrate our powerful and diverse group of women attorneys, paralegals, and professional staff who bring unique talents and perspectives that strengthen our firm and inspire others to succeed.

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POWERFUL WOMEN: Fairfield County Area code: 203 (unless otherwise noted)

Alloy Engineering Company Inc. 304 Seaview Ave., Bridgeport 06607 366-5253 • thermowells.com engineer@thermowells.com President: Kris Lorch Year company established: 1958 Business description: industrial thermowell manufacturer Amsterdam Hotel 19 Clarks Hill Ave., Stamford 06902 327-4300 • stamfordamsterdam.com sales@stamfordamsterdam.com President: Nancy Steinegger Year company established: 2007 Business description: hotel Aries Productions LLC 12 Ox Yoke Lane, Norwalk 06851 216-6024 • NA aries@optonline.net President: Margaret Stapor Costa Year company established: 1990 Business description: video and film production company Aspire Digital Solutions 38C Grove St., Ridgefield 06877 208-3165 • aspiredigitalsolutions.com Hello@aspiredigitalsolutions.com Co-founder and CMO: Christine Mullen Year company established: 2017 Business description: digital marketing agency specializing in solutions for small businesses Aurora Products Inc. * 205 Edison Road, Orange 06477 375-9956 • auroraproduct.com ANat+E: Eural@auroraproduct.com President: Stephanie V. Blackwell, founder and President Year company established: 1998 Business description: organic food products Balancing Act Financials LLC 1074 Hope St., Suite 203 Stamford 06907 548-0223 • balancingactfinancials.com anne@balancingactfinancials.com President: Anne Mochulsky and Aimee Roden, co-founders Year company established: 2010 Business description: bookkeeping and accounting firm

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BCM Media 30 Old Kings Highway South Darien 06820 326-1477 • bcmmedia.biz bmckenna@bmcmedia.biz President: Brenda McKenna, founder and managing director Year company established: 2013 Business description: media planning and buying agency

Carousel Preschool Day Nursery 25 France St., Norwalk 06851 847-1276 • carouselpreschool.com carouselkids1234@aol.com President: Joyce Abate, executive director and owner Year company established: 1977 Business description: day care serving more than 120, ages six weeks through five years

Benay Enterprises Inc. 30 Main St., Suite 303, Danbury 06810 744-6010 • benay.com info@benayei.com Presidnet: Dawn Reshen-Doty, CEO Year company established: 1986 Business description: administrative and bookkeeping services

Center for Pediatric Therapy 455 Post Road, Suite 202 Darien 06820 • 424-2584 55 Walls Drive, Suite 204 Fairfield 06824 • 255-3669 101 N. Plains Industrial Road Wallingford 06492 • 949-9337 centerforpediatrictherapy.com cpt.director@yahoo.com President: Dr. Tara Glennon, director Year company established: 1992 Business description: pediatric therapy offering play-based and child-directed therapies

Bernard’s | Sarah’s Wine Bar 20 West Lane, Ridgefield 06877 438-8282 • bernardsridgefield.com sarah@bernardsridgefield.com President: Sarah Bouissou, owner Year company established: 2000 Business description: restaurant and wine bar BMW of Darien 140 Ledge Road, Darien 06820 656-1804 • bmwdarien.com President: Paula Callari Year company established: 1967 Business description: car dealership Burns Communications LLC P. O. Box 812, Southport 06890 257-3163 • burnscommunications.net deborah@burnscommunications.net President: Deborah Burns, founder and managing principal Year company established: 2007 Business description: brand, business and communications, strategy services, including proprietary offerings Cabbages & Kings Catering 34 Franklin St., Westport 06880 226-0531 • cabbagesandkingscatering.com contact@cabbagesandkingscatering.com President: Sarah Kerstin Gross Year company established: 2000 Business description: Caterer

Centro Ristorante & Bar 328 Pemberwick Road Greenwich 06831 • 531-5514 1435 Post Road Fairfield 06825 • 255-1210 centroristorante.com President: Susan Dederick Year company established: 1989 Business description: restaurant featuring Italian cuisine

Co-Communications Inc. 2 Forest Park Drive, Farmington 06032 860-676-4400 • cocommunications.com stacey@cocommunications.com President: Stacey Cohen, president and CEO Year company established: 1997 Business description: public relations and marketing Connect Computer Corp. 338 Commerce Drive, Fairfield 06825 333-4444 • connectcomputer.com/ LSouza@ConnectComputer.com President: Lynn Souza Year company established: 1985 Business description: internet technology solutions for companies of all sizes COUTUREDossier 43 Greenwich Ave., Greenwich 06831 900-1600 • couturedossier.com info@couturedossier.com President: Yulia and Andrey Omelich, founders Year company established: 2010 Business description: boutique Cucina Casalinga 171 Drum Road, Wilton 06897 762-0768 • cucinacasalinga.com info@cucinacasalinga.com President: Sally Maraventano Year company established: 1981 Business description: home-based Italian cooking school

Cheryl Lechok Communications LLC 30 Glen Terrace, Stamford 06906 961-9280 • clechok@optonline.net President: Cheryl Lechok Year company established: 1997 Business description: marketing and communications consultant for health care, life sciences and technology organizations

Danika Communications 15 E. Putnam Ave., No.386 Greenwich, CT 06830 661-3663 • danikapr.com ryan@danikapr.com President: Anne Ryan Year company established: 2001 Business description: public relations and marketing agency

Church Hill Classics 594 Pepper St., Monroe 06468 800-477-9005 • diplomaframe.com info@diplomaframe.com President: Lucie Voves, founder Year company established: 1991 Business description: Diploma frames

Didona Associates Landscape Architects 70 North St., Suite 301, Danbury 06810 778-1840 • didonaassociates.com didona@didonaassociates.com President: Jane Didona, founder and principal Year company established: 1989 Business description: landscape architect

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POWERFUL WOMEN: Fairfield County DPZ on West Salon and Day Spa 81 West St., Danbury 06810 794-1113 • thedpz.com President: Dawn Blom, owner Year company established: 1997 Business description: day spa E.R. Becker Company Inc. 16 Betts Place, Norwalk 06855 852-8077 • erbeckercompany.com ellie@erbecker.com President: Ellie Becker Year company established: 2007 Business description: inbound marketing eRichards Consulting 1381 Burr St., Shleton 06824 944-0816 • e-richards.com dfgebbia@e-richards.com President: Doreen F. Gebbia, president Year company established: 2000 Business description: technology, consulting and staffing firm Escape Salon & Boutique 232 Greenwood Ave., Bethel 06801 798-9882 • escapect.com customercare@escape.com President: Maria Rodrigues, co-owner Year company established: 1987 Business description: beauty salon and boutique Fairfield Marketing Group 830 Sport Hill Road, Easton 06612 261-5855, ext. 202 • fairfieldmarketing. com info@fairfieldmarketing.com President: Pam Johnson Year company established: 1986 Business description: direct-mail solutons provider for small and large businesses Freudigman & Billings LLC 1720 Post Road East, Westport 06880 226-8166 • freudigman.com info@freudigman.com President: Kimberly A. Freudigman, co-founder Year company established: 2004 Business description: tutoring service, including standardized test preparation, college advising, writing educational and private school consulting and educational and subject tutoring

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Gilda Bonanno LLC 25 Old Kings Highway North Darien 06820 979-5117 • gildabonanno.com info@gildabonanno.com President: Gilda Bonanno, founder and owner Year company established: 2006 Business description: keynote speeches, presentation skills coaching, training in communication and leadership skills

JL Design Associates 54 Misty Lane, Monroe 06468 515-8680 • jldesignassociates.com julia@jldesignassociates.com President: Julia Walters Curanaj, president Year company established: 2010 Business description: interior architecture, planning and design

Lanphier Day Spa & Salon 20 West Ave., Darien 06820 656-4444 • lanphierdayspa.com info@lanphierdayspa.com President: Eileen Lanphier, owner Year company established: 2012 Business description: day spa and salon

Joyride Cycling + Fitness Studio 25 Old Kings Highway North Darien 06820 • 202-9712 62 Danbury Road Ridgefield 06877 • 403-6874 joyridestudio.com amy@joyridestudio.com • rhodie@ joyridestudio.com President: Amy Hochhauser and Rhodie Lorenz, co-founders Year company established: 2011 Business description: fitness boutique dedicated to athletic indoor cycling and cross-training classes

Greenwich Medical Spa 1285 E. Putnam Ave., Riverside 06878 637-0662 • greenwichmedicalspa.com President: Marria Pooya Year company established: 2005 Business description: specialized skin and body care using medically based treatments Health care Navigation LLC 30 Old Kings Highway South Darien 06820 655-2614 • health carenavigation.com President: Maura Carley, founder and president Year company established: 1999 Business description: health insurance consulting and advocacy

Judith Heft & Associates LLC 1111 Summer St., Stamford 06905 978-1858 15 E. Putnam, No. 122 Greenwich 06830 • 978-1858 judithheft.com judy@judithheft.com President: Judith Heft, owner Year company established: 2008 Business description: financial concierge

Impact Personnel Inc. 1698 Post Road East, Westport 06680 866-2444 • impactpersonnel.com maryann@imactpersonnel.com President: Maryann Donovan, president Year company established: 1989 Business description: recruiting firm for temporary, temp-to-hire and full-time positions in the fields of sales, marketing, human resources and administrative

Kate Spain LLC 280 Grovers Ave., Bridgeport 06605 212-6238 • katespain.com info@katespain.com President: Kate Spain, owner Year company established: 2008 Business description: original art, design and products for the home

Innovative Display & Design 1452 Barnum Ave., Bridgeport 06610 800-858-9450 • innov-8.com President: Donna Shea, founder and CEO Year company established: 1986 Business description: exhibits, event and branded-environment production company

The Katie Fong Boutique 60 Lewis St., Greenwich 06830 717-1660 • katiefong.com sales@katiefong.com President: Katie Fong Year company established: 2015 Business description: fashion boutique offering custom designed and made-tomeasure apparel

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The Lilypad Group LLC 44 Fern Valley Road, Weston 06883 856-9132 • thelilypadgroup.com anne.buivid@gmail.com President: Fran Pastore, CEO and founder Year company established: 2010 Business description: marketing and branding, strategic specialty sales Mackey & Guasco Staffing 2425 Post Road, Suite 206 Southport 06890 655-1166 • mackeyandguasco.com maureen@mackeyandguasco.com President: Maureen Mackey and Luisa Guasco, partner Year company established: 2002 Business description: direct-hire, human resources contract and temporary recruiting firm Marta’s Vineyard Canine Resort 519 Federal Road, Brookfield 06804 775-4404 • martasvineyard.com martasvineyard@aol.com President: Pam Williams Year company established: NA Business description: animal daycare for cats and dogs, servicing pets for boarding, doggie daycare and grooming Martin, DeCruze & Company LLP 2777 Summer St., Suite 401 Stamford 06905 327-7151 • mdcocpa.com kdecruze@mdcocpa.com President: Kathleen M. DeCruze, partner Year company established: 1979 Business description: accounting firm The McIntyre Group 2 Enterprise Drive, Shelton 06484 956-2343 • themcintyregroup.com mdamato@themcintyregroup.com President: Michelle D’Amato, president Year company established: 1986 Business description: staffing agency

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POWERFUL WOMEN: Fairfield County Nest of Southport 362 Pequot Ave., Southport 06890 255-1734 • nestofsouthport.com esanta@nestofsouthport.com President: Elizabeth Santa Year company established: 2002 Business description: interior design, upholstery, windows New Fairfield Bright Beginnings 74 Route 37, New Fairfield 06812 746-5994 • nfbrightbeginnings.com mary@nfbrightbeginnings.com President: Mary Arnold, owner and executive director Year company established: 1980 Business description: day care service Nielsen’s Florist Garden Shop 1405 Post Road, Darien 06820 655-2541 • nielsensflorist.com nielsen@nielsensflorist.com President: Sandy Nielsen, general manager Year company established: 1944 Business description: florist

PCI Creative Group 562 Glenbrook Road., Suite 2-301 Stamford 06906 327-0410 • pcigroup.net annec@pcigroup.net President: Anne Chiapetta, principal Year company established: 1985 Business description: cross media marketing company utilizing multiple communication channels to help clients meet their goals

Saugatuck Commercial Real Estate LLC 9 Burr Road, Westport 06680 222-4190 • saugatuckcommercial.com pwickey@saugatuckcommercial.com President: Penny P. Wickey, principal Year company established: 2004 Business description: full-service, commercial real estate brokerage firm representing tenants, landlords, developers, owners, investors, as well as buyers and sellers

Pellicci’s Restaurant 96 Stillwater Ave., Stamford 06902 323-2542 • pelliccis.com tonilupinacci@hotmail.com President: Toni Lupinacci, owner Year company established: 1947 Business description: restaurant

TFI Envision Inc. 111 Westport Ave., Norwalk 06851 845-0700 • tfienvision.com liz@tfienvision.com President: Elizabeth Ball, creative connector and president Year company established: 1975 Business description: marketing and design firm

The Ridgefield Playhouse 80 E. Ridge Road, Ridgefield 06877 438-5795 • ridgefieldplayhouse.org President: allison Stockel, executive director Year company established: 1983 Business description: a nonprofit theatre

Valerie Wilson Travel Inc. 1455 E. Putnam Ave. Old Greenwich 06870 39 Locust Ave., Suite 202 New Canaan 06840 914-701-3200 • valeriewilsontravel. squarespace.com harleyr@vwti.com President: Valerie Ann Wilson, CEO and founder Year company established: 1981 Business description: travel management service for business and personal travel, ranging from industries, including fashion, finance, publishing and pharmaceuticals Women’s Business Development Council 184 Bedford St., Suite 201 Stamford 06901 353-1750 • ctwbdc.org info@ctwbdc.org President: Fran Pastore, CEO and founder Year company established: 1986 Business description: entrepreneurial and financial training

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The McIntyre Group names Michelle D’Amato Company President

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lot of businesses talk about their culture, but a company like The McIntyre Group has instilled its company pillars and values, depicted in the form of a redwood tree, into everything it does. The McIntyre Group is a staffing company serving Connecticut and New York in the areas of IT, office, HR and accounting and finance. The company prides itself on becoming a trusted advisor and matchmaker helping individuals reach the next level in their career and helping businesses find the right match for success. The McIntyre Group provides bestin-class service, boasting ratings in the top 2% of staffing firms in the U.S. as well as being awarded one of the Best Places to Work in Connecticut. Michelle D’Amato has recently joined as president of The McIntyre Group and is looking forward to reviving the woman-led brand that made the

company such a staple in the communities it serves. Her focus will be using the redwood tree values and pillars such as accountability, vulnerability, integrity and teamwork as the backbone of the work they do to empower and change more lives. “Working in this industry in the Connecticut area, I’ve always looked up to The McIntyre Group and admired what they’re able to accomplish while changing lives,” Michelle said. “It’s truly an honor to be a part of this team and I’m so excited to breathe new life into such an amazing company.” Michelle’s passion lies in building strong relationships and empowering her teams to reach their goals, as well as the opportunity to change lives every day. Prior to joining The McIntyre Group, she was most recently managing partner for PRI Technology in West Hartford, Connecticut. For more than 20 years, she has held a variety of sales

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