Up at 5 a.m. to make myself presentable to preside over the cast and crew of 30+ business owners who are members of the Staten Island Business Council.  What businesses make up the SIBC? Click HERE to find out! It was a great meeting guys and gals.  The number of business referrals that were passed exceeded 35. We had a great talk from a human resource specialist, Steven Coren Employers Associates, Inc., and based on the wealth of information he shared, our members could have asked questions for the next three hours. We spoke about our trainings, and all the upcoming events we are involved in. Reports were given by our Executive Committee: Treasurer, Frank Martarella III, of Think Design Architecture, Vice President Martha Venditto, of S.E.L.F. (Stand Empowered, Live Free, which promotes the well-being of men and woman going through divorce,) and our Secretary, Leah Platis – Mortgage Banker for Wells Fargo. The Marketing Committee, headed up by Frank Bavaro, from Living SI, John Tasiello, from TWC, and Henry Rau from I-Net Computer Solutions, shared the direction the marketing for the group will be taking.

By 8:36 the meeting was over. Made a stop to get ashes at St. Teresa’s Church, then onto the office for a 10 a.m., appointment with Andy Christian from Guaranteed Rate. Andy brought breakfast and a plethora of information for the sales team to absorb and use. The information presented by Andy will help to improve the quality of life in Real Estate for our buyers and sellers. Additionally, Jude Romano, from SWIFT texting joined us to address a customer relationship management added benefit.

At 12:30 p.m., I’m off to show a property, then heading back to the office to work with Laurie and Lucy. At 6:30 this evening I’ll be missing the NARI-HIC meeting with Executive Director Lana Seidman, to nervously enjoy Nick Reali and Frank Reali’s championship playoff basketball game at Wagner College. GO FALCONS!!

On a side note, Monday night’s meeting at All Saint’s Episcopal Church with Community Board 1 was my first time back since June, and my breast cancer diagnosis. I received the warmest welcome from Nicholas Siclari and the entire group,  and so much work was accomplished.  Kudos to all the volunteers who care abut the Staten Island Community.

Please keep in mind that through March 30, Kiwanis is collecting gently used and new shoes (for both underprivileged adults and children). If you would like to be a part of this wonderful cause, please deliver them in plastic bags, rubber-banded in pairs, to 1958 Victory Boulevard, our Safari Real Estate Office. And remember, It’s Always a Woman’s Right to Shoes!