RTA Meeting Re-Cap and Up-Coming Events

 “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” – Confucius

We had the most gorgeous crisp spring morning for our meeting and so we took full advantage of the pleasant weather and began our meeting outside to meet and greet fellow members and guests.

Perry welcomed the group with enthusiasm for the terrific turnout as we all enjoyed a delicious lunch and shared our business information and charitable initiatives.

Walter Brady kicked off the meeting sharing with us “8 Secrets From Power Networking Pros

Next up was Amir Asadi, a Mass Mutual adviser, explained how he identifies as a Rotarian, and how he believes in service above self. “Give without expectations.”  Its a key factor in deliberately creating the kind of experiences we want more of, and sharing that happiness with our clients.

Asea Health & Wellness Associate Walter Brady, told us how he provides products to enhance your body with what it needs to stay active and healthy longer.

Ryan Smith of Play Nice Together explained how he specializes in digital design, technology & marketing, making sure you’re all set in the digital world.

Walter Camas, Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley, told us how he helps his clients translate their life goals into financial objectives, and create highly customized plans to achieve them.

We then heard from John Fallon, IT Consulting & Support with JMK Technology Group.  John’s company reviews your technology needs with over 100+ companies to find you the best solution for your needs.

Cesar Callan, Partner with Law Offices of Callan & Byrnes, Personal Injury Firm, shared how his work is not popular work and yet he maintains his clients dignity. A recent client thanked him saying “Cesar, you never made me feel dirty”. Cesar is in charge of finding you the right lawyer for the right matter.  His firm has been practicing for 34 years in NYC and is also located in Westchester.

We then heard from Michael Innocenzi, Owner of Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Michael’s dance studio has been in business for 106 years.  Michael’s parents started in 1957 and himself since 1996. People have shared with him personal messages how Arthur Murray has changed their life. “I make people happy for a living.” says Michael.

Kevin Brown, of Hudson Barter Exchange shared how he helps companies to trade for what they want. HBX has just aligned with a new relationship which is another massive barter exchange company.  For instance they are liquidating 2.6 million print artwork pieces and also has some highly sought after travel packages available and especially hot is the Woodlock vacation.

Sue Lara, Owner of Sir Speedy explained how her printing company can help your business whether you need top-notch printing or a fully developed and integrated marketing campaign, she is ready to help.  Sue shared how her printing services is the bread and butter and do a great deal of signs, banners, posters & marketing.

Up next was Jim Newhouse of Newhouse Financial life & Health Insurance company.  Jim has been putting financial houses in order since 1980, protecting what’s important to you and helping you meet your goals.

We then heard from Carol Christiansen, Principal Broker at Cafe Realty.  Carol’s team consists of listing specialists, buyer specialists, and a transaction coordinator to guide you through the process and keep you informed every step of the way.

Brian Campbell, Managing Partner at Rockland Pro a Accounting and Consulting firm, explained how his company offers finance payroll hr, IT solutions an  assists clients who face challenges with finance, business operations, and technology. They are a trusted advisor and strategic partner in the professional services industry.

RTA founder Perry DiNapoli of The Briarcliff Manor shared that The Briarcliff Manor is a full service venue embodying a blend of old-world charm and contemporary elegance.

Next up was our RTA guests, starting with Jay Hitt, musician, songwriter, arranger and performer.  Jay’s folk style speaks to the listener of the simple joys found in everyday life.  Thank you to Jay who gave each of us one of his latest CD.

We heard from Maria Solazzo of Always Impressive, an Invitation company providing exceptional products, expert advice and personal service and has become the invitation studio of choice in Westchester County.  “We pride ourselves on carrying only the finest products and delivering reliable service at a great price.”

Maria Valente owner of Chocolations told us how she has been making chocolate for 30 yrs and in business for 12. She’s local and best buds with Maria Salonzo, shes 5 stores down.  “All of our chocolate is made fresh on our premises using all natural premium chocolate and provides wedding favors, corp gifts, parties favors, custom creations and much more.

Up next was James Loewenberg, Branch Manager at KeyBank.  KeyBank is offering low rates at 4.99% for a fixed 5 years, 4.75 business line credits and for commercial loans and refi.’s they will give you $5k toward your closing costs.

Tara Loewenburg, of Better Qualified, a credit management company, explained how they start with evaluating your credit report and history to help to us understand your financial situation.  They then work tirelessly on your behalf to get you into a better place financially.

Angella Henry, Licensed Mortgage Loan Originator with A.S.A.P. Mortgage corp., explained how her company works with bad credit and low scores and find a better mortgage for your needs.

Up next was Jenna Roach, Title Closer at Cobble Stone Abstract, who told us how she wears 2 hats. She handles title insurance for commercial and residential mortgages in Yorktown but her real love is for flipping houses. She is looking to network with contractors and home improvement suppliers.

Andrea Geraghty  of PrimePay Payroll Services shared how his company runs your payroll while you run your business, it’s that simple. PrimePay has been in business for 30 years and is the largest payroll company in the country.

Chris Nealon of Christopher Studios provides photographic services for all types of events, weddings, head shots and can provide social media content for your job, website photos and flying drones for Realtors.

Lastly we heard from guest, Larry Gillet owner of H&H Photographers who has been producing the finest photography and film making in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area.  H&H has always been a source for creativity, community and customer service and a family business originated by his dad in 1945.

In closing, Perry implored members to invite the industry related needed members.

Michael Innocenzi, shared with us that Arthur Murray Dance Studios is having a Dancing Stars Fundraiser where 9 instructors donate approximately $50k in lesson value.

Ceasar Callan announced the Somers Lions Independence Day Block Party with 6 bands, fireworks, food trucks, amusement for the kids.  Its June 30th. They collect about $105k a year and gives it all away to those in need.

Kevin Brown announced  Mascia Music Festival in Tarrytown.  The festival is next May 19, 2018, 12-9pm featuring a full nine hour program of live music by Stella Blues Band (The Ultimate Grateful Dead Tribute), Soul Shine (An Allman Brothers Experience) and Damn the Torpedoes (A Tribute to Tom Petty and The Heart Breakers). There will also be delicious food and beverages available on site. Kevin also backed up Maria Valente and her delicious chocolates that are amazing “you will be deeply loved” when you give her chocolate to someone.

Lastly Perry DiNapoli asked all to join him for a Pig Roast to benefit the Leukemia Lyphoma Society and support Ossining resident Gio Toribio on a quest for a cancer research grant in his name. There will be a fantastic buffet, wine, beer, live music, silent auction, raffle, cigars and loads of fun! We hope you will join us on June 6, 2018, 7pm-10pm.

Mark your calendar for the next RTA meeting, June 13th, 2018


Wednesday Night Live” to benefit “Drug Crisis in Our Backyard”

May 23rd, 2018 6:00pm to 9:00pm at The Briarcliff Manor
Enjoy live music, appetizers & open cash bar.
$20 for RTA members and includes a complementary guest ticket. $20 to the general public.