Francesca Carlow truly knows about the “nuts and bolts” of business on Long Island. The Carlow family owned and operated TRIO Hardware in Plainview for over 50 years.
Francesca became involved in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce to help rebuild its dwindling membership. As president, from 2003 to 2010, she helped build it into an effective and successful business organization.
After having been an active NCCC Board member for the past 10 years, Francesca Carlow is honored to now be the President of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce. The NCCC is the umbrella organization for 49 Chambers of Commerce across Nassau County. Francesca has the experience and passion to address issues facing over 6000 businesses throughout Nassau County.
Nassau County depends on the success of the small business community. Local businesses are the economic engine and the backbone of Nassau County’s economy. As community leaders, chambers work industriously to keep our hard-earned dollars in our local economy. In addition to promoting the SHOP LOCAL campaign, the NCCC supports mixed use and downtown revitalization, keeping elected officials involved and accountable, addressing the rising school and property tax burden, and keeping our families and the next generation here on Long Island.
Ginny McClean – 1st Vice President
Ginny McClean is currently First Vice President having held the position of Second Vice President from 2012 to 2016 and Treasurer from 2004 to 2012. Along with being a Past President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores she served many years on its Board. Bellmore awarded her the NCCC Businessperson of the Year in 2005 and Board Member of the Year in 2010. Along with her husband Roger, Ginny started Have You Heard?®, Inc. in 1995. Their mission statement was and continues to be to provide a quality product with excellent customer service for people who are celebrating special occasions. In 1997 she moved to Merrick Road in Bellmore and has been active in the community and the Chamber. Have You Heard?®,Inc. along with Ginny's reputation, is known worldwide as customers in need of invitations, stationery and gifts have traveled from as far as New Jersey, Rockland County, the Hamptons and Dublin, Ireland!
Ken Jacobsen-Second Vice President
Ken is an Independent Financial Advisor. He is also the Past President of the Seaford Chamber of Commerce for 2010 and 2011. He was nominated 2012 Business Person of the year by the Seaford Chamber. Ken has been operating as an independent financial advisor for the last two years, bringing with him 25 years of financial industry experience.His mission is to provide individuals and Main Street businesses with the guidance and education to develop a solid strategy in planning their long term financial goals.His success has been based on Trust, Integrity,and a Commitment to Service. Beside running his own practice Ken has been committed to the Seaford Community through his many volunteer activities with the Chamber of Commerce, Seaford Wellness, Seaford Lions as well as the Seaford Historical Society.
James E. Pavone – Member At Large
Jim is presently the Legislative Chair for the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and past president. He is also the past president of the Hicksville Gregory Museum, housing earth and science artifacts and past president of the Society for Preservation of Old Mills - New England and has published several works on the subject. Owner of Strategic Aerospace Materials, a metal distribution company, for 31 year serving national and international markets.
Dennis Grossman – Member At Large
President and CEO of DMI Business Consulting Group (Since 1981)
Executive management & Business turnaround specialists
Successfully restructured diverse Corporations & Businesses, Built several housing developments and commercial projects, Founder of successful Precious Metals Processing, Mining & Trading Company, Citicorp Executive for Automation Research and Planning & Strategic Project Administration, EDC NY Project leader to restructure social services and jobs programs for Dept. of Social Services (Economic Development Corp NYC)
Specialties: Creative problem solving, Vision, New and Innovative approaches to a broad range of business & Government situations with proactive & highly positive people skills.
NCCC - Executive Board member at Large.
1st VP Great Neck Chamber of Commerce
Chairman of Great Neck Zoning Board of Appeals
Chair of Better Government Party of Great Neck
Great Neck Master Plan Executive Committee
Mitch Schwartz, Treasurer
Mitch Schwartz, a 30+ year member, is currently co-president of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce. He is active in the management of their community events, most especially Harborfest, in the summer, and Souper Bowl in the winter.
Mitch is president of Millenium Software, a firm that provides IT support for small businesses on Long Island and the surrounding area. Founded in 1981, Millenium initially provided system control and communications software for the financial industry. It has since morphed into a firm that becomes the “IT Department” for its small business clients. Services include network and system design, implementation and support; security; web site design and maintenance; equipment procurement and evaluation; and vulnerability assessment. Our implementation of the slogan “Let us manage your technology to you can better manage your business” enables small business owners to sleep better, knowing that their technology needs are being addressed and anticipated.
Mitch also leads a Port Washington Chamber of Commerce team at the North Hempstead Polar Plunge for New York Special Olympics. The team is annually the top fundraiser at the event.
Julie Marchesella – Past President
Julie Marchesella is currently the Immediate Past President and co-chair of the Legislative Committee of the NCCC and has held the positions of First and Second Vice President as well as Treasurer. A Past President of the Merrick Chamber of Commerce for seven years, she is the owner of Queen of Hearts, a full-figured formalwear boutique celebrating its twentieth year. She was the coordinator of the Merrick Fall Festival from 1995 through 2004 and co-originator of the Spring Kid Fest which established their scholarship fund. Ms. Marchesella is also a board member of the Elmont Chamber of Commerce and Treasurer of the Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development, working on the revitalization project along the Hempstead Tpke. corridor. She is a graduate of the Willsey Institute of Art and Interior Design and studied Fashion Buying and Merchandising at Nassau Community College. Her diversified business background includes real estate management, gas stations, party rentals/planning, import/export and various forms of retail/service businesses.
Lionel Chitty, Recording Secretary
President at Hicksville Chamber of Commerce
Mail Automation Specialist
Brothers II Business Machines of L.I., Inc.
Providers of mailing systems, folders, folder-inserters, addressing solutions, copiers, faxes, duplicators and general office automation and forms handling solutions. .
Femy Aziz – Member At Large
Femy is currently on the Board of the Merrick Chamber and has been and active member since 2010, co-chairing various committees such as the Scholarship committee, Santa’s Visit and the Halloween Parade. With more than 25 years of experience in the visual arts, Femy found her passion for photography at the young age of 13. She opened her studio in her hometown and in the heart of Merrick in 2008 and Serengeti Design Studios was born! Since then she has made a name for herself among peers and clients for providing award winning photography and customer service that is second to none. In 2011, she was honored to be selected as Merrick Merchant of the Year, and in 2012, she was awarded Nassau Council’s Business Person of the year. Donating 100% of her proceeds to the Holiday Food Drive from portraits taken with Santa’s annual visit to Merrick, in 2013, Kiwanis of Merrick awarded her the “Everyday Hero Award”. Recently, she was selected to be a trustee of the Merrick Library and currently serves on the board. Whether you are looking for portrait or wedding photography or corporate headshots, in the studio or on location, Serengeti Design Studios can take care of it with a smile! Say “cheese” :-)
Matthew Zangwill, Counsel
Matthew Zangwill is an attorney with Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C. Matthew’s practice centers on real estate and business transactions, including acquisitions, sales, financings, leasing, tax-deferred exchanges, commission agreements and construction lending. Matthew is also experienced at representing not-for-profit and religious institutions, assisting clients with government subsidized financings and inducements and all the while remaining active as counsel for purchasers and sellers of single-family homes and apartments. Matthew is a member of the Board of Directors of two Long Island based non-profit organizations that serve children and young adults with language and autism spectrum disorders. Matthew has been recognized by Super Lawyers and the Long Island Business News and serves as a contributor to the Ask Real Estate section of the New York Times, which assists readers by answering their real estate inquires.