Francesca Carlow – President
Having moved to Long Island from Massachusetts many years ago, Francesca Carlow knows about the “nuts and bolts” of owning a family business on Long Island. She and her husband Bruce owned and operated TRIO Hardware in Plainview and recently helped move the 55-year-old business to a bigger and better location just a mile down the road. As the company’s CFO, Francesca is proud to work with former employees Ritsa and Todd Kirschner who now own TRIO and exemplify the next generation of retailers on Long Island.
After marrying into “hardware”, Francesca immediately became active with the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce. She helped rebuild dwindling membership and is still actively involved with POB chamber. Their son, Dr. Ben Carlow, is a successful Chiropractor and member of the POB Chamber while daughter Danielle and her husband Rudy Sol live, work and play close by and love supporting Farmingdale’s downtown.
While president of the Plainview-Old Bethpage chamber, Francesca also became involved with the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce and has been the NCCC president since 2016. She brings a strong unified voice and honest representation for business concerns affecting the chambers 10,000 collective membership.
As a liaison with elected officials, Francesca works to keep them involved and accountable. She addresses rising school and property tax burdens, and the need for affordability to keep our golden families and the next generation of entrepreneurs here on Long Island.
Francesca believes the Shop Local mantra is more than just a trendy slogan. The changing dynamics of spending threatens not only the distinct zest and flavor of Long Island businesses, but the sustenance for the life style we all enjoy. Money spent locally stays in our community and local economy. Children can learn valuable life lessons and communication skills from working at after school jobs for local manufacturers, wholesalers, service and retail businesses. Local businesses provide thousands of diverse jobs and their employees spend their money locally.
Working with other community leaders, Francesca is a strong advocate for growing our tax base with smart growth solutions and encouraging diverse downtown revitalization incentives for Long Island.
Local businesses have always been the backbone of this country’s economy and although the medium for commerce is ever changing the need to keep good jobs and hard-earned dollars LOCAL… has not!
Before You Click and Buy…. Give SHOP LOCAL a TRY!
Ken Jacobsen-First 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.
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 & Chief Executive Precious Metals Processing, Mining & Trading Company, Citicorp Executive for Automation Research and Planning, EDC NY Project leader to restructure social services and jobs programs for Dept. of Social Services (Economic Development Corp NYC) Specialties: Creative problem solving, New and Innovative approaches to a broad range of business & Government situations with proactive & highly positive people skills. NCCC–Executive Board member at Large. President Great Neck Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Great Neck Zoning Board of Appeals, Rotary Board member, Member Great Neck Business Circle.
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 Chair of the Legislative Committee of the NCCC and has held the positions of First and Second Vice President as well as Treasurer over a twenty-four year association with the organization. A Past President of the Merrick Chamber of Commerce for nine years, she is the owner of Queen of Hearts Inc. a full-figured formalwear boutique in its twenty-fifth year. Her customer base visits from a tri-state area as well as internationally. She was the coordinator of the Merrick Fall Festival from 1995 through 2004 and is a member of the committee today. She is the co-originator of the Spring Kid Fest which established their scholarship fund. Ms. Marchesella is First Vice President of the Elmont Chamber of Commerce and a Past 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.
Susan Martin – Member at Large
Susan Martin is currently on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the Massapequas after serving as Chamber President 2014-2015 and is a Member at Large of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce. She was recognized as the Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Small Business Person of the Year as well the 2016 “Women of Distinction as nominated by Assemblyman McKevitt. She owns a full service accounting practice for over 20 years and is keenly aware of the economic challenges our communities and local business owners are confronting each and every day. Her insight, intellect and willingness to work on behalf of her business community is extraordingary and she works tirelessly with local business to ensure that their business needs are represented. She is a long time resident of Massapequa and is proud to have raised her family here.
Lois Howes – Member at Large
Lois Howes has been a Travel Advisor for over 30 years, currently with Superior Travel Consultants as a home based agent. She is the past president of the Long Island Chapter of the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) and a past member of the National Board. She became a travel advisor due to her love of travel when her travel agent suggested that she would be great doing something she loves. Lois has traveled the world from Korea and China, to Kenya and South Africa, Turkey and most of Europe and Peru !! Put her on a plane or ship and she is in her happy place. She takes a group on tour every year, this year it was to Spain and next summer Alaska.Lois is the mother to two wonderful daughters. They and her grandson all have the love of travel and adventure and are often part of the traveling groups.
Lois is the past president of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce and is currently president of Friends of Freeport, a 501C3 organization formed after Superstorm Sandy that has been instrumental in the rebuilding of over 400 homes and is still busy on more.
Always active in the Arts, and a former fashion illustrator and designer,she is now the chairman of the board of the LI Arts Council at Freeport.
Prior to her becoming such a responsible grown up,she was a Hippie , artist , designer of fashion and textiles in LA. She then moved with a group of friends to Ketchikan Alaska where she worked many jobs, mostly in the Arts. She was the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce’s local artist in residence and designer of the town mascot, a giant raven in rain boots and a slicker the Ketchikan Rainbird. While there she was a Native American Craftsperson (born in Brooklyn) and also drove a commercial fishing boat.
Donald Patane – Member at Large
Donald Patane, CFS is a financial adviser and one of the founders of Main Street Financial Group. He is a long- time resident of Levittown and is a Past President of Levittown Chamber of Commerce and currently remains on their Board. He was selected as the Levittown Chamber’s NCCC Business Person of the year for 2015. He has offices in Levittown and Kings Park. He generally meets clients at their home or place of business or any other location convenient for them. He refers to himself as a “Financial Doctor” who makes house calls.
His goal is to help make his clients financially secure through each phase of their lives. By emphasizing his clients’ personal goals, objectives and risk tolerances as the driving forces behind his financial strategies, he helps them achieve a level of comfort regardless of the economic and financial conditions.
He is a member of the Levittown Kiwanis Club, Levittown Lions Club and Levittown Community Council. He is also an Ex Navy Lieutenant and is a member of American Legion Post 1711. In addition, he also belongs to several groups that help seniors, namely, the Senior Umbrella Networks of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens and The Gerontology Professionals of New York ( for which he serves on their Board as Treasurer) …thus he can also help clients if they have senior related concerns.
Margo K. Cargill – Member at Large
Margo K. Cargill is founder and CEO of Titanium Linx Consulting, Inc. a diversified consulting firm providing services in the management of corporate, institutional, prime contractor and government projects. With over 22 years in senior project management, marketing research, and strategic communications Ms. Cargill brings the tactical skills necessary to implement multi-faceted organizational plans. Her expertise is in the areas of business and economic development through research analysis, marketing and communications, public relations, government affairs, procurement, and regulatory compliance.
Ms. Cargill’s background is as a corporate manager overseeing operations of post-mergers and acquisitions at Fortune 500 companies and startups. This delivers insight into critical approaches of not only how to launch but administer sustainable projects and partnerships while controlling information, maintaining interfaces and managing crises.
“Titanium Linx. ™ is the success guarantee of any public, private or public-private partnership (P3) venture. Our commitment is to the integrity of every project and that each engineered is to the highest standards of industry.” Titanium Linx Consulting, Inc. is a federally certified WOSB and New York State, New York City, Nassau/Suffolk County, and Port Authority NY/NJ certified MWBE and DBE.
Ms. Cargill is currently president of the Uniondale Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Uniondale Community Land Trust. She is the U.S. Small Business Administration Minority Business Champion of the NY District, the recipient of the 2018 Power Women in Business and recently named Engineering News Record Top Young Professional.
Stephanie Solomon – Member at Large
Stephanie Solomon is a member of the NCCC Board of Directors. In December 2016, she was elected Co-President of the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, and has immersed herself in activities aimed at the betterment of local businesses and their ties to the surrounding community. She has pushed for a “shop local” campaign aiming to help support the local merchants. In 2017, Stephanie was honored as Manhasset’s Businessperson of the Year. Stephanie is also part of the Nassau County District Attorney’s Business Advisory Council whose mission is to open the lines of communication between businesses and the justice system regarding issues affecting community concerns. Stephanie also sits on the Town of North Hempstead Chambers of Commerce Roundtable. Since 2015, Stephanie has owned Chocolate Works Manhasset, a chocolate, candy and gift store, which specializes in delicious handmade chocolates and chocolate covered delights, including pretzels, cookies, potato chips, nuts, caramels and more. Chocolate Works also hosts the most unique birthday parties, scout meetings and ladies night out events.
Frank Camarano – Member at Large
Originally from Franklin Square, Frank lived west of Philadelphia after attending Villanova University, where he eventually became an electrician and started his own company, catering to commercial and large residential work.
Thirty-five years ago, Frank’s family built their first fitness facility “The Spa” located at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel. During that time, they also operated the health club and golf course at the “North Shore Towers” in Lake Success. In 1994, Frank moved back to Long Island…when his family built the original “North Shore Fitness” located in Great Neck. Frank and his family started East Meadow’s North Shore Fitness in 2002, now known as World Gym East Meadow.
Frank has been a member of the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce since their facility there opened, and in 2015 started a two-year term as a board member. Within a year was presented with the “Outstanding Board Member of the Year” award and was asked to serve as Vice President the following year in 2016. Frank has been their President since the start of 2017, the only President to have served two consecutive terms in 64 years. As for the East Meadow Kiwanis, he has been a member for over 12 years, and is in the middle of his three-year term on their Board of Directors.