Business Council of Westchester Board of Directors
2015 Executive Committee
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD:
Maier Markey & Justic LLP
Dr. Marsha Gordon
The Business Council of Westchester
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR /
CHAIRMAN OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
Stephen J. Jones, Esq.
Jones Morrison, LLP
VICE CHAIR, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP COUNCIL:
Timothy M. Jones
Robert Martin Company
VICE CHAIR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT:
Jean Marie Connolly
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
VICE CHAIR, GOVERNMENTAL ACTION:
Nicholas & Lence Communications
VICE CHAIR, SMALL BUSINESS:
Strauss Paper Co., Inc.
African American Men of Westchester
YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester
Falcon & Singer PC
Executive Director, Food Bank for Westchester
Thompson & Bender, Inc.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester
Jones Lang LaSalle
James P. O'Toole Consulting
Glenn J. Pacchiana
Thalle Industries Inc
C.W. Brown, Inc.
The Office of Gregory Chartier
Westchester Marriott Hotel
Joanne R. Deyo
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Dorf & Nelson LLP
Dr. Belinda Miles
Westchester Community College
Altium Wealth Management
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Inc.
New York Hospitality Group
Reckson, A Division of SL Green
Pernod Ricard USA
Patrick F. Lynch
OLA Consulting Engineers
Yuval H. Marcus
Leason Ellis LLP
William Marsillo, Esq.
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
O’Connor Davies, LLP
DataKey Consulting, LLC
Business Council of Westchester
Jackson Lewis LLP
JD Moschitto & Associates, Inc.
Con Edison Company of New York, Inc.
Andrew V. Tung
Divney Tung Schwalbe, LLP
BioMed Realty Trust LLC
Dr. Marsha Gordon
The Business Council of Westchester
As leader of the County's largest and most influential business organization, Marsha Gordon brings more than 25 years of community, commerce and leadership experience to the Business Council of Westchester (BCW). A sought-after speaker, panelist and media expert, Dr. Gordon is widely considered to be the authority on the business climate in Westchester County and is regularly the "go to" person on legislative and regulatory issues throughout the Hudson Valley. Top level business, community and political leaders throughout the County and New York State count on Marsha's counsel and expertise to move forward pro-business agendas in economic development, educational reform, workforce development, as well as legislative initiatives and business growth.
Most important, at every opportunity, she is regarded as the most effective connector of businesses of all sizes and community-based organizations, embracing the diversity of the business community the BCW represents. This has resulted in the explosive growth in membership at the BCW over the years, as well as involvement and participation of those members.
Through Marsha's leadership, the BCW presents a comprehensive and multi-faceted roster of events ranging from Westchester's Rising Stars: 40 under 40 to the Westchester County Business Hall of Fame and the largest business to business Expo in the region, bringing together over 2000 businesses that credit this opportunity as the best business building trade show in the Tri-State region. Business leaders, media experts and elected officials see the BCW as the organization to address, resulting in exciting and informative programs.
Governor Cuomo appointed Dr. Gordon to the executive committee of the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council, resulting in 300 million+ of state dollars invested in the region; in 2014 alone, $92.8 million returned to the Hudson Valley (the largest award). In addition, Dr. Gordon's steadfast support of a new Tappan Zee Bridge and her leadership of the "Build the Bridge Now" resulted in the fast track building of the new bridge, scheduled to be completed in 2018.
Marsha serves on several Boards including the Business Council of New York State, the Westchester-Putnam Workforce Investment Board and Yonkers STRIVE. She has been recognized for her leadership by many organizations including New York Association for Reliable Energy, the YWCA Salute to Women and Racial Justice and the Food Bank for Westchester. She was also named Most Influential Businessperson by Westchester Magazine.
Dr. Gordon previously served as President/CEO of MetroPool, a not-for profit organization that promotes alternative transportation options in Fairfield County and the Hudson Valley. From 1991 to 1999 she led the 1000 member Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce, where she attracted a minor league baseball team to the region.
Marsha has a BA from Brooklyn College, an MBA from Marist College and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Pace University. She has a daughter, Bonnie, and lives in Greenburgh with her husband Eli. She is also a proud member of The Really Terrible Orchestra of Westchester.
Executive Vice President
As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, John oversees the Business Council's legislative, government affairs and community relations, and plays a key role in developing and expanding membership services.
Prior to joining the Business Council team, John, who is a former New York State Assemblyman, was Chief Operating Officer of the Greater New York Region of the American Red Cross and Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in Westchester County. He also once served as Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections.
John was elected six times to the State Assembly representing the East Side of Manhattan. In his 12 years as a state legislator, he was ranking member of the Health Committee, and served on the Higher Education, Education, Mental Health and Children and Families committees. As Assistant Minority Leader he coordinated key legislation before the Assembly and as Assistant Minority Whip he directed floor debate for the 52 members of the Assembly Minority Conference.
With the Red Cross, John oversaw core service delivery areas including disaster, health and safety and international services, as well as its services to the Armed Forces. In Westchester, the Red Cross annually trains more than 18,000 people in critical lifesaving courses, responds to more than 100 local disasters and provides services to more than 170 military families. He headed a staff of 10 and a core group of more than 500 volunteers.
As Executive Director of the New York City Board of Elections, John was responsible for overseeing all operations of the Board's five borough offices and its executive office and a staff of 350. He served as governmental liaison with federal, state and city agencies including the offices of the Mayor and Governor.
As a community advocate, John has organized more than 60 town hall meetings on a wide range of issues. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mayor's Action Committee's Legislative Recognition Award, the New York City Council's Community Service Award, the New York State Conference of Mayor's Good Government Legislative Award and the Burden Center for Aging's Lifetime Recognition Award.
John lives in Pelham with his wife and their four children.
Vice President of Membership & Programs
Sara James has been with The Business Council since 2011, most recently as Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development. In her broadened role, she will be responsible for the development and retention of membership; identifying strategic business alliances and benefits for members and expanding The Business Council's presence in the business and corporate community. James previously held positions at Young & Rubicam, Time Warner Cable and Kenneth Cole Productions. She earned a bachelor's of science from Boston University and resides in New Rochelle.
Workforce Development Coordinator
Ebony White joined The Business Council of Westchester in 2007 as the Office Coordinator and later became the Information Development Specialist. In this role Ebony is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Business Council's membership database as well as the coordination and support of BCW events.
Ebony graduated from Berkeley College in 2001 with an A.A.S in Marketing and later with a B.A in Communications from Howard University.
Director of Office Operations & Member Services
Amanda joined the Business Council in July 2014 as the Director of Office Operations and has since expanded her role to include Member Services. Prior to joining the BCW team, Amanda was a General Manager for the Regus Group, working in the Greenwich, White Plains and Tarrytown locations and earning two promotions while with the company. She also has a background in sales, having worked in the pharmaceutical and fitness industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace University in Ohio.