Friday, November 21, 2014

Special Event on December 2nd: Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective "Food, Operations, Work Culture, and Community"

Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective
"Food, Operations, Work Culture, and Community"
Hosted at the
NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

On Tuesday, December 2nd from 8:00am-4:00pm a conference will be held at the New York Institute of Technology hosted by the Global Center for Hospitality Management, the New York State Restaurant Association & Green Hospitality Initiative. The conference will be on “Sustainability in the Hospitality Industry: A Global Perspective.” This conference will bring together leaders from all aspects of the hospitality industry to discuss and share their expertise regarding sustainability in hospitality organizations and related industries. The sustainability issues that will be addressed will pertain to: Food, Operations, Work Culture and Community.
The day's events will include: continental breakfast and lunch networking session; guest speaker presentations; short films; "green flash" presentations on current trends in sustainability. Below are a few of the many knowledgeable speakers that will be attending the conference:
  • Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
  • James Versocki, ESQ., Archer, Byington, Glennon & Levine, LLP 
  • Sadri Altinok, President, Turkish Cultural Centers
  • Dr. Robert J. Koenig, Associate Dean and Professor of the School of Management and Department of Hospitality Studies, New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
  • Alan Someck, Director, Green Hospitality Initiative
  • Alan Fairbairn, M.A./C.H.A./C.H.I.A.
    Professor of the School of Management and Department of Hospitality Studies, New York Institute of Technology(NYIT)
  • Laura Bucko, VP/Director of Communications, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce 
  • Alex Askew, President and CEO, BCA Global
  • Karen Washington, Co Founder at Black Urban Growers and La Familia Verde
  • HervĂ© HoudrĂ©, Regional Director of Operations & General Manager InterContinental New York Barclay
  • Vlada Kenniff, Managing Director, Planning, Projections, and Demand Management
  • Kyle Thomas, Sustainability Manager, Le Pain Quotidien
  • Adanna Roberts, Program Manager, NYC WasteMatch
  • Liz Williams, President and Director, Southern Food and Beverage Museum
  • Maya Shenkman, Director of Hotel Services, Great Forest Inc.
  • Magdalene Sim, Director of Communications, Great Forest Inc.
  • Steve Sasso, General Manager, The Benjamin in New York
  • Naomi Mirsky, Vice-President, Sustainability and Innovation at Denihan Hospitality Group (Denihan)
  • Bill Telepan, Chef/Owner of Telepan & Telepan Local
  • William Patrick Cornelius, Chef William Creations
  • Euripides Pelekanos, Founder & CEO, Bareburger
  • Margaret Stapleton, National University Development Manager, Entertainment Cruises, Inc. 
  • Rob Salvatico, Partner and Senior Vice President, Operations of Jaral Properties, Inc. and Jaral Management Corp.
  • Alan Mindel, Operating Partner, Samar Hospitality
  • Joel Grassi, Pest Management professional, BHB Pest Elimination and many others...
Admission to the conference: $25.00

For a more comprehensive list of speakers and more details on the conference, click here:

Friday, November 14, 2014

MCC Member News: The Partnership for Student Advancement (PSA) Wins Competition

On October 14th, 2014, the Partnership for Student Advancement (PSA) participated in a crowdfunding type event sponsored by The Funding Network and participants donated $15,000 to the charity. PSA won a competition and had been chosen as one of three charities that presented to the large group of attendees. Anne Bonfiglio, Executive Director, gave the presentation followed by a 6 minute Q&A. The web site is

The Partnership for Student Advancement (PSA) was founded in 2004 and it helps financially underprivileged high school students, particularly minorities, identify and pursue a career path. PSA’s life skills training and career development programs include skill and aptitude matching and business readiness training.

PSA provides a support system and builds self-esteem through the various one-on-one coaching sessions which help students learn about themselves, and set goals. Armed with the results of the eight hour skill and aptitude testing, students develop both knowledge and belief in self which prepares them to choose a major course of study, move forward and make a life for themselves

Friday, November 7, 2014

Online Global Business Publishing Platform Launches 'Promote Global' Campaign on

LONDON, November 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Just launched, the 'Promote Global' campaign on Indiegogo - - is designed to give SMEs around the world the opportunity to have their voice heard and be found on the world's most popular search engine. The campaign delivers this through a series of cost effective packages (Perks) which give access to the highly successful and proven World-Markets micro-page listings and extended services. Each listing displays graphics, video, links to social media platforms, full contact details and hyperlinks back to the parent site. This is then enhanced through banner advertising, news articles and a wide range of social media promotion through the channels: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube.

As an SME it is a constant challenge to stay on top of your industry and compete with large corporations who literally have millions to throw at marketing and advertising. World Markets believes that everyone has a voice and everyone's voice has the right to be heard, so the Promote Global Campaign was conceived to give the little guys, the SMEs of the world, that opportunity to be heard.

The key component of the offer is an effective 'Hosted SEO' construct that will see keyword rich titles and content of the page appearing on a search on Page 1 normally within 7-10 days. The combination of this extremely rapid 'Hosted SEO' deployment allied to the page presence on the site, we believe, offers companies in volume an un-rivalled opportunity to build an international online presence for a low cost investment.

Every perk listed on our Promote Global project is giving the backer well over 40% discount on the retail price if they were to buy our services directly from the site. Promote Global with help us to help you!

To find out more about the project visit the indiegogo campaign page or visit

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Monday, November 3, 2014

60th Anniversary Celebration of Anna Walinska's World Trip

At MCC, we always enjoy stories about interesting New Yorkers. Here’s one sent to us by MCC Board Member Rosina Rubin of Attitude NY (limousine company).

Anna Walinska, Paris, 1926
My late aunt Anna Walinska (1906-1997) was a woman before her time.

At the age of 19, she moved to Paris to study painting, lived around the corner from Gertrude Stein, and hung out with Poulenc and Schoenberg.

In the WPA era, she founded a gallery on 57th Street, gave Arshile Gorky his first New York City one-man show, danced at Town Hall to benefit the Spanish Loyalistas, and served as Assistant Creative Director of the Contemporary Art Pavillion at the 1939 New York World's Fair.

On November 15, 1954, she set out on a trip around the world ... by herself ... on prop planes.

It was a six-month journey of exploration and discovery, an experience that brought her deep personal inspiration and influenced her work for the remainder of her life.  She kept a diary of the trip, which now resides in the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of this great adventure, I will be sharing some of the highlights of Anna Walinska's trip via Twitter @Walinska Art Follow us on Twitter, beginning November 15.
Please join me to celebrate Walinska's travels -- from New York City to Honolulu, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Burma, New Delhi, Karachi, Cyprus, Israel, Istanbul, Athens, Rome, Perugia, Florence, Venice, Pompei, Naples, Sorrento, Capri, Nice, Barcelona, Madrid, Toledo, Lisbon, and finally to Bermuda (where she noted in her diary that the single room rate at the Elbow Beach Surf Club ran from $14-$25).

By the time the trip was over, Anna Walinska had flown on five different airlines, painted a portrait of the Prime Minister of Burma, received a letter of introduction to the Prime Minister of India from the future Secretary General of the U.N., and made countless friends around the world.

Walinska's body of work spans nine decades, with the oldest known watercolor from 1918, painted during her studies as the Art Students League.  Over her lifetime, she created more than two thousand works on canvas and paper, including several hundred works on the theme of the Holocaust and a series inspired by the 17th century Japanese erotic Shunga prints, which she began at the age of 76.

Born in London in 1906 to Russian immigrants, Walinska was the daughter of labor leader Ossip Walinsky and sculptor-poet-activist Rosa Newman Walinska, who settled in New York in 1914.  During her lifetime, her work was most notably exhibited at a 1957 retrospective in New York at the Jewish Museum, and in numerous group shows organized by the American Federation of Modern Painters & Sculptors, the National Association of Women Artists, and the Silvermine Guild, as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.  Posthumously, her work has been shown in exhibitions from New York City to the Czech Republic.

Her work is included in numerous prestigious collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Jewish Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Yad Vashem, the Magnes Museum, and the Zimmerli Museum at Rutgers.

I am excited to share with you the history of a fabulous woman, her life, and her work.  The celebration begins on Twitter @WalinskaArt Follow us on Twitteron November 15.
Portrait of AW by Arshile Gorky, 1937
Rosina Rubin
Atelier Anna Walinska
@WalinskaArt Follow us on Twitter
Anna Walinska, Self-Portrait, 1939
Walinska with Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and The Patriarch, Gres Gallery, Washington D.C., 1958

3 Things You Need to Do Now to Help Your Business Avoid the Impact of Disaster

Posted by Cindy Bates Vice President,
Microsoft U.S. SMB group

October is a time when many small business owners in areas vulnerable to extreme weather like hurricanes and tropical storms are bracing for the worst-case scenario, but small businesses everywhere need to consider whether they are ready for the unexpected.

According to the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 40 percent of businesses hit by a disaster never reopen. And another 25 percent close within two years. These are very jarring, yet real, statistics to think about when we’re talking about the future of your business.

Here in Seattle, we’re more likely to be concerned with earthquakes or flooding than hurricanes, but there’s another type of disaster, the kind that’s virtual instead of physical, which unfortunately means no city is immune. Technology disasters like system failures or hacking can be devastating to businesses of all sizes and contrary to popular belief, small businesses can be targets for cyberattacks.

Fear not. Modern technology can act as an insurance policy, assuring business continuity against even the most dangerous of threats. Follow the three tips below to help your business avoid or quickly recover from any disaster, whether it’s technology or weather-related.

MCC Thanks Octobers Renewing Members

Company Name Name Website
Cohen Partners LLC Daniel Cohen
Dasha Wellness Shannon Pollack
The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College Mary Baker
Pratt Institute Center for Continuing and Professional Studies Karen Adler Miletsky
John Petschauer Inc. Erwin Petschauer
L.A. Nicholas L. Nicholas
Law Offices of Caryn S. Gartenberg
Couture Within Reach Maiya Kim
The Howard Teich Network Howard Teich
Buyer's Edge Realty, Inc. Gary Herbst
Coach Hof Mark Hofmaier
MBTorre Architects and Planners Martin Torre
Collier Capital Advisors Gregory Collier
Wiss & Company, LLP Kyle Pennacchia
Douglas Elliman-Justin Kinslow Justin Kinslow
Team Alex Mazza Alexander R Mazza