As a member of the Board of Directors at the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce for over 10 years, Mike Assenza has seen the positive work and exceptional members that comprise the nonprofit organization.
This year, as Assenza will embark on his new role as the Chairman of the Board of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, it stands to reason that he’s looking to keep things moving in the right direction.
“I feel we have a tremendous team in place. The entire board is made up of individual members of Staten Island that are leaders in Staten Island,” said Assenza. “The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is there for small businesses. With 700 members encompassing 250 categories, our membership is diverse and located all over Staten Island. With such a strong influence, we ensure that no matter the size of the business, their voices are heard.”
A native Staten Islander and Susan Wagner High School graduate who has been in the security industry since 1978, Assenza began his employment with the family-owned business, Stat Land Security Service. He continually worked himself up through the ranks to his current position of Vice President of Stat Land in Travis as well as Mutual Security Service in Manhattan.
Since Stat Land Security has been providing technology-based managed security solutions for a diverse range of upscale commercial and residential clients throughout New York City, Assenza has worked with countless small business owners. Due to that experience, he brings knowledge about how to best serve Chamber members.
“As Chair, I want to enhance the membership while supporting the membership and the opportunities all of our members will have to grow their business,” he said.
“As a business owner, you may be very talented and be able to provide your services, but there’s always more to learn. The Chamber of Commerce is that place you can go to and get experienced people in business to get that help,” said Assenza. “Being involved in the Chamber of Commerce opens up an avenue for you to market yourself and become friendly with the other business associates in Staten Island.”
Assenza inherits the chairman title from Glen V. Cutrona, AIA, who served in that role for the last two years. Cutrona – who took the reins from Annamarie Gulino Gentile – will move into his new role as Chairman of the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation and succeed Gentile.
“The Chamber is surrounded by past chairs who have experience in not only business on Staten Island, but being chairpersons at the Chamber of Commerce. I always find it’s imperative that anyone starting a new position or business should lean on people with experience,” said Assenza. “And that’s what I intend to do.”
With nearly 125 years of service, the Chamber has demonstrated it understands the needs of its members through the years. Although times have changed, the organization has delivered high-quality service in today’s modern times. As such, the Chamber has been proactive over the last six months conducting a visioning process to examine ways to continue assisting businesses for years to come.
“We have taken on this initiative to put us in the forefront for the future,” said the new chairman.
Assenza has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since 1990, a member of the Executive Committee since 2012, and has chaired the Safety and Security Committee for many years. He has been a member of the Metropolitan Division of Kiwanis since 1991 and served as Lieutenant Governor of the Metropolitan Division and President of the North Central Kiwanis Club (NCKC). Currently, he is a foundation board member for the NCKC.
Assenza served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the GRACE Foundation for 14 years and is currently Past Chair and a Board of Director. He is the current First Vice Chairman on the Executive Board for Meals on Wheels of Staten Island after previously holding the positions of Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Directors. Lastly, he is a Board of Director for the Staten Island University Hospital Foundation Board.
Assenza’s elevation to Chairman is not the only shift at the Chamber as Captain Daniel Boylan (United NY Sandy Hook Pilots) and Maria Carrozza (The Cake Chef) joins the Board of Directors. Also, Carol Decina (National Grid) has joined the Executive Board while Rosemarie Scampas (Inform), who served as Chairwoman of the Board in 2009 and 2010, rejoins the Foundation Board after serving as its Chairwoman in 2011 and 2012.
Senior U.S. District Judge Eric N. Vitaliano will administer the oaths of office as the Chamber’s Executive Board, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Board and Foundation Board Officers for 2019 will be sworn into office in the presence of the organization’s most active and influential members during the annual Board Installation & VIP Reception Breakfast on Thursday, January 17 at Li Greci’s Staaten, 697 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10310 from 8:30 to 10 am.
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Board
The Executive Board will be: Chairman Mike Assenza (Stat Land Security Services); Frank Scarangello (SCARAN); Ed Wiseman (Moving Pictures, Inc.); Carol Decina (National Grid); and Past Chair Glen V. Cutrona (Glen V. Cutrona Associates).
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
The full Board of Directors is comprised of: Gerald Amerosi (Gerald Peters Inc.); Sam Angiuli (The Angiuli Group); Mike Assenza (Stat Land Security Services); John Atkins (New York Container Terminal Inc.); Dean Balsamini (Small Business Development Center); Captain Daniel Boylan (United NY Sandy Hook Pilots); Anthony Carro (Point Vantage Employee Benefits); Maria Carrozza (The Cake Chef); Gail Castellano (Richmond County Savings Bank); Glen V. Cutrona (Glen V. Cutrona Associates); Carol Decina (National Grid); Katia Gordon (Consolidated Edison Co. of NY, Inc.); Philip Guarnieri (Empire State Bank); Christopher M. Lee (Port Authority of NY and NJ); Robin Lefkowitz (Northfield Bank); John Maccarelli Jr. (TD Bank); Robert Myers (IDB Bank); James Prendamano (Casandra Properties); Chad Reyes (Wealth and Legacy Group); Wayne Roye (Troinet); Dan Ryan (Staten Island Advance); Frank Scarangello (SCARAN); Cory Schifter (Casale Jewelers); James Thomson, Esq. (Scamardella, Gervasi, Thomson & Kasegrande, P.C.); Louis Tobacco (Staten Island University Hospital); Mark Tranchina (It’s Our Pleasure Hospitality Group); and Ed Wiseman (Moving Pictures Inc.).
Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board
The Chamber’s Foundation Board includes: Chairman Glen V. Cutrona (Cutrona Architecture); Ed Wiseman (Moving Pictures Inc.); Carol Decina (National Grid); Ram Cherukuri (NY Fragrance); James Easley (Staten Island Mall Merchants Association); Michael Porpora (RPM Insurance); Rosemarie Scampas (Inform); Joseph Sciame (St. John’s University); and Joseph Tornello (Meals on Wheels of Staten Island).
Bruce G. Behrins (The Behrins Law Firm PLLC)
About Staten Island Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1895, the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most respected business organization on Staten Island. The Chamber is comprised of over 700 businesses representing over 20,000 employees from across the tri-state area. Most of its members are small businesses, 80 percent of which have less than 10 employees. In addition to its circle of 700-plus members, the Chamber has affiliations on local, state, and federal levels. It is associated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the Business Council of NYS, the Chamber Alliance of NYS, the Five Borough Chamber Alliance of NYC, and The Partnership for NYC. Through these relationships, the Chamber can provide access, address business concerns, and pass along information that is pertinent to its members.