About the Directors/Officers
President - Michael WentzMichael Wentz Marketingpresident@farmingvillechamber.com
Michael Wentz is the Director of Digital Communications for Adelphi University. He also owns Michael Wentz Marketing, a boutique marketing company for startup and small businesses. He is a creative, resourceful, and energetic professional with over 12 years of marketing and IT experience. His education includes a B.B.A. in Information Technology Management, and M.B.A. in Leadership and Management.
At Adelphi University, Michael is responsible for increasing its digital brand and reputation. In addition to creating and overseeing Adelphi's social media strategy, he chairs the Interactive Media Group and leads a team of selected social media administrators to collaborate on various initiatives. Michael also is responsible for the University's digital paid marketing initiatives.
Michael has spoke at numerous conferences and was quoted in online publications. Michael's love for helping others to grow as professionals has now lead him down the path of teaching. As an adjunct professor for the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi University, Michael teaches Management Information Systems and Management of Technology classes.
Michael is not only a leader in his profession; he is a leader within his community. Michael was responsible for launching the Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce (FHCC) in 2011. As the founding president, he orchestrated a branding campaign and spearheaded all planning activities from concept to execution for the annual street fair, attracting thousands of people to the Farmingville community and businesses. His involvement with business and community leaders led to the 2011 Outstanding Chamber Member of The Year for the Town of Brookhaven from the Brookhaven Coalition of Chambers. In 2013 and 2014, the chamber was recognized as a second and third place winner for a networking group from the Best of Long Island competition. In 2014, the FHCC was also recognized as a second place winner for the best chamber of commerce. Michael hopes that this chamber will help bring new life to the community and recognizes that this is a time to make a difference as its motto states.
Michael's relationship with the community was sparked by his involvement with the Farmingville Residents Association and Farmingville Historical Society. As a member of the Farmingville Historical Society, Michael has hosted a number of fundraising events in hopes of restoring the Bald Hill Schoolhouse (circa 1850) to its former glory. He also sits on the Citizens Advisory Committee, a group appointed by town officials that is responsible for the implementation of the community redevelopment plan called Farmingville: Our Vision for Tomorrow. As a leader in Farmingville, Michael was appointed to the Accessory Apartment Review Board for the Town of Brookhaven in 2014, and he continues to serve on the board today.
In December 2015, Michael was selected Long Island Business News 40 Under 40.
Vice President - Ann-Marie Connor
Angel Home Care, Inc.
Ann-Marie is the owner of Angel Home Care, Inc. since 1998. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for seniors in their own home. She has grown the business from 1 client and 1 Companion (herself) to caring for 60 clients weekly and she employs over 35 companions. Continually striving to do better, keeps everyone motivated. Ann-Marie is looking forward to changes and growth and looks forward to serving the Senior Community for a long time to come.
Ann-Marie and her family moved to Farmingville in 1991. Her two sons went through the Sachem schools and received an excellent education. Both of her sons graduated college and hold good jobs. Both sons live and work here in Suffolk County. Her oldest son is married and going to be a father very soon. He and his wife bought their home in Holtsville. Her younger son works out east and knows that he wants to live here in Suffolk County.
Ann-Marie started her business out of her home. Then the business outgrew her home and she moved to Selden. Again the business outgrew its' space and Ann-Marie knew it was time to move. Ann-Marie knew the best place for her business was back in the town she loved. Angel Home Care, Inc. took over an empty store front in Farmingville. It has been two years and Farmingville is the best location. Walk-In traffic was never expected, but it has helped the business to grow. Being in Farmingville has brought her both staff and clients.
Ann-Marie is actively involved in different organizations. She is the Chapter President of LeTip of Ronkonkoma. LeTip International is the world's largest, privately owned, professional business leads organization. Ann-Marie is a member of NOW and also a member of WIN. These are two organizations that recognize and support women in business. Ann-Marie has been an active member of the Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce for over 2 years.
Director of Membership - Marisa Pizza
Marisa is a 31-year resident of Farmingville. She has a BS in Communication Arts, Concentration: Business/Marketing, from St. John's University. After several years as the Assistant Promotions Director at WRCN/WLVG FM Radio, she is currently the Office/Sales Coordinator for ACE Marketing & Promotions- Eastern Office, located in Farmingville. As a Founding member of FarmingvilleRocks, a member of the Farmingville Historical Society, and a Director in the Farmingville Residents Association, Marisa is dedicated to making Farmingville the absolute best place to live and work it can possibly be. She also sits on the Farmingville Citizens Advisory Committee, and Brookhaven Anti-Graffiti Committee.
Treasurer - Erin Dooley
Allie Cat Jewelry
Erin is a Sachem graduate and Farmingville resident for 39 years. For the last 21 years Erin has enjoyed a successful career as an Executive Assistant within several real estate firms throughout Long Island, including Prudential Douglas Elliman, National HomeFinders and now Realty Connect USA. This experience has given her a unique, personal and up-close perspective of Long Island communities and its residents.
Her latest venture with Allie Cat Jewelry has lead her to become a Silver Gem Leader within a short period of time.
Erin lives with her family in Farmingville and enjoys an active lifestyle in the community. She looks forward to focusing her time and efforts to help make Farmingville a better place to live and work.