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President - Michael Wentz
Michael Wentz Marketing
president@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.
vicepresident@farmingvillechamber.com

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
SBS Promo
membership@farmingvillechamber.com

Marisa has lived in Farmingville for well over 30 years. She has a BS in Communication Arts, Concentration: Business/Marketing, from St. John's University. She is the Long Island Office Manager and Customer Service Coordinator for SBS Promo. As the Executive Director of the Farmingville Residents Association, The Secretary of the Farmingville Historical Society, and the Secretary of the Brookhaven Chambers of Commerce Coalition, 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, Brookhaven Anti-Graffiti Committee, Town of Brookhaven Women's Advisory Board, and Brookhaven Women and Youth Board.



Treasurer - Gary Carruthers
Marlin Insurance Agency, Inc.
treasurer@farmingvillechamber.com 

Gary Carruthers is the owner of Marlin Insurance Agency, Inc. located at 1138 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY since 1986.

Gary has been a resident of Farmingville since 1983.

Gary has helped start the business network group LeTip of Bohemia in May 2008 with 15 members. Gary has have been on the Board every year and currently serve as the President, a position he has held during 2 separate terms in 7 of the Chapter’s 13 years. They have grown to a current membership of 58. They are the 2nd largest LeTip networking group in Suffolk County. He has personally sponsored 31 new members into various chapters and hold a Gold Badge of membership.

Since 1988, Gary has been involved with Cub Scout Pack 294 of Farmingville. Within this organization he has held various leadership positions including Cubmaster for over 20 years, and currently the Committee Chairman. For 6 years Gary was the Training Chairman and Roundtable Chairman for Suffolk County Council Boy Scouts of America.

Gary brings the experience necessary to be a good treasurer. He has run a successful business for over 30 years and he also was the Chairperson of the Sachem Board of Education Budget Advisory Committee, a position held for 4 years.

Gary has been an active member of The Farmingville Hills Chamber of Commerce for 3 years, currently serving as an Advisory Board Member. Gary became the first member to hold this position when it was newly created by the Executive Board.

Gary has worked on the Street Fair each year he has been a member. He is married and has 4 grown children and 2 stepsons. Gary is the proud grandfather of 6.





Recording Secretary - Thomas Lohr
Techworks Consulting, Inc.
secretary@farmingvillechamber.com 

Thomas Lohr is the Executive Vice President Of Operations at Techworks Consulting, Inc., an IT Consulting firm whose headquarters is located in Ronkonkoma, NY and specializes in business consulting services to provide solutions for small, mid-size, and enterprise organizations throughout the local Long Island / New York region and a global reach. He is an active member of Varnex which is an elite network of IT Professional Solution Providers formulated of trusted IT advisors across the US and Canada. He holds a Bachelor Of Science in Computer Information Systems with a minor in Business and has continued education in Leadership and industry certifications including ITIL Practitioner, ITIL Foundation, Certified HIPAA Security Professional, along with multiple Microsoft and CompTIA certifications over his career.

Tom feels strongly about community involvement and helps lead his company's "Techworks Gives Back" mission which focuses on volunteering, charitable contribution, and raising awareness for good causes. He invests time and effort in helping communities like Farmingville be a better place to live and for its businesses to be successful. Along with his involvement in the Chamber, he also sits on the Board Of Trustees for the Sachem Public Library.

Tom and his family moved to Farmingville in 2014 to set roots in their permanent home. He and his wife are both graduates of the Sachem school district which is where his daughter and son will get their education and his wife currently teaches as well.




ADVISORY BOARD

Denise Fisher
All Island Media
Member Since May 2016
Denise@farmingvillechamber.com

Denise was raised in the Bensonhurst/Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, but has lived on Long Island in the same home for over 40 years.She attended Performing Arts HS in NYC and SUNY Stony Brook. Married at 20, she opened a small restaurant that same year; a business which did quite well for over three decades. She has two grown sons, one of whom is mobility challenged.

She began working at Pennysaver in 1977 as a graphic artist, and became a sales executive in 2000. Throughout her career in marketing she has been trained in all types of print media, web design, digital advertising, as well as search engine marketing & optimization.

She has been a Farmingville Chamber member for years. At first this was an assignment. But the members involved in the chamber and their enthusiasm, commitment and vision for the town they live in was so infectious, that even when her sales territory was changed from Farmingville, to other areas- she stayed with the FHCC. She attended meetings and volunteered her time - without even having a company sales booth- at the Street Fair. She is eager to continue to help the chamber in its efforts to grow the business community in Farmingville- and just this fall, was re-assigned the Farmingville 'sales territory' for her work. Which suits her just fine!


Robert Villano
Better.com
Member Since August 2015
Robert@farmingvillechamber.com

As a resident of the Lake Ronkonkoma/Farmingville area for over 30 years, I have dedicated my time to giving back to my communities in any way I can. I attended school in the Connetquot school district. After graduating high school I spent time working as a Residential and Commercial Loan officer in Melville. After a year or so, I realized my reach was limited in what I was able to do for my clients, so I made the jump to retail banking. I started employment with Chase Bank working for 6 years as a business banker, then spent 5 years with Capital One working as Market Manager, and 2 years as a Branch Manager at People's United Bank. I am now helping to build one of the most successful Mortgage start-ups in the country at Better.com. As a Processing Manager, my team specializes in NY based lending and self employment income.

Community Impact-wise, I work with a few non-profits but one that is near and dear to me is Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement teaches financial literacy to students across the country. In my banking career I've served on both Capital One's and People's Board of Community relations, overseeing our impact on Long Island. As someone who grew up in a household where finances weren't always managed properly, I truly believe one of the most important things you can learn is how to take care of your family's financial wellness. I have taught over 70 classrooms in the past 10 years and continue to educate students all over Long Island.

I have now been an active member of the Farmingville Chamber for 2 years and am thankful for the opportunity to serve as a Director of the best chamber on Long Island. I feel that my experiences both in event planning and financial analysis will help guide the Chamber to many continued years of growth and prosperity. Together, we can help Farmingville one business at a time!


Christina Lentini
Christina Lentini State Farm Agency
Member Since November 2019
Christina@farmingvillechamber.com

Christina Lentini sees every obstacle as a learning opportunity and every learning opportunity as a chance to hone her problem-solving skills, which she then puts to good use with great enthusiasm on behalf of her State Farm clients and the myriad Long Island-based charities she's involved with.

It's that sort of drive that enabled her to become one of the youngest members of the State Farm's Chairman's Circle & Presidents Club Award - the top awards bestowed upon State Farm Agents. Only a select few agents within State Farm receive this honor annually (less than 50 Agents) as there are strict qualifying criteria and sales goals that must be met. She has been a top commercial insurance producer since becoming a State Farm agent, earning distinctions as a State Farm Small Business Premier Agent and Ambassador Travel Qualifier for four consecutive years. Remarkable, considering she only became an agent in 2017.

She also achieved her LUTCF designation in 2015. LUTCF stands for Life Underwriting Training Council Fellow, a professional designation given jointly by The American College and the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors.

She serves on three non-profit executive boards: the Specialized Autism Support & Information organization, The Equity First Foundation, which strives to enhance fiscal literacy throughout Long Island and Clear The Way Supportive Housing Corp, which advocates for homeowners and educates Long Islanders on the choices they have for housing. The latter group bestowed its prestigious “Long Island Angels Award“ on her in 2018, in recognition of her extraordinary efforts to help her fellow Long Islanders forestall foreclosure and get themselves back on firm financial footings.

Her charitable efforts are not limited to the organizations with which she is officially affiliated. She conducts food & book drives every month in her State Farm office and the latest effort resulted in more than 1,000 books being collected for the Freeport-based Book Fairies charity. She was also awarded the $5K Club for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2019.

Lentini earned a bachelor's degree in Business Finance from St. Joseph's College in Patchogue and lives in Miller Place with her son, Dominik


David Kunze
Katastrophe Master Restoration
Member Since January 2020
David@farmingvillechamber.com

David Kunze is the Owner of Katastrophe Master Restoration, a Long Island Company providing emergency restoration services to local homes and businesses from Montauk to Manhattan.

He has 15 years of experience within the restoration industry, he is a certified restoration professional, who values his customers and community.

His professional position has motivated and aided him in his quest to help others. Throughout the years, he has taken action to become a more active member in his community. He has been fortunate to be able to volunteer and provide charitable work for organizations and individuals who simply, just need some help.

The company, and its staff has attained many accreditations and certifications for their uncanny ability to go above and beyond there call of duty. David as the owner of Katastrophe Master Restoration, a member of Letip’s Bohemia Chapter and an Advisory Board Member of the Farmingivlle Hills Chamber of Commerce, will act with integrity compassion and professionalism while upholding his current and future commitments.




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