HTM Symposium

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association invite you to attend the:

HTM Symposium: tourism and downtown revitalization projects

Networking Breakfast
Friday, March 28, 2014
8-10 a.m. in the McGann Conference Center, O’Connor Hall
St. Joseph’s College
Long Island Campus
155 West Roe Boulevard
Patchogue, NY 11772

Panelists will include:

Donald Monti
President and CEO, Renaissance Downtowns

Donald Monti, President and CEO of Renaissance Downtowns, has more than 35 years of diverse experience covering all aspects of the real estate spectrum having played a major role in the development, construction and management of 80+ development projects. Renaissance has become the branded leader in the holistic and comprehensive development of suburban downtowns with a focus on mixed-use and transit oriented development. The company is Master Developer in numerous projects throughout the Northeast, with a total development value in excess of $10 Billion along with along with a pipeline of 10,000 plus residential units. The company was recently designated as Master Developer for the Nassau Coliseum Hub redevelopment site, which represents Nassau County’s largest tract of redevelopable land.

Two of Mr. Monti’s Long Island based projects have been designated as a “Project of Regional Significance” by the Long Island Regional Planning Council, representing the transformative nature of Renaissance’s downtown redevelopment efforts. One of those projects is the $2 billion+ dollar mixed-use TOD in Hempstead, N.Y., which was recently awarded $5 million by the New York State Economic Development Council, one of the largest awards provided to a single development effort. Hempstead represents a true game changer for Long Island and other mature suburbs by ushering in the ideals of large scale, mixed use, smart growth redevelopment that abide by Renaissance’s “Triple Bottom Line” approach to real estate development — social, environmental and economic responsibility. The Hempstead redevelopment received its final approvals in 2012, setting the stage for construction to begin in the very near future. The Hempstead revitalization effort, as an example of innovative and forward thinking development, was featured by Mr. Monti as a case study at the United Nations World Energy and Water Forum in Dubai, in October 2012. 

Hon. Frank T. Petrone
Supervisor, Town of Huntington

Frank P. Petrone’s 20-year tenure as Huntington Town Supervisor has been marked by sound fiscal management, community redevelopment, innovative economic and housing initiatives, dedication to preserving the environment and open space and major program and capital projects that further enhance the town’s outstanding quality of life.

Huntington maintains the highest bond rating of any municipality on Long Island and requires one of the smallest percentages of its budget to pay off debt. As the town’s chief fiscal officer, Supervisor Petrone has ensured that budgets are balanced and tax rates remain stable.

Supervisor Petrone sponsored three major bond acts that created a fund to purchase open space and upgrade town parks. To help provide affordable housing in the town, Supervisor Petrone sponsored the creation of an affordable housing trust fund with contributions required from developers, initiated a program that purchases and rehabilitates local eyesores and sells them to deserving residents and was instrumental in the creations of hundreds of rental and ownership units for working families and senior citizens.

Hon. Paul Pontieri
Mayor, Incorporated Village of Patchogue

Mayor Paul Pontieri has served the Village of Patchogue for 19 years. He was elected mayor in March of 2004 after eleven years as a village trustee. During his tenure as mayor, the Village of Patchogue has experienced a revitalization spurred on by more than $150 million dollars in public and private investment. Mayor Pontieri has established Patchogue as a successful model of “smart growth” with a number of major economic development initiatives that he and his administration have put in place. 

A lifelong resident of Patchogue Village, Mayor Pontieri is a retired school administrator and has owned his own business. In August 2009 he was appointed Deputy Brookhaven Town Supervisor for Economic Development, a position that he held for two years. He is the governor’s appointee to the board of Suffolk County Community College, a member of the board of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, Executive Board Member of the New York Conference of Mayors, a trustee of the Independent Group Homes and Living (IGHL) and past President of the Suffolk County Village Officials. Mayor Pontieri is also involved in many local, community organizations and activities, and is a board member of the Patchogue Medford Youth and Community Services. Mayor Pontieri has been honored by the Long Island Housing Partnership, Regional Plan Association and Vision Long Island for his accomplishments in the revitalization of downtown Patchogue, and for the Village’s commitment to providing affordable housing for its residents.

Moderator for the event:

Mike Johnston
Principal, Concorde Hotel Group
President, Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association

Mike Johnston has more than 30 years of hotel and hospitality industry experience, including numerous positions in corporate management, operations and human resources. He has served as general manager at city, suburban and airport locations, and has been personally involved in numerous hotel openings, acquisitions and repositionings. 
Johnston possesses extensive knowledge in all aspects of the hospitality industry. As past president of the Long Island Hotel & Lodging Association and current chair of the board of directors for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Johnston is a recognized leader within the industry with a long track record of success. The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association recognized Johnston as Hotel Executive of the Year in 2009. Johnston is also a professor at Nassau Community College, teaching hospitality and tourism.

In addition to his wide range of industry experience, Johnston has spearheaded numerous charitable events in an effort to give back to the community and sits on numerous local and regional industry advisory boards.

With closing remarks by:

John C. Tsunis, Esq.
Chairman, Board of Gold Coast Bank
Chairman, NYS Hospitality and Tourism Association
Owner, Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook

John C. Tsuins, Esq., opened his law practice in 1977, specializing in real estate, zoning, commercial transactions and banking law. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Gold Coast Bank in Islandia, New York, and serves as a member of its executive and loan committees. He is the former Vice Chairman and General Counsel for Long Island Commercial Bank (Islandia, NY) and member of its board of directors, executive committee, and loan committees. He is the owner of Holiday Inn Express Stony Brook and is active in real estate development transactions, hotel management and development, a Member of the Board of Gover- nors of Touro Law School, Incoming Chairman of New York State Convention and Tourism Association, President of Tsunis Family Foundation Inc., past chair of the Stony Brook University Medical Center Children’s Hospital Task Force, past President of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce and active in other philanthropic endeavors. He was recently honored by the Village Times Herald
as Man of the Year and resides in Poquott, New York with his wife Laura and son Charlie.

8-8:30 a.m.           Networking breakfast
8:30-9:15 a.m.       Panel presentation
9:15-9:30 a.m.       Q & A session
9:30-9:45 a.m.       Closing remarks
This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, contact 631.687.1285 or
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