John AdamsJohn T. Adams

Mr. Adams began his banking career in 1983 with Columbia Savings and Loan, a/k/a Columbia Federal Savings Bank and CFS Bank as a management trainee working his way to Assistant Branch Manager.  After approximately 4 years in retail banking at Columbia Federal Savings Bank, he moved to real estate appraisal and commercial loan originations for the Bank.  Since being acquired by New York Community Bank (NYCB) in 2000, Mr. Adams is First Senior Vice President /Senior Mortgage Lending AND Chief Administrative with the Commercial Real Estate Lending Group.

Mr. Adams currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Cleary School for the Deaf, Catholic Charities and served on the Board for the Thomas Hartman Parkinson’s Foundation. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Community Bankers Mortgage Forum where he is also a Past President.  He is an active member of the Metropolitan Mortgage Officers Society, Long Island Builders Institute, Queens & Bronx Builders Association and serves on the Board of the New York Community Foundation.  He also served as a Chair on Committees of special events for The Nature Conservancy, Dowling College, North Shore Family & Child Guidance Center, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists.

Mr. Adams is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Business Administration.  He is a graduate, with honors, of the National School of Banking at Fairfield University, was an adjunct Professor for REPI (Real Estate Practitioners Institute) at C. W. Post Community College and a New York State Real Estate Appraiser.LICREA SPEAKER BORDER

Steven EngelmannSteven Engelmann

Steven Engelmann, Commercial Business Development Manager, EmPower Solar has strong capabilities and extensive work experience in the Renewable Energy industry and brings 10 years of business development, project management and PV system design experience to the EmPower table of talent.  A graduate of Hofstra’s Business Management School he holds a BS in Marketing with a minor in Energy Policy, and national certifications from NYIT’s Sustainable Building Advisor Program and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). Steven was a pioneering entrepreneur in clean energy technology and the PV industry founding his own sales, design and build firm in 2004. After being acquired by the Solar Center he went on to manage their NY regional sales and operations efforts, installing over 800 kilowatts of PV energy on hundreds of residential and commercial sites across his career. His focus on clean, renewable energy choices and sustainable building practices stems from a lifetime desire to usher in a greater awareness of the sustainable use of natural resources, a cleaner global environment, and more peaceful world for generations to come.



Michael J. Ennis
Manager, Commercial Efficiency Programs, PSEG Long Island





Charles R. Goulding

Charles R. Goulding is an Attorney / CPA, and President and founder of Energy Tax Savers, Inc. (ETSI). ETSI is an interdisciplinary tax and engineering firm. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Cooper Industries Inc., in Houston, Texas. Cooper has a multi-billion dollar lighting and electrical business. Before joining Cooper, Mr. Goulding was a vice president of Dover Corporation, a seven billion dollar sales NYSE diversified industrial manufacturer with a billion dollar HVAC business. Mr. Goulding has a law degree from Brooklyn Law School (Juris Doctor) and an MBA from Adelphi University. Mr. Goulding also participated in Pace University’s Doctor of Business Administration Program.


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Beth Fiteni, MSEL

Beth Fiteni is Sustainability Coordinator for the Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI), representing NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) as Regional Outreach Contractor for the Long Island region. At CDCLI she also heads the LI Green Homes Consortium, under NYSERDA’s Green Jobs Green New York program. Prior positions include Program Coordinator at Renewable Energy Long Island, and Program Director for the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College. For 7 years she coordinated the ongoing Clean Energy Leadership Task Force, which facilitates local municipalities’ implementation of clean energy initiatives. She has served on the Town of Huntington’s Renewable Energy Task Force, and in 2007 co-founded and chaired the Long Island Interfaith Environment Network (LIIEN) to help local places of worship be more energy efficient.
Beth was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Quality Award for 2010, was designated as a Woman of Distinction by the Town of Oyster Bay in 2011, and was one of the Long Island Business News’ Top 40 Under 40 for 2008. She has served on the Boards of the LI chapter of the US Green Building Council and Vision Long Island. Beth was trained by Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project in 2012.

Beth has worked as an environmentalist since age 18, and holds a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law (MSEL) from Vermont Law School 1995, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Connecticut College 1993. She has been quoted in several local newspapers, magazines, and TV news clips including Networking Magazine, WNBC Channel 4,  News 10/55, News 12, WLIW-21, Channel 29 (Telecare), WEER radio (Hamptons Community Radio), WSBU radio, Daily News, Newsday, Bellmore Herald, Long Islander, Long Island Catholic on clean energy issues.


Joseph A. Farkas President Metropolitan Realty Associates LLC

Joseph Farkas

Joseph Farkas is President and Founder of Metropolitan Realty Associates “MRA a privately held national real estate investment and development firm established in 2001.  With over 27 years of hands on real estate operating expertise including development, leasing, management, construction and financial underwriting experience, Farkas has successfully guided MRA’s investment and development activities in over $750 million of commercial, residential and retail projects focusing on opportunistic investment through ground up development, adaptive reuse and leasing strategies.


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Alycia Gilde is the project leader for the New York Truck – Voucher Incentive Program (NYT-VIP) and Northeast Representative for CALSTART. CALSTART is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing the clean transportation industry to improve air quality, economic development and sustainability. Alycia currently oversees CALSTART’s east coast initiatives including the management of NYSERDA’s $19 million incentive program to advance clean vehicle technologies in New York.

Prior to CALSTART, Alycia led some of the nation’s largest transportation emission reduction programs including; the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach Clean Trucks Programs and Clean Air Action Plan, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Regional Truck Replacement Program, Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program and a number of clean air community programs in NYC. Alycia graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Global Environmental Mass Media and served in the Peace Corps for two years in Ghana, West Africa as an Environment Volunteer and as the National Gender and Youth Development Coordinator.LICREA SPEAKER BORDERJonathan Goldman is Executive Vice President at M. Robert Goldman & Company, Inc.Jonathan Goldman

Jonathan Goldman is Executive Vice President at M. Robert Goldman & Company, Inc., the largest independent correspondent mortgage banker on Long Island.  The company originates loans through banks, wall street conduits as well as their network of seventeen insurance company lenders for whom they service over $1.85 billion in loans.

The company was founded in the 1920’s by the company’s namesake and has had a presence in the market for nearly 90 years.  Jonathan has been with the organziation since 1989 and has financed countless loans representing billions of dollars, most of which has been originated on Long Island. He has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Thomas Grech Born in Manhattan and raised in Rockville Centre, NY; Tom Grech lives in Malverne, NY with his wife and their daughter and son. Tom is a 1984 graduate of the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA with a BS in Accounting and received his MBA in International Business from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY. His career has spanned the printing and publishing industries over the past 20 years with RR Donnelley & Sons Company and the start-ups, Xlibris, Inc. and Virtudocs, Inc. Previously, Tom was Supply Chain Executive with SONY DADC. Currently, Tom is Managing Director at JJT Energy, a natural gas and electric energy supplier and marketer. His other interests include investing in multi-family real estate, adviser to non-profit boards and teaching Entrepreneurship as an Adjunct Professor at Farmingdale State College.  He is Founder and Principal of Simplexity Business Solutions, LLC.

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Kevin G. Harney, Co-founder, Principal, and CFO of Stalco Construction, has led the firm since its founding in 1992. He oversees Stalco’s daily operations, bids, and marketing. Kevin manages the company with a deep concern for its clients, employees, and community, and ensures that Stalco is one of the most family-friendly construction organizations in the nation. He is also a Co-founder of Contractors For Kids, a non-profit supporting seriously ill children and their families.

Kevin’s experience spans nearly 30 years in the construction industry and encompasses managing projects ranging from high-end retail facilities to $100-million high-rise developments in Manhattan. Kevin is a member of the American Concrete Institute and Professional Construction Estimators Association.LICREA SPEAKER BORDERJohn Harrington,HKS Capital PartnersJohn Harrington

HKS CAPITAL Partners co-founder John Harrington originally entered the commercial real estate finance industry a little over 10 years ago, originating commercial mortgages on all assets classes including Hotel, Multi-Residential, Commercial Retail, Industrial, Office, Owner Occupied and raw Land.  Over the years, he has financed numerous transactions spanning all categories from debt to construction, to preferred equity/mezz, including nearly all “agency” classes:  Fannie, Freddie, HPD & HUD.

Knowing the capital markets well, he represents a number of commercial banks, life companies, funds, CMBS, and DUS lenders, and services a fairly extensive client base.  Having successfully navigated through the difficulties and nuances of the last credit cycle, he has a unique understanding and perspective of the lending community and their constant changing appetite for risk and analysis.  Taking a comprehensive approach to structured finance, with the ability to analyze & procure debt/equity sources that cover Value Add situations, Development, Note Sales & DPO’s, he takes an academic approach to working with his borrower clients and lender relations.

LICREA SPEAKER BORDERAnthony Manetta1 150x150Anthony Manetta

Anthony Manetta is CEO & Executive Director of Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) The Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) is a public benefit corporation of the State of New York. The purpose of the agency is to promote economic development within Suffolk County, retain and create new jobs.


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Michael X. Mattone, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the financial forecasting of individual development projects and acquisitions as well as the Mattone Group’s overall financial strategy in managing its portfolio of more than 2 million square feet of property in the New York Metropolitan area. He has closed more than $600,000,000 in acquisition, development and refinance transactions on behalf of the Mattone Group.

Mr. Mattone received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and his J.D. from the St. John’s University School of Law (1991) where he was a member of the Law Review.Mr. Mattone is an attorney admitted to practice in the States of New York and Connecticut and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. He began his legal career as an associate attorney at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle (1991-93) in the firm’s real estate department. Mr. Mattone joined the Mattone Group in 1993.

His professional affiliations include the Queens Catholic Lawyers Association, Queens County Bar Association, Columbian Lawyers Association, New York State Bar Association, International Council of Shopping Centers, Institute of Real Estate Management, American Bankruptcy Institute, The Retail Network, and Young Mortgage Bankers Association.

LICREA SPEAKER BORDER mikematuroMichael Maturo

Michael Maturo serves as President of RXR Realty LLC (“RXR”), a multi-billion dollar private real estate company which was formed subsequent to the sale of Reckson Associates Realty Corp (“Reckson”) to SL Green, one of the largest public Real Estate management buyouts in REIT history. Mr. Maturo played an integral role in the Reckson/SL Green transaction. Mr. Maturo is a founding managing partner of RXR. In this capacity, he develops and implements RXR’s corporate, operating and fund management strategies. Mr. Maturo also serves as RXR’s Chief Financial Officer and has oversight responsibility for all financial, strategic planning, capital markets and investor relations activities. Mr. Maturo is a member of RXR’s Investment Committee and its Board of Directors. He is also a Principal and member of the Investment Committee of RXR Real Estate Opportunity Fund, LLC. Prior to the Reckson/SL Green merger, Mr. Maturo served as President, Chief Financial Officer and Director at Reckson, where he was responsible for Reckson’s Capital Market’s activities as well as its Accounting, Financing, Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Treasury, Tax Management, Internal and External Reporting and Investor Relations Departments. Mr. Maturo also had oversight responsibility over the company’s investment functions and allocation of capital. Mr. Maturo worked closely with the Company’s CEO in developing and implementing Reckson’s corporate and operating strategies. Mr. Maturo was at Reckson from 1995 until January 2007 and during his tenure served as Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chairman of the Investment Committee, where he completed over $10 billion in capital markets transactions, spearheaded Reckson’s IPO of RNY Property Trust (ASX: RNY), a public real estate company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and established Reckson’s investment grade rating. Mr. Maturo specializes in diverse phases of real estate finance, including corporate and property debt financings and recapitalization transactions, leading efforts to raise over $2 billion of additional debt and equity capital during this time period. Additionally, Mr. Maturo is the President, Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors, of RNY. Prior to joining Reckson Associates, Mr. Maturo was a senior manager with EY Kenneth Leventhal Real Estate Group. Mr. Maturo is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition, Mr. Maturo serves on a number of outside Boards and Committees including The Board of Directors of the Long Island Association (LIA), the Board of Governors of the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, The Investment Committee of the Diocese of Rockville Center Pension Plan, The Advisory Committee of The Nassau County HUB Development, and Member of the Real Estate Roundtable. Mr. Maturo was recently named a trustee for LIPA.


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Tom McGovern, PE, LEED AP

Tom McGovern has over ten years experience teaching a variety of subjects, including green buildings, engineering and test preparation.Tom is a licensed professional engineer, has a doctorate degree in law and is fully LEED accredited.Tom is a regional authority on commercial  building energy savings. He discussed one-year-return energy conservation measures at a panel before the largest industrial trade association in America. At Columbia University, Tom discussed the latest NYC energy regulations and statewide initiatives on a panel with representatives of NYSERDA, National Grid and Consolidated Edison. As Founder of Geatain Engineering, Tom developed a unique system to align building use to energy-saving measures and developed several proprietary ventilation practices.

LICREA SPEAKER BORDERMichael Packman 150x150 copyMichael Packman

Michael Packman is the Chief Executive Officer of PNI Capital Partners, a full-service financial planning firm based in Syosset, NY. Michael and his firm specialize in working with CPAs and real estate professionals to help them with their existing clients as well as to attract new clients by identifying investment strategies that may provide tax advantages. According to the American Bankers Association, over the next 20 years approximately $17 trillion dollars will exchange hands as one generation hands over its wealth to another. Much of this wealth transfer will be in highly appreciated real estate which can create capital gains exposure. Michael works closely with clients and their tax professionals to provide capital gains tax and estate planning solutions to help reduce or eliminate their tax liability. Michael frequently holds Continuing Professional Education events that introduce these strategies to CPAs and is available to speak to your organization. Michael got his start more than 18 years ago at a boutique private wealth management firm where he quickly rose through the ranks to become the youngest Vice President in the company’s history. From there he formed his own company, managed the Long Island region for the brokerage arm of a major international firm and then opened PNI Capital Partners. Michael offers access to securities through J.P. Turner & Company, LLC (SIPC). To learn more, visit or call 516-466-7120 LICREA SPEAKER BORDERDavid PennettaDavid Pennetta

Executive Director and Broker/Manager at Cushman & Wakefield of Long Island, Inc

One of the most politically active personalities on the Long Island commercial real estate scene, David Pennetta has just taken the helm of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society.Besides his commitment to several business and civic organizations, Pennetta is a former principal in Jericho-based Oxford & Simpson Realty and has 22 years experience in the sales and leasing of office, industrial and medical properties. A former microelectronics engineer, Pennetta is a frequent speaker at business gatherings, pushing his agenda to make Long Island a better place to live and do business. He lives in Huntington with his wife and two children.


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James Sheuchenko
President, Property Management Advisors

In 1989, Mr. Sheuchenko began a 23 year tenure with Kimco Realty Corporation, currently the largest owner of community strip shopping centers in the United States. Beginning his career at Kimco as a Maintenance and Construction Manager, Mr. Sheuchenko was soon promoted to National Director of Maintenance in 1991.

In 1998, Mr. Sheuchenko was appointed Director of Property Management for the entire Kimco portfolio. In 2007, he transitioned to the NE Regional Director of Property Management until his appointment as Director of Training for Property Management in 2011.

Mr. Sheuchenko is a seasoned veteran and has given numerous seminars and lectures regarding subjects important to the Facility and Property Management industry. He has written numerous articles and books, has developed training videos, and is currently on the Editorial Board ofConstruction Renovation Magazine.

In 2012, Mr. Sheuchenko retired from Kimco Realty Corporation to become President of Property Management Advisors, LLC… the position he holds today.

LICREA SPEAKER BORDERDavid G. Schieren, Chief Executive Officer, EmPower SolarDavid G. Schieren, Chief Executive Officer, EmPower Solar

David leads EmPower Solar as its Chief Executive Officer.  He co-founded the company in 2003 with the goal of EmPowering people to use clean energy to control energy costs, clean the air, end oil dependency and dramatically improve the standard of living.

David is responsible for leading the company, with a focus on business development, strategy, corporate finance, human resources and corporate culture.  He works closely with his business partner and COO, Greg Sachs on managing the company.

As an advocate, David conducts outreach to build support for clean energy amongst political, community, business and religious leaders, and the public at large.  David has testified before the United States Congress Science Committee about the DOE Solar Decathlon competition, solar energy and hydrogen fuel, and has been involved with numerous TV, print, internet, radio and documentary interviews.



Nicholas T. Terzulli, Esq.
Director of Business Development, Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, Mineola, New York

Nicholas Terzulli serves as Director of Business Development at the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA). In this capacity, Mr. Terzulli regularly communicates with Nassau County businesses about available benefits and incentives, represents the NCIDA at regional and state-based economic development councils, and provides continued support and outreach to NCIDA project applicants. Previously, Mr. Terzulli served as Executive Director of New Yorkers for Growth, a public-policy and issue advocacy non-profit organization. Mr. Terzulli holds a Juris Doctor from New York Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from American University. A lifelong Nassau County resident, Mr. Terzulli serves as a lector at St. Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church in East Meadow and is an active member of the Chaminade Alumni Association.


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Matthew B. Whalen – SVP, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. rejoined AvalonBay in 2003 and as Senior Vice President of Development he is responsible for leading the development and acquisition activity in both the Long Island and Connecticut real estate markets. He works out of the AvalonBay office in Melville, NY. Matt has over 20 years of experience in the real estate business and has worked in many different sectors, including multifamily, office, industrial, hospitality and single family. Matt began his career with Toll Brothers in New Jersey, and he has held vice president positions at Security Capital, Homestead Village, Crimson Partners and Cogent Communications. In 2006, Matt was elected to the Long Island Builders Institute’s (LIBI) Board of Directors. He was named LIBI’s president in 2009 and chairman in 2010. He has served on the Board of the Hofstra University’s Institute of Real Estate and on the Executive Board of both the Long Island Real Estate Group and the Real Estate Practitioners Institute.


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Bill White is National Director of Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Lending for Wells Fargo’s Private Bank.  Responsible for the $1B+ annual production and underwriting of CRE lending to Private Banking clients across the US.

From 2009 to 2011 Bill was a Director in the Special Situations Group at Wells Fargo Bank and was responsible for all credit and risk functions associated with a $5B portfolio of troubled/impaired CRE loans in the Southeast.

From 2006 to 2009 Bill was a Senior Vice President and senior credit officer in the Real Estate Financial Services (REFS) group at Wachovia in Atlanta, GA.  As such he was ultimately responsible for all credit functions associated with the origination and portfolio management of a $3.5B portfolio of CRE loans.

LICREA SPEAKER BORDERDavid Winzelberg 150x150David Winzelberg

David Winzelberg is an award-winning reporter who spent 20 years writing for the New York Times. He currently writes exclusive stories for Long Island Business News about real estate, development, land use, retail, and franchising.