President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union
Stuart Appelbaum became President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on May 1, 1998. He was reelected in 2002, 2006, and 2010. Appelbaum previously served as International Secretary-Treasurer, Vice President, Executive Board Member, Assistant to the President and Coordinator of Special Projects for the union.
Appelbaum is also an International Vice President and member of the Executive Board of the 1.4 million-member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.
He serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store International Union and Industry Benefit Funds.
Appelbaum is the President of the Jewish Labor Committee.
He is an officer of two global union federations: IUF (International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations) and UNI (Union Network International). He is a Vice President of the Consortium for Worker Education.
Prior to the disaffiliation of the UFCW from the AFL-CIO, Appelbaum served as a Vice President of the national AFL-CIO and a member of the federation’s Executive Council from 1998 until 2005. He also currently serves as a vice president of the New York State AFL-CIO and the New York City Central Labor Council.
Appelbaum previously served as Chief House Counsel of the Democratic National Committee. He also previously worked for the Michigan State AFL-CIO, and as Executive Assistant to the Secretary of the State of Connecticut. Appelbaum was elected a delegate to the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Democratic National Conventions and an alternate delegate to the 1992 Democratic National Convention. In 2008, he served as a member of the Electoral College as an Obama elector from New York.
Appelbaum is a summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, where he was named a Louis Dembitz Brandeis Scholar and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the bar of the State of Connecticut. Appelbaum resides in New York City.
Angelo J. Genova
Former New Jersey Port Authority Commissioner and Current Founding Partner at Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, LLC.
Angelo J. Genova, Senior Partner, Co-Founder and Chariman of the firm, has extensive experience in complex civil and business litigation, labor law, government contracts and procurement law, political law and appellate advocacy.
Reflecting his career commitment to the foremost in ethical standards, Mr. Genova was recently honored by the Essex County Bar Association with its 2014 Achievement Award for Civil Trial Attorney, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting integrity, professionalism, zealous advocacy and the fair administration of justice in the Essex County legal community and the legal profession generally. In 2014 he was also the recipient of the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey's "Good Guy" award, which recognizes men in the state of New Jersey who support, encourage, mentor and assist women in their advancement in professional and political life. Politicker NJ has consistently name Mr. Genova to its annual Power List, most recently in 2014 and 2013, calling him one of the "most deadly courtoom lawyers in the State."
Over the years, Mr. Genova has been selected as a New Jersey "Super Lawyer" by his peers, having been named the "Top Vote Getter" in 2008 and 2010, "Number 3 Vote Getter" in 2011, and consistently named in the "Top 100" or "Top Ten" categories since 2005. Since 1987, he has been named by "Best Lawyers" in the categories of Business Litigation and Labor and Employment Law. Chambers USA has placed him among its Leading Lawyers for Business Litigation and Labor and Employment Law. He is rated AV® by Martindale Hubbell. He was named by Human Resources Executive Magazine as among the nation's "Most Powerful Employment Attorney's for 2013." Mr. Genova was also named to Law Dragon® Top 20 in Traditional Labor and Employment Law in 2013.
Mr. Genova has been active in numerous philanthropic and community activities, participating as a member of several boards. In 1991, he served as Chairman of the New Jersey Urban Development Corporation. From 2003-2007 he served as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He is a trustee of the Newark Museum, the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, NJ Seeds, and a member of the Montclair State University Foundation. He was elected in July 2013 to a two year term as President of the Legal Services Foundation of Essex County. He also is a trustee of the American Conference on Diversity, the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey, Volunteers of America: Delaware Valley, and John Cabor University, Rome, Italy. He has served as Chair and co-Chair of the 2007, 2008 and 2012 Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund, and he is a former trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newark.
Regional President for TD Bank's Metro NY Division, including Northern NJ
Chris has over 20 years of banking experience and has been a TD Bank senior executive for the past decade. He is responsible for all retail, consumer, commercial lending, and government banking activities in these markets.
Chris joined TD Bank in 1998 as the head of its New Jersey Middle Market Lending Group. After successfully growing and building the Middle Market business, he was appointed to head the bank’s Shore Region in eastern New Jersey and oversee the integration of a small acquisition it made in 1999.
After a successful integration, in 2001, Chris was asked to lead the bank’s expansion into Suburban New York where an aggressive denovo growth strategy has resulted in the opening of more than 100 new TD Bank stores since 2002. In addition to his role at TD Bank, Chris is also a board member of TD Private Client Wealth, LLC.
Prior to joining the bank, Chris held positions with increasing responsibilities at Bank of New York and CoreStates Financial Corp.
A Long Island resident, Chris is a board member and Vice Chairman of the Long Island Association and serves on its Executive and Audit / Finance Committees. He also is a founding board member for Veteran’s Rock.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, with a minor in Finance.
Vice President and Director of Aviation, New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
David Hopkins serves as Vice President and Director of Aviation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Note: (Affiliation provided for identification purposes only).
Hopkins represents the City of New York on aviation related issues and is responsible for on-going coordination and negotiations with the Port Authority under the terms of the master lease for Kennedy and LaGuardia Airports; overseeing policies related to EDC’s aviation assets such as the Downtown and E. 34th St. Heliports in Manhattan.
David leads the City’s policy efforts at the state and federal level to ensure that the New York region’s air traffic congestion and delay issues continue to be addressed. And he works to implement policies and programs that strengthen aviation related businesses and industries in the City, including overseeing a study of the air cargo industry. In previous work at EDC, David helped launch the successful East River Ferry service.
Earlier in his career, David worked for the Washington State Department of Transportation, where he ran the Government Relations and Communications group in the Seattle office. He also served as the transportation policy analyst for King County Executive Ron Sims and worked for the King County Council and for Metro Transit. In New York he has worked for BFJ Planning and for the New York City Comptroller.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/History and a master’s degree in Regional Planning. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
CEO of Kushner Companies and Chairman and Publisher of The Observer Media Group
Jared Kushner is the President of Kushner Companies, a diversified private real estate organization involved in the ownership, management, development and redevelopment of numerous properties. Headquartered in New York City, Kushner national reach consists of nearly 20,000 multifamily apartmentsas well as 7 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. At 31, Kushner has been involved in $7 billion of real estate transactions from 2007 to 2012.
Kushner is currently the Chairman and Publisher of the Observer Media Group, which includes in its holdings the venerable New York Observer. Read by an audience of affluent, educated and influential consumers, the weekly paper offers insightful coverage of politics, finance, media, real estate, culture and entertainment in Manhattan. Since acquiring the company in 2006, Kushner has grown the Observer Media Group into a digital as well as traditional media entity, adding properties such as the Commercial Observer, VeryShortList.com, BetaBeat.com and PolitickerNJ.com.
Kushner graduated with Honors from Harvard University and was awarded JD and MBA degrees from New York University in 2007.
George L. Miranda
Teamsters International Vice President, At-Large, and President of Teamster Joint Council 16
George L. Miranda has been a Teamster since 1967. He currently serves as Secretary-Treasurer of Local 210 in New York, President of Joint Council 16, President of the Teamsters National Hispanic Caucus, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Teamsters Airline Division and Vice President of the NYC Central Labor Council. Miranda has a deep history with the Teamsters, previously holding such titles as assistant to the Airline Division Director, international representative for the Airline Division, personal representative for the General President and international temporary trustee.
Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy & Planning, New York University Wagner School of Public Service
Mitchell L. Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, teaches and does research on urban planning and politics, with special emphasis on economic development, telecommunications, and the governance of New York City. From 1988 to 2004, Professor Moss served as Director of the Taub Urban Research Center. He is the author of a study on the need for reform of The Stafford Act, the principal federal legislation governing federal disaster policies. Professor Moss's essays have appeared in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The New York Post, and The New York Observer.
Professor Moss was voted Professor the Year by NYU Wagner students in 2002 and in 2003, he was awarded the American Planning Association's NY Metro Chapter's Robert Ponte Award for his contribution to the vitality of the New York Area. He is the member of a Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York.
William C. Rudin
CEO & Vice Chairman, Rudin Management Company, Inc. and Chairman of ABNY
As CEO of Rudin Management Company and Chairman of the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), William C. Rudin continues to be one of the real estate industry’s strongest and most influential voices.
Committed to advancing pro-business public policy, Bill works tirelessly in Washington, DC, Albany and City Hall on behalf of trade, business and civic organizations such as the Real Estate Roundtable, The Partnership for New York City, ABNY and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). Bill’s focus is promoting economic policies that will continue diversifying the city’s economy in order to generate jobs and bring renewed vitality to New York City’s businesses and its commercial and residential real estate marketplace. In addition, Bill, along with his cousin, Eric, President and Co-Chairman, and Uncle Jack, Chairman, oversee the Rudin real estate portfolio of 16 office towers comprising more than 10 million square feet of Class A space and 20 luxury apartment buildings.
The integration of technology and environmental design is a hallmark of the Rudin’s development philosophy. Unique examples of this integration include 3 Times Square, the Thomson Reuters building, 55 Broad Street (www.55broadst.com) and 32 Sixth Avenue (www.32sixthave.com), where global media, communications and tech firms such as the RAI Corporation, Globo International, Clear Channel, Bartle Bogle & Hegarty and Dentsu Holdings USA are tenants.
Bill currently serves as Chairman of The Battery Conservancy, President of the Empire State Relief Fund, and Board Member of The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The Partnership for New York City, The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University, The New York Center for Autism, The Alliance for Downtown New York and The Real Estate Roundtable. He is also a member of The Council of Foreign Relations, The New York City Marathon Committee and the JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank’s Regional Advisory Board.
Together with his family, including sister Beth, cousins, Eric and Madeleine, and children, Samantha and Michael, Bill proudly continues the Rudin family tradition of helping to make New York City a better place to live, work and visit.
Joseph E. Spinnato
President and CEO, The Hotel Association of New York City
Joseph E. Spinnato is President and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., which represents over 200 hotels, employs over 30,000 people, and generates billions of dollars in revenue for the City.
He served as Fire Commissioner of New York City during the Koch administration, as First Assistant to the Special Prosecutor for Nursing Homes, and First Assistant to the District Attorney at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.
He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of City Harvest, the Cardinal’s Committee for Charity, Board of Directors of Just One Break, Inc., Board of Directors of the Big Apple Greeters, Inc., and the Board of Trustees of St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in Manhattan.
He also serves on the Board of Governors of the New York Convention Center Operating Corporation (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center). A quintessential New Yorker, Spinnato was born in Queens and attended public schools there until he entered LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale, New York.
He graduated from St. John’s University in Hillcrest and received his law degree from the University of Miami Law School in Coral Gables, Florida.
Alvin S. Trenk
Chairman and CEO of Air Pegasus Corp
Mr. Trenk is currently the Co-Founder, Owner and Director of Sightseeing Tours of America and Liberty Helicopters, Inc., a group of companies specializing in helicopter charter and air tours. He is also the Co-Founder and Director of Saker Aviation, Inc. which operates a chain of Fixed Based Operators (heliports and airports) in the United States.
In 1980 Mr. Trenk helped found the Holding Capital Group, a management buyout firm and investment fund manager. That year, he also founded Air Pegasus Corporation, the company that operates the W. 30th Street Heliport in New York City. Mr. Trenk now serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Air Pegasus Corporation, a position he has held since 1980.
Prior to this, Mr. Trenk was the Chairman and CEO of International Health Company from 1970 to 1976, which established and operated a national chain of outpatient dialysis centers. In 1976 he sold International Health Company to Kenton Corporation. He went on to serve as Vice Chairman of Kenton Corporation, a diversified publicly-traded corporation, from 1976-1980. He also served as President and CEO of Charles Town Turf Club, owner and operator of thoroughbred race tracks in West Virginia.
Mr. Trenk served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He is a licensed helicopter and airplane pilot and a member of the Helicopter Association International and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council.
Mr. Trenk attended Syracuse University and Seton Hall University from which he earned his Bachelor's degree. Mr. Trenk was born and raised in New Jersey and has resided in Florida the last seven years.
President, New York Hotel Trades Council (HTC)
As President of the New York Hotel Trades Council (HTC), Peter Ward represents approximately 32,000 non-managerial employees working in the hospitality & gaming industries in New York and New Jersey. He works closely with hotel industry officials and elected leaders to keep New York a prime destination for travelers, the tourism capital of the world, and a source of good employment for his union’s members.
In 2012, Peter successfully guaranteed respect and dignity for tens of thousands of union members through a new collective bargaining agreement. The long-term contract he secured provides excellent wages, benefits and working conditions, as well as ground-breaking protections for immigrant workers. Peter started working for Local 6 in 1979, became a union organizer in 1980, business agent in 1981, and vice president in 1984.
In 1985, he was appointed the HTC's director of organizing. In 1995, he was elected business manager of Local 6, and in 1996, president of the New York Hotel Trades Council. He was chief negotiator for the union in the 2001, 2006, and 2012 negotiations for the Industry-Wide Agreement.
Among his many civic and community activities, Peter has co-chaired the Labor Luncheons for the Boy Scouts of America and been honored by the Center Against Domestic Violence for his work on behalf of abused women. He received the New York City Labor Council's top award for contributions to the labor movement, and the Irish-American Labor Coalition's award recognizing "outstanding contributions to the American labor movement and for the cause of Irish freedom." Last year he was he received the Yitzhak Rabin Leadership and Public Service Award.
Thomas K. Wright
Executive Director, Regional Plan Association
Tom Wright is Executive Director of the Regional Plan Association (RPA). He has steered many of the organization's key initiatives, including the Draft Vision Plan for the City of Newark (2006) and A Region at Risk: The Third Regional Plan for the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Metropolitan Area (1996).
Mr. Wright oversees the day-to-day operations of RPA and coordinates activities with the Board of Directors. Previously, he was deputy executive director of the New Jersey Office of State Planning, where he coordinated production of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan (2001). From 1991 to 1993, he was coordinator of the award-winning Mayors' Institute on City Design, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mr. Wright lectures widely on growth management and regional planning. He is a visiting lecturer in public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; and the New Jersey Institute of Technology School of Architecture. Mr. Wright received a Bachelor of Arts in history and a certificate in American Studies from Princeton University, and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Princeton and Places Journal, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the City College of New York. He resides in Princeton, N.J., with his wife, Cameron Manning, and three daughters.
Kathryn S. Wylde
President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
Kathryn Wylde is President & CEO of the Partnership for New York City, a nonprofit organization of the city’s business leaders established by David Rockefeller in 1979. The Partnership is dedicated to working with government, labor and the not-for-profit sectors to build a stronger New York, with a focus on education, infrastructure and the economy.
Wylde has been with the Partnership since 1982. She served for fourteen years as founding President & CEO of the Housing Partnership Development Corporation. In that capacity, she was instrumental in the creation of a number of pioneering initiatives in affordable housing at the local, state and national levels. Under her leadership, more than $2 billion in private funds were invested in public-private partnerships that produced affordable housing and commercial developments in New York’s most economically distressed communities.
In 1996, she became founding President & CEO of the New York City Investment Fund, the Partnership’s economic development arm. This $120 million civic investment fund, established under the leadership of Henry R. Kravis, has helped to diversify the city’s economy, create thousands of jobs and promote entrepreneurial business initiatives across the five boroughs.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Wylde was the Urban Affairs Officer at Anchor Savings Bank (1979-81) and spent 11 years (1968-79) in various positions at Lutheran Medical Center, where she helped lead the redevelopment of the federally designated poverty area of Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
An internationally known expert in housing, economic development and urban policy, Wylde is the Deputy Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board, NYC Economic Development Corporation, NYC & Company, NYC Leadership Academy, the Research Alliance for NYC Public Schools, the Manhattan Institute, the Lutheran Medical Center, the Sila Calderon Foundation, the Special Commission on Judicial Compensation and the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the First Judicial District. She has authored numerous articles and policy papers and has been recognized for her leadership by dozens of educational, professional and nonprofit institutions.
Wylde is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, a graduate of St. Olaf College,’68, and resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Zagat Survey
Tim Zagat is the co-Founder, co-Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Zagat Survey®. He earned an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1966 and a B.A. from Harvard College in 1961. Between college and law school, Tim was Vice President of the United States National Student Association and Director of Reading Material Programs for the Peace Corps. After law school, he was a litigator for 20 years, the last seven of which as Chief Litigation Counsel of Gulf & Western Industries, Inc.
Tim has served in various prominent civic, cultural and charitable capacities. He is currently a board member of the Partnership for NYC, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and NYC & Company, the official marketing, promotion and tourism arm of New York City, which he chaired twice. For his role in responding to 9/11, Tim received l'Ordre de Merite from the French Government.
The Zagats were recognized as Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2000 and in 2001 were inducted into New York University's Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. They are also inductees of the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor and the James Beard Who's Who in Food & Beverage, are Fellows of the Culinary Institute of America, and have served on the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism.
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