PIVOT LONG ISLAND

Keiran Johnson

Director of Community Partnerships & Development Huntington Arts Council, Inc.

Veronica Sayers

Program Director Sweetbriar Nature Center

Thea Morales

Owner Rosie's Vintage

Hugo Fitz

Founder Nautilus Roasting

Frank Antonetti

Owner The Rust & Gold

Stuart Gelb

CEO/President The Liquidity Source

We (digitally) welcome the local community to WorkSmart!

This is our story. How our communities have come together in order to succeed in the face of an unprecedented pandemic. Today we share the experiences of 6 different businesses including The Rust & Gold, a local sports bar, Sweetbriar Nature Center, a Nature rehabilitation & educational organization, The Liquidity Source, a trusted commercial real estate finance advisor, Huntington Arts Council, a nonprofit arts organization, and Rosie’s Vintage, a local brick & mortar antique shop. Go ahead – take a scroll!

This pandemic has reshaped Long Island businesses and strengthened our sense of local community. Through local collaborations and by sharing our stories, we can uplift & inspire our neighbors.

– Emily L. Wood

THE BIZ

The Liquidity Source provides custom solutions to commercial real estate financing. Stuart Gelb, CEO & President, is a visionary in his field. His strategic financial planning and years of experience in the real estate industry is a value add to investors property owners, and others who need customized financing options.

ABOUT THE PANELIST

As CEO of The Liquidity Source, Stuart brings expertise with a broad range of commercial real estate funding transaction types, from purchase to re-finance, including senior first mortgages and equity infusions in deals. Respected as a trusted client advisor, Stuart focuses on finding deeply customized solutions for his clients. Stuart currently serves on the Board of Investors Bank. He is the President of the condo board at 210 Lafayette Street in NYC and serves on the Zoning Board of King’s Point in Great Neck. He holds a dual finance/marketing degree from Ohio State University.


THE BIZ

Huntington-based Nautilus Roasting Co., founded by Hugo Fitz, is a nano-roaster that currently produces 25 to 40 pounds of coffee each week. The Farmers-Market-Famous brand also delivers expertly roasted whole bean coffee and cold brew concentrate that has all the flavor (and none of the bitterness) thanks to its special roasting and brewing methods. 

ABOUT THE PANELIST

Hugo Fitz is a passionate entrepreneur and experienced studio production manager with a demonstrated history in advertising production as well as graphic design and photography. Launching Nautilus Roasting Co in 2017, Hugo has become a staple at farmers markets across Long Island.


THE BIZ

The Rust & Gold is not your average sports bar with some of the most unbelievable dishes along with beautiful signature cocktails that are just asking to be put on Instagram. This local hub not only brings in the crowds for games but has become a networking hot spot amongst Long Island’s entrepreneurs. This Huntington hotspot is co-owned by Frank Antonetti, Jay Janawsky, Lou Cohen and Ryan Sipp.

ABOUT THE PANELIST

Frank Antonetti is an award winning leader in values & innovation which has forged his career building up The Rust & Gold with his partners. When he’s not winning competitions for his drink mixing, Frank supports the local community through food drives, pop up events for small businesses, and supporting his local neighborhood through his Influencer IG account.


THE BIZ

Rosie’s Vintage has been voted best Best Antique Store on Long Island three years in a row via Best of Long Island. This carefully curated, charming shop in Huntington is a multi-vendor vintage/antique store with the most visually appealing displays around! 

ABOUT THE PANELIST

Thea Morales, has vintage in her blood. Her mother bought and sold antiques, and an aunt on her father’s side had an antique store in Iowa. But she didn’t pursue her passion until 2000, when she met her husband, Norman, while attending art school in Manhattan. She opened Rosie’s Vintage in Huntington Village in October 2016. She’s launched multiple successful digital platforms for Rosie’s Vintage complementing her brick & mortar shop.


THE BIZ

Huntington Arts Council, Inc. is a community staple. The not-for-profit started in 1963 and currently provides countless opportunities for creatives including grants for artists and arts organizations, programming for schools, over 40 concerts each summer, and numerous exhibition opportunities for visual artists in their Main Street Gallery.

ABOUT THE PANELIST

Kieran is a practicing artist and arts educator. He holds a BFA from Purchase College School of Art and Design and an MFA from Kendall College of Art and Design. Kieran Johnson is currently the Director of Community Partnerships & Development for The Huntington Arts Council (HAC). At HAC he manages the office operations as well as works to expand the exhibition program and gallery events. Prior to coming to HAC, Kieran worked at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts as the Operations Manager and at the Richard Avedon Foundation as their Office Manager and Financial Coordinator.

 


THE BIZ

Sweetbriar Nature Center is a private not-for-profit 501c3 corporation on the Nissequogue River in Smithtown. Hundreds of species of plants and animals call the 54 acres of varied garden, woodland, field and wetland habitats home.

ABOUT THE PANELIST

After learning there was a huge need for environmental educators on Long Island, Veronica Sayers left her 13-year job as a photographer to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at Stony Brook University. When attending a wildlife rehabbing presentation at local non-profit Sweetbriar Nature Center, she fell in love with their mission. First volunteering, then working part-time, until she accepted her full-time role of Program Director at Sweetbriar Nature Center. Veronica has been a driving force behind the new digital programming now available to support the animals in their care.


THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING YOUR LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES!

As a special thank you to our non-profit representation, we ask that viewers consider donating to Sweetbriar Nature Center and/or Huntington Arts Council Inc.


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