Bio: Joseph Gabriel, has over 40 years of award-winning experience in all phases of design and construction including over 20 years as the architect on staff for the New York Stock Exchange. He is licensed in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. As a member of the Con Edison Green Team, he utilizes the latest in “green” technologies. Joe is a firm believer in community service. He has served on the East Islip School Board and the East Islip Community Chamber of Commerce and has earned awards from a wide variety of community organizations.
Marianne S. Rantala
Member Name: Marianne S. Rantala
Position: Vice President
Business Name: Marianne S. Rantala P.C.
Industry: Law – Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Member Since: 2017
Phone: 631-231-1450, Ext. 370
Bio: Attorney Marianne Rantala’s estate planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures tomorrow, obtaining freedom from worries, and peace of mind. Marianne excels in guiding her clients through the often confusing maze of financial and legal decisions to create plans that ensure the well-being of their families and the accomplishment of cherished family goals. Her considerable legal expertise includes family protection, wealth preservation, and values-based planning, as well as planning strategies for unmarried couples and divorced individuals. Whether you are married or single, with a traditional family or blended one, just starting out or looking back on a life well-lived, Marianne will help you to craft a plan that achieves your goals for your loved ones today and for years to come. Marianne also represents individuals in probate court matters and can assist in many areas of elder law, including guardianships, Medicaid planning and special needs trusts, among other matters.
Marianne S. RantalaLaw – Wills, Trusts, and Estates
Bio: Allen Boulos first received his license in 2003, after 5 years of doing residential real estate, he took a break to pursue other opportunities. In 2008, Allen became manager of Toast Coffeehouse and simultaneously co-founded Long Islands Art Collective FRESH. Currently he is a 7-Eleven franchisee and once again has received his real estate license, this time focusing on commercial real estate. Allen hopes to focus primarily on “green” development in the near future.
Allen BoulosCommercial Real Estate
Bio: Shamus’ career has spanned all aspects of the electrical trade, from being an apprentice, to becoming a contractor, and Master Electrician. His training career began in 1994. Later acquired his Master Electricians License in 2000 and opened Uplight Electric. In 2005 Shamus joined forces with life time professionals and incorporated Sure Line Electric.
With over 20 years experience shamus is qualified in all manners of industrial commercial and residential electrical installations. He is experienced in everything from traditional and modern motor control equipment, the latest in smart home technology, and power systems.
Bio: Lisa started her company in 1996. As a third-generation land surveyor, she grew her company from a one-woman show to a team of 10+ experts. Her team has been providing quality Land Surveying Services to clients in Suffolk Country, Nassau County & Fire Island for over 20 years.
Lisa has lived in the Town of Islip for her entire life and loves being active within her community. In addition to her membership in LeTip, she also participates in the Rotary and the Chamber of Commerce. When she is not running her business, Lisa loves spending time with her 3 children and 3 grandkids.
Lisa McQuilkinLand Surveying
Member Name: Christina McQuilkin
Business Name: Disrupt Ordinary Marketing
Member Since: 2019
Bio: I help small business owners craft content and strategies that focus less on “the sale” and more on the unparalleled value that we can bring into the lives of others.
Member Name: Ralph Taylor
Business Name: United Northern Mortgage Bankers Limited
Industry: Mortgage Loans
Member Since: 2013
Bio: I am a native New Yorker, having grown up in Queens & Brooklyn. I now live on the north fork of Long lsland with my wife. I have 3 grown daughters and l’m an avid fisherman. I have personally closed over 600 million in mortgages over a 30 year career. I have been a volunteer fireman, l am a proud member of the Ronkonkoma Rotary, and I am on my 4th term as President of the LeTip Networking Group of Patchogue.
Ralph TaylorMortgage Loans
Member Name: Sandy DiPiazza
Business Name: Travel Adventures Inc.
Industry: Travel Agency
Member Since: 2018
Bio: A little about me… I have always had a fascination with other parts of the world. Culture, Food, sites. As a young girl, I was always in awe of the spectacular photos I would see in magazines at dads barber shop. I would hear the client’s tell my dad about their vacations and I would make sure to look them up in the ENCYCLOPEDIA or books at the library (yes that’s what we had ..no google). As I got older and got married with children it was difficult to be on a budget and do vacations as a family of 5. Little did I realize even then as I was searching and making calls I was an agent in training. A Local agency took me on as a part-time agent. Under their tutelage, I flourished and acquired a great client base.
Today I’m a local Agent in my community. I LOVE MY JOB. I really do. I love to send clients to their favorite places and do all the legwork for them. I tell them ..just pack your bags and get ready to GO! Welcome to Travel Adventures, where your vacation Dreams become reality.
See you in the Travel Realm!
Sandy DiPiazzaTravel Agency
Bio: Jim works with a diverse group of clients consisting of individuals and organizations in order to properly analyze and address risk management strategies and programs. Jim’s client base consists of several industries including: Construction, Life Sciences & Technology, Manufacturing & Distribution, and Nonprofit & Religious.
Jim is Area Vice President in Gallagher’s Jericho, Long Island Office and is a part of the Gallagher National Practice Group for Life Sciences.
Jim provides a proactive approach to address risks that can affect bottom line profit and provide resources for organizations to recover from loss.
Jim actively speaks on panels and workshops about cyber liability, workers compensation and professional liability exposure. He will address common exposures that can be overlooked that may impact every day operations and financial stability. By placing comprehensive insurance programs, Jim helps his clients plan for the future, obtain the most value from their insurance program and implement resources that can be allocated to help mitigate risk.
Jim DoranInsurance – Property and Casualty
Member Name: Thomas Tona
Position in LeTip: Member
Business Name: Tona Law PC
Industry: Attorney – Personal Injury
Member Since: 2011
Phone: (631) 780-5355
Bio: Thomas Tona currently represents hundreds of healthcare providers and injured parties seeking reimbursement of wrongly denied no-fault claims. Each year his firm resolves in excess of 5,000 no-fault collection claims that have been wrongly denied by insurance carriers.
Tom also represents injured clients in a wide variety of personal injury accident cases and civil litigation clients when they have a legal dispute with another party over monies owed.
Thomas TonaLaw – Personal Injury
Bio: Continental Car Care is a family run neighborhood Auto body and Collision repair center. We have been serving the Lake Ronkonkoma Area for 40 years. We do everything from Auto body to detailing to Auto glass to Insurance Photo Inspections and Car Seat Installations.
Michael BarbaAuto Body Repair
Bio: Prior to joining Edward Jones, I owned my own retail store and spent years in advertising sales in Manhattan. I came to Edward Jones in 2012 because I want to help individual investors work toward achieving their financial goals.
A graduate of Smith College, I hold a bachelor’s degree in government. I am a board member and corresponding secretary of the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Manila, Philippines, I have always had a unique perspective as a Filipino-American. Because of this, I have recently been appointed as the diversity and inclusion specialist for our region, here at Edward Jones.
I have lived in the Patchogue/Bellport area since the ’70s. As a part of this community, I have a passion for helping others through educational seminars. However, my most gratifying, and sometimes challenging, role is that of a mother, business owner and wife. My husband, Donald Bennett. Jr., and I have three children.
Jo BennettFinancial Services
Member Name: Ralph Pacifico
Business Name: Pacifico Engineering PC
Industry: Engineering – Home and Building Inspection
Member Since: 2006
Bio: Ralph Pacifico has been providing expert technical consulting services based on experience in the design, evaluation and construction of building and site systems, his capabilities include, but are not limited to: building inspections, engineering consulting services, structural design, plans, municipal consulting, and wastewater designs projects / on-site septic design.
Ralph PacificoEngineering – Home and Building Inspection
Member Name: Jim Figurniak
Business Name: Electronic Payments
Industry: Credit Card Processing
Member Since: 2009
Jim FigurniakCredit Card Processing
Bio: I love my job. I am in this business for over 18 years. Married and have 2 step-daughters. Love to watch nature documentaries and movies.
My main passion is cooking. I believe good food makes people happy. And I am always HAPPY !
Zehra ErilliTitle Insurance
Bio: Helping clients understand their options and achieve their goals are what make my job so rewarding. Every client is unique, so together we can develop a personalized approach that meets today’s needs and tomorrow’s as well.
With so many options and complex information, making financial decisions isn’t easy. That’s why I’m here to help you understand what’s right for you.
Together we can create a strategy that’s customized to your needs and goals. I believe that we’re in this together for the long haul, so you can count on me to help manage and update our approach as your life changes.
Edward McnamaraLife Insurance
Bio: Deniz has been in the roofing business for over 16 years. His company, Non Stop Home Improvements, is based out of Middle Island and services all of Nassau and Suffolk County. He can help you with all of your roofing, siding, and maintenance needs. Deniz has worked on thousands of different roofing and siding jobs and has a perfect rating on Angie’s List.
Member Name: Katelyn Fitzmorris
Business Name: Petroske Riezenman & Meyers P.C.
Industry: Law – Matrimonial & Family
Member Since: 2020
Bio: I represent individuals in matrimonial and family court matters in Suffolk and Nassau County. I currently work for Petroske, Riezenman and Meyers, P.C. in Hauppauge, NY and our firm works exclusively on family and matrimonial cases.
I graduated Hofstra Law School, with a concentration in family law, in May 2015, and was admitted to practice law in January, 2016. While in law school, I participated in Youth Advocacy Clinic, where I represented abused and neglected children in both Nassau Family Court and Federal Immigration Court. I began working for Petroske Riezenman and Meyers , P.C. as an attorney in September, 2015. However, I had previously worked at the firm as a file clerk and legal intern. I am a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association.
Katelyn FitzmorrisLaw - Matrimonial & Family
Shari Lee Sugarman
Member Name: Shari Lee Sugarman, Esq.
Business Name: Sugarman Law PC
Industry: Law – Real Estate
Member Since: 2020
Shari Lee Sugarman
Chris Van Houten
Chris Van HoutenMasonry
Bio: Robert Khazzam is a formally trained and passionate landscape designer and horticulturalist working in Eastern Nassau and Western Suffolk Counties of New York State since 2005. A long time resident of Dix Hills, Long Island, Robert earned a Masters Degree in Residential Landscape Design at Columbia University and was trained in Ornamental Horticulture at Farmingdale College. Robert has the background, skill and imagination needed to provide you with a landscape garden design that will compliment and enhance your home’s value and provide years of pleasure for you and your family. Robert has been an avid gardener for over 15 years and is a garden landscape photographer. He is a member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and their Webinar Chairperson for over 5 years.
Robert KhazzamLandscape Design
Bio: I have 15 years of banking experience, sales management, client centric, human resources, sales presentations, public speaking, networking, successful producer with business development. I’m always up for a challenge, I’m a problem solver, decision maker with analytical, sales- driven skills. I’m bilingual in Spanish. I’m on the board for Suffolk Community College Foundation Inc., I’m a part of the Rotary International, Sayville Rotary club.
Member Name: Mike Simon
Business Name: Caribbean Electronic Boutiques
Industry: Mobile Solutions
Member Since: 2020
Bio: Mike currently works as a sales executive in the wireless and service industry. With over 19 years of experience, he has an outstanding success story and continues to provide for his clients with enthusiasm and dedication. A leader full of passion, he is always ready to share his knowledge. He is a mentor, coach, and role model who strongly believes in employee development. He welcomes each challenge he comes across as an opportunity to adapt and improve. When working with a team, he has excellent leadership skills that allow him to rally the troops and have everybody on board for a common goal.
- • Business/Market/Staff Development
- • Strategic Planning
- • Account Management
- • Promoting A Constructive Working Environment
- • Positive Attitude And Self Confidence
- • Effective Motivator
- • Has A Strong Desire For Success
Mike SimonMobile Solutions
Tommy SchwaberReal Estate
Bio: LAN Technologies of L.I. provides all the necessary hardware, software and services that may be required to satisfy your technology needs. State of the Art technologies, including Private Cloud Services (DaaS), VOIP phone services and any other required consulting services as may be required to create the most efficient workflow possible for your organization.
David FischerComputer Networks
Member Name: Jack Rosa
Business Name: Duke Design & Construction
Member Since: 2019
Bio: Duke Design & Construction is a licensed and insured general contracting company. With experience in both residential and commercial properties, our crew can handle jobs of all sizes. All of our projects receive dedicated attention to each and every detail from inception to completion. Our highly skilled craftsmen pride themselves on working neatly and respectfully. We understand that any project can be hectic at times and it’s our job to make the process as seamless as possible.