Meet the 2013 Rising Stars

The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator’s second annual Rising Stars awards and networking cocktail event will take place on Thursday, March 21 at Steiner Studios.

The event recognizes 40 civic, religious and community leaders under the age of 40.

Cat Greenleaf, host of “Talk Stoop,” will be this year’s “Star of Stars.” The Carroll Gardens resident has had her show on NBC for the past four years, on which she interviews popular musicians, actors and newsmakers in 15 to 20-minute segments.

“It’s a great opportunity to recognize young individuals making an impact in their fields,” said Joshua Schneps, co-publisher of this paper. “It’s also great to bring together people so that they can develop relationships and make new contacts with like-minded, hard-working people.”

This year’s honorees include: David Annarummo, CEO of Bliss Entertainment; Sherry Argueta, general manager of All Car Rent A Car; Eric Benaim, CEO of Modern Spaces; Kevin Peter Carroll, Democratic District Leader of the 64th Assembly District; Alexis De Jesus, assistant vice president, branch manager of Flushing Bank; Daniella DiBenedetto, manager and bridal coordinator of Da Noi on Fifth Salon and Spa; Erin Drinkwater, executive director of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center; Renan Ebeid, assistant principal/athletic director at Abraham Lincoln High School; Jill Eisenhard, founder and executive director of the Red Hook Initiative; Joshua Gunsberger, entrepreneur at FasTracKids and Eye Level; Tim Gurtner, vice president of sales, A1 First Class Moving; James Hallquist, general manager of the Club at Dyker Beach, American Golf; John Hecht, founder of smartassdesign; John Leo Heyer II, development officer/owner of Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens/Scotto Funeral Home; Johari Jenkins, public affairs, Con Edison; Alexis Karteron Esq., senior staff attorney, New York City Liberties Union; Sean R. Kelly Esq., managing director of the development & conversion sales team at CPEX Brooklyn; Peter Lattanzio, owner of The Gym Park; Vincent D. LeVien, director of external affairs, DeSales Media Group; Kathryn Livingston, senior vice president of Senior Helpers; Michael Mast, owner, Mast Brothers Chocolate; Rick Mast, owner, Mast Brothers Chocolate; Angela McNerney, area account executive, Marriott International; Agata Michalik, assistant director  health plans sales and marketing, Elderplan inclusive of Homefirst; Tatiana Nicoli, owner of Boulevard Books and Café, co-president of Thirteenth Avenue Merchants; Gregory T. O’Connell, principal, the O’Connell Organization; Juan C. Perez, CEO of Highbrid Media; Raymond Ruiz, owner/broker Rapid Realty; Raphael Schwartz, assistant project manager, Toll Brothers; Alexandria Sica, executive director, DUMBO Improvement District; Andrew H. Steininger, vice president for economic development, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce; Tatiana Terzuoli, director of fund development and communications, YMCA of Greater New York/Greenpoint Y; Craig Tubiolo, director of production and sales, DeSales Media; Franco Verdino, regional director of FasTracKids and Eye-Level and Lawrence Wong, licensed real estate associate broker, Weichert Realtor The Franzese Group.

The Rising Stars event will take place on Thursday, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Steiner Studios, 15 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY.  Tickets cost $90 per person or $850 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets or for more information, call Lori at 718-238-6600 ext. 110 or Jan at 718-224-5368 ext. 227; or send an e-mail to or

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