Business Briefs, October 6


Hildreth’s Named

Dealer Of The Year

Hildreth’s has been named “2011 Dealer of the Year” from The Ultimate Umbrella Company Inc., the world’s premiere shade company that manufactures marine grade quality commercial umbrellas, market umbrellas, patio umbrellas and outdoor parasols.

“Hildreth’s is honored to have been able to help the Miami-based company over the past decade to establish itself as its namesake,” a representative of the company said this week.

Hildreth’s received the award last month at a trade show in Chicago.

The Fitness Studio

Reopens October 10

After renovating The Fitness Studio in Eastport, owners Linda Dunlap and Kim Brehm are reopening the studio on Monday, October 10, and offering an atypical, high quality range of fitness classes, master classes and events that are pay-as-you-go to suit the current fitness needs of the community. These classes can be sampled for free at the grand re-opening on Monday.

Free classes include pilates, yoga, zumba, cardio kickboxing, TRX, spinning, and boot camp.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Ms. Dunlap, Ms. Brehm and their fitness team have provided outstanding fitness services to thousands of people on Long Island, in Maryland, New York City and London.

The Fitness Studio company was established in 2002 and has aimed to redefine the word “gym.” In an effort to make its members feel like individuals and not numbers, The Fitnesss Studio provides safe, effective fitness programs with high success rates.

For more information call 325-2955 or email

The Fitness Studio is located at 583 Montauk Highway, Eastport, in the Eastport Commons Shopping Center.

Hampton Dental Group

Trades Cash For Candy

This Halloween, Dr. Gary Manowitz and Dr. Brian Park of Hampton Dental Group PC in Southampton are leading an anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and tooth brushes in exchange for cavity-provoking candy. Trick-or-treaters may bring their excess candy in and exchange it for cash, $1 per pound, the day after Halloween from 1 to 5 p.m. The candy must be unopened with no bites and will be shipped to troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude.

According to Dr. Monowitz and Dr. Park, doing away with excess sweets altogether gives teeth a healthy boost.

Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and now their piggy banks will benefit as well, the doctors said in a press release.

Hampton Dental Group is located at 325 Meeting House Lane, Building 2, in Southampton. For information call 283-0352.

Fundraiser Slated For

Westhampton Beach Seniors

The Westhampton Beach High School Business Advisory Board will be holding its annual scholarship fundraiser on Wednesday, October 19, at Baby Moon Restaurant in Westhampton Beach, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets, which are $50, include appetizers, dinner and drink specials. There will be door prizes, raffles and a silent auction. Live music will be provided by the Boomers.

Tickets may be purchased at Westhampton Beach High School or at the door.

The money raised at this event and raffle will be used to fund scholarships for several business-minded graduating seniors.

The Business Advisory Board is looking for raffle prize donations, which will be tax deductible. Call 288-3800, ext. 286.

Hampton Bays Dental

Tackles Sleep Apnea

Dr. Kevin Sheren, D.D.S. of Hampton Bays Dental Associates and a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), is offering an alternative treatment for people suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

Dental sleep medicine manages sleep-related breathing disorders, such as snoring and OSA, with oral appliance therapy (OAT) and upper airway surgery.

OAT involves customized selection, fabrication, fitting, adjustments and long-term follow-up care of specially designed oral devices, worn during sleep, which reposition the lower jaw and tongue forward to maintain a more open upper airway.

“OAT is a safe and effective treatment option that will help decrease the prevalence of untreated OSA and improve patients’ overall health,” said Dr. Sheren.

Hampton Bays Dental Associates is located at 182 West Montauk Highway, Building B, Suite E. For more information about oral appliance therapy, call 728-8400.

James Gribbin Jr. Joins

Suffolk County National Bank

James J. Gribbin Jr. of Greenlawn has been appointed senior vice president and trust officer of the Suffolk County National Bank, the wholly owned subsidiary of Suffolk Bancorp, headquartered in Riverhead.

Mr. Gribbin is taking over for Dan A. Cicale who has retired after 27 years with the company and will be responsible for directing the development, administration and management of trust and investment management accounts including individual and corporate portfolios, institutional relationships, estates, personal trusts, conservatorships and IRAs. He will also manage department strategies as they pertain to market trends, legal requirements and internal procedures.

Mr. Gribbin has an extensive range of knowledge in financial planning, asset quality review, investment analysis and portfolio management, and has taught finance, portfolio management and modern portfolio theory at the Adelphi University Graduate School of Business.

Most recently, Mr. Gibbin served as managing director of Fiduciary Investment Risk Management in the Private Wealth Management Group of JP Morgan. He has also served as the managing director northeast region for JP Morgan where he was responsible for overseeing a team of professionals in the management of portfolios of high net worth individuals, institutions, charities and foundations totaling $15 billion in assets.

A graduate of the C.W. Post College campus of Long Island University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, finance and economics, Mr. Gribbin also holds an Master of Business Administration degree in finance from Adelphi University.

Craig Ferrantino Earns

Special Designation

Craig J. Ferrantino, president of Craig James Financial Services LLC., is among the first 2,000 professionals to receive the Certified Wealth Strategist designation, administered by the Cannon Financial Institute.

The institute recognizes individuals completing thorough study of the issues surrounding effective wealth advising to comprehensively address clients’ wealth management needs. The designation provides financial service professionals with the technical knowledge, practice management know-how and the critical communication skills to create and build an effective wealth advisory practice.

Craig James Financial Services LLC serves Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. Mr. Ferrantino specializes in managing wealth in today’s economic environment and is securities licensed, as well as being licensed in life and health.

He earned a master’s degree in international banking and finance from Columbia University and has worked for JPMorgan (Chase), Smith Barney and A.G. Edwards.

For more information about Mr. Ferrantino’s services, call 393-2888 or visit

Donald Kuss Joins

Bridge Investment Services

Donald Kuss has joined Bridge Investment Services as a registered representative and an investment advisor representative. Bridge Investment Services is the financial services division of the Bridgehampton National Bank, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bridge Bancorp Inc. Mr. Kuss will join manager William Araneo to support the South Fork.

Mr. Kuss has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial planning field. He spent the majority of that time with Prudential working with high net worth clients. His experience includes trust and estate planning, profit sharing and 401K plans. Before his career in financial services, he was a local real estate broker.

Mr. Kuss will be available on a rotating basis for consultation at the bank’s Montauk, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton and Southampton branches. For more information, call 723-7614 or email

Sotheby’s International Realtors Earn Top Ranking

Two Sotheby’s International Realty Inc. agents have been ranked among the nation’s top real estate professionals in an annual ranking sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends.

Out of 250 “top sales professionals,” James C. Ferrer and Pat Petrillo were placed at No. 170 and No. 229, respectively, ranks based on transaction volume.

“This is a well-deserved honor for them,” said Alice Bell, senior vice president and brokerage manager of the Southampton brokerage. “They are both devoted to working hard for their clients and serving them with the highest level of professionalism.”

Sotheby’s had a total of 38 agents and nine sales teams recognized in the transaction volume ranking.

For more on the list that was published on Tuesday, September 6, visit

Hampton Coffee Company

Now At King Kullen

Southampton-based Hampton Coffee Company’s award-winning hand-roasted coffee beans are now available at all 43 King Kullen supermarkets.

In addition to signature blends such as the Hampton Classic Blend, Hampton Breakfast Blend, and East Hampton Gold Blend, King Kullen will be featuring Westhampton Beach Blend, Southampton Organic Blend, Hazelnut and a naturally-decaffeinated Hampton Classic Blend at the Nassau, Suffolk and Staten Island locations.

“We have had a great relationship with King Kullen for about 12 years now on the East End and we are so proud that they are now featuring our small-batch-roasted coffee beans in all their stores for customers outside of eastern Suffolk County to enjoy,” said Hampton Coffee Company co-owner Jason Belkin. Hampton Coffee will also be available at King Kullen’s four Wild By Nature stores.

Hampton Coffee Company is a family-run espresso bar, bakery and coffee roasting company based in Water Mill. For more information, visit

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