Business Briefs, October 3

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Meet The CandidatesThe Southampton Business Alliance will host a Meet The Candidates Breakfast on Tuesday, October 15, at 8:30 a.m. at the Southampton Inn, located on Hill Street in Southampton Village.

At the breakfast meeting, the community will have the chance to hear from and ask questions of the candidates for Southampton Town supervisor and Town Board. Candidates for the Suffolk County Legislature and other positions will be on hand to meet attendees as well.

“Given the importance of this year’s town election, we wanted the public to have an opportunity to meet our town supervisor and council candidates and hear their answers to our questions concerning the local economy,” stated Southampton Business Alliance President Aram Terchunian in a prepared statement. He continued, “Our local businesses face unique challenges ranging from zoning regulations to the high cost of housing for potential local workforce, and we look to our town officials for their guidance and support.”

Reservations can be made online by visiting the Southampton Business Alliance website at www.southamptonalliance.org and filling out a short form.

Contractor Competition HeldRiverhead contractor Justin Winters of A&M Electric won the Southampton leg of the Broan-Nutone Ultra Pro Challenge, held on Tuesday, September 17, at REVCO Lighting and Electrical Supply.

The competition was one of 60 stops along the national ULTRA Pro Challenge tour that gives contractors across the country hands-on experience with ULTRA ventilation fans. Mr. Winters won by installing an ULTRA Ventilation Fan in a time of 5 minutes and 16 seconds and received a $500 Cabela’s gift certificate as a prize.

At the conclusion of the tour, the eight contractors from across the country with the quickest times among the location winners will win a trip for two to the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in February 2014, where they will compete for the grand prize of a 2014 Ford F150 Pickup Truck. Mr. Winters’ time did not qualify him to move on to a higher round.

New Hires At FirmThe Riverhead accounting firm of Markowitz, Fenelon & Bank LLP, with offices in Riverhead, Southampton, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor, has recently added Jani Rothberg, CPA; Heather L. Scholtz and Danielle M. Anderson to its staff.

Jani Rothberg, of Moriches, will work from the firm’s Sag Harbor office and was previously employed at Ferrera, DeStefano & Caporusso CPAs based in Islandia. Ms. Rothberg holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Dowling College, where she graduated with honors. She brings more than 13 years of public experience in corporate and personal tax and tax planning as well as specialized knowledge of accounting for construction companies to the firm.

Ms. Anderson, of Manorville, will join Ms. Rothberg in the firm’s Sag Harbor office. Ms. Anderson was previously employed at Lawrence J. Alperin CPA, PC based in Smithtown. She joins the firm with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Old Westbury and an Associate of Science degree in accounting from Suffolk Community College, where she received numerous awards. Ms. Anderson is currently pursuing her master’s degree in taxation from SUNY Old Westbury.

Ms. Scholtz, of Mattituck, will work from the firm’s Southampton office and was previously employed at Banducci, Katz & Ferraris based in Sag Harbor. Ms. Scholtz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and has six years of professional experience in personal and corporate tax. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in accounting from St. Joseph’s University.

The firm, founded in 1998, was formed when three area certified public accounting firms merged to become eastern Long Island’s largest accounting firm. The firm offers a diverse array of assurance, tax, estate and trust planning, and business management services to clients ranging from startup companies to middle-market privately-held companies throughout all Long Island and the Tri-State region.

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