Business Briefs, February 27


Burkhardt Named Chairman

Ron Burkhardt of Quogue has been named executive chairman of XA Inc., an event planning company with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

In his new position, Mr. Burkhardt also will sit on the board of CMG Holdings, XA’s parent company, with the goal of increasing XA’s list of clients and acquisitions.

Mr. Burkhardt has worked with clients including Merrill Lynch, BellSouth, Kodak, Minolta, Coke, Philips, and Olympus. He served as the branding and TV chair on the Board of Directors for the Miss America Organization, where he was key in implementing changes which increased the pageant’s TV ratings.

Jeff Devlin, CEO of CMG Holdings, called Mr. Burkhardt “a high-powered, creative superstar and visionary with a rich history of making big things happen for his clients” and added that “the fusion of Burkhardt’s brilliant brand- and business-building expertise with this cutting-edge experiential branding agency will be a potent force indeed.”

XA has been ranked one of the “Top 50 Powerhouse Event Companies in the World” by Special Events Magazine.

New Chamber Members

The Southampton Chamber of Commerce elected new members to its Executive Board at a board meeting on January 16.

Micah Schlendorf of Suffolk County National Bank was elected president, Paul Conroy of the Press News Group and Tim Burke of 230 Elm Events and Catering and the Lobster Grille Inn were named vice presidents, and Liz Burns of Rogers Memorial Library was named treasurer.

The new board members join returning members Besim Cukaj of Besim’s Fine Cigars, Erin Hattrick-Meaney of Topiaire Flowers, Harry Nelson of South Fork Realty, John Wendt of the Southampton School District, and Jim Zuhusky of Despatch Storage.

In a statement, Mr. Schlendorf said he looks forward to working with the members of the board and Executive Director Karen Connolly to fulfill the chamber’s goals of promoting and developing a strong business community in Southampton.

Directors Elected

The Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce has announced that Cristina Tagliasacchi, Hayley Thorpe, David Brogna and Susan Borgita have been elected to its 2014 board of directors. Longstanding board members Lisa Field and Dr. Andrew Pepper have stepped down from their positions. Debbie Rudoy was elected the corresponding secretary.

MARVILfit Opens

High-end indoor cycling and fitness company MARVILfit cycling and fitness opened on February 1 at 101-3 West Montauk Highway in the Hamlet Green shopping center in Hampton Bays.

The company’s founder and president, Marisella Villano BS, MPS, CFT, brings more than 15 years of experience in personal training, spinning and group fitness to the new location, which boasts a club-like atmosphere and personalized services.

MARVILfit will be the first studio on Long Island to use Spinner Blade Ion bikes. The specialty bike has a generator built into its flywheel to power the computer console on the bike. The rider’s pedaling powers the bike and a computer system built in to the bikes are ANT+ compatible, which allows the rider to download performance data to a smartphone.

The studio will also feature biodegradable equipment wipes, recycled rubber flooring, LED lighting and Energy Star flat screens.

Visit or call (631) 697-3823 to book classes and bike times.

Promotions At KFP

Premier certified public accounting and consulting firm Kandell, Farnworth & Pubins, CPAs, P.C., with offices in East Hampton and Aquebogue, have announced that Peter B. McFarland of Stony Brook and Robert J. Skozlas of Mastic have been promoted to partners at the firm’s Aquebogue branch.

Mr. McFarland is a member of the firm’s small business practice, assisting his clients with accounting systems and controls, budgeting and planning, and guiding them through the compliance requirements of federal, state and other regulatory agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Long Island University at Southampton.

Mr. Skozlas specializes in the preparation of estate and trust returns and trust administration in addition to profitability consulting with small-business owners. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy from Long Island University at C.W. Post College.

Both are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

“We are pleased to welcome Peter and Robert as members of the firm. Their dedication to their clients’ needs has contributed to successful growth of the firm,” said KFP’s managing partner David A. Kandell.

“We congratulate them on their new roles in our company and look forward to many more successful years together assisting our clients,” he said.

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