• DENNIS MEHIEL

    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012
    DENNIS MEHIEL
    • DENNIS MEHIEL
    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012

    Mr. Mehiel is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of U. S. Corrugated, Inc., formerly the Nation's largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging until a recent transaction in which a substantial portion of USC was acquired by Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation. U. S. Corrugated divested 14 converting facilities and a recycled containerboard mill; it continues to operate 7 manufacturing plants located in the Midwest and Southern United States.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Managing Member of Four M Capital, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee developing the New York Metropolitan region in behalf of the Brand. The company owns and operates 14 BWW Sit Down Restaurants with additional sites under development.
    Mr. Mehiel is the former Chairman, CEO and Principal Shareholder of Box USA, which he founded in 1966. The Company was built primarily through the acquisition of financially troubled competitors, many in Chapter 11. When sold to International Paper in 2004, Box USA was also then the Nation's largest independent producer of corrugated shipping containers operating 22 corrugated packaging facilities and two containerboard mills, all located within the continental United States. Mr. Mehiel is also the former Chairman, CEO, and Principal Shareholder of Sweetheart Cup Company, which was North America's largest producer of disposable table top products for the away-from-home dining market. The company was acquired by its principal competitor, Solo Cup Company in 2004. Sweetheart was rescued from insolvency when acquired by Mr. Mehiel in 1998.
    Mr. Mehiel is an Investor in and an Independent Director of Sober Steering Sensors, a development stage Company commercializing a passive interdiction technology which prevents the operation of a motor vehicle when alcohol is present. He is also an Investor in and an Independent Director of Mineral Separation Technologies, Inc., a development stage company commercializing a revolutionary new environmentally benign process for the preparation of coal for market. He is a former Member of the Board of The Milano School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School, a Member of Business Executives for National Security and a former Trustee of the Westchester Medical Center. During 2011 he served as Vice-Chair and a Director of the Empire State Development Corporation, an instrumentality of the New York State Government focused on Economic Development and Job Creation. From 1989 until 1993 he was a Trustee of the Windward School in White Plains, one of the region's premier providers of education for learning disabled children. He also served for ten years as a Trustee of the Purnell School in Pottersville, N.J., an independent high school for girls who have not succeeded in a traditional competitive academic setting. Mr. Mehiel was the first person not of the Jewish faith ever elected to the Board of Governors of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work where he served from 1989 until 1996.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Founder and Financial Supporter of the All The Way Foundation. ATW sponsors an educational support pilot program in the Northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights where he was born and spent his childhood. The Program admitted seven consecutive classes of First Graders commencing in 1996. To date, ninety five percent of its students are graduating High School and gaining admittance to college.
    Mr. Mehiel is a member of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City. He is a former member of the Archdiocesan Council, the Lay Leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas, and continues as a member of its Leadership 100 Group and Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He is an Archon of The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the world's oldest Lay Religious Organization and a recipient of the Medal of St. Paul, the Highest Honor a lay person may receive from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

    • DONALD CAPOCCIA

    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011
    DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011

    Donald Capoccia is the managing principal and founder of BFC Partners, a real estate development company that has been involved in the planning, development and construction of some 4500 units of housing in New York City with a combined value of $3.5B. His projects also include approximately 250,000SF of neighborhood retail and community facility uses. Mr. Capoccia began his development and construction activities in New York City in 1982, just prior to the completion of a Masters Degree Program in Urban Planning at Hunter College, and after completing a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Buffalo in 1979. Mr. Capoccia and BFC have focused predominately on the production of affordable housing, investing in a concentrated geographic strategy that has helped spur the resurgence of key New York City neighborhoods; the East Village, East Harlem, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn. Mr. Capoccia has pioneered the production, and promoted the importance of affordable home ownership opportunities to these neighborhoods. In addition to his work as an active NYC builder, Mr. Capoccia has had substantial involvement with the arts, architecture and urban planning issues as they impact New York City, New York State, and Washington, DC. Mr. Capoccia is also involved in numerous industry related organizations. He is co-founder and Vice President of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, a trade organization representing the interest of for-profit builders of Affordable Housing across NYS. Mr. Capoccia currently serves as a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Board, and the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors of amfAR (American Foundation of Aids Research), The National Building Museum and La Mama Experimental Theatre, Inc, a NYC based, world renowned, cultural organization that produces and presents original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Mr. Capoccia has been a committed and long standing supporter of a number of non-profit, national and NYC based organizations which focus on issues ranging from affordable housing production policy, to HIV-AIDS research, to the arts and its impact on New York City.

    • LESTER PETRACCA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013
    LESTER PETRACCA
    • LESTER PETRACCA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013

    As President of Triangle Equities, Lester Petracca has transformed a family owned business, which began in 1916 as a specialized construction firm, into a thriving, successful, full-service real estate company. Triangle Equities opened its doors in 1992, specializing in public/private partnerships developing real estate throughout New York. These successful projects include the recent development of Triangle Junction, a 300,000 square foot Target anchored center in the heart of Brooklyn, contributing to the revitalization of the Flatbush Avenue retail corridor. Additionally, Triangle had previously worked with the City and local community groups to bring both Triangle Plaza and Triangle Center to the Queens neighborhood of College Point, creating retail and entertainment projects that were also catalysts for revitalization.These are just a few of Triangle Equities' projects which illustrate the success of working hand in hand with public entities and community groups. Triangle continues to create, own, manage and operate quality developments throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Petracca prides himself in working closely with the communities in which he invests and develops. He actively contributes to: Queens Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Flatbush Development Corporation, College Point Board of Trade, YMCA, American Cancer Society, MS Society, Queens Child Guidance, Queens Theater in the Park, Tuesdays Children, and Manhasset Police Athletic League. Mr. Petracca has successfully built a business based on sincerity, respect and loyalty. Triangle has consistently grown with Mr. Petracca's leadership that initiates hard work and dedication.

    • Hector Batista

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015
    Hector Batista
    • Hector Batista
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015

    Hector Batista is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, one of New York's oldest not-for-profit organizations, helping the city’s underprivileged children and their families since 1904. Mr. Batista has devoted most of his life to public service, and has served as a leader of large government departments as well as non-profit and private organizations.
    Mr. Batista began his career in the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, where over the course of nine years, he served as Director of Real Estate for the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Director of Economic Development and Director of Development and Finance. He was later appointed by New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
    During his time in the private sector, Mr. Batista was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, Builders and Construction Managers, where he was responsible for projects in eighteen states and an operating budget of $450 million.
    Mr. Batista also served as Executive Vice President of the New York Metropolitan Region of the American Cancer Society, where he provided strategic and operational leadership through nearly 200 employees, 2000 volunteers and 12 offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County. He was a powerful voice in the successful campaign to ban smoking in most New York City restaurants and public places. He was also a strong advocate for improving the health of the City’s youth, by promoting better quality food in the schools and by reducing the sale of junk food.
    Before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Mr. Batista spent several years as CEO of the Way to Work (formerly known as Vocational Foundation, Inc.), where he oversaw one of the nation’s leading youth workforce development programs.
    Mr. Batista’s long-standing commitment to youth is further exemplified by his serving on the boards of St. Francis College and Bishop Loughlin High School. He also sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Spanish language newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa and Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. He is a former Board Member of the East Harlem School at Exodus House.
    In 2011, Mr. Batista was named a recipient of the “EL Award” – a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding men in New York’s Latino community.

    • LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA
    • LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Louis Bevilacqua has been a practicing corporate lawyer for more than 40 years. During 30+ years of law practice leadership at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Mr. Bevilacqua served a diverse and sophisticated international client base. As a senior partner and Chair of the Corporate Department he oversaw the growth of several practice groups at Cadwalader, including M&A, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance/Securities and Private Equity. Further, as one of the longest tenured members of the Firm’s Management Committee, Mr. Bevilacqua was an integral part of the strategic planning for many of the growth and profitability initiatives that have established Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as a cutting edge firm noted for its creativity. Cadwalader founded in 1792, is also the oldest continuing law firm in the country. During his career, Mr. Bevilacqua has advised numerous clients on ground breaking transactions, mega-mergers, international joint ventures, IPO’s, private equity buyouts and restructurings. His clients have included large industrial companies, leading pharmaceutical companies, major financial institutions, innovators and entrepreneurs and government entities. Highlights include advising Pfizer on the takeover of Warner Lambert, representing the U.S. Treasury in the restructuring of GM and Chrysler, the sale of Quaker Oats to Pepsi, and advising Oji Paper in several worldwide acquisitions and joint ventures. As Senior Counsel at the Firm since 2014, Mr. Bevilacqua continues to actively advise clients and mentor young lawyers and partners. He currently is a member of the Institute of Law and Economics at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wharton Business School. He has authored a number of articles on corporate law and governance. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bevilacqua served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy (1970-1973). Mr. Bevilacqua has historically and continues to spend substantial time serving his community. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for the Group for the East End, a not for profit organization focused on clean water and the environment on Long Island; a member of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy (Mashomack Preserve); a sponsor of Sentinels of Freedom, a foundation to assist and mentor severely wounded warriors; and previously he served as the Chairman of the Shelter Island Heights Property Owners Association and President of the S.I. North Ferry Company. Mr. Bevilacqua is a graduate of the College of the Holly Cross (BA 1970), Fordham University School of Law (JD 1977) and NYU - Leonard N. Stern School of Business (MBA 1977).

    • CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES
    • CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Catherine McVay Hughes served 19 years on Manhattan Community Board One (CB1), more than half that time as Chair or Vice-Chair. She also chaired its World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee for seven years. She has been a leader in caring for the community by working with diverse community and labor groups, elected officials and governmental agencies at City, State and Federal levels. After Superstorm Sandy, she was appointed Co-Chair of New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Southern Manhattan and is a founding member of CB1’s "Manhattan Tip" Resiliency Task Force and a member of the NY/NJ Metropolitan Storm Surge Barrier Working Group. She was also appointed to the Earth Institute at Columbia University Advisory Board, CERES Presidents Council, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The Trust for Governors Island and WTC Scientific Technical Advisory Committee. She also served on the Downtown Alliance Board of Directors, The Battery Conservancy Board of Trustees, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and US EPA WTC Expert Technical Panel. McVay Hughes has a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University (1982).

    • GEORGE J. TSUNIS

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    GEORGE J. TSUNIS
    • GEORGE J. TSUNIS
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Mr. Tsunis is a current independent member of Arbor Realty Trust’s Board of Directors, and a recently confirmed member of the Battery Park City Authority, a New York State public-benefit corporation. Mr. Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels as well as an attorney, developer, philanthropist and public policy advisor with a strong interest at the intersection of economic and foreign affairs. Mr. Tsunis’ Chartwell Hotels is an innovative company that owns, develops and manages Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group franchises across the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states. Under Mr. Tsunis’ leadership, Chartwell Hotels enjoyed tremendous growth since its founding in 2005, including through a national economy gripped by the Great Recession. Chartwell continues to grow, opening the first ever Generation 9 Marriott Residence Inn in Williamsport, PA, in January 2013. The firm’s focus also includes development for community renewal, which assists regions in benefitting from tourism, business travel and other investment dollars from around the nation and the world. Prior to founding Chartwell, Mr. Tsunis was a partner at the law firm of Rivkin Radler LLP, Long Island, NY’s largest law firm representing both private clients and municipalities in the practice areas of land use and zoning, real estate corporate law, municipal law and commercial litigation. Mr. Tsunis’ public service includes time as a Legislative Attorney at the New York City Council, Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington (NY) Environmental Open Space Committee and Counsel to the Dix Hills (NY) Water District. Mr. Tsunis was a long-time member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is a member of both the Faith and Leadership 100 Endowments. Mr. Tsunis was recognized with the Saint Paul’s Medal, the Greek Orthodox Church of America’s highest recognition for a layperson. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios personally awarded the Saint Paul’s Medal to him. Mr. Tsunis is a member of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the highest ecclesiastical honor that can be bestowed upon a layman by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and also serves on its National Council. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios asked Mr. Tsunis to serve on the committee to assist in the design and rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Church at Ground Zero, the only religious institution to be destroyed during the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Tsunis is a member of Hofstra University’s Board of Trustees and serves on its Academic Affairs and Development and Alumni Affairs Committees. He is also a Director of the Don Monti Cancer Research Foundation, Trustee of the Hellenic Initiative and member of Friends Academy’s Board of Trustees, serving as its Building and Grounds Committee Chair as well as a member of its Finance and Investment Committees. Through his role at Friends Academy, Mr. Tsunis recently oversaw the expansion and renovation of the Middle School building. Mr. Tsunis is also a Director of the New York Convention Center’s (Jacob Javits Center) Operating Committee and Director of the New York Convention Center’s Development Committee. Mr. Tsunis was a member of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Leadership Committee and its Metropolitan Studies Leadership Council as well as a member of the Business Executives for National Security’s Board of Trustees. He has also previously served on the Board of Trustees at Dowling College, the American Red Cross Suffolk County Chapter, the Huntington (NY) Chamber of Commerce/Committee on Good Government, the Education and Assistance Corporation and the Private Industry Council of Suffolk. Furthermore, Mr. Tsunis was selected by Long Island Business News as one of the 40 most influential people on Long Island under 40 years old. Mr. Tsunis’ interest in public affairs began in his youth with his selection and participation in the American Legion’s Boys State Program through which high school juniors participate in a one-week simulated government. Subsequently, in 1984, American Legion Post 694 Northport, NY, awarded Mr. Tsunis its Medal of Citizenship. In 1999, Mr., Tsunis was awarded the Presidential Medal by Dowling College. In 2003, he received the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from Long Island Cares. In 2007, he was the WLIW Honoree at its golf tournament. Mr. Tsunis was the recipient of the Cyprus Federation’s Justice for Cyprus Award, which was personally awarded to him by the President of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, in 2010. In 2012, President Christofias also presented Mr. Tsunis with a plaque of sterling silver olive branches, signifying peace. This award is traditionally reserved for heads of state. In 2013, the new President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, similarly honored Mr. Tsunis for his philanthropic efforts on behalf of the children of Cyprus. Mr. Tsunis was the Long Island Children’s Museum’s honoree at its 2012 Annual Gala, the recipient of the Dickey Humanitarian Award from the Lycoming County (PA) United Way and recognized as a member of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society. He additionally received the Israel Unity Award from the State of Israel Bonds of Central Pennsylvania Chapter. He was the Vice Chairman of the 2012 New York City Veterans Day Parade and recognized for his efforts in erecting a bronze statue, known as De Oppresso Liber, which overlooks Ground Zero in New York and honors the US Special Forces, also known as the Horse Soldiers. In 2014, Mr. Tsunis was the Grand Marshall of the Greek Independence Day Parade in New York along with Senator Charles Schumer. He was the youngest Grand Marshall in the parade’s history. He was also an honoree at Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s Queens Gala for his commitment to the borough of Queens and was also recognized by The Naupactian Brotherhood of New York for his efforts on behalf of the Greek community. In addition, Mr. Tsunis received the Lt. Detective Joseph Petrosino Association in America Humanitarian Award. Also in 2014, Mr. Tsunis was the honoree and keynote speaker at Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies’ Celebration of Suburban Diversity Banquet. The following year, the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP), Huntington Chapter, awarded him its Freedom Fund Award. Mr. Tsunis has established the George and Olga Tsunis Fellowship for Cancer Prevention at Stony Brook University Hospital. In furthering their belief in education, the Tsunis also established the James and Eleni Tsunis Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship at Hofstra University, the James George Tsunis Memorial Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology and the George James Tsunis ’92 and the Xanthi and Father Alex Karloutsos Scholarships at St. John’s University’s School of Law, where Mr. Tsunis is also a member of the university’s Loughlin Society. The Tsunis also created the James and Eleni Tsunis Endowed Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Mr. Tsunis also underwrote the James and Eleni Tsunis Library at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in honor of his parents. Mr. Tsunis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University’s School of Law. He is married to his wife, Olga, and they live in Matinecock, NY, with their three children.

    • B. J. Jones

    • Chief Administrative Officer/Acting President & COO
    • Hired in 2014
    B. J. Jones
    • B. J. Jones
    • Chief Administrative Officer/Acting President & COO
    • Hired in 2014

    B. J. Jones has over 20 years of public sector experience, working on a variety of initiatives to improve customer service, safety, transparency, and accountability in government. He started his career in state and local government consulting, working on engagements that included modernizing the Georgia Department of Revenue, conducting a statewide performance audit for South Carolina, modernizing motor vehicle services for the state of New Jersey, and analyzing the economic impacts of expanding Metrorail in Northern Virginia. He then joined New York City government in the first term of the Bloomberg administration, working his way up to serve in a variety of roles, including Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Department of Buildings and, later, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. Throughout his tenure with the city, he has been involved in a number of groundbreaking initiatives, including implementation of the city’s first online permitting system, the first overhaul of the building code in 38 years, expansion of the city’s job application portal, and providing temporary shelter and housing repairs for victims of Hurricane Sandy. As Chief Administrative Officer at the Battery Park City Authority, he has overseen both internal operations as well as cultural and educational programming in Battery Park City Parks. His focus includes expanding and diversifying community program offerings, modernizing processes and strengthening resiliency. B.J. received his undergraduate degree in Management from Gettysburg College, a Master of Public Administration degree from American University and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified Project Management Professional.

    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK

    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014
    ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014

    Alix S. Pustilnik became General Counsel of the Battery Park City Authority in May 2014. A life-long New Yorker, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where she prosecuted white collar and official corruption cases. Subsequently, she became the Senior Staff Attorney at the Commission to Combat Police Corruption during Mayor Rudolf W. Giuliani's administration. From 1999 through 2005 she was a litigator at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where, among other things, she represented a corporation that was the target of a year-long grand jury investigation, resulting in no charges; helped to secure a victory at trial on behalf of a major real estate building and operating company involved in a lease dispute with an anchor tenant; and counseled a large European bank in connection with its internal investigation of a $500,000,000 Enron-related transaction. From 2006 through 2014, Ms. Pustilnik served New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn as Deputy Legislative Director. During that time, Ms. Pustilnik played a key role in increasing government contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses, simplifying and improving the regulatory environment for businesses operating in New York City, and improving oversight of the New York City Police Department. Ms. Pustilnik was a Coro Fellow, and received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her law degree from Harvard.

    • Pamela Frederick

    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Hired in 2017
    Pamela Frederick
    • Pamela Frederick
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Hired in 2017

    Ms. Frederick, joined the BPCA in November 2017. In her prior role as Director and Derivatives Specialist at Citi Private Bank, she focused on providing a range of hedging solutions and tactical investments to ultra high net worth clients with a focus on Commercial Real Estate and in the use of interest rate derivatives as a risk management tool. Prior to joining Citi in 2005, she worked with GE Capital in the Structured Finance Energy Group, focused on structured equity, lending and mezzanine investments. In addition, she worked at Fieldstone Private Capital Group and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, providing infrastructure project finance and M&A advice to corporate and public sector clients. She also worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank in Global Mergers & Acquisitions and in Restructuring.   She holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and attended Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Jouy en Josas, France. She is a FINRA Registered Securities Representative; her licenses include Series 7 and Series 63.   She resides in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut where she was elected to serve on the town counsel (RTM), headed the Finance Committee and served as Chair of the Special Committee on Retirement Benefits. In 2016, she was named by The Network Journal as one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business.

    • DENNIS MEHIEL

    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012
    DENNIS MEHIEL
    • DENNIS MEHIEL
    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012

    Mr. Mehiel is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of U. S. Corrugated, Inc., formerly the Nation's largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging until a recent transaction in which a substantial portion of USC was acquired by Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation. U. S. Corrugated divested 14 converting facilities and a recycled containerboard mill; it continues to operate 7 manufacturing plants located in the Midwest and Southern United States.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Managing Member of Four M Capital, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee developing the New York Metropolitan region in behalf of the Brand. The company owns and operates 14 BWW Sit Down Restaurants with additional sites under development.
    Mr. Mehiel is the former Chairman, CEO and Principal Shareholder of Box USA, which he founded in 1966. The Company was built primarily through the acquisition of financially troubled competitors, many in Chapter 11. When sold to International Paper in 2004, Box USA was also then the Nation's largest independent producer of corrugated shipping containers operating 22 corrugated packaging facilities and two containerboard mills, all located within the continental United States. Mr. Mehiel is also the former Chairman, CEO, and Principal Shareholder of Sweetheart Cup Company, which was North America's largest producer of disposable table top products for the away-from-home dining market. The company was acquired by its principal competitor, Solo Cup Company in 2004. Sweetheart was rescued from insolvency when acquired by Mr. Mehiel in 1998.
    Mr. Mehiel is an Investor in and an Independent Director of Sober Steering Sensors, a development stage Company commercializing a passive interdiction technology which prevents the operation of a motor vehicle when alcohol is present. He is also an Investor in and an Independent Director of Mineral Separation Technologies, Inc., a development stage company commercializing a revolutionary new environmentally benign process for the preparation of coal for market. He is a former Member of the Board of The Milano School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School, a Member of Business Executives for National Security and a former Trustee of the Westchester Medical Center. During 2011 he served as Vice-Chair and a Director of the Empire State Development Corporation, an instrumentality of the New York State Government focused on Economic Development and Job Creation. From 1989 until 1993 he was a Trustee of the Windward School in White Plains, one of the region's premier providers of education for learning disabled children. He also served for ten years as a Trustee of the Purnell School in Pottersville, N.J., an independent high school for girls who have not succeeded in a traditional competitive academic setting. Mr. Mehiel was the first person not of the Jewish faith ever elected to the Board of Governors of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work where he served from 1989 until 1996.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Founder and Financial Supporter of the All The Way Foundation. ATW sponsors an educational support pilot program in the Northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights where he was born and spent his childhood. The Program admitted seven consecutive classes of First Graders commencing in 1996. To date, ninety five percent of its students are graduating High School and gaining admittance to college.
    Mr. Mehiel is a member of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City. He is a former member of the Archdiocesan Council, the Lay Leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas, and continues as a member of its Leadership 100 Group and Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He is an Archon of The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the world's oldest Lay Religious Organization and a recipient of the Medal of St. Paul, the Highest Honor a lay person may receive from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

    • DONALD CAPOCCIA

    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011
    DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011

    Donald Capoccia is the managing principal and founder of BFC Partners, a real estate development company that has been involved in the planning, development and construction of some 4500 units of housing in New York City with a combined value of $3.5B. His projects also include approximately 250,000SF of neighborhood retail and community facility uses. Mr. Capoccia began his development and construction activities in New York City in 1982, just prior to the completion of a Masters Degree Program in Urban Planning at Hunter College, and after completing a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Buffalo in 1979. Mr. Capoccia and BFC have focused predominately on the production of affordable housing, investing in a concentrated geographic strategy that has helped spur the resurgence of key New York City neighborhoods; the East Village, East Harlem, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn. Mr. Capoccia has pioneered the production, and promoted the importance of affordable home ownership opportunities to these neighborhoods. In addition to his work as an active NYC builder, Mr. Capoccia has had substantial involvement with the arts, architecture and urban planning issues as they impact New York City, New York State, and Washington, DC. Mr. Capoccia is also involved in numerous industry related organizations. He is co-founder and Vice President of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, a trade organization representing the interest of for-profit builders of Affordable Housing across NYS. Mr. Capoccia currently serves as a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Board, and the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors of amfAR (American Foundation of Aids Research), The National Building Museum and La Mama Experimental Theatre, Inc, a NYC based, world renowned, cultural organization that produces and presents original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Mr. Capoccia has been a committed and long standing supporter of a number of non-profit, national and NYC based organizations which focus on issues ranging from affordable housing production policy, to HIV-AIDS research, to the arts and its impact on New York City.

    • LESTER PETRACCA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013
    LESTER PETRACCA
    • LESTER PETRACCA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013

    As President of Triangle Equities, Lester Petracca has transformed a family owned business, which began in 1916 as a specialized construction firm, into a thriving, successful, full-service real estate company. Triangle Equities opened its doors in 1992, specializing in public/private partnerships developing real estate throughout New York. These successful projects include the recent development of Triangle Junction, a 300,000 square foot Target anchored center in the heart of Brooklyn, contributing to the revitalization of the Flatbush Avenue retail corridor. Additionally, Triangle had previously worked with the City and local community groups to bring both Triangle Plaza and Triangle Center to the Queens neighborhood of College Point, creating retail and entertainment projects that were also catalysts for revitalization.These are just a few of Triangle Equities' projects which illustrate the success of working hand in hand with public entities and community groups. Triangle continues to create, own, manage and operate quality developments throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Petracca prides himself in working closely with the communities in which he invests and develops. He actively contributes to: Queens Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Flatbush Development Corporation, College Point Board of Trade, YMCA, American Cancer Society, MS Society, Queens Child Guidance, Queens Theater in the Park, Tuesdays Children, and Manhasset Police Athletic League. Mr. Petracca has successfully built a business based on sincerity, respect and loyalty. Triangle has consistently grown with Mr. Petracca's leadership that initiates hard work and dedication.

    • Hector Batista

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015
    Hector Batista
    • Hector Batista
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015

    Hector Batista is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, one of New York's oldest not-for-profit organizations, helping the city’s underprivileged children and their families since 1904. Mr. Batista has devoted most of his life to public service, and has served as a leader of large government departments as well as non-profit and private organizations.
    Mr. Batista began his career in the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, where over the course of nine years, he served as Director of Real Estate for the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Director of Economic Development and Director of Development and Finance. He was later appointed by New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
    During his time in the private sector, Mr. Batista was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, Builders and Construction Managers, where he was responsible for projects in eighteen states and an operating budget of $450 million.
    Mr. Batista also served as Executive Vice President of the New York Metropolitan Region of the American Cancer Society, where he provided strategic and operational leadership through nearly 200 employees, 2000 volunteers and 12 offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County. He was a powerful voice in the successful campaign to ban smoking in most New York City restaurants and public places. He was also a strong advocate for improving the health of the City’s youth, by promoting better quality food in the schools and by reducing the sale of junk food.
    Before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Mr. Batista spent several years as CEO of the Way to Work (formerly known as Vocational Foundation, Inc.), where he oversaw one of the nation’s leading youth workforce development programs.
    Mr. Batista’s long-standing commitment to youth is further exemplified by his serving on the boards of St. Francis College and Bishop Loughlin High School. He also sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Spanish language newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa and Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. He is a former Board Member of the East Harlem School at Exodus House.
    In 2011, Mr. Batista was named a recipient of the “EL Award” – a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding men in New York’s Latino community.

    • LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA
    • LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Louis Bevilacqua has been a practicing corporate lawyer for more than 40 years. During 30+ years of law practice leadership at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Mr. Bevilacqua served a diverse and sophisticated international client base. As a senior partner and Chair of the Corporate Department he oversaw the growth of several practice groups at Cadwalader, including M&A, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance/Securities and Private Equity. Further, as one of the longest tenured members of the Firm’s Management Committee, Mr. Bevilacqua was an integral part of the strategic planning for many of the growth and profitability initiatives that have established Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as a cutting edge firm noted for its creativity. Cadwalader founded in 1792, is also the oldest continuing law firm in the country. During his career, Mr. Bevilacqua has advised numerous clients on ground breaking transactions, mega-mergers, international joint ventures, IPO’s, private equity buyouts and restructurings. His clients have included large industrial companies, leading pharmaceutical companies, major financial institutions, innovators and entrepreneurs and government entities. Highlights include advising Pfizer on the takeover of Warner Lambert, representing the U.S. Treasury in the restructuring of GM and Chrysler, the sale of Quaker Oats to Pepsi, and advising Oji Paper in several worldwide acquisitions and joint ventures. As Senior Counsel at the Firm since 2014, Mr. Bevilacqua continues to actively advise clients and mentor young lawyers and partners. He currently is a member of the Institute of Law and Economics at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wharton Business School. He has authored a number of articles on corporate law and governance. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bevilacqua served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy (1970-1973). Mr. Bevilacqua has historically and continues to spend substantial time serving his community. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for the Group for the East End, a not for profit organization focused on clean water and the environment on Long Island; a member of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy (Mashomack Preserve); a sponsor of Sentinels of Freedom, a foundation to assist and mentor severely wounded warriors; and previously he served as the Chairman of the Shelter Island Heights Property Owners Association and President of the S.I. North Ferry Company. Mr. Bevilacqua is a graduate of the College of the Holly Cross (BA 1970), Fordham University School of Law (JD 1977) and NYU - Leonard N. Stern School of Business (MBA 1977).

    • CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES
    • CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Catherine McVay Hughes served 19 years on Manhattan Community Board One (CB1), more than half that time as Chair or Vice-Chair. She also chaired its World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee for seven years. She has been a leader in caring for the community by working with diverse community and labor groups, elected officials and governmental agencies at City, State and Federal levels. After Superstorm Sandy, she was appointed Co-Chair of New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Southern Manhattan and is a founding member of CB1’s "Manhattan Tip" Resiliency Task Force and a member of the NY/NJ Metropolitan Storm Surge Barrier Working Group. She was also appointed to the Earth Institute at Columbia University Advisory Board, CERES Presidents Council, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The Trust for Governors Island and WTC Scientific Technical Advisory Committee. She also served on the Downtown Alliance Board of Directors, The Battery Conservancy Board of Trustees, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and US EPA WTC Expert Technical Panel. McVay Hughes has a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University (1982).

    • GEORGE J. TSUNIS

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    GEORGE J. TSUNIS
    • GEORGE J. TSUNIS
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Mr. Tsunis is a current independent member of Arbor Realty Trust’s Board of Directors, and a recently confirmed member of the Battery Park City Authority, a New York State public-benefit corporation. Mr. Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels as well as an attorney, developer, philanthropist and public policy advisor with a strong interest at the intersection of economic and foreign affairs. Mr. Tsunis’ Chartwell Hotels is an innovative company that owns, develops and manages Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group franchises across the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states. Under Mr. Tsunis’ leadership, Chartwell Hotels enjoyed tremendous growth since its founding in 2005, including through a national economy gripped by the Great Recession. Chartwell continues to grow, opening the first ever Generation 9 Marriott Residence Inn in Williamsport, PA, in January 2013. The firm’s focus also includes development for community renewal, which assists regions in benefitting from tourism, business travel and other investment dollars from around the nation and the world. Prior to founding Chartwell, Mr. Tsunis was a partner at the law firm of Rivkin Radler LLP, Long Island, NY’s largest law firm representing both private clients and municipalities in the practice areas of land use and zoning, real estate corporate law, municipal law and commercial litigation. Mr. Tsunis’ public service includes time as a Legislative Attorney at the New York City Council, Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington (NY) Environmental Open Space Committee and Counsel to the Dix Hills (NY) Water District. Mr. Tsunis was a long-time member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is a member of both the Faith and Leadership 100 Endowments. Mr. Tsunis was recognized with the Saint Paul’s Medal, the Greek Orthodox Church of America’s highest recognition for a layperson. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios personally awarded the Saint Paul’s Medal to him. Mr. Tsunis is a member of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the highest ecclesiastical honor that can be bestowed upon a layman by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and also serves on its National Council. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios asked Mr. Tsunis to serve on the committee to assist in the design and rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Church at Ground Zero, the only religious institution to be destroyed during the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Tsunis is a member of Hofstra University’s Board of Trustees and serves on its Academic Affairs and Development and Alumni Affairs Committees. He is also a Director of the Don Monti Cancer Research Foundation, Trustee of the Hellenic Initiative and member of Friends Academy’s Board of Trustees, serving as its Building and Grounds Committee Chair as well as a member of its Finance and Investment Committees. Through his role at Friends Academy, Mr. Tsunis recently oversaw the expansion and renovation of the Middle School building. Mr. Tsunis is also a Director of the New York Convention Center’s (Jacob Javits Center) Operating Committee and Director of the New York Convention Center’s Development Committee. Mr. Tsunis was a member of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Leadership Committee and its Metropolitan Studies Leadership Council as well as a member of the Business Executives for National Security’s Board of Trustees. He has also previously served on the Board of Trustees at Dowling College, the American Red Cross Suffolk County Chapter, the Huntington (NY) Chamber of Commerce/Committee on Good Government, the Education and Assistance Corporation and the Private Industry Council of Suffolk. Furthermore, Mr. Tsunis was selected by Long Island Business News as one of the 40 most influential people on Long Island under 40 years old. Mr. Tsunis’ interest in public affairs began in his youth with his selection and participation in the American Legion’s Boys State Program through which high school juniors participate in a one-week simulated government. Subsequently, in 1984, American Legion Post 694 Northport, NY, awarded Mr. Tsunis its Medal of Citizenship. In 1999, Mr., Tsunis was awarded the Presidential Medal by Dowling College. In 2003, he received the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from Long Island Cares. In 2007, he was the WLIW Honoree at its golf tournament. Mr. Tsunis was the recipient of the Cyprus Federation’s Justice for Cyprus Award, which was personally awarded to him by the President of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, in 2010. In 2012, President Christofias also presented Mr. Tsunis with a plaque of sterling silver olive branches, signifying peace. This award is traditionally reserved for heads of state. In 2013, the new President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, similarly honored Mr. Tsunis for his philanthropic efforts on behalf of the children of Cyprus. Mr. Tsunis was the Long Island Children’s Museum’s honoree at its 2012 Annual Gala, the recipient of the Dickey Humanitarian Award from the Lycoming County (PA) United Way and recognized as a member of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society. He additionally received the Israel Unity Award from the State of Israel Bonds of Central Pennsylvania Chapter. He was the Vice Chairman of the 2012 New York City Veterans Day Parade and recognized for his efforts in erecting a bronze statue, known as De Oppresso Liber, which overlooks Ground Zero in New York and honors the US Special Forces, also known as the Horse Soldiers. In 2014, Mr. Tsunis was the Grand Marshall of the Greek Independence Day Parade in New York along with Senator Charles Schumer. He was the youngest Grand Marshall in the parade’s history. He was also an honoree at Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s Queens Gala for his commitment to the borough of Queens and was also recognized by The Naupactian Brotherhood of New York for his efforts on behalf of the Greek community. In addition, Mr. Tsunis received the Lt. Detective Joseph Petrosino Association in America Humanitarian Award. Also in 2014, Mr. Tsunis was the honoree and keynote speaker at Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies’ Celebration of Suburban Diversity Banquet. The following year, the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP), Huntington Chapter, awarded him its Freedom Fund Award. Mr. Tsunis has established the George and Olga Tsunis Fellowship for Cancer Prevention at Stony Brook University Hospital. In furthering their belief in education, the Tsunis also established the James and Eleni Tsunis Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship at Hofstra University, the James George Tsunis Memorial Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology and the George James Tsunis ’92 and the Xanthi and Father Alex Karloutsos Scholarships at St. John’s University’s School of Law, where Mr. Tsunis is also a member of the university’s Loughlin Society. The Tsunis also created the James and Eleni Tsunis Endowed Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Mr. Tsunis also underwrote the James and Eleni Tsunis Library at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in honor of his parents. Mr. Tsunis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University’s School of Law. He is married to his wife, Olga, and they live in Matinecock, NY, with their three children.

    • B. J. Jones

    • Chief Administrative Officer/Acting President & COO
    • Hired in 2014
    B. J. Jones
    • B. J. Jones
    • Chief Administrative Officer/Acting President & COO
    • Hired in 2014

    B. J. Jones has over 20 years of public sector experience, working on a variety of initiatives to improve customer service, safety, transparency, and accountability in government. He started his career in state and local government consulting, working on engagements that included modernizing the Georgia Department of Revenue, conducting a statewide performance audit for South Carolina, modernizing motor vehicle services for the state of New Jersey, and analyzing the economic impacts of expanding Metrorail in Northern Virginia. He then joined New York City government in the first term of the Bloomberg administration, working his way up to serve in a variety of roles, including Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Department of Buildings and, later, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. Throughout his tenure with the city, he has been involved in a number of groundbreaking initiatives, including implementation of the city’s first online permitting system, the first overhaul of the building code in 38 years, expansion of the city’s job application portal, and providing temporary shelter and housing repairs for victims of Hurricane Sandy. As Chief Administrative Officer at the Battery Park City Authority, he has overseen both internal operations as well as cultural and educational programming in Battery Park City Parks. His focus includes expanding and diversifying community program offerings, modernizing processes and strengthening resiliency. B.J. received his undergraduate degree in Management from Gettysburg College, a Master of Public Administration degree from American University and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified Project Management Professional.

    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK

    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014
    ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014

    Alix S. Pustilnik became General Counsel of the Battery Park City Authority in May 2014. A life-long New Yorker, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where she prosecuted white collar and official corruption cases. Subsequently, she became the Senior Staff Attorney at the Commission to Combat Police Corruption during Mayor Rudolf W. Giuliani's administration. From 1999 through 2005 she was a litigator at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where, among other things, she represented a corporation that was the target of a year-long grand jury investigation, resulting in no charges; helped to secure a victory at trial on behalf of a major real estate building and operating company involved in a lease dispute with an anchor tenant; and counseled a large European bank in connection with its internal investigation of a $500,000,000 Enron-related transaction. From 2006 through 2014, Ms. Pustilnik served New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn as Deputy Legislative Director. During that time, Ms. Pustilnik played a key role in increasing government contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses, simplifying and improving the regulatory environment for businesses operating in New York City, and improving oversight of the New York City Police Department. Ms. Pustilnik was a Coro Fellow, and received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her law degree from Harvard.

    • Pamela Frederick

    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Hired in 2017
    Pamela Frederick
    • Pamela Frederick
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Hired in 2017

    Ms. Frederick, joined the BPCA in November 2017. In her prior role as Director and Derivatives Specialist at Citi Private Bank, she focused on providing a range of hedging solutions and tactical investments to ultra high net worth clients with a focus on Commercial Real Estate and in the use of interest rate derivatives as a risk management tool. Prior to joining Citi in 2005, she worked with GE Capital in the Structured Finance Energy Group, focused on structured equity, lending and mezzanine investments. In addition, she worked at Fieldstone Private Capital Group and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, providing infrastructure project finance and M&A advice to corporate and public sector clients. She also worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank in Global Mergers & Acquisitions and in Restructuring.   She holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and attended Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Jouy en Josas, France. She is a FINRA Registered Securities Representative; her licenses include Series 7 and Series 63.   She resides in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut where she was elected to serve on the town counsel (RTM), headed the Finance Committee and served as Chair of the Special Committee on Retirement Benefits. In 2016, she was named by The Network Journal as one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business.

    • DENNIS MEHIEL

    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012
    DENNIS MEHIEL
    • DENNIS MEHIEL
    • Chairman & CEO
    • Confirmed June 20, 2012

    Mr. Mehiel is the Principal Shareholder and Chairman of U. S. Corrugated, Inc., formerly the Nation's largest independent manufacturer of corrugated packaging until a recent transaction in which a substantial portion of USC was acquired by Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation. U. S. Corrugated divested 14 converting facilities and a recycled containerboard mill; it continues to operate 7 manufacturing plants located in the Midwest and Southern United States.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Managing Member of Four M Capital, LLC, a Buffalo Wild Wings Franchisee developing the New York Metropolitan region in behalf of the Brand. The company owns and operates 14 BWW Sit Down Restaurants with additional sites under development.
    Mr. Mehiel is the former Chairman, CEO and Principal Shareholder of Box USA, which he founded in 1966. The Company was built primarily through the acquisition of financially troubled competitors, many in Chapter 11. When sold to International Paper in 2004, Box USA was also then the Nation's largest independent producer of corrugated shipping containers operating 22 corrugated packaging facilities and two containerboard mills, all located within the continental United States. Mr. Mehiel is also the former Chairman, CEO, and Principal Shareholder of Sweetheart Cup Company, which was North America's largest producer of disposable table top products for the away-from-home dining market. The company was acquired by its principal competitor, Solo Cup Company in 2004. Sweetheart was rescued from insolvency when acquired by Mr. Mehiel in 1998.
    Mr. Mehiel is an Investor in and an Independent Director of Sober Steering Sensors, a development stage Company commercializing a passive interdiction technology which prevents the operation of a motor vehicle when alcohol is present. He is also an Investor in and an Independent Director of Mineral Separation Technologies, Inc., a development stage company commercializing a revolutionary new environmentally benign process for the preparation of coal for market. He is a former Member of the Board of The Milano School for Management and Urban Policy at the New School, a Member of Business Executives for National Security and a former Trustee of the Westchester Medical Center. During 2011 he served as Vice-Chair and a Director of the Empire State Development Corporation, an instrumentality of the New York State Government focused on Economic Development and Job Creation. From 1989 until 1993 he was a Trustee of the Windward School in White Plains, one of the region's premier providers of education for learning disabled children. He also served for ten years as a Trustee of the Purnell School in Pottersville, N.J., an independent high school for girls who have not succeeded in a traditional competitive academic setting. Mr. Mehiel was the first person not of the Jewish faith ever elected to the Board of Governors of Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work where he served from 1989 until 1996.
    Mr. Mehiel is the Founder and Financial Supporter of the All The Way Foundation. ATW sponsors an educational support pilot program in the Northern Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights where he was born and spent his childhood. The Program admitted seven consecutive classes of First Graders commencing in 1996. To date, ninety five percent of its students are graduating High School and gaining admittance to college.
    Mr. Mehiel is a member of the Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City. He is a former member of the Archdiocesan Council, the Lay Leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas, and continues as a member of its Leadership 100 Group and Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He is an Archon of The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the world's oldest Lay Religious Organization and a recipient of the Medal of St. Paul, the Highest Honor a lay person may receive from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

    • DONALD CAPOCCIA

    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011
    DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • DONALD CAPOCCIA
    • Vice Chair
    • Confirmed June 15, 2011

    Donald Capoccia is the managing principal and founder of BFC Partners, a real estate development company that has been involved in the planning, development and construction of some 4500 units of housing in New York City with a combined value of $3.5B. His projects also include approximately 250,000SF of neighborhood retail and community facility uses. Mr. Capoccia began his development and construction activities in New York City in 1982, just prior to the completion of a Masters Degree Program in Urban Planning at Hunter College, and after completing a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Buffalo in 1979. Mr. Capoccia and BFC have focused predominately on the production of affordable housing, investing in a concentrated geographic strategy that has helped spur the resurgence of key New York City neighborhoods; the East Village, East Harlem, Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn. Mr. Capoccia has pioneered the production, and promoted the importance of affordable home ownership opportunities to these neighborhoods. In addition to his work as an active NYC builder, Mr. Capoccia has had substantial involvement with the arts, architecture and urban planning issues as they impact New York City, New York State, and Washington, DC. Mr. Capoccia is also involved in numerous industry related organizations. He is co-founder and Vice President of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, a trade organization representing the interest of for-profit builders of Affordable Housing across NYS. Mr. Capoccia currently serves as a Director of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Rent Stabilization Board, and the Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York. He also serves on the Board of Directors of amfAR (American Foundation of Aids Research), The National Building Museum and La Mama Experimental Theatre, Inc, a NYC based, world renowned, cultural organization that produces and presents original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Mr. Capoccia has been a committed and long standing supporter of a number of non-profit, national and NYC based organizations which focus on issues ranging from affordable housing production policy, to HIV-AIDS research, to the arts and its impact on New York City.

    • LESTER PETRACCA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013
    LESTER PETRACCA
    • LESTER PETRACCA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2013

    As President of Triangle Equities, Lester Petracca has transformed a family owned business, which began in 1916 as a specialized construction firm, into a thriving, successful, full-service real estate company. Triangle Equities opened its doors in 1992, specializing in public/private partnerships developing real estate throughout New York. These successful projects include the recent development of Triangle Junction, a 300,000 square foot Target anchored center in the heart of Brooklyn, contributing to the revitalization of the Flatbush Avenue retail corridor. Additionally, Triangle had previously worked with the City and local community groups to bring both Triangle Plaza and Triangle Center to the Queens neighborhood of College Point, creating retail and entertainment projects that were also catalysts for revitalization.These are just a few of Triangle Equities' projects which illustrate the success of working hand in hand with public entities and community groups. Triangle continues to create, own, manage and operate quality developments throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Mr. Petracca prides himself in working closely with the communities in which he invests and develops. He actively contributes to: Queens Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Flatbush Development Corporation, College Point Board of Trade, YMCA, American Cancer Society, MS Society, Queens Child Guidance, Queens Theater in the Park, Tuesdays Children, and Manhasset Police Athletic League. Mr. Petracca has successfully built a business based on sincerity, respect and loyalty. Triangle has consistently grown with Mr. Petracca's leadership that initiates hard work and dedication.

    • Hector Batista

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015
    Hector Batista
    • Hector Batista
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 18, 2015

    Hector Batista is the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, one of New York's oldest not-for-profit organizations, helping the city’s underprivileged children and their families since 1904. Mr. Batista has devoted most of his life to public service, and has served as a leader of large government departments as well as non-profit and private organizations.
    Mr. Batista began his career in the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, where over the course of nine years, he served as Director of Real Estate for the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, Director of Economic Development and Director of Development and Finance. He was later appointed by New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani to serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
    During his time in the private sector, Mr. Batista was the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Jeffrey M. Brown Associates, Builders and Construction Managers, where he was responsible for projects in eighteen states and an operating budget of $450 million.
    Mr. Batista also served as Executive Vice President of the New York Metropolitan Region of the American Cancer Society, where he provided strategic and operational leadership through nearly 200 employees, 2000 volunteers and 12 offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester County. He was a powerful voice in the successful campaign to ban smoking in most New York City restaurants and public places. He was also a strong advocate for improving the health of the City’s youth, by promoting better quality food in the schools and by reducing the sale of junk food.
    Before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, Mr. Batista spent several years as CEO of the Way to Work (formerly known as Vocational Foundation, Inc.), where he oversaw one of the nation’s leading youth workforce development programs.
    Mr. Batista’s long-standing commitment to youth is further exemplified by his serving on the boards of St. Francis College and Bishop Loughlin High School. He also sits on the Community Advisory Board for the Spanish language newspaper, El Diario/La Prensa and Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative, the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. He is a former Board Member of the East Harlem School at Exodus House.
    In 2011, Mr. Batista was named a recipient of the “EL Award” – a recognition given annually by El Diario La Prensa to the most outstanding men in New York’s Latino community.

    • LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA
    • LOUIS J. BEVILACQUA
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Louis Bevilacqua has been a practicing corporate lawyer for more than 40 years. During 30+ years of law practice leadership at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Mr. Bevilacqua served a diverse and sophisticated international client base. As a senior partner and Chair of the Corporate Department he oversaw the growth of several practice groups at Cadwalader, including M&A, Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance/Securities and Private Equity. Further, as one of the longest tenured members of the Firm’s Management Committee, Mr. Bevilacqua was an integral part of the strategic planning for many of the growth and profitability initiatives that have established Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as a cutting edge firm noted for its creativity. Cadwalader founded in 1792, is also the oldest continuing law firm in the country. During his career, Mr. Bevilacqua has advised numerous clients on ground breaking transactions, mega-mergers, international joint ventures, IPO’s, private equity buyouts and restructurings. His clients have included large industrial companies, leading pharmaceutical companies, major financial institutions, innovators and entrepreneurs and government entities. Highlights include advising Pfizer on the takeover of Warner Lambert, representing the U.S. Treasury in the restructuring of GM and Chrysler, the sale of Quaker Oats to Pepsi, and advising Oji Paper in several worldwide acquisitions and joint ventures. As Senior Counsel at the Firm since 2014, Mr. Bevilacqua continues to actively advise clients and mentor young lawyers and partners. He currently is a member of the Institute of Law and Economics at University of Pennsylvania Law School and Wharton Business School. He has authored a number of articles on corporate law and governance. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Bevilacqua served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy (1970-1973). Mr. Bevilacqua has historically and continues to spend substantial time serving his community. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for the Group for the East End, a not for profit organization focused on clean water and the environment on Long Island; a member of the Board of Directors of The Nature Conservancy (Mashomack Preserve); a sponsor of Sentinels of Freedom, a foundation to assist and mentor severely wounded warriors; and previously he served as the Chairman of the Shelter Island Heights Property Owners Association and President of the S.I. North Ferry Company. Mr. Bevilacqua is a graduate of the College of the Holly Cross (BA 1970), Fordham University School of Law (JD 1977) and NYU - Leonard N. Stern School of Business (MBA 1977).

    • CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES
    • CATHERINE McVAY HUGHES
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Catherine McVay Hughes served 19 years on Manhattan Community Board One (CB1), more than half that time as Chair or Vice-Chair. She also chaired its World Trade Center Redevelopment Committee for seven years. She has been a leader in caring for the community by working with diverse community and labor groups, elected officials and governmental agencies at City, State and Federal levels. After Superstorm Sandy, she was appointed Co-Chair of New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program for Southern Manhattan and is a founding member of CB1’s "Manhattan Tip" Resiliency Task Force and a member of the NY/NJ Metropolitan Storm Surge Barrier Working Group. She was also appointed to the Earth Institute at Columbia University Advisory Board, CERES Presidents Council, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, The Trust for Governors Island and WTC Scientific Technical Advisory Committee. She also served on the Downtown Alliance Board of Directors, The Battery Conservancy Board of Trustees, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and US EPA WTC Expert Technical Panel. McVay Hughes has a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1987) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University (1982).

    • GEORGE J. TSUNIS

    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017
    GEORGE J. TSUNIS
    • GEORGE J. TSUNIS
    • Member
    • Confirmed June 20, 2017

    Mr. Tsunis is a current independent member of Arbor Realty Trust’s Board of Directors, and a recently confirmed member of the Battery Park City Authority, a New York State public-benefit corporation. Mr. Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels as well as an attorney, developer, philanthropist and public policy advisor with a strong interest at the intersection of economic and foreign affairs. Mr. Tsunis’ Chartwell Hotels is an innovative company that owns, develops and manages Hilton, Marriott and InterContinental Hotels Group franchises across the Northeast and Middle Atlantic states. Under Mr. Tsunis’ leadership, Chartwell Hotels enjoyed tremendous growth since its founding in 2005, including through a national economy gripped by the Great Recession. Chartwell continues to grow, opening the first ever Generation 9 Marriott Residence Inn in Williamsport, PA, in January 2013. The firm’s focus also includes development for community renewal, which assists regions in benefitting from tourism, business travel and other investment dollars from around the nation and the world. Prior to founding Chartwell, Mr. Tsunis was a partner at the law firm of Rivkin Radler LLP, Long Island, NY’s largest law firm representing both private clients and municipalities in the practice areas of land use and zoning, real estate corporate law, municipal law and commercial litigation. Mr. Tsunis’ public service includes time as a Legislative Attorney at the New York City Council, Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington (NY) Environmental Open Space Committee and Counsel to the Dix Hills (NY) Water District. Mr. Tsunis was a long-time member of the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and is a member of both the Faith and Leadership 100 Endowments. Mr. Tsunis was recognized with the Saint Paul’s Medal, the Greek Orthodox Church of America’s highest recognition for a layperson. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios personally awarded the Saint Paul’s Medal to him. Mr. Tsunis is a member of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the highest ecclesiastical honor that can be bestowed upon a layman by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and also serves on its National Council. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios asked Mr. Tsunis to serve on the committee to assist in the design and rebuilding of Saint Nicholas Church at Ground Zero, the only religious institution to be destroyed during the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Tsunis is a member of Hofstra University’s Board of Trustees and serves on its Academic Affairs and Development and Alumni Affairs Committees. He is also a Director of the Don Monti Cancer Research Foundation, Trustee of the Hellenic Initiative and member of Friends Academy’s Board of Trustees, serving as its Building and Grounds Committee Chair as well as a member of its Finance and Investment Committees. Through his role at Friends Academy, Mr. Tsunis recently oversaw the expansion and renovation of the Middle School building. Mr. Tsunis is also a Director of the New York Convention Center’s (Jacob Javits Center) Operating Committee and Director of the New York Convention Center’s Development Committee. Mr. Tsunis was a member of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Leadership Committee and its Metropolitan Studies Leadership Council as well as a member of the Business Executives for National Security’s Board of Trustees. He has also previously served on the Board of Trustees at Dowling College, the American Red Cross Suffolk County Chapter, the Huntington (NY) Chamber of Commerce/Committee on Good Government, the Education and Assistance Corporation and the Private Industry Council of Suffolk. Furthermore, Mr. Tsunis was selected by Long Island Business News as one of the 40 most influential people on Long Island under 40 years old. Mr. Tsunis’ interest in public affairs began in his youth with his selection and participation in the American Legion’s Boys State Program through which high school juniors participate in a one-week simulated government. Subsequently, in 1984, American Legion Post 694 Northport, NY, awarded Mr. Tsunis its Medal of Citizenship. In 1999, Mr., Tsunis was awarded the Presidential Medal by Dowling College. In 2003, he received the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award from Long Island Cares. In 2007, he was the WLIW Honoree at its golf tournament. Mr. Tsunis was the recipient of the Cyprus Federation’s Justice for Cyprus Award, which was personally awarded to him by the President of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, in 2010. In 2012, President Christofias also presented Mr. Tsunis with a plaque of sterling silver olive branches, signifying peace. This award is traditionally reserved for heads of state. In 2013, the new President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, similarly honored Mr. Tsunis for his philanthropic efforts on behalf of the children of Cyprus. Mr. Tsunis was the Long Island Children’s Museum’s honoree at its 2012 Annual Gala, the recipient of the Dickey Humanitarian Award from the Lycoming County (PA) United Way and recognized as a member of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society. He additionally received the Israel Unity Award from the State of Israel Bonds of Central Pennsylvania Chapter. He was the Vice Chairman of the 2012 New York City Veterans Day Parade and recognized for his efforts in erecting a bronze statue, known as De Oppresso Liber, which overlooks Ground Zero in New York and honors the US Special Forces, also known as the Horse Soldiers. In 2014, Mr. Tsunis was the Grand Marshall of the Greek Independence Day Parade in New York along with Senator Charles Schumer. He was the youngest Grand Marshall in the parade’s history. He was also an honoree at Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s Queens Gala for his commitment to the borough of Queens and was also recognized by The Naupactian Brotherhood of New York for his efforts on behalf of the Greek community. In addition, Mr. Tsunis received the Lt. Detective Joseph Petrosino Association in America Humanitarian Award. Also in 2014, Mr. Tsunis was the honoree and keynote speaker at Hofstra University’s National Center for Suburban Studies’ Celebration of Suburban Diversity Banquet. The following year, the National Association for the Advancement for Colored People (NAACP), Huntington Chapter, awarded him its Freedom Fund Award. Mr. Tsunis has established the George and Olga Tsunis Fellowship for Cancer Prevention at Stony Brook University Hospital. In furthering their belief in education, the Tsunis also established the James and Eleni Tsunis Endowed Distinguished Academic Scholarship at Hofstra University, the James George Tsunis Memorial Scholarship at Pennsylvania College of Technology and the George James Tsunis ’92 and the Xanthi and Father Alex Karloutsos Scholarships at St. John’s University’s School of Law, where Mr. Tsunis is also a member of the university’s Loughlin Society. The Tsunis also created the James and Eleni Tsunis Endowed Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Mr. Tsunis also underwrote the James and Eleni Tsunis Library at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons in honor of his parents. Mr. Tsunis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University’s School of Law. He is married to his wife, Olga, and they live in Matinecock, NY, with their three children.

    • B. J. Jones

    • Chief Administrative Officer/Acting President & COO
    • Hired in 2014
    B. J. Jones
    • B. J. Jones
    • Chief Administrative Officer/Acting President & COO
    • Hired in 2014

    B. J. Jones has over 20 years of public sector experience, working on a variety of initiatives to improve customer service, safety, transparency, and accountability in government. He started his career in state and local government consulting, working on engagements that included modernizing the Georgia Department of Revenue, conducting a statewide performance audit for South Carolina, modernizing motor vehicle services for the state of New Jersey, and analyzing the economic impacts of expanding Metrorail in Northern Virginia. He then joined New York City government in the first term of the Bloomberg administration, working his way up to serve in a variety of roles, including Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Planning and Implementation at the Department of Buildings and, later, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. Throughout his tenure with the city, he has been involved in a number of groundbreaking initiatives, including implementation of the city’s first online permitting system, the first overhaul of the building code in 38 years, expansion of the city’s job application portal, and providing temporary shelter and housing repairs for victims of Hurricane Sandy. As Chief Administrative Officer at the Battery Park City Authority, he has overseen both internal operations as well as cultural and educational programming in Battery Park City Parks. His focus includes expanding and diversifying community program offerings, modernizing processes and strengthening resiliency. B.J. received his undergraduate degree in Management from Gettysburg College, a Master of Public Administration degree from American University and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a certified Project Management Professional.

    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK

    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014
    ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • ALIX S. PUSTILNIK
    • General Counsel
    • Hired in 2014

    Alix S. Pustilnik became General Counsel of the Battery Park City Authority in May 2014. A life-long New Yorker, she began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County, where she prosecuted white collar and official corruption cases. Subsequently, she became the Senior Staff Attorney at the Commission to Combat Police Corruption during Mayor Rudolf W. Giuliani's administration. From 1999 through 2005 she was a litigator at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where, among other things, she represented a corporation that was the target of a year-long grand jury investigation, resulting in no charges; helped to secure a victory at trial on behalf of a major real estate building and operating company involved in a lease dispute with an anchor tenant; and counseled a large European bank in connection with its internal investigation of a $500,000,000 Enron-related transaction. From 2006 through 2014, Ms. Pustilnik served New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn as Deputy Legislative Director. During that time, Ms. Pustilnik played a key role in increasing government contracting opportunities for minority and women owned businesses, simplifying and improving the regulatory environment for businesses operating in New York City, and improving oversight of the New York City Police Department. Ms. Pustilnik was a Coro Fellow, and received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and her law degree from Harvard.

    • Pamela Frederick

    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Hired in 2017
    Pamela Frederick
    • Pamela Frederick
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Hired in 2017

    Ms. Frederick, joined the BPCA in November 2017. In her prior role as Director and Derivatives Specialist at Citi Private Bank, she focused on providing a range of hedging solutions and tactical investments to ultra high net worth clients with a focus on Commercial Real Estate and in the use of interest rate derivatives as a risk management tool. Prior to joining Citi in 2005, she worked with GE Capital in the Structured Finance Energy Group, focused on structured equity, lending and mezzanine investments. In addition, she worked at Fieldstone Private Capital Group and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, providing infrastructure project finance and M&A advice to corporate and public sector clients. She also worked for the Chase Manhattan Bank in Global Mergers & Acquisitions and in Restructuring.   She holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and attended Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Jouy en Josas, France. She is a FINRA Registered Securities Representative; her licenses include Series 7 and Series 63.   She resides in the Town of Greenwich, Connecticut where she was elected to serve on the town counsel (RTM), headed the Finance Committee and served as Chair of the Special Committee on Retirement Benefits. In 2016, she was named by The Network Journal as one of the 25 Influential Black Women in Business.