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Business people make use of the networking opportunities on Staten Island prior to sitting down for breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield.


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island developer and hotelier Richard Nicotra today revealed three core ingredients of his success: His wife and business partner, Lois; the requirement of “putting in the hours,” and making sure to always “treat the customer as king.”

Some 300 local business owners and executives from Staten Island and beyond attentively absorbed the advice of Nicotra and other business experts while enjoying the breakfast and networking opportunities set before them at Nicotra’s Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield.

The event marked the first time the 1010 WINS/ TD Bank 5 Borough Business Breakfast was held on the Island.

Following a greeting from Ben Mevorach, news and programming director of 1010 WINS, Juliet Papa stepped up to the podium.

Ms. Papa, an award-winning 1010 WINS radio reporter, did a terrific job moderating a distinguished panel that included Nicotra, chairman and president of the Nicotra Group, which built and operates the Island’s Hilton, Hampton Inn & Suites, Staten Island Corporate Park and Teleport; Ralph C. Bumbaca, regional vice president (Brooklyn/Staten Island), TD Bank; Robert Walsh, commissioner of the New York City Department of Small Business Services; Vincent D’Antuono, owner, Pastosa Ravioli of West Brighton, and Wendi Caplan-Carroll, regional development director, Constant Contact.