June 18, 2018

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is truly saddened about the passing of former Board Chair Phil Stenger. Stenger was a tireless champion for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the borough’s business community, and honored as such, as a “Celebrating Legends of Brooklyn” recipient at the Chamber’s 2013 Winter Gala. He served on the Chamber’s Centennial Committee, contributing to a celebration that began this February.

“Phil Stenger was a leader amongst men. Phil was someone who was always there, someone you could always count on for help and support. Phil was the “Dean of Bankers.” Above all, Phil treasured his family. I am proud to have called Phil a friend. Phil enriched all who knew him – Phil Stenger will be greatly missed,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Denise Arbesu

“Phil Stenger was, in every sense, a true gentleman. A giant of the banking world, Phil’s leadership with legions of organizations over the decades places him central to the Brooklyn renaissance. Always impeccably attired, Phil remained vital in recent months, contributing his prowess to planning the Brooklyn Chamber’s Centennial Gala, an event with which he was devoted. So many have been the beneficiary of Phil’s expertise and friendship, and I am honored to count myself among them. I vividly recall a breakfast he asked I have with him in 2003 in Albany – just us — as he took a keen interest in the work I was taking on, having just joined the Chamber staff after serving as fellow Board members for five years previously — now and again, I reminded him about what that talk, and time spent, meant to me. He was a constant in my work over the years, and I already miss him,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Acting President Rick Russo.

“Phil always showed great dedication and commitment to the many causes and organizations he was part of. For so many of us in banking he served as a role model and mentor and we will all miss him. He was always a man of service to his community, to Brooklyn, and his country (having served in the army during the Korean War) and our fond memories of him will live on forever. We wish his family peace and comfort during this time,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Centennial Chair and Chair Emeritis Peter Meyer.

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