Leadership

BROOKLYN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INC.

Randy Peers

President's Bio

Randy Peers

Randy Peers joined the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce as President and CEO on September 9, 2019. He brings decades of workforce and economic development expertise, and several years of executive leadership experience growing not-for-profit organizations that serve the business community.

During his tenure thus far at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which has been heavily influenced by the COVID pandemic response, Randy has overseen the launch of five significant new initiatives focused on supporting Brooklyn small businesses while advancing the overall theme of equity -- the Small Business Resource Network, which was adopted city-wide; the Brooklyn EXCELerate social justice lending program; the neighborhood development concentrations in Canarsie, Homecrest and Bushwick; the Brooklyn Entrepreneur Academy; and the launch of the Brooklyn Made Store, which have all led to meaningful investments and support for small businesses throughout the borough. In addition, Randy significantly expanded the Brooklyn Chamber’s international work, hosting over forty foreign delegations visiting Brooklyn, developing partnerships with Seoul, Korea, Ghana, Pakistan, and Dubai, and launching an international affiliate membership program.

Randy previously served as the inaugural President & CEO of the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance (GRCA) in Berks County, PA. For over a decade he was CEO of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), a Brooklyn-headquartered workforce development organization that was the leading provider of disconnected youth job training services in NYC. From 2002-2006, Randy served as Vice President of Economic Development at the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Randy also serves as a Mayoral appointee to the NYC Industrial Development Authority and the NYC Workforce Investment Board.

Randy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Randy was born, raised, and spent most of his professional career in Brooklyn, having lived in five different neighborhoods across the borough.

OFFICERS

BOARD CHAIR

Ana Oliveira, Valley Bank

VICE CHAIR

Gil Cygler, Cygler Warren Street Corp.

PRESIDENT

Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

TREASURER

Pasquale Patrone, CohnReznick

SECRETARY

Kendall Christiansen, Gaia Strategies

 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce – President

Ana Oliveira, Valley Bank – Chair

Gil Cygler, Cygler Warren Street Corp.– Vice Chair

Pasquale Patrone, CohnReznick – Treasurer

Kendall Christiansen, Gaia Strategies – Secretary

Penda Aiken, Penda Aiken Inc.

Gina Argento, Broadway Stages

James Brennan, Consolidated Edison

Ralph Bumbaca, TD Bank

Susan Doban, Doban Architecture

Bryan Grimaldi, National Grid

Joseph J. Lhota, NYU Langone Medical Center

Sayar Lonial, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Phyllis Pressa, JPMorgan Chase

Thomas Sorrentino, PKF O’Connor Davies

Andrew Walcott, Fusion East Restaurant

 

BROOKLYN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INC.- TERM ENDING 2024

Gina Argento, Broadway Stages

James Brennan, Consolidated Edison

Ralph Bumbaca, TD Bank

Eladia Causil-Rodriquez, Eladia’s Kids

Ofer Cohen, TerraCRG

Robert Cornegy, Consultant

Fred Dixon, NYC & Company

Kenneth Fisher, Cozen O’Connor

Lindsay Greene, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.

Philip Guarnieri, Empire State Bank

John Abi Habib, MSI Net Inc.

Steven Klein, Northfield Bank

Joseph J. Lhota, NYU Langone Health System

Juan Perez, Highbrid Media

Blondel Pinnock, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp.

Mary Quinones, Law Office of Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.

Thomas Sorrentino, PKF O'Connor Davies

Gary Terrinoni, The Brooklyn Hospital Center

Robin White, AT&T

 

BROOKLYN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INC. - TERM ENDING 2025

Penda Aiken, Penda Aiken, Inc.

Karen Auster, Auster Agency

Lisa Bing, Bing Consulting Group, Inc.

Donald R. Boomgaarden, St. Joseph’s College

Tim Cecere, St. Francis College

Kendall Charter, YMCA of Greater New York

Kendall Christiansen, Gaia Strategies

Gil Cygler, Cygler Warren Street Corp.

Susan Doban, Doban Architecture

Bryan Grimaldi, National Grid

Maggie Gu, Park Asia Restaurant

Dozier Hasty, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Timothy King, CPEX Real Estate

Bradley Korn, Mount Sinai Health System

Tyquana Henderson-Rivers, Connective Strategies

Jeff Lindor, The Gentlemen’s Factory

Sayar Lonial, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Ana Oliveira, Valley Bank

Pasquale Patrone, CohnReznick

Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce *

Phyllis Pressa, JPMorgan Chase

Tucker Reed, Totem

Jessica Schumer, Amazon

Roni Shoyfer, Citizens Bank

Joy Sweet, Howell Industries

Kevin M. Thompson, ExxonMobil

Jed Walentas, Two Trees Management Co.

 

BROOKLYN ALLIANCE, INC. - TERM ENDING 2024

Gregory Anderson, Bridge Street Development Corp.

Lara Birnback, Brooklyn Heights Association

Kendall Christiansen, Gaia Strategies

Steve Cohen, Brooklyn Baseball Company

Gil Cygler, Cygler Warren Street Corp.

Patrick Dugan, CBRE

Johari Jenkins, Consolidated Edison

Louie Liu, Brooklyn Community Improvement Association

Kenneth Mbonu, Flatbush Nostrand Business Improvement District

Toby Moskovits, Heritage Equity Partners

Regina Myer, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Tiffany Joy Murchison, TJM and Co. Media Boutique

Ana Oliveira, Valley Bank

Evelyn Ortiz, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Pasquale Patrone, CohnReznick

Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce *

Dr. Patricia Ramsey, Medgar Evers College

 

BROOKLYN ALLIANCE CAPITAL INC. - TERM ENDING 2025

Penda Aiken, Penda Aiken, Inc.

Vincent Chirico, Chirico Law PLLC

Kendall Christiansen, Gaia Strategies

Robert Cornegy, Consultant

Gil Cygler, Cygler Warren Street Corp.

Kenny Guan, Guan Realty Corporation

Nicole Henderson, Cross River Bank

Tyquana Henderson-Rivers, Connective Strategies

Kenneth Mbonu, Flatbush Nostrand Business Improvement District

Christopher Murtha, Wells Fargo

Ana Oliveira, Valley Bank

Pasquale Patrone, CohnReznick

Joseph Pellegrino, TD Bank

Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce *

Joy Sweet, Howell Industries

Andrew Walcott, Fusion East Restaurant

(* no ending term)

 

FINANCE/AUDIT COMMITTEE

Pasquale Patrone, CohnReznick — Chair

Gil Cygler, Cygler Warren Street Corp.

Kendall Christiansen, Gaia Strategies

Ana Oliveira, Valley Bank

Randy Peers, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Thomas Sorrentino, PKF O’Connor Davies

Chandraban Motilall, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce **

(** non-voting member)

 

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Susan Doban, Doban Architecture — Chair

Gil Cygler, Cygler Warren Street Corp.

Sayar Lonial, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Joseph Pellegrino, TD Bank

 

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

Sayar Lonial, NYU Tandon School of Engineering – Chair

Penda Aiken, Penda Aiken Inc.

Gil Cygler, Cygler Warren Street Corp.

Susan Doban, Doban Architecture

Evelyn Ortiz, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

 

BOARD MEMBER DESIGNEES

Flavio Bollag, St. Joseph’s University (Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce)

Josephine Bruzzese, Northfield Bank

Kelly Curtin, NYC & Company

Kai-yan Lee, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.

David Lombino, Two Trees Management Co.

Ali Ryan Scott, St. Francis College

Oma Holloway, Bridge Street Development Corp. (Brooklyn Alliance, Inc.)

 

PAST BOARD CHAIRS

Denise Arbesu

Peter M. Meyer

Daniel Holt

David J. Manning

Alan H. Fishman

Patrick J. Fallon

Craig Matthews

Robert B. Catell

Philip F. Stenger