CEO, Kingsbridge National Ice Center
The Kingsbridge National Ice Center, set to start construction in late 2017, will convert a 750,000-square-foot armory into a massive ice sports complex. The project’s first phase is just waiting on a reported $108 million loan to get started.
Construction is being led by developer Ken Parker and former New York Ranger Mark Messier, who is the public face of the project. Messier, a member of the NHL Hall of Fame, was announced as CEO of the center in 2013, and said the project would “transform the Bronx into the epicenter of ice sports in the United States” and generate “tremendous economic and educational benefits for the community.” With Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio now on board, that dream may become a reality.
Founder and Principal, Youngwoo & Associates
One of the most exciting real estate development projects moving forward in the Bronx is the conversion of the historic Bronx General Post Office into a major retail and commercial hub.
Spearheading the project is the Manhattan-based Youngwoo & Associates, which is led by founder and principal Young Woo. Woo’s firm, which he founded in 1979, has carried out a number of projects in New York City, including the Chelsea Arts Tower and Dekalb Market Hall.
One of the firm’s biggest projects right now is the Bronx General Post Office, which will retain and restore its landmarked lobby and historic murals while adding some combination of offices, retail stores and restaurants with a potential reopening this year.
President, KZA Realty Group Inc.
Kathy Zamechansky is the president and founder of KZA Realty Group, a commercial brokerage and consulting company based in the Bronx that specializes in leasing strategy, marketing, tenant qualification and representation as well as comparative lease analysis.
Under Zamechansky’s leadership, the company has been highly successful, raking in millions of dollars in sales since its founding in 1998. Beyond the work of her own firm, she was named president of the Bronx-Manhattan Association of Realtors at the end of 2014.
Zamechansky has more than 35 years of experience in the real estate business and when it comes to real estate in the Bronx, Zamechansky is the person to see.
Director, External Affairs and Government Affairs, Verizon
Verizon is the largest wireless provider in the U.S., and heading up the company’s interactions with New York government is April Horton. A Bronx native and Fordham University graduate, Horton is the director of external affairs and government affairs at Verizon. As such, she is responsible for all Verizon legislative and government initiatives in the New York midstate region, the Bronx and northern Manhattan.
Horton is also heavily involved in community affairs. She serves as a board member on the Business Council of Westchester, and has also served on the boards of the Bronx Chamber of Commerce, Hostos Community College Foundation, the Bronx Children’s Museum, the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and Bronx Women United.
Executive Director, Hunts Point Produce Market
If you live in New York City or the surrounding area, chances are a lot of the food you eat came through Hunts Point Produce Market. Hunts Point, which is based in the South Bronx, is billed as the world’s largest food distribution center and is responsible for most of the processing and distribution of meat throughout the tri-state area. In charge of it all is Myra Gordon.
As executive director, Gordon is responsible for ensuring that everything runs smoothly at the multimillion-dollar enterprise and that the people of New York City have food to eat.
And it’s not just about dollars and cents: She also was integral in providing 4,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.