Our Board

Gary Pollakusky
President, Executive Director

"Founding the RPSB Chamber for our community has been one of my greatest honors. Our growing network of local businesses are committed to supporting each other. We are focused on building the local economy that we've chosen to live in, raise our families in and run our businesses in."

Gary Pollakusky is an accomplished business executive who brings to the RPSB Chamber Board a broad scope of business turnaround, marketing & communications experience. Pollakusky has more than 20 years of experience partnering with large and small corporations across multiple industries and sectors to maximize performance growth potential.

Gary’s primary business, Media Barrel LLC is a full-service Advertising organization that operates as a company’s “one-stop shop” for New Media strategy, implementation, and management. Pollakusky’s group offers expertise in developing, evaluating, and maintaining a unified employer-based or consumer-based brand across all channels of today’s Web universe. Media Barrel’s customized brand strategies, comprehensive understanding of social media, detailed metrics and monitoring techniques, and expertise in communicating across multiple departments and disciplines help businesses build an authentic, productive, and profitable dialogue between their company and target audiences.

In 2011, Pollakusky formed a travel tours business called Travel Barrel LLC providing full service, micro-branded Long Island tours like Vino Crawl, Foodie Hop, Agro Journey and Shopping Treks to name a few. Creating business and opportunity is a passion for Gary.

Prior to building Media Barrel, Gary served in management roles for Bernard HODES Group, Unilever HPCNA, Columbia Business School, and AHL Services, Inc. Pollakusky holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and is an active member of SHRM, North Shore Community Association, LICVB, and LILA. Additionally, Gary serves as a Board Member for the Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency, Brookhaven Local Development Corporation and was honored with the Long Island Business News Corporate Citizenship Award in 2016. In 2017, he received the Long Island Business News Forty Under Forty Award.

Marie Stewart
Vice President

“As a longtime small business owner in Rocky Point and lifelong resident of the area, I am proud to serve the RPSB Chamber to help in any way to improve both businesses and our community as a whole.”

A native of Sound Beach and member of the Rocky Point High School’s graduating class of 1992, Marie started her career in cosmetology before deciding to try her hand at entrepreneurship. In September 2001 she took the leap and became an owner of Brooklyn Bagels and Café on Route 25A in Rocky Point, which she still owns today. In addition to being a business owner, Marie maintains a busy calendar of activities within the community. She has served in volunteering efforts on behalf of local churches, fire departments, and schools, including three years as the Box Top Program Coordinator for Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School. Marie has also been a coach and fundraising chairperson for Sharks Cheerleading, and she has created and coordinated community events including an annual Easter Egg Hunt in Miner Park (Rocketship Park). Marie has been recognized by the Rocky Point Lions Club as Citizen of the Year, and her business Brooklyn Bagels and Café has earned Business of the Month, Merchant of the Year, and Business of the Year accolades.

John Tochterman
Treasurer

“The RPSB Chamber is an important voice in our community. With our strong member base, we will be able to provide a proper support system for all of our local businesses. I look forward to assisting our RPSB Chamber team on journey!”

John serves the Rocky Point & Sound Beach area as the Branch & Financial Services Manager for TFCU. He holds a BS degree in Business Management from Hofstra University and is a graduate of the National School of Banking program at Fairfield University. John has resided in Suffolk County for over 20 years and was appointed Manager of the Rocky Point Branch in March of 2017. John believes our hamlets offer a true sense of community. Coupled with vibrant business districts, he believes this is an excellent recipe for success!

Christina Lentini
Corresponding Secretary

“Behind every great community are small businesses seeking opportunity and prosperity. The RPSB Chamber of Commerce will be working together in unison with our community to promote & support local business.”

Christina Lentini has been a resident in our community for over 15 years. She graduated from St. Joseph’s college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance and  has been working for State Farm ever since. Christina is an entrepreneur and owns a State Farm agency in the Business District of Rocky Point. She is very involved with local Non-Profits such as SASI and Equity First Foundation, helping to be advocate for children with disabilities. Christina is looking forward to continuing her work within the community along with helping grow commerce here in Rocky Point and Sound Beach in her capacity as Corresponding Secretary of our Chamber of Commerce.