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.

Charles Todaro
Treasurer

"It is an honor to join the RPSB Chamber and share in the commitment with this talented Board of community members and leaders. Great things are ahead of us."

Charles Todaro has been a Rocky Point resident since 2005. He graduated from St. John's University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Beta Alpha Psi distinction. Charles has been a New York State licensed CPA for over 20 years. Charles has worked in numerous industries including real estate development, construction, private operating foundations, non-profit charities and entertainment and amusement. Charles has held managerial finance positions in health care and Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Charles is a member of the Board of the Rocky Point Youth Soccer Club, currently serves as the Treasurer of the Club and is a coach for one of its travel teams. He has a passion for helping children develop good sportsmanship and character through active competition and remains focused on a mission to develop mature adults and responsible citizens through the lessons of teamwork and fair play. The Rocky Point Blue Storm have won its league award for Sportsmanship from Long Island Junior Soccer League in 3 of its last 5 seasons. "Much more important than our won-loss record, my players have left the field impressing our opponents and the referees as good sportsmen. I am proud of them. It made the volunteer time all the more significant and rewarding".