"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.
"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".
“A business’s most valuable asset is how it’s known to its customers. I’m excited to help promote our amazing local businesses and help target new customers to our humble hamlets!”
Lawrence is the owner of Top Priority Insurance Consulting. He is a born and raised product of Suffolk County. Growing up he and his family always attended the Rocky Point St. Patrick’s parade. The fun of the event and the sense of community made an impression on Him. Ultimately leading Lawrence and his wife to choose Rocky Point as the community to buy a home and raise their children in. Lawrence began his career in the car industry. By 22 years old, he was promoted to management where he ran the sales division of dealerships for the next 15 years. Although he loved his career, to be successful at it required working nights and weekends. Once Lawrence had children his priorities changed. He knew he could no longer commit nights weekends to anything other than his family. (Hence the name Top Priority). So Lawrence took his sales experience to the Insurance industry. He started a sales consulting company and partnered with The Brazier insurance Agency to expand its presence to the North Shore. Lawrence has served on the advisory board of Shrine Our Lady of the Island in Manorville, NY. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and loves volunteering and sponsoring events to help support Long Island Veterans.
“The most successful businesses are optimistic. Supporting small businesses is important to me because you are supporting a dream.”
Jeanine Pollakusky joins the Executive board of our RPSB Chamber as an executive from the world of travel retail.
Jeanine oversees all of the buying, merchandising operations and marketing for International Shoppes.
International Shoppes is a specialty retailer that has been operating & growing throughout the US for over 60 years. IS operates a number of stand-alone high-end boutiques including Estee Lauder, Clinique, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermes and Coach. IS also maintains branded Shop-in-Shops and Duty Free Stores.
Jeanine leads and develops the strategy of Fragrance, Beauty, Fashion, Accessories, Wine, Spirits, Tobacco and Confection, for all of iShoppes Luxury Travel Retail businesses. She manages a team of over twenty buyers including direct reports and managers.
Fostering a culture of high performance, trust and passion, Jeanine looks to bring to the RPSB Chamber innovative and forward thinking events that support our local businesses and community.
Jeanine holds a BS from the University of Rhode Island and graduated Cum Laude.
"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the most compassionate actions of it's beautiful members"
Nichaldeep is excited to join our Chamber Board as Membership Director because he believes in going above and beyond for our community. No matter what is on his plate, Nich work’s diligently and effectively to make sure the end result is positive and successful.
Nichaldeep has been a Manager with Peoples United Bank for the last 3 years and has been with the company for 6 years. He has been in the Business/ Finance field for the last 12 years.
Part of Nich’s job is to get involved as much as possible with the community. People’s gave over 3.8 million dollars in Community grants last year.
Nich believes that connecting business and community through the Chamber is very important and looks forward to connecting with everyone he can.