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President and CEO
Klein Steel Service Inc
John Batiste joined Klein Steel Service in November 2005 after 31 years of service in the US Army. He retired from active duty on November 1st, 2005 and transitioned to Klein Steel in Rochester, New York the same month. He and his wife Michelle were married in 1977 and have five children. Michelle has been a strong advocate for military families through multiple extended deployments.
John was commissioned as an infantry officer in 1974. Over the next 31 years, he served in a variety of leadership and staff positions, to include platoon, company, battalion, brigade, and division command. His major combat and peace enforcement experience included deployments to Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Operations Desert Shield and Storm from August 1990 to April 1991, to Bosnia-Herzegovina during the Implementation Force mission from December 1995 to November 1996, and again to Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom 2 from January 2004 to February 2005.
John’s final assignment in the Army was commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division from August 2002-June 2005. During this timeframe, the “Big Red One” conducted successful peace enforcement operations in Kosovo and combat operations in Iraq. The division combat team was deployed to north-central Iraq from February 2004 until February 2005 and included 22,000 soldiers from active and reserve component units from throughout the United States.
John is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and the Army War College. He earned a masters degree in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the Metals Service Center Institute, the executive committee of Raffles Insurance Ltd, and the board of advisors of the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. In support of veterans and their families, he is a board member of the Rochester-based Veterans Outreach Center, chair of the CDS Monarch Warrior Salute Advisory Board, past president of the Rochester Regional Veterans Business Council, and a member of the board of advisors of the First Division Museum at Cantigny.»
Benhar Office Interiors
Mark is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Behar Office Interiors. Since 1985, his industry experience has taken him from account executive for a small dealership to Executive Vice President of one of the country’s largest dealerships. Mark has become one of the leading professionals in the New York market and is recognized for his solid and professional reputation with vendors, clients and competitors. Having managed over 10 million square feet of projects throughout his career, Mark prides himself on his honest approach to business partnering, his knowledge of the industry and the relationships he has built. As a pro-active principal, Mark is keenly involved in managing day to day operations, contract negotiations, client communications and all aspects of project development.See all answers from Mark Benhar
Mark lives in Long Island with his wife and 2 children. Mark is an avid golfer, skier, sports fan and traveler.»
Stuart Herskovitz established his unique Qosina company in 1980 to serve medical device companies by providing stock components. Companies purchase from Qosina eliminate the cost of tooling their own components and receive immediate delivery from inventory.See all answers from Stuart Herskovitz
This particular approach is useful to companies of all sizes, but has proven especially effective for small to mid-range manufacturing companies, as evidenced by Qosina's broad customer base cultivated over the years.»
Jaguar Freight Services
Simon was born in London and studied accountancy and finance at the City of London University. With his father Percy Kaye, he founded Jaguar Freight Services in both London and NY in 1993, and was the inspiration behind CyberTrax™, Jaguar's proprietary TMS. He moved permanently to the U.S. and established Jaguar's headquarters there in 2002. A fellow of the British International Freight Association, Simon is a dedicated fan and life-long season ticket holder of Tottenham Hotspur, who to their fans are "the greatest team the world has ever seen," a passion he feels about Jaguar.»See all answers from Simon Kaye
Founder, President and CEO
Nebraskaland and Omni Food Sales
Richard Romanoff is the founder of both Nebraskaland and Omni Food Sales. His family has been in the meat industry for four generations. Nebraskaland has grown to be the largest New York-based meat distributor, selling over 5 million pounds each week. Nebraskaland’s core business is to supply independent supermarkets and wholesalers in the surrounding seven states. Nebraskaland’s diverse product line includes beef, poultry, pork, seafood, veal lamb, imported meat, as well as fresh and frozen processed foods. Specialty and variety meats are among the top selling items used mostly by the diverse ethnic communities on the East Coast. Nebraskaland was ranked #68 in Crain’s 125 Top Privately Held Companies in 2011. Its continued growth is attributed to Nebraskaland’s steadfast commitment to quality and service.See all answers from Richard Romanoff
A few years after the establishment of Nebraskaland, Richard realized there was a need for a protein food broker. Thus, Omni Food Sales was established. Omni Food Sales is a sales and marketing (Food Broker) agency that represents top national brands for retail sales. Omni Food Sales currently represents over $300 million in sales each year.
Nebraskaland and Omni Food Sales are the proud sponsors of many charitable organizations, including the Bronx Overall Development Corporation, Chrons & Colitis Foundation, City Harvest, Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Food Bank. Richard Romanoff personally serves on the Advisory Boards of New York Presbyterian’s Allen Hospital and as a Board Member and Vice President of the Tri-State Law Enforcement Foundation’s Honorary Deputy Commissioners. In addition, Richard is an Advisory Board Member of Samuel Gompers Vocational High School in the South Bronx.»