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Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Announces the Addition of Two New Board Members

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

NEW YORK – January 22, 2019 – Today, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Elizabeth Magennis, Executive Vice President and Chief Lending and Relationship Officer of ConnectOne Bank, and Mitti Liebersohn, President and Managing Director of Avison Young’s New York City operations, to its Board of Directors.

“We are delighted to have both Elizabeth and Mitti join our Board of Directors,” said Jessica Walker, President and CEO of the Manhattan Chamber. “Both are leaders in their respective industries and in the New York City business community, and they will make tremendous additions to the amazingly talented and influential group of business leaders that comprise the Chamber’s Board.”

"Thanks to the guidance and influence of our management and board we have truly become the leading voice for small businesses in New York City. This year we were able to launch important business growth initiatives and networking opportunities to benefit the incredible businesses that make up our organization." said Chairman of the Board and MWWPR Founder and CEO Michael Kempner. “Elizabeth and Mitti are outstanding additions that will help accelerate our ambitious goals for 2019."

With the appointment of Magennis and Liebersohn, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors consists of 34 members, including Jessica Walker, Michael Kempner of MWWPR, 
Sean Bacchus of HSBC, Sunita Bajaj of Fortis Lux Financial, Khary Barnes of American Express, Beth Bronfman of The View Agency, Jeff Buchan of Google, Ralph Bumbaca of TD Bank, Lani Doktori of Colorfast NY, Eric Gioia of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Joseph Goldberg of Hodgson Russ LLP, Paul Haskin of CBRE, Ali Hirji of Citi Commercial Banking Group, Alex Hollywood of Oracle Bronto, Camille Joseph of Charter Communications, Jill Kaplan of United Airlines, Deborah Koenigsberger of Hearts of Gold, Inc, Caroline Kretz of Con Edison, George Lence of Nicholas & Lence Communications, Diana Loaces of United Airlines, Robert Lopez of Blue Water Construction & Restoration Corp., Terrence Martell of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College, Gbubemi Okotieuro of Berkeley College, Ronald I. Paltrowitz of the Law Offices of Ronald I. Paltrowitz, Robert Patterson of Progressive Computing, Rosina Rubin of Attitude New York Inc., Robert Schwartz of Eneslow Shoes, Louise Shohet of BSC Travel, Jill Simonson Luciano of Southwest Airlines, Michael Steib of XO Group, Shauna Sweeney of Facebook, and Don Winter of Encompass Media Group.

About Elizabeth Magennis
Elizabeth Magennis is the Executive Vice President and Chief Lending and Relationship Officer of ConnectOne Bank (Nasdaq: CNOB). Ms. Magennis holds over 27 years of experience in the banking industry, and is responsible for overseeing the entire bank’s lending activities, business development, retail banking, client management and revenue production.

She joined ConnectOne Bank in 2006 and has played an integral role in growing the company to a top-performing bank with over $6 billion in assets and nearly 30 locations across the New York and New Jersey markets. Under her leadership, the loan portfolio has grown to over $4.5 Billion in assets, the footprint of the organization has expanded into new markets, and the bank made significant strides into the digital space including the launch of online accounts and a cloud-based loan management system.

Prior to joining CNOB, Ms. Magennis held roles in banking across both retail and lending divisions in small, midsize and large institutions, building a comprehensive background on the various business lines
of banking.

About Mitti Liebersohn
As President and Managing Director of Avison Young’s New York City operations and recognized nationally as one of the commercial real estate industry’s most accomplished professionals, Mitti Liebersohn has more than 30 years of experience representing many of the nation’s premier corporations in transactions totaling in excess of 25 million square feet. In his role as President & Managing Director of New York City Operations, Liebersohn is responsible for recruiting, business development, growing revenue and building strategic industry relationships to elevate Avison Young’s position in the New York City marketplace.

Prior to joining Avison Young, Liebersohn served as Vice Chairman at Jones Lang LaSalle for five years where he oversaw numerous national account portfolios. Before joining Jones Lang LaSalle in 2011, Liebersohn served as a Vice Chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, where he was named one of the company’s top 20 brokers internationally for 15 consecutive years.

Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in assisting many of the nation’s premier corporations in negotiating complex leasing transactions, and has demonstrated an expertise in the development and implementation of portfolio leasing strategies.

About the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce is a powerful community of businesses -- including startups, long-time neighborhood stores, and established companies -- that help one another succeed. We do this through:

  • Business development. We foster game-changing connections for our members and provide opportunities to meet future clients and customers, showcase and test products, elevate brands and enhance visibility.
  • Advocacy, access and influence. We have relationships with elected officials and professionals at the highest levels -- and we offer platforms for our members to engage with them.
  • Strategic guidance. We offer valuable intel, expert advice, training, mentorship and other resources to help members make strategic business decisions and advance their careers.

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