Business Briefs 3-28-2014

Ronald McDonald House becomes newest member of Nonprofit Westchester

Nonprofit Westchester recently announced the Ronald McDonald House of the greater Hudson Valley as its newest member.

McDonaldNPW is an advocacy organization that represents more than 90 nonprofits in the county.

“The Ronald McDonald House of the greater Hudson Valley has been a key resource to our community, having served as a home-away-from-home for many families throughout the Hudson Valley area and beyond,” Joanna Straub, executive director of NPW, said. “We are confident they will benefit from the resources we provide, helping to strengthen the capacity, increase the impact and raise the visibility of nonprofit organizations in the region.”

Since it opened its doors in May 2011, the Ronald McDonald House of the greater Hudson Valley has provided a temporary home for families with critically ill or traumatically injured children. The house is a critical part of a child’s treatment, providing the ability for families to stay together. The organization provides families with a low-cost, safe and comfortable home-like setting with the convenience of being steps away from the hospital. Its staff and volunteers provide comfort and support to families during the most difficult time of their lives.

NPW provides the nonprofit sector with a single unified voice for the role it plays in the economic vitality and sustainability of the county. The organization focuses on sharing resources, connections and information, and works to strengthen the nonprofit sector’s partnership with the for-profit and government sectors for a more just and caring community.

For more information about Nonprofit Westchester, visit or call

A.G. Williams named finalist for family-owned business award

A.G. Williams Painting Company, a third-generation, family-owned and operated residential and commercial painting firm servicing the tri-state area since 1906, was named by the Westchester County Business Journal as a finalist for its first annual Family-Owned Business Award.

AwardFinalists and winners were recently recognized at a celebration at Mapleton at Good Counsel in White Plains.

“We are extremely proud of our long family history of growth and unwavering employee support through economic ups and downs,” George Williams, A.G. Williams co-president and CEO, said. “Being recognized as a leading family-owned business in Westchester county is a great honor.”

Although times were tough during the Great Depression, founder Arthur Ratsikas ensured all his employees were kept working as he knew they had families to support. Another slowdown in growth motivated Ratsikas’s eldest son, George, to relocate the company to Pelham in the early 1960s to take advantage of growth opportunities. Today, under the direction of George’s two sons, Arthur and George, it is experiencing a period of steady growth and continues to uphold its policy of caring for its employees.

A.G. Williams maintains offices in Westchester and Greenwich, Conn. and employs more than 40 full-time painters, five estimators and an office staff of two. It is recognized in the industry as one of the most highly respected and successful painting companies in the country.

The WCBJ event was attended by business finalists and their extended families. Red Oak Transportation in Port Chester was named winner among companies in business for more than 50 years. Murphy Brothers Contracting,Inc. in Mamaroneck won the 26 to 50 year award and Adcorp Media Group in Irvington and Strategy Leaders, Inc. in Chappaqua tied for the 5 to 25 year award.

A.G. Williams Painting Company is located at 411 Pelham Ave., Pelham, 800-227-1906, with offices at 500 West Putnam Ave., Suite 400, Greenwich, Conn. 06830, 203-618-0058,

Experienced therapist hosts support groups

Shari Cohen, LMFT, J.D., experienced licensed therapist, is trained in mediation and collaborative law. She works with individuals, couples and families and offers support groups for divorced and divorcing women.

“My goal and my passion is to work with my clients on whatever concerns they may have and to help them—with compassion and competence—make their lives more satisfying and fulfilling,” Cohen said.

Cohen specializes in working with individuals, couples, families and groups going through life changes that may result in stress or anxiety including: marriage, divorce, remarriage, relationship issues, extended family, children, personal development, aging and illness.

Support groups are held on Tuesday evenings in White Plains. Registration is open now. Individual sessions are by appointment.

For more information, contact or 914-305-1878.

Premiere agent Dobson teams with top marketing expert Greene

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty has recently announced the teaming of marketing expert and new sales agent Ali Greene with top-producing broker, Willoughby Dobson. The Willoughby Dobson and Ali Greene team brings more than 30 years of combined sales and marketing expertise.

Dobson-GreeneThe agents will work out of the firm’s Larchmont office.

With 22 years of marketing and sales expertise, Willoughby Dobson has ranked as one of the top two agents in her office for the past several years. She has repeatedly been an area top producer throughout her career.

Prior to transitioning into the role of an agent, Ali Greene was the regional marketing manager of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. Her background includes extensive property marketing and market trends, design, technology and photography.

“Willoughby’s testimonials are stellar and speak for themselves, and her references are many and impressive, while Ali brings extensive marketing skills to the table,” said Jim Whittemore, brokerage manager of Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty’s Larchmont Brokerage. “Together, they form an unparalleled team. Ali’s background, combined with Willoughby’s proven sales record and the Sotheby’s International brand, provide the utmost comprehensive service for buyers
and sellers.”

For more information, contact Willoughby Dobson at or Ali Greene at

GwenAdolphCollege of New Rochelle welcomes new trustee

The College of New Rochelle announced the appointment of Gwen Adolph to the college’s Board of Trustees.

“We are so pleased to welcome Gwen to our Board of Trustees. With her diverse background, I am confident she will be a great resource for our board and play an important role in the advancement of the college,” Judith Huntington, president of the College of New Rochelle, said.

Gwen Adolph describes herself as a “North Carolinian by birth, a New Yorker by choice, an attorney by training, a community servant by legacy and a writer by divine happenstance.”

After careers in law and government, Adolph works today as a professional writer.

In addition to ghostwriting for select clients, she devotes much of her personal time to community service through various national and local organizations. These include the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation Board and the Westchester chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., for which she recently accepted the position of foundation chair.

Beginning in 1996, Adolph co-founded and ran the Pierce/Blount Agency, a boutique speakers’ bureau, to represent notable African-Americans with domestic and international appeal. In this role, she matched speakers to client organizations, wrote speeches, traveled with speakers to locales as far-flung as Perth, Australia, and Khartoum, Sudan, and managed all aspects of media relations for clients of the agency. Adolph closed the bureau in 2002 upon moving to New York.

Previously, Adolph worked with a small London-based trading company, overseeing its contracting practices. Her work included ventures in England, Nigeria, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France and Belgium.

Before entering the international corporate environment, Adolph served as deputy director of purchasing for Fulton County, Ga. Hired in a tumultuous public contracting climate, Adolph quickly developed a reputation for fairness, honesty and efficiency among government officials, citizens, vendors and the press.

A graduate of Duke University and Emory University School of Law, Adolph started her professional career as a corporate attorney. She resides with her family in New Rochelle.

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