After congratulating Immediate Past President Dean Balsamini and other club members for accomplishing a variety of successful community fund-raisers despite a difficult economic climate, new South Shore Rotary President John Caltabiano discussed some of the organization's fund-raising ambitions for the coming year.
said the club's goals for 2011 include: Participation and leadership in the Rotary International Parent/Child Aids Program, spearheaded by the renowned Dr. Stephen Nicholas; continuation of support to U.S. troops overseas and at home; involvement in Siller Foundation fund-raising efforts; sponsorship of the annual South Shore Rotary
musical show, facilitated by Al Lambert; the staging of a "lobster fest" fund-raiser; continued sponsorship of the annual Hungerford School Holiday Party and Prom, and other community-minded initiatives
will work to increase the influence of the only commercial bank headquartered on Staten Island
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - John Caltabiano, a Staten Island businessman and avid community volunteer, recently joined Victory State Bank as vice president of business development.
new role at the only commercial bank headquartered on Staten Island
will work to enhance Victory State's community impact by continuing his
role as a highly valued participant in local affairs and social-services organizations.
"John is a well-established member of the Staten Island community and is well-known to the professionals and business owners on the Island," said Ralph M. Branca, president and CEO of Victory State Bank.
brings a unique perspective to our bank, having worked in both the public and not-for-profit arenas.
is a welcome addition to our staff and he
will be a valuable asset in our business-development strategy."
Caltabiano's long and distinguished career includes a wealth of experience, combining property operations, financial management, sales and marketing, strategic planning and risk management in both the hospitality and commercial real-estate industries.
"It is great being back in the private sector again, working for a wonderful organization such as Victory State Bank," said Caltabiano, who in February concluded a seven-year stint as executive director of the Staten Island Zoo.
"In a very short time, everyone here has made me feel right at home.
I hope to bring an added dimension to the bank with the skills and experience I have developed over the past 30 odd years."
had served earlier in the decade as hotel-division vice president for The Nicotra Group LLP
, assisting in the development and management of the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomfield.
In 1990, he
wife, Patti, founded Calco Management Group LLC
, a marketing consulting firm, which continues to run under their direction.
TALENT FOR BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS
"John has a talent for building and retaining business relationships," said Joseph J. LiBassi, chairman of Victory State Bank.
Caltabiano is president-elect of the South Shore Rotary Club; a past-president and board member of Rainbow's Hope; an Executive Board member of the Staten Island Council, Boy Scouts of America, and a former director of the Miss Staten Island Scholarship Pageant.