Every year, The Queens Courier and Queens Business hosts the Kings of Queens Awards & Networking Event presented by American Airlines. At the event, the most influential businessmen in Queens are honored for their successes and for their involvement in the community through the years. The event began in 2008, and since then dozens of businessmen have been honored. The event also recognizes a “Top Woman of the Year,” also known as the “Queen of Queens.”
Besides the people being honored at the event, there are usually hundreds of attendees who have purchased a ticket to gain access to the trade show, food and refreshments, networking opportunities, the awards presentation and a raffle that benefits a selected nonprofit group.
The Kings of Queens is sponsored by Delta Airlines, TD Bank, Flushing Bank, CUNY, Con Edison, Sandwire, Crystal Window & Doors Systems, NY Daily News, NY1, andQueens County Savings Bank. Keynote speaker Mayor Michael Bloomberg led the 2012 awards, and Borough President Helen Marshall received the “Queen of Queens” award. Mayor Bloomberg also received the “King of Kings” award.
Kings of Queens award winners for 2012 included John Antzoulis of TD Bank, Dr. Michel Cohen of Tribeca Pediatrics, Douglas MacLaury of Carl Mattone Real Estate Group, Edward Sadowsky of Queens Library, and many more.
In the past, the coveted Queen of Queens award has been given to prestigious women like Christine Quinn, City Council Speaker and contender for mayor in this year’s election. At the gala luncheon, Quinn expressed her confidence that the leaders honored at the event made the future look bright for New York.
“New York, and Queens in particular, is not only weathering the recession, but will come out from it stronger than before,” she said, urging the honorees to continue growing and improving as business leaders to keep Queens healthy.
Business leaders honored the same year as Quinn included Richard Dzwlewicz of TD Bank, Eduardo Marti of CUNY, Carl Mattone of The Mattone Real Estate Group, Hugh P. McCann of JFK International Airport, and Sean Schoenfeld of HSBC—among many others.
Who will this year’s honorees be? There are over eight million people living in New York City, and more than two million of those are from Queens. It’s a prestigious award indeed, that chooses a handful of top leaders out of a pool that large.