CIBS President Welcome
Gary Joel Schacker, SIOR
As CIBS celebrates its 20th year anniversary the Organization has truly become “The Authoritative Voice on Long Island for Commercial Real Estate” a mission accomplished and continuing. Through the hard work and relentless perseverance of previous presidents and boards, this Organization has achieved much and gone far. CIBS has clearly become a respected leader in the Long Island real estate community.
As incoming president for 2013 and 2014, I am honored and pleased to be following in the footsteps of former CIBS leaders, many of whom have shaped this Organization over the years and developed it into what it is today. Together we continue to be at the forefront of Commercial and Industrial Real Estate. On behalf of myself and the board, I would like to thank David Pennetta, the outgoing president for the last two years of his leadership and vision. Thankfully, Dave remains on the board as liaison to the CIBS advisory board a group of all the former presidents and founders.
As incoming CIBS president I have a few goals and aspirations:
If you have ever paddled the Carmen River especially the southern portion you would come to the conclusion that this watershed is arguably the most pristine place remaining on Long Island. From Sunrise Highway down to the Great South Bay, there is nary a building or structure on the land. The river sports all kinds of wildlife flora and fauna. Many people want to preserve this paradise, and this makes sense. We must do our part to make sure that this happens, but there has to be an equal trade off.
Recently my son moved to Astoria. My daughter is moving into the City. Many of my friends and acquaintances’ children are moving to the City and Queens. New York City is experiencing a strong resurgence, 2012 was it best tourist year of all time. Guess what, many of the children that want to keep close no longer want to live here. They don’t want suburbia Long Island lifestyle; they want vibrant, active communities with city-like amenities and activities. This is the tradeoff. Long Islanders have to change their views, and I expect our children will be the ones to do it. Let’s work together to pave the way for them to stay here on Long Island by creating responsible development opportunities today.
Recently I attended a meeting with Islip Planning Commissioner Dave Genaway. There were many issues discussed. We sat with him in the conference room of the Town building where he hooked into the Town of Islip self-developed state of-the-art software program. All the challenges were identified and rectified on the spot, saving much time and effort, and expense. It was refreshing, and it is incumbent for all towns to embrace this type of culture and accommodation.
Long Island has some of the highest taxes, and utility costs in the country. We all have awareness, now, of the ineptitude of LIPA after experiencing the anger and devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We need to find ways to put competent reliable people in charge of our utilities and go further to develop sustainable practices. Solar power, wind power, Geothermal, Electrical capacitors, renewable energy credits, all viable methods now available and capable of reducing dependence on foreign oil, and promulgating a cleaner more productive environment. Green building and energy efficiency can be powerful tools for development and they do not have to cost more. We want to be an advocate and a leader in this arena, educating our members and our community.
As social media continues to gain a foothold and a forum for networking and communication, we intend to develop our outreach and garner feedback that we can inculcate into the thinking of our membership. Social networking will allow us to more effectively reach the younger generation of real estate professionals and bring them into our organization.
CIBS has become much more involved in the local community and political arena; we intend to continue this influence, to the benefit of the community and all of Long Island, remaining present and aware. Our voice will be heard in the county legislative chambers and executive offices, town halls and in the media.
CIBS adopted a comprehensive “code of ethics” for its members which are posted on the website www.cibs-li.com along with the CIBS bylaws.
Last year, CIBS established the Larry S. Feldman – Commercial Industrial Brokers Society Endowed Scholarship in memory of Larry who was of great assistance and friendship. I am happy to report that it is almost half-funded at this time and we will venture to expedite its full funding.
Our scheduled 20th anniversary Meet Your Associates and Annual meeting originally scheduled for November, 2012 was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. We will be celebrating it January 23rd, 2013 at Carlyle at the Palace, 1600 Round Swamp Road, Plainview, NY commencing at 6:00 PM. http://www.cibs-li.org/events/monthly-calendar
This year we are back at Cold Spring Country Club for the Annual CIBS golf outing. Last year was a great success and we are “shooting” for something extra special this year. The date is Tuesday, May 28th.
To assist us in our upcoming endeavors, we have hired a first-class administrator, Christine Majid, as well as brought on board Corbett Public Relations, a well-known and respected Long Island PR firm.
Looking forward to working with a great board to construct a successful year… we will work hard, do good and party a little too!