The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Inc. (NCCC) bestowed honors upon small businesspersons of the Year in the Bellmores and the Merricks during its annual breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club this week.
The Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores and the Merrick Chamber of Commerce nominated as their small businesspersons Robert F. Alweis, an engineer with a business in Bellmore, and Erin Donohue, president of a media services company in Merrick. The pair received their plaques from NCCC during the breakfast, along with tens of other small businesspersons given the honor by their respective chambers of commerce in Nassau.
Top row, Ginny McClean of Bellmore, second v-p of NCCC; Henry Stampfel of Bellmore, chairman of the breakfast; and Juliee Marchesella,. president of NCCC. First row, Robert F. Alweis and Erin Donohue.
Erin Donohue, married to a New York City detective and is mother of three, is president of Hu Creative Services, a media company with focus on public relations, marketing and social media. Clients include the North Merrick Public Library and Nassau BOCES
She also works as director of public relations and marketing for the Anthony Cumia Show, an entertainer who streams online over the internet. She is former assistant director of public relations at Adelphi University.
She can further be found on the masthead of Your NewsMag, a monthly two year-old magazine circulating to every home in the Bellmores and the Merricks, as its webmaster.
Donohue serves as a co vice-president of the Merrick Chamber of Commerce who has also been a Merrick Person of the Year.
ROBERT F. ALWEIS
Robert Alweis began his professional career as a draftsman, planning and drawing configurations of several types of buildings and structures. After becoming a licensed New York State engineer, he expanded those responsibilities into the residential and commercial building fields.
As president and CEO of Pilot Drafting and Consulting Inc., Alweis offers internships to local high school students to help develop rudimentary AutoCAD skills, basic drafting knowledge and professional office ethics.
Aside from his own company, Alweis created two other companies that provide services in building science and home energy solutions using diagnostic testing tools and infrared imaging.
A licensed home inspector, Alweis also belongs to the Building Inspector Association of Nassau County, while maintaining memberships in several other architectural and building design associations.