The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce awarded its 2014 Business Person of the Year (BPOY) award to Bill Zacotinsky, owner of East Road Motors in Carmel, at a ceremony held on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. The annual honor is given to recognize the professional and community efforts of a long-standing chamber member.
There are four criteria that the business person of the year committee, which is made up of past award winners, takes into consideration when choosing an honoree. They are:
- You must be in business for at least three years.
- You must be a reputable and successful business person.
- The individual must be held in the highest regard by industry peers.
- The person must have a positive impact on the community by being a role model of involvement, sponsorship and activities in the Mahopac-Carmel community.
Marj Ciucci, the 2013 BPOY, who presented the award to Zacotinsky said that after reading the criteria that it was easy to identify who should receive the honor.
“When Bill Zacotinsky gets involved in an activity you know that you can put that activity on his shoulders and it will get done,” said Joseph Tock, a past BPOY honoree.
Zacotinsky, a former NASA engineer, opened East Road Motors a full-service vehicle, outdoor equipment and generator maintenance shop in 1987. The business has been recognized as a New York Shop of Excellence and was asked by John Deere to be its authorized service center in the area.
After joining the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber in 2003, Zacotinsky became an active member. He served six years on the Board of Directors—two of those years he served as the board vice chairman and one year he served as the board chairman. Additionally, Zacotinsky chaired the Mahopac Street Fair for five years, co-chaired the Shop Putnam Business and Home Expo and has led the parade float committee. He also participated on many other committees, attended events and engaged and mentored other members.
“I am humbled by this,” Zacotinsky said when he accepted the award. “The people on the BPOY committee are my idols. They are successful and they are superstars. Thank you.”
Zacotinsky was joined by his wife Pam and his sons JR, Andrew and Brad.
RSVP to the January Kick-Off Meeting and Business Person of the Year celebration on , 2015 by filling out the form below the article, or by calling our office at 845-628-5553.
- Date: Tuesday January 20th, (yes it’s the 20th, not the 28th)
- Investment: Admission is $35, as usual, and a delicious buffet dinner is included.
- Where: We’ve chosen Putnam County Golf Course as the venue for this prestigious event. We hope to see you all there!
- When: 5:30-6:30pm Networking Hour, 6:30-8:00 is Pass the Mic, New Members, Networking, Awards and more!!
Congratulations to Bill Zacotinsky
When Bill Zacotinsky walked into the Chamber of Commerce Board Room in early November–he thought he was being called in by the Chamber’s Exec. Director and CEO, Michael Bucci, to give his opinion and volunteer to help the 2015 Shop Putnam Expo committee for a specific task…what he found instead was 10 of his peers congratulating him for being selected for the highest honor bestowed upon a Chamber Member in our region: The Business Person of the Year.
RSVP to the January Kick-Off Meeting and Business Person of the Year celebration on Tuesday January 20th, (yes it’s the 20th, not the 28th), 2015 by filling out the form below the article, or by calling our office at 845-628-5553. Admission is $35, as usual, and a delicious buffet dinner is included. We’ve chosen Putnam County Golf Course as the venue for this prestigious event. We hope to see you all there!
A Night at the Races to Benefit the Annual Scholarship Fund
Your participation in our events and generosity has benefited many of our children over the years with tuition assistance. This year we decided to change thing up a little and do something new – A Night at the Races!!!