JFKCoC Officers and Directors for 2014-2015

JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce installs Officers and Directors for the period October 2, 2014 to September 30, 2015 at the annual golf outing held at the Cedarbrook Country Club on September 29, 2014.

L/R: Al DePhillips (2nd VP), Joe Clabby (1st VP), Tom Kelliher (President), Bob Caton (Immediate Past President), Bruce Abbate (Treasurer), and Henk Guitjens (Director). Missing are: Millie Amsterdam (Director), Frank Festa (2nd VP), Mercedes Ozcan (Secretary), James Groark (Director), Carl Soller (Director), Tom Herrschaft (Director), and Bud Heaning (Director)


Grand Opening of USO

JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce attends
grand opening of USO at Terminal 5 today

Tom Kelliher presents membership plaque to USO at the grand opening

JetBlue Donates Airport Center to USO

USO Center T5/JFK Marks First Airport Center in New York in Nearly a Decade

NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – September 17, 2014) – JetBlue Airways (JBLU) and the USO today announced the opening of the USO Center T5/JFK. The thousands of troops and their families who pass through New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) every year will now have a new place to call home. The fully-stocked center, donated by JetBlue, is located in JFK’s Terminal 5 directly across from baggage carousel number two on the street level in the arrivals area.

“JetBlue and their crewmembers continue to proudly support our men and women in uniform and remain at the forefront of demonstrating America’s gratitude for the service and sacrifices made by our military families,” said Brian Whiting, CEO, USO of Metropolitan New York. “This is one of the single largest gifts to the USO and never in our organization’s 73-year history have we been the recipient of a brand new center fully stocked with computers, televisions, gaming devices/stations, furniture, iPads, food and beverages and much more.”

Due to the support of JetBlue and its crewmembers and partners including global design firm Gensler, Turner Construction Company and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, troops and their families will now have a place to relax before and after flights or during layovers. USO Center T5/JFK will be open seven days a week, 365 days per year with initial hours of operation from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. The center is easily accessible from all airport terminals via the JFK AirTrain.

“JetBlue is excited to bring a USO Center back to JFK. We put the call out to our partners and they overwhelming answered. Gensler designed the space, Turner Construction Company built it, and a generous donation from the Port Authority allowed us to provide a fully functioning lounge for the USO and our service people. We are thrilled to share this USO Center with the military community traveling to and from our hometown,” said Dave Barger, CEO, JetBlue Airways. “This is just one example of JetBlue’s support for men and women in uniform. Nearly one thousand of our crew members are veterans and JetBlue also actively supports veterans re-entering the workforce after serving our country.”

JetBlue’s donation to the USO would not have been possible without the unwavering and generous support offered by the leading airport design firm Gensler, Turner Construction Company and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. All four organizations donated their time, professional resources and cash to develop this state-of-the-art facility, which cost in excess of $500,000, ensuring the USO would be free of any financial burden. In addition to the space and services provided, more than 28 contractors and individual donors have contributed 100% of the labor, material and funding needed to construct the facility. All of those that donated time, materials and funding will be honored on a plaque in front of the new USO Center T5/JFK.

“The Port Authority salutes our nation’s military men and women, as well as their families, who make tremendous sacrifices for the freedoms that make America great,” said Port Authority Aviation Director Thomas Bosco. “Although we can never fully repay the debt we owe them, we can at least do our part in ensuring that our soldiers and their families are comfortable when traveling through our airport. As a veteran myself, I am grateful to JetBlue and our partners for their support and for providing our service members with much-deserved resources.”

The USO operates more than 160 locations worldwide with a presence on military installations, in airports, as well as remote forward operating bases in Afghanistan. Last year, USO locations were visited nearly eight million times by troops and their families. While no two USO centers are alike, every USO center provides a home-like environment, the ability to connect with loved ones via internet and phone, refreshments and snacks and most importantly, volunteers and staff who provide a heartfelt and warm welcome.

About the USO

The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families more than 10 million times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

Cancelled: Security Seminar


The Security Seminar (Violence in the Work Place) for August 26th 2014 has been cancelled.
A new date will be announced shortly.

Thank you for your support
–Thomias Kelliher
President, JFK Chamber of Commerce

Seminar on Violence in the Work Place (August 26, 2014) [CANCELLED]

JFK International Airport Chamber of Commerce\r\nIn conjunction with

will present a special seminar on
“Violence in the Work Place”

on Tuesday, August 26, 2014
commencing at 9:00am at SHeraton-JFK Hotel


Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, one of the leading causes of job-related deaths. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide.

Some 2 million American workers are victims of workplace violence each year. Workplace violence can strike anywhere, and no one is immune. Some workers, however, are at increased risk. Among them are workers who exchange money with the public; deliver passengers, goods, or services; or work alone or in small groups, during late night or early morning hours, in high-crime areas, or in community settings and homes where they have extensive contact with the public. This group includes health-care and social service workers such as visiting nurses, psychiatric evaluators, and probation officers; community workers such as gas and water utility employees, phone and cable TV installers, and letter carriers; retail workers; taxi drivers and many more occupations.

What can employers do to prevent this from happening to their employees? Our sponsor for the event, Allied Barton Security, has asked Steven M. Crimando, MA, CTS, CHS-V, who is an internationally known consultant and educator specialized in the application of the behavioral sciences in homeland and private security, violence prevention, crisis management, and disaster response. He is the Principal of Behavioral Science Applications, an innovative training and consulting firm based in New York City and serving a global client base.

The event will be held on August 26, 2014 commencing at 9:00 AM at Sheraton-JFK Hotel located at 132-26 S Conduit Ave, Jamaica, NY, 11430

Complimentary Continental Breakfast compliments
of Allied Barton Security will be provided.

Special acknowledgements to Sheraton-JFK for providing the meeting room.

Information about Steven M. Crimando (.pdf)

Register online
Download the registration form (.pdf)

JFKCoC and Rep. Peter King

JFK Chamber of Commerce was mentioned in an article on The Queens Courier! Original link at www.queenscourier.com. The original article has been copied and pasted here for posterity.

Rep. King discusses homeland security over JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce breakfast

By Queens Courier Staff | Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 4:02 PM EDT

Peter King

Peter King talked homeland security during a JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Wednesday. THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata.


While JFK may be the “safest airport” in the country, far too many people do not take homeland security seriously enough, U.S. Rep. Peter King told an airport civic group on Wednesday.

King, speaking at a JFK Airport Chamber of Commerce breakfast, said airport workers, including Transportation Security Administration and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey personnel, have been successful in hardening the facility against terrorist attacks.“This is the safest airport in the United States because of these people,” King said.\r\n\r\nBut, he

“This is the safest airport in the United States because of these people,” King said.

But, he added, many people are lax on the issue of security.

“Too many people in the U.S. do not take homeland security seriously enough,” said the 11-year congressman. “It is important that we stay aware.”

“New York is the number one target [for terrorists].”

King was introduced by Tom Kelliher, president of the Chamber, as “the leader in the ongoing effort of homeland security,” an important topic to one of the nation’s busiest airports.Raised in Sunnyside, King is the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and now chairs a subcommittee on counter-terrorism.

Raised in Sunnyside, King is the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and now chairs a subcommittee on counter-terrorism.

He is outspoken on terror and security issues.

“The reality is [some] people in this country have foreign ideology,” he said. “Al-Qaida is adaptive.”

Though the hot topic was the nation’s security, King also discussed the issue of federal funding for Superstorm Sandy victims in New York.

“We had to fight tooth and nail for funding,” he said.

He noted that there had been conflict with insurance companies but the issues have been resolved and the money is now coming through to homeowners and businesses.

“Overall,” he said, “the job is being done and districts are coming back.”


Peter King receives a plaque from Tom Kelliher / Photo courtesy of Rudolph Auslander