Shane Parouse welcomed a couple of guests – Rachel Thorner and Dennis Hooper to our meeting.

Rachel is a student studying Russian studies who has worked in Moscow and Israel as a Russian linguist.  She is looking forward to furthering her education and is currently seeking opportunities to do so.

Our second guest , Dennis Hooper, is a business associate of Shane Parouse.  Dennis is the President of Building Future  Dennis is a Certified FranklinCovey Coach on leadership development.  Dennis helps leaders of organizations to enhance the skill of their direct supports.  You can read more about Dennis at


Our featured speaker of the night was member Ashok Mathias, owner of Village Wine Cellar -, who is an accountant by trade spoke about “Wine and Taxes”. Ashok gave us a brief tutorial on the history of wine making and its origins as well as the making of reds and whites!  Ashok also identified a few ways to save on your taxes which sparked a spirited exchange of ideas amongst everyone in attendance.  Thanks Ashok.

Our next regularly scheduled meeting (March 26th) will be replaced by a networking cocktail hour arranged by member Dom Longobardi.  This networking cocktail hour will take place at Park Place Restaurant located at 41 Covert Avenue, Floral Park and will begin at 5:30pm

Please feel free to invite as many guests as you want.  See you there!