WHAT: Queens College Business Forum
WHO: Bruce Bendell, head of Major Automotive Companies, Inc. In less than a decade, Bendell turned a $10-million, two-person operation into the largest car dealership in New York State with sales of $300 million and 190 employees.
Queens College President James Muyskens will discuss QC’s economic impact on the borough and how public education funding has contributed to the college’s growth and development.
Queens Assemblyman Jose R. Peralta will bring greetings.
WHEN: Friday, February 29, 2008
Informal breakfast begins at 8 am
Formal program 8:30–10 am
Seating is limited and registration required: 718-997-5210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Student Union, 4th Floor
For directions, go to http://www.qc.cuny.edu/about/directions.php
Bruce Bendell is CEO, Chairman of the Board, President and CFO of Major Automotive Companies in Long Island City. While earning his degree in accounting and economics from Queens College, Bendell and his brother began buying cars for resale in the 1970s. In 1985 Bendell purchased Major Chevrolet, a marginal dealership with $10 million in annual sales. By 1992 the company had become the largest automobile dealership in the state.
Major Auto sells new and used vehicles through seven retail franchises in New York and New Jersey. The company also provides financing and automobile replacement parts and repair services. One of its subsidiaries, Major Fleet and Leasing, is the leading supplier of taxis, police cars and trucks in New York. This past year Major Auto became the exclusive distributor in New York and Westchester of Miles Electric Vehicles all-electric cars.
Giving back to the community is important to Bendell, who has received the Paul Harris Fellow award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and was honored by the Queens Chamber of Commerce as Business Person of the Year. Bendell is on the Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors; is a member of the Queens District Attorney’s Business Advisory Council; and Chairman of the Bell Atlantic Queens County Customer Advisory Board. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Fidelity Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded company specializing in telecommunications, technology and automobiles.
The Queens College Business Forum was launched in the fall of 2005. Sponsored by the Queens Borough President’s Office, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Chase, Con Edison, Farrell Fritz, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Times Ledger, the forum acts as a catalyst within the diverse areas of Queens, bringing together the business community, local government, academia, and students to provide an opportunity for “town and gown” to interact. Influential leaders in a number of fields serve as keynote speakers at a series of breakfast lectures, touching on issues vital to the Queens business community. The forum’s theme, “Queens: A Catalyst for Success,” is reflected in the subject matter of the seminars. Each forum fosters discussions that provide insight on how local businesses are seizing opportunities and profitably adapting to changes in business and regulatory conditions.
For more about Queens College visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/index.php
Contact: Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services