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Queens’ Kings of Philanthropy and Business

Steve Lacey
Anchor at Fox 5 News, Steve Lacey will host the event.
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Queens, New York is home to many “kings.” To be more precise, this flourishing borough has many successful business owners who not only conduct lucrative endeavors, but who make a point to give back to their community. These men will be honored at the Kings of Queens Awards Ceremony, an annual event organized by the Queens Courier and Queens Business, that will recognize the top businessmen of the community.

The “2013 Kings of Queens: A Champion Breakfast Awards and Networking Event” will honor the business leaders of Queens for their “outstanding leadership and contributions to the community,” according to the Queens Courier. The event is predicted to attract 500 of the leading businessmen in the borough, and is designed to be a productive networking opportunity, in conjunction with the awards. The event will also serve as a benefit function, with proceeds from ticket sales and a raffle going towards the Queens Museum Education Program, something all attendees will be pleased to support.

This year’s event will be held at Terrace on the Park and emceed by Steve Lacey, Anchor at Fox 5 News, the Courier reports. Like Kings of Queens Awards of the past, the upcoming ceremony is sure to be one of the most important business networking opportunities of the year, with its inclusion of a business expo in addition to the honors. Some of the honorees of this year’s awards include Mihir B. Patel, President of the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects, and Musa Ali Shama, the Principal of Francis Lewis High School in Queens. Another is Joseph Mattone Jr., a partner of the Mattone Group, whose brother Carl Mattone, and their development company were also honored in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

Among the diverse but likeminded honorees of the past are Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who served as keynote speaker and received the “King of Kings” award two years ago. In 2011, the “Queen of Queens” award went to Borough President Helen Marshall.

The 2013 Kings of Queens: A Champion Breakfast Awards and Networking Event will be held on Thursday, September 26th, at 8:00am.

Edit note: A previous version of this article stated that Mayor Bloomberg and Helen Marshall would be receiving awards this year, when in fact they are past recipients. This error was corrected at at 11:22 AM Pacific Time on 9/13/13.

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Carl Mattone Honored at 2013 Golden Lion Awards Dinner

The 2013 Golden Lion Awards Dinner was held on Friday, April 26th, 2013. The awards dinner was put on by the New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Order Sons of Italy in America, and honored six notable Italian Americans for their civic and philanthropic accomplishments and ongoing endeavors.

Among the honorees was Carl Mattone, who is president of the real estate company, The Mattone Group. Michael X. Mattone and Joseph M. Mattone, CFO and Vice President, were also honored for the evening. The three are jointly in charge of managing all Mattone Group properties, which amounts to about 1.5 million square feet of property.

Raymond Mascolo, D.D.S., was honored for his impressive track record of community service. Named “Man of the Year” by many organizations, Mascolo is dedicated to helping homeless veterans get back on their feet.

Nicholas Montesanto, Presdient of DTM Drafting and Consulting Services, Inc., uses his company and business expertise to help keep children and the elderly out of harm’s way. He does this by working with the Elevator/Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF).

The Honorable Natalia Quintavalle is the Consul General of Italy in New York. She is the first woman to ever hold the post, and is dedicated to preserving Italian heritage and culture in the melting pot of New York City. She is actively involved in several humanitarian efforts.

The Golden Lion Awards Dinner serves not only to honor distinguished Italian Americans, but also to fundraise for the New York Grand Lodge Foundation. The organization funds causes such as research for Autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Carl Mattone Profile

Carl Mattone
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Carle Mattone was born and raised in New York. In 1977, he graduated from Holy Cross High School in Queens and then went on to attend Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. In 1981, Mattone formed his own business, which specialized in maintenance and contracting development projects in Brooklyn and Queens. Mattone was acting construction supervisor, a role that eventually led him to join his father’s business, Mattone Group Ltd., as Vice President of Project Development.

He has been with the Mattone Group ever since. In 1990, Carl Mattone became Chief Operating Officer of the real estate company, and just five years after that he became President. He now oversees large construction projects like shopping centers and movie theaters, negotiates leases, makes sure all properties are properly maintained, and more. He is one of the most influential businessmen in Queens.

Besides his slough of duties as President, Carl Mattone also helps develop things other than real estate. He is a board member for the Battery Park City Authority, which has been a leader in planned community development. Its mission is “to plan, create, co-ordinate and maintain a balanced community of commercial, residential, retail, and park space within its designated 92-acre site on the lower west side of Manhattan.”

Carl Mattone has also supported his alma mater, donating money to Holy Cross High School in the past.  He’s also worked school carnivals to support other area schools like Saint Anastasia’s Church. Raised with a spirit of giving, he and his company have donated to a number of other causes over the years: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade fund, the Queens Library Foundation, and a number of Catholic charities throughout Brooklyn and Queens.