• The Impact of Amazon on Jobs & Small Businesses in NYC – Developing a Win-Win Strategy

    a Tech 2025 Think Tank

    Wednesday, January 30 (6:00pm-8:30pm)


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Join us for first Tech 2025 Think Tank of 2019, sponsored by The Williamsburg Hotel! Our think tanks are interactive, open discussions, and an exchange of information and ideas between our expert guest speaker(s) and the audience — everyone gets the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas.

We encourage and facilitate thought-provoking, respectful discourse as we all struggle to understand sweeping changes that are coming to our city and lives, and explore how to prepare for the coming challenges and opportunities.

About This Discussion  

Discussions about Amazon announcing New York City as its new HQ2 location are complicated, often emotional and yields more questions than answers. It is projected that Amazon HQ2 will bring an estimated 25,000 jobs to New York City.

In this 2-hour event, we will focus on how Amazon’s HQ2 and Amazon Go cashier-less stores opening soon in NYC and across the country, combined with Amazon’s recent announcement to expand Whole Foods, will impact jobs and small businesses in NY. Presentations will include:

  • The Proposals Pitched to Amazon by New York City (the backstory, the specifics, and the conflicts)
    Presented by Justin Kramer, Vice President of New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), who worked with all stakeholders to submit New York’s proposals to Amazon. This will be a detailed overview of all four official proposals submitted to Amazon by New York City. Justin will also discuss the challenges the City faces in defining how Amazon will make its move here and where the opportunities are for people, organizations and businesses to participate in defining the process and shaping the outcome;
  • The Survival of Brick-and Mortar Local Supermarkets, Grocery and Convenient Stores: a rare glimpse at how local supermarkets and grocery stores across the country are adjusting to (or are struggling to adjust to) Amazon’s move into their domain and how New York grocers can restructure and innovate to survive — presented by Nick Nickitas, Founder and CEO of Rosie (a platform that partners with leading local supermarkets and mid-sized to small grocery stores, and their wholesalers, to provide eCommerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services, based in Ithaca, NY).
  • The Small Business Landscape in Queens and How Queens Business Owners Thinking about HQ2:  more than any other borough, Queens will be impacted by HQ2 the most (LIC is already seeing real estate values jump). Thomas Grech, President & Chief Executive Officer of Queens Chamber of Commerce, will share how small businesses in Queens are adjusting to (and preparing for) whats to come and how Queens Chamber of Commerce works with small businesses.
  • How Can Students Who Don’t Take Traditional College Pathways Be Included In Amazon’s Jobs Initiatives for Students?:  A conversation with Toby Moskovits, Heritage Equity Partners and Assistant Principal Giovanni D’Amato on an innovative collaboration between the neighborhood developer and a local public high school.

Lite bites, beverages and wine included.


Justin Kreamer, Vice President of Partnerships for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

Justin Kreamer is the Vice President of Partnerships for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the City’s primary engine for economic development.  He is tasked with initiating and managing corporate, academic, and international economic partnerships (across industry sectors) and driving strategic business development opportunities for NYCEDC.

Prior to NYCEDC, Justin’s experience spans multiple levels of governance and areas of economic development.  At the local level, Justin was selected as the inaugural Morgan Stanley and the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development fellow where he conducted research on the light industrial and manufacturing industries in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY for the Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation.  At the national level, as the Country Manager for Gallup’s presence in Iraq, he worked with U.S. government agencies in Baghdad to craft policy around reconstruction efforts.  At the international level, with Agility Logistics he worked with the United Nations, Peace Corps, and USAID to manage the shipment of humanitarian aid.

Justin holds a Master of Urban Planning from New York University and a B.B.A in International Business and Marketing from the George Washington University.


Nick Nickitas, CEO of Rosie

Nick Nickitas is the CEO of Rosie, the most trusted, locally focused eCommerce company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online from local stores. Rosie partners with leading independent retailers and their wholesalers to provide eCommerce, delivery opportunities, shopper marketing, and deep data services. Visit rosieapp.com for company information and to sign up for a free account. To see firsthand what retailers and their customers think about Rosie, check out this video.

Prior to founding Rosie, Nick was COO of FIX Solutions GmbH, a financial services technology company based in Frankfurt, Germany that helps customers connect and trade more efficiently with exchanges in the DACH+ market. Previously, Nick was Director of Business Development at FIX Flyer, a New York based company pioneering advanced technology for high-volume, multi-asset institutional securities trading using the FIX Protocol.

Starting in 2007 as the third employee, Nick expanded Flyer’s presence in the US, Latin America, EMEA, and AsiaPac with growth from 4 to over 160 clients in less than four years. Nick earned his M.B.A. from Cornell University, graduating as a Fried Fellow and Weil Entrepreneurship Fellow. Nick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Lehigh University and where he now teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer of Entrepreneurship.


Thomas J. Grech, President & Chief Executive Officer Queens Chamber of Commerce

Tom Grech was appointed Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce in July 2015. On November 1, 2017, Tom became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Tom’s career has spanned the printing and publishing industries over the past 25 years with RR Donnelley & Sons Company, Merrill Corporation and SONY DADC. Other activities include:  Immediate Past President, University of Scranton National Alumni Society Board of Governors / Trustee, Village of Malverne Public Library, 2007-Present / Board Member, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, 2012-Present / Board Member, Nassau Land Trust, 2010-2015 / Board Member, Brooklyn and Queens Boy Scouts / Board Member, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn & Queens / Board Member, York College Foundation / Board Member, Friends of the BQX, Inc. / Co-Chair; LaGuardia Air Train development / Sunnyside Yards Steering Committee / Western Queens Tech Council / Willets Point Redevelopment Steering Committee / JFK Redevelopment Community Advisory Council / Amazon Community Advisory Committee (CAC)

Originally from Astoria, Queens, Tom is a graduate of the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA with a BS in Accounting. He received his MBA in International Business from Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY.


Toby Moskovits Founder and Chief Executive Officer Heritage Equity Partners

Toby Moskovits is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Equity Partners, a woman-owned real estate and development firm specializing in mixed-use development in the New York metro region.

The company’s fast-growing portfolio is comprised of unique, contextualized buildings in some of New York’s outer borough neighborhoods.In addition to the twomillion square feet of commercial and residential properties the firm and its partners already completed. Since 2009, Toby has been involved in the management of four residential buildings including over 120 units as well as 10,000 square feet of office space. In the coming 6 months, upon completion of additional of her projects she will increase her portfolio of properties under management to include an additional approximately 200 residential units and an additional 60,000 square of office space.

Prior to founding Heritage, Ms. Moskovits served as managing director of private equity and venture capital investment activity at Cammeby’s Capital Group, where she also developed a merchant banking practice. Ms. Moskovits, who holds an MBA from Bar Ilan University, also serves on the National Advisory Board of Springtime Enterprises, a nonprofit supporting women’s access to capital markets, mature growth and middle-market private equity opportunities.


Oriana Medlicott, AI Ethics Strategist and Research Facilitator at Tech 2025

Oriana Medlicott graduated from Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom with an MA in Philosophy by Research whilst holding a BA in History with Philosophy. Oriana’s MA thesis was a research paper on the effects of Biotechnology and Artificial Intelligence on Human Nature. The paper explored the human mind, morality and the threats that AI and Biotech could present. The thesis delved deeply into Philosophical thought and thinkers who have deliberated about AI and Biotech looking at ethical consequences and who we should allow to be the policymakers.

Oriana has expanded her knowledge by researching current trends in the media surrounding AI and observing both the ethical and positive outcomes that this can bring to our future. She has experience working in the Arts at Christie’s Auction House in both London and New York within the Special Events and Client Advisory departments. Through working at PayPoint PLC in the UK, she developed her skills in contract checking, data analysis and project management. She spent the summer of 2018 studying at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona to continue her education in Spanish Language and Culture. At Tech2025, Oriana provides technical consultation on research, current events and industry trends regarding AI, Philosophy, Ethics and Machine Learning.


Charlie Oliver, CEO at Tech 2025 and Served Fresh Media LLC

Charlie’s years of experience in the trenches of old media include working in advertising in New York at such media goliaths as BBDO Worldwide and Condé Nast, to producing sitcoms and dramas at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and Oscar-award winning indie production companies, to event management at the Sundance Film Festival. After spending several years in corporate law in document review at global firms, Charlie segued seamlessly into tech and new media as a web video producer where she co-created and co-produced experimental web video projects.

In 2009, she founded Served Fresh Media™ (a New York-based digital media marketing company). At Served Fresh Media, Charlie and her team provide digital strategy, senior management advisory, team building and training, strategic partnerships, event management, and product development for companies.

In January 2017, she launched Tech 2025 — a community and platform for the general public and professionals to learn about the next wave of disruptive, emerging technologies that are expected to drastically change our world in the next decade and to facilitate debate about the impact of these technologies on society. Since its launch, Tech 2025 has produced over 50 events that have connected thousands of people.







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