The Perfect Team
Ann Benedetto, President
Fashion is my passion. My career began as a designer then a merchandiser and now a retailer.
With my first store, A Uno Soho, I spent 12 years developing my retail skills. It was a small shop, but it was the inspiration for my dream shop. My realtor was anxious to show me the perfect corner space with big showcase windows and a rent that was doable. Sadly, the day I was scheduled to see the inside of the space was on 9/11/01 you could image what came after. The event did not deter me; I finally saw the space in Tribeca and fell in love. I opened A Uno Tribeca one year later; surrounded by great restaurants, small specialty shops in a family friendly community.
I have had my shop in Tribeca for 15 years and witnessed the changing character of this sought after community. Instead of complaining I decided to take action.
As the founder and President of the Tribeca Alliance Partnership our goal is to organize the business community with the help of the residents to build a strong and unified voice that will conserve, grow and support the essential small businesses of Tribeca.
Anne Marie Bennick, Vice President
Anne Marie Imbornone Bennick, a native New Yorker, was born and raised in lower Manhattan. In 2003, she, along with her husband Darryl Bennick, created The Live Well Company, LLC, a boutique fitness studio, on Leonard street in Tribeca. Over the past 13 years, they have expanded The Live Well Company from an in-home business to a 4,000 sq ft commercial space in Northern Tribeca. It took years of blood, sweat, and fight to be able to expand their small business and this has given her the knowledge, experience, and desire to help other small businesses in Tribeca to not only stay intact but flourish.
Joanne Hirkaler, Secretary
Joanne Hirkaler, Director of Operations for Gymboree Play & Music centers of Manhattan. For over 10 years Joanne has been building the Manhattan franchise, supervising multiple centers in the city. One of the largest centers is the one in Tribeca located at 100 Reade St. which has been operating for 6 years. Gymboree Play & Music centers have always prospered being part of a family oriented neighborhood. Centers operate as a small business, that is why Joanne's team and is taking an active role in helping small businesses thrive in Tribeca as well as other New York City neighborhoods.
David Grubb, Treasurer & IT Advisory / Technology Partner
A Businessman, Scott, and proud owner of CMIT Solutions of Tribeca, David has over 24 years experience in business technology. He has been able to create value for customers by providing a bridge between business and IT technology teams. David's ability to find innovative solutions to the ever more complex business challenges is a core strength and area of expertise. David is a Chartered IT Professional and member of the British Computer Society. He moved to New York with his family including wife Karen, daughters Isabel and two dogs, living in the lower Manhattan area. He enjoys family time, golf, sailing, and skiing.