The Bronx Chamber of Commerce has a new leader with a three decade history of service to the borough.
Nunzio Del Greco has ascended to the position of president and chief executive officer of the business group.
The Chamber of Commerce unanimously approved him at its Monday, November 9 board meeting, and he comes into the position after the resignation of Lenny Caro, who had been the organization’s CEO, but had been relegated to the position of events director.
Joseph Kelleher, Chamber chairman said that Del Greco was a longtime fixture of the borough, having served as CEO of the Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Relators for decades.
“He was phenomenal in his interview; he was very focused and the board believes that he is the right person to continue the good work of the chamber of commerce,” said Kelleher, who added that Del Greco would be committed to working together with similar organizations, and increasing and retaining membership.
The chairman feels that the new leadership will be a ‘breath of fresh air’ for the Chamber.
Del Greco said he has lived and worked in the borough for much of his life, and has always been passionate about the Bronx.
He is going to look to enhance the image of the borough locally and nationally, he said.
“We are seeing a renaissance in our great borough that is really unprecedented,” he said. “I see the chamber growing and I will work to enhance its influence and improve the image of the Bronx.”
He said that he willenhance the influence of the organization and increase its strategic partnerships.
“We want the chamber to be spearheading (this renaissance), and be at the forefront of everything that is happening here,” he said.
Prior to taking the top job at the chamber, Del Greco worked in finance at Flushing Bank for about two years, which he said was a great experience.
“When I heard about the opportunity to come back to the Bronx, I jumped at it,” he said. “My passion, my heart and soul is in the Bronx.
Kelleher had kind words for Caro, who is now employed at Mercy College since September as its chief of government and community relations.
He said that Caro, who was passionate about working with youth is now in a role where he can work at that calling full-time.
It was learned moments before the CEO vote that the Chamber’s executive director, Michelle Dolgow Cristofaro, had announced her eminent resignation. Dolgow is returning to her political roots, accepting a position at Senator Jeff Klein’s office, she said.
Also joining Klein’s staff is Jose Rodriguez, soon-to-be former Community Board 4 district manager, according to sources.