Wednesday, February 18, 2015

MCC Partner News from Microsoft: The business of cybercrime

Newsletter Blurb

The business of cybercrime

Cybercrime is a rapidly growing criminal business, impacting millions of people and organizations around the world. Cybercrime costs the global economy up to USD$500 billion annually. Consumers will spend USD$25 billion and 1.2 billion hours dealing with security issues from counterfeit software in 2014. And one in five small- and medium-sized businesses have been targeted by cybercrime.

Microsoft launched the Digital Crimes Unit (DCU) to proactively work with law enforcement to combat cybercrime. Picture an international dream team of technology, legal, and forensics experts, working with top organizations around the world -- including Europol, the FBI, Interpol, academia, global governmental agencies, and nongovernmental organizations -- to combat some of the most widespread, intricate, and organized cybercriminals.

For more information
Make employees your (security) knights in shining armor
Cybersecurity terms and tips
The business of cybercrime
Allstate and Microsoft: Fraud protection

• Cindy Bates: Four ways to spot online fraud
• Cindy Bates: 5 ways to protect small biz from data breach

Video & Webinar
Cyberspace 2025: Today’s Decisions, Tomorrow’s Terrain
Help Protect your Member against Online Fraud

Wells Fargo Names Lead Region President for the Northeast

Larisa Perry assumes responsibility for 4,700 team members, 461 retail banking stores

Feb. 17, 2015 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has named Larisa Perry the lead region president (RP) for the Northeast, which serves customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut through 4,700 team members, 461 retail banking stores, 747 Wells Fargo ATMs, and other tri-state locations to provide financial solutions to individuals and small businesses. The 25-year banking industry veteran will relocate from Florida, where she previously served as the company’s regional president for Central Florida.

“This job is rewarding because we are in the business of helping individuals and families manage their money today and plan for their futures whether it’s purchasing a car or home, saving for college or planning for retirement,” Perry said. “We also provide solutions to business owners so they are positioned to grow their companies and create new jobs. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the Northeast team so we can continue helping New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents at a time of increased optimism and when the economy is rebounding.”

Perry succeeds and reports to Michelle Lee, who was recently appointed Wells Fargo’s lead community bank president for the Eastern Region. “A top focus of Larisa’s is helping our customers succeed financially and ensuring that they have an outstanding experience in every interaction with us,” said Lee. “I am thrilled that she will bring her invaluable banking experience as well as her passion for community involvement with her to the Northeast.” Reporting to Perry is Brenda Ross-Dulan, Southern New Jersey RP; Fred Bertoldo, Northern New Jersey RP; and Joe Kirk, New York/Connecticut RP.

Perry joined SouthTrust Bank, a Wells Fargo predecessor company, in 1992 as a branch manager in Georgia and she afterwards worked in various roles in Alabama. Following the SouthTrust merger with Wachovia, her career took her to Florida where she held leadership positions, including North Florida community bank president. A community leader throughout her career, Perry will be joining the board of directors of Junior Achievement of New Jersey. In Florida, she previously served on the boards of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, The Children’s Home Society of Florida, the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, and the Shelter House, a home that houses victims of domestic abuse. In former roles, she served on the board of the American Heart Association, the Kiwanis Club and is a past chair of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

A native of Alabama, Perry received her Bachelor of Science degree in management from the University of South Alabama. She is also a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Retail Bank Management. Perry will be based in Summit, N.J. and will be moving to Northern New Jersey in the coming weeks with her family.

About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.6 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 locations, 12,500 ATMs, and the internet (, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 265,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2014 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Making Travel Plans for Your Business in 2015? Contact MCC Member BSC Travel

Welcome to 2015! Now that 2014 is in our past it’s time to look ahead to the New Year and all of the opportunities that beckon us.

Is travel in your future? If so then BSC Travel would like to be your travel concierge. What exactly does that mean? It’s simple really. We offer you peace of mind and confidence that all of your travel needs will be met regardless if they are domestic or international, corporate or personal. You name it and we can make it happen.

Here are a few of the things that make us different:

Personal attention. We’re a boutique agency but are affiliated with ALTOUR, a large international agency with extensive resources. Hands-on attention coupled with the clout of a big player in the industry translates into the best of both worlds for you.

I have 27 years in the industry with the experience and personal contacts to make certain that your travel is stress free, your trip flawless and built around your personal wants and needs.

You’ll have 24/7 access to our call center so that there is never a time when you will be left without access to help and answers.

We pride ourselves on attention to detail and have hundreds of satisfied business and personal clients that consistently turn to us when they have travel needs. We’d love for you to be one of them!

We’d welcome the opportunity to chat with you about your travel needs. Whether they are frequent or not, BSC Travel can make your travel a better and more satisfying experience.

We’ll be contacting you in a few days and if you happen to have an immediate need please call me directly at 212-897-5190

I invite you to view my video bio below.

Warmest Regards 

Louise Shohet
BSC Travel/Affiliate ALTOUR
1270 Avenue of the Americas 15th floor
New York, N.Y. 10020
Tel 212 897 5190
Fax 212 897 5084

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Microsoft Server 2003 End of Life – We can help!

Microsoft has officially announced that it will retire all support on the Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015.

That means any business with this operating system still running will be completely exposed to serious hacker attacks aimed at taking control of your network, stealing data, crashing your system and inflicting a host of other business-crippling problems you do NOT want to have to deal with.

As the US Department Of Homeland Security has already issued an official warning, we here at Progressive Computing, your local Microsoft partner and trusted IT Provider for the MCC, have set up a FREE Threat Assessment for MCC Members!

Go to to find out how to stay protected from attacks that could shut down your business for good.

Robb Patterson
Progressive Computing, Inc.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MCC Board Member Joe Perello Announces Marco Cignini Joins Catch New York

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I wanted to pass along the exciting news that Marco Cignini has joined Catch New York as our Executive Creative Director.

Marco has excelled in the action sports world, with a focus on building brands through content creation rather than paid media. He's made engaging films for BMW, worked on famous campaigns for Nike, Staples and Wendy's and recently won a Clio for his work with Jay Z.

Putting aside the fact that he is now the second best skateboarder at Catch, we are all very happy to have him on the team.

Please contact us if we can ever be of service to you.

All the best,

Joseph Perello
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Catch New York

Thursday, February 5, 2015

MCC Thanks January's Renewing Members

Organization Contact Website
Agencia International, Inc Mary Gibb
Smart Hustle Magazine Ramon Ray 
Scotwork Martin Finkle
The Manhattan Center Jessica Berman
Raymour & Flanigan Jennifer DeGennaro
The Corcoran Group Emily Yaffe
George Arzt Communications Jane Crotty
Adriana Cara Life Coach Adriana Cara
AMF Direct LLC Angela Franco
Intelligreen Partners, LLC Valerie Corbett
Living Well Inside N Outside Deborah Farkash
Pinnacle Trips Frank Bastone
Sherry Lane Entertainment Sherry Lane
Ventura Insurance Brokerage Christine Sadofsky
East Harlem Insurance Brokerage and Tax Service Tamika Mapp
Carmichael Psychology, PLLC Chloe Carmichael
H&R Block Lynette Deiss
Altria Client Services, Inc Molly Slingerland
Time Warner Cable Business Class David Fitts

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

MCC Welcomes January's New Members

Organization Contact Website
Kento Kamiyama Kento Kamiyama LLC Luis Massieu
JEMB Realty Louis Jerome
DeanRestorationinc Saleem Ahmed
Immigration Legal Services Natalia Saavedra
Life Coach Marjeta Marjeta Kane
New York Life Joseph Vaccarelli
Frank J Valente, DC, PC Frank Valente
LandlordsNY J'Nell Simmons
SoDA The Digital Society Lakai Newman
VapeNY Spike Babaian
Organium hair and body care, LLC
Keller Williams NYC Bissera Antikarov
Jia Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs Jia Kang
Matchmyspirit Inc NAINI NAKAGAWA
JPMorgan Chase Jason Yuen
Law Office of Robert J Maher, PC Robert Maher