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Investing In New York NYS Comptroller Will Be Next Breakfast Speaker Private capital certainly creates businesses and jobs, but it’s important to remember that the government also pumps money into the system through its various investments. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the state’s chief fiscal officer and the sole trustee of its pension fund, will address the Chamber’s next monthly breakfast meeting on May 27 and talk about some of the ways the state invests and helps business. “It’s been a busy time and I’m looking forward to updating the Chamber on some of the more recent events, including the passage of the state budget, our work tracking the fiscal stress of local governments, and the state of the pension fund, including some of its programs that may be of interest to the business community,” DiNapoli said. The breakfast, scheduled for 7:30-9 a.m.

at the Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave. in Kingston, is sponsored by FASTSIGNS. “I appreciate the invitation from the Ulster County Chamber to address its members,” DiNapoli said. “I’ve addressed Thomas DiNapoli the Chamber in the past and it’s always been a great opportunity to discuss issues that are relevant to New York’s state and local finances. “The ability of businesses, non-profits, and

government to work together is one of the reasons that Ulster County and the Hudson Valley are such desirable places to live and work.” The NYS Comptroller manages the state’s $176.8 billion pension fund and also audits the spending practices of all state agencies and local governments, oversees the New York State and Local Retirement System, reviews the New York State and city budgets and approves billions in state contracts and spending. DiNapoli’s office released a report last year entitled “Investing in New York State” and among the findings: • The In-State Private Equity Investment Program, since its creation in 1999, has invested $729 million in 282 New York companies. The report also said DiNapoli has increased Continued on page 10

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A Mixer With Horse Power Help HITS Kick Off The Season HITS-on-the-Hudson bills itself as a “sweet slice of horse heaven between the Catskill Mountains and historic Hudson River.” If that sounds appealing, you can see it all up close and personal at the Chamber’s next Business-After-Hours Mixer— and just in time for the kickoff of another horse jumping season. The Mixer is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on May 20 at the HITS Showgrounds, 454 Washington Ave. in Saugerties. “It’s our pleasure to host the Mixer, not only as an opportunity to showcase HITSon-the-Hudson and the sport of show jumping, but also as a way to say thank you,” said Tom Struzzieri, president and CEO of HITS (Horseshows in the Sun) HITS. “Loyal support from local of kick off our horse-jumping season and also a perfect businesses and community members is an integral part of way to have the community come in and let them know HITS Horse Shows’ success.” throughout the summer and the fall, we’re going to be Emily Glass, who handles public relations for HITS, having these events happening right here. said Chamber guests can expect light refreshments and “It will also be an opportunity for people to see the sport beverages at the Mixer, as well as picturesque views of in action. There will be athletes warming up and schooling the Catskills and the beauty of horses. their horses and, depending on how the day runs, you “May 20 is actually the first day of HITS and the start might even see a little bit of competition. They might get of our season,” Glass said. “It’s a really nice way to kind to peek into the life of a horse-show exhibitor.”

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Glass said HITS operates a similar 10-week season in Ocala, Fla., and a study last year found $90 million of economic impact. HITS-on-the-Hudson’s season in Saugerties is eight weeks. “All of the hotels and all of the restaurants and all of the shops, all of those people feel the effects of HITS,” she said, “so it’s a great way to welcome them to the showgrounds and thank them.” “It is pretty remarkable what we do for the communities. It’s a nice way to really welcome them into what we do every day and see what they’re supporting.” This year’s schedule starts on May 20 and runs for three weeks into June, followed by Continued on page 9

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They’re Your Local Travel Team Allways Moving & Storage Turns 25 Moving is one of the most stressful things a person can do in life and Paul Benkert, the owner of Allways Moving & Storage in Kingston, says his company tries to ease the uncertainty. “You have to be considerate, caring and understanding,” Benkert said. “You might have someone who has lived in their house for 40 years. It’s not that easy to just walk in there and take it. You have to work with them and schedule it and do the best you can for the people because it’s a stressful time for them.” That formula is working well for Benkert. His company is marking its 25th anniversary in 2015 and he credits “consistency” for the longevity. “We haven’t changed a lot of what we do,” he said. “We still try to give the personal service as much as possible. We’re here every day. We haven’t tried to reinvent the wheel. This is not a complicated business, but you have to take care of your customers. You’re moving their stuff.” Benkert worked in the moving industry in Boston for a year before opening Allways Moving in 1990 when he was just 22. At first the company was all about “moving people from Point A to Point B,” Benkert said. That grew into offering some storage in 1990, but in 1999 Benkert bought the old Huck Manufacturing building and expanded. “We now have 94,000 square feet of storage,” he said. The company has nine moving trucks and employs 20 to 25 people during the year. The company can move you locally, nationally and even internationally. Benkert said “personalized service” is what sets his company apart.

Allways Moving & Storage in Kingston “I own it,” he said. “I’m here every day. I answer the phone. I help people. I talk to people. I try to be as involved as I can be.” Benkert said the Great Recession did hurt business because not as many people were buying houses and moving. “We’re definitely not recession proof, but I think we have a good reputation that enables us to stay busier than perhaps most,” Benkert said. While New York has lost people moving to other states in recent years, Benkert said the exodus is not as great as people think.

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“I don’t think it’s more than normal,” he said. “Since we’ve been in business for 25 years, there has always been a migration of people either moving South or becoming snowbirds, but there’s still a fair amount of people here.” Benkert, a former Chamber board member and honorary Irishman of the Year, says joining your fellow business leaders has many advantages if you get involved. “I’m a firm believer that you get out of the Chamber what you put into it,” he said. “If you go to the Mixers and things of that sort, you will do OK. You will meet people and you’ll get more business for yourself. If you just join and don’t do anything, it’s not going to benefit you as much as if you are involved.” Allways Moving & Storage, located at 85 Grand St. in Kingston, can be reached at (845) 339-5676 or www. allwaysmovingandstorage.com.

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Don’t Miss This Boat Osprey Marine Has Big Plans Captain Peter Kane, the owner of Osprey Marine in New Paltz, grew up loving the water and boats. “As a teenager I owned a small runabout, which I used to travel up and down the Hudson from Irvington to Tarrytown,” he said. “Throughout my college years, I worked in boat clubs doing everything from pumping gas to repairing marine engines.” Peter said he got to know Harry Taxter, the captain of Laurence Rockefeller’s PT boat, and for a number of summers Taxter taught him volumes of information about boats, navigation and mechanics. “Over the years, I always had a boat,” he said. “Power boats and sailboats. They tended to grow in size and I always dreamed of a business that would allow me to own yet a bigger boat and perhaps be a job for retirement.” Peter obtained his captain’s license in 1997 and the dream of owning his own business came true the next year. “Osprey Marine was formed with the Peter Kane (with scissors) at the Osprey Marine Ribbon Cutting. idea of offering customers fishing charters on the Hudson River for striped bass during their upriver migration in the spring,” he said. “I wine and get up at a reasonable hour!” The sailboat he bought—“Osprey”—is a 40’ Beneteau have known for a long time what a world class fishery we had here on the Hudson and wanted to build on that in Oceanis and is fully equipped with every option. “Osprey” docks at the Hudson River Maritime Museum on the forming a charter business.” Peter knew there were other charter boats in the area Rondout Creek.    “She has stability and a roomy, comfortable cockpit,” with some coming from as far north as Vermont and Peter said. “We offer our customers private, custom spending a month here. “It was my goal to offer my customers my knowledge charters which have included anniversaries, birthdays, of the river and fishing to reward them with some big wedding parties or just an evening sunset cruise.” Even though “Osprey” is five years old, he said the fish,” he said. “It was also important to provide them with vessel presents herself as a brand new boat with very few comfort during their charter.” He purchased a Luhrs Sportfish with all the amenities. hours and is meticulously maintained. “We can arrange for any type of food or beverage The craft featured a large enclosed and heated cockpit; plenty of space for six to move about; high-end fishing through some of our fine restaurants along the Rondout, even a dinner cooked on board with a local chef,” he said. tackle; and hot and cold running water. “We did well, both catching fish and financially,” he “Typically, our charters are three hours but we can extend said. “During the summer months we operated out of the time by the hour or even a full day.” Peter can also arrange sailing in the British Virgin Connecticut, fishing Long Island Sound and offshore.” Islands with charter companies he works with. Then along came the Great Recession. “Each of these companies offers a selection of vessels “We kept the business going acting as a sales rep for a marine business out of Newburgh and teaching boating that may be chosen based upon the number of people in your party,” he said. classes,” Peter said, “but had to sell the boat. Peter said he is looking for ways to market his business. “Two years ago, I decided it was time to get back into chartering. I had lost interest in getting up at four in the One initiative is a “Try Before You Buy” program in morning and cleaning fish blood and guts off the boat so I conjunction with sailboat dealers and brokers. Another is purchased a sailboat. I would rather wipe up some spilled to offer private lessons on all aspects of boating—from

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fundamentals to celestial navigation. “No business today can become complacent,” he said. “You must always be thinking ‘out of the box’ and, most importantly have fun doing it! Peter said the Chamber has helped him make business contacts through organizing his Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening and other networking events. “Joining the Chamber was one of the best investments I have made,” he said. Osprey Marine can be reached at (845) 255-8737,​ [email protected] and www.ospreymarine.com.

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Members of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are calling it “a lesson learned.” After several months of discussion, officials with the Niagara Bottling Co. decided to withdraw their plans to build a $53-million plant in the town of Ulster. The 415,000-square-foot plant on land adjacent to TechCity, would have eventually employed 120 people. Niagara had also planned to help fund $18 million in infrastructure improvements to the city’s water system. Those costs will now be borne by city taxpayers. The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee lamented the loss and don’t want to see the same scenario played out in the future. “We were very disappointed when they decided to pull out without going through the formal process,” said Terry Parisian, president of the Chamber’s board of directors and GM of the Hudson Valley Mall. “What we would like to do is get the public more involved in having a say when these projects come before any board in any community. “Rather than get the naysayers right out in front, and the negative publicity, we’re trying to educate the public and let them make the decision about whether a project is good or bad.” Board Member Kevin Quilty, who chairs the Government Affairs Committee of the Board said a process that would have allowed both sides to discuss the project “never had a chance to get off the ground.” “We never had the opportunity to have that kind of an honest discussion,” he said. “I think that there are members of the community—well-intentioned—that have an opportunity to step forward at any point and speak out, for or against a project, but there is a process

that should be able to play out so that all interested parties have an opportunity to contribute.” Quilty also said Niagara “did not present as strong a case as I think they could have” once opposition developed. “They perhaps just stood on the sidelines and witnessed what was happening locally and felt that there was too much opposition,” he said. “True or not true, we will never actually know because we never got the opportunity to have them come to Kingston and sit down and confront opposition and those that were in favor and have an open and honest discussion about what it meant for the community to have the Niagara Bottling Co. locate here.” Parisian said that only “snippets of information” about the project were shared with the community and Niagara didn’t get to discuss such issues as its environmentally friendly packaging. “That has happened with every project I’ve been involved with. The opposition comes out first and the people who may or may not support it hang back in the wings waiting for something to happen and for something to hold onto and the education component is not there for everybody to make an informed decision. “We need to get people out there that do support projects and don’t want to sit home quietly. We need to get them in the forefront, right up front in this process.” Quilty said future companies interested in Ulster County should hold a public forum and distribute information. “Then the public has an opportunity to review that, reflect on that, and come back with a decision,” he said. “That’s what the process is really designed to do. Unfortunately, we didn’t get there.” Quilty said the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee wants to make sure that happens in the future. “There is a reason why it exists and that is the process

we hope will be followed if anyone else is interested in investing in the community of Ulster County or the Hudson Valley,” he said. Parisian said supporters of the next proposed project also need to be more vocal. “The whole gist of us being here is to provide correct information and let people make up their own minds— with the correct information,” he said. Don Verity, Vice Chair of the Chamber Board, said he hopes Niagara’s decision does not send the wrong message to other potential businesses. “We all have to work together to position Ulster County as business-friendly. New business means new jobs and that is the way to make our economy fly,” he said. Quilty said local residents must understand that any developers interested in Ulster County are likely also looking at other areas. “Again, it goes back to the process,” he said. “If we can follow the process, I think that we have an equal opportunity with any other community in our region to attract business. We need the process to happen, though. It can’t be sabotaged before it has an opportunity to get off the ground, which is unfortunate. It’s a lesson learned. “How we get ahead of that is what we’re kind of struggling with now. We understand there are people who feel strongly about whatever kind of development may occur here. God bless them. They have an opportunity. It’s a free country, but there is, again, a process.” Verity said any future companies that want to locate here should act interested and “put the story out there.” “We received no support from Niagara whatsoever,” he said. “They were very quiet except for the basic facts, but nothing about how this wasn’t going to affect the Continued on page 8

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Continued from page 7 community. That was beyond our control.” Quilty said a model business has been the developers of the Williams Lake Project, which is moving forward. “You had an interested party that was committed from the get-go and was willing to work with the community to try to solve some issues and have open conversation as the process continued,” Quilty said. “That project moved forward successfully.” “The important component here is that Niagara did not present itself from the get-go as an integral, interested

party in this debate.” Verity said interested businesses should contact the Chamber, which can help disseminate information. Several developers have spoken at the monthly breakfasts, including Steve Turk about his Wildberry Lodge project in New Paltz, Tim Allred from the Williams Lake Project and Dean Gitter from the Belleayre Resort at Catskill Park. “We can certainly help steer new businesses in the right direction, to educate the business community, using our various channels, to get the information out about what

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they’re all about,” he said. “If companies come to us, we can help them.” Larry Begnal, Chamber Board Chair-Elect, noted that Niagara had offered to pay for upgrades to the Kingston water system, but now city taxpayers will have to pick up the bill. “It would appear as if the majority of the people opposed to this project weren’t from Kingston or they weren’t affected by the Kingston Water Department,” he said. “It definitely should not happen this way again.”

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HITS Kicks Off The Season Continued from page 3 three weeks in July and then two more weeks at the end of August and into September. The HITS Championship in September is the culmination of the season and more than $2 million in prize money will be awarded Glass said all 2,500 horses who take part this summer will each bring three people to the area who need hotel rooms and other services. “We partner with just about every hotel in Ulster County,” Glass said. “We also work with a lot of bed and breakfasts and rental agencies. We’re working with just about every outlet there is to house folks. It’s pretty remarkable. “It’s a huge, huge economic benefit. These people are sleeping, eating, shopping and filling up their gas tanks here in Ulster County. It’s definitely something that we’re

pretty proud of.” Struzzieri, who ran a sales and training barn in Poughkeepsie before shifting his focus in the industry to producing horse shows in 2004, is the founder of HITS. HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Fla., in 1982. HITS has since grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter-jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia. Locally, Struzzieri also built and operates the Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern in Saugerties. He has also formed HITS Endurance and helps organize local road races such as the recent Kingston Classic. For more information, contact HITS at (845) 2465515 or visit the website at

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NYS Comptroller DiNapoli Is The Next Breakfast Speaker Continued from page 1 the fund’s total commitment to the program from $453 million in 2007 to $1.25 billion in 2014. • The New York Business Development Corporation small business loan program has doled out $346 million to more than 1,000 companies employing 21,000 people since 1987. “Loans have been made to a wide variety of businesses in all 62 New York counties and in every type of community, urban, suburban, small town and rural,” the report said. DiNapoli committed an additional $100 million to the program in 2010. NYBDC made 48 loans totaling $23 million last fiscal year alone. • The Community Preservation Corporation’s affordable housing program invested $665 million to purchase

440 mortgages supporting 17,000 housing units. “This portfolio achieves an average return of 6 percent, which is consistent with the long-term fixed income investment market,” the report said. A former member of the state Assembly and a manager in the telecommunications business, DiNapoli became the state’s 54th comptroller in 2007. He was the youngest person ever elected to office in New York when he joined the school board in Mineola, N.Y., at age 18. DiNapoli holds a master’s degree from The New School University’s Graduate School of Management and Urban

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Professions. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Hofstra University. Chamber breakfast programs are a great way to network with other local business leaders and stay on top of current events. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. For more information or to register, call the Chamber at (845) 338-5100 or go online at www. UlsterChamber.org.

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WELCOME THESE NEW MEMBERS AIDING THE WORLDS CHILDREN INC. 15 Schryver Ct. Kingston, NY 12401 www.Aidingtheworldschildren.com Phone: (845) 706-5331 John H. Lee, CEO Category: Non-Profit Organizations Description: Helping children through events and donations.

ROBERT G. BAUM COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE 79 St. James St Kingston, NY 12401 Phone: (845) 242-2100 Robert G. Baum, Owner Category: Real Estate - Industrial/Commercial Description: Commercial Real Estate, Property Development, Investment Property.

HIGHLAND ROTARY CLUB INC. PO Box 723 Highland, NY 12528 www.HudsonValleyribfest.org Phone: (914) 456-5148 Steve Laubach, President Category: Non-Profit Organizations Description: Service Above Self in Ulster County. Presenting the Hudson Valley Ribfest every August.

SHAWANGUNK WINE TRAIL PO Box 526 Marlboro, NY 12542 www.GunksWine.com Phone: (845) 256-8456 Jude DeFalco, Operations Manager Categories: Wineries; Attractions Description: A group of wineries united to cooperatively promote our businesses, Hudson Valley Wine, and tourism in general to the regional area.

INTERNATIONAL PLANNING ALLIANCE LLC 1040 Broad St Suite 202 Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 www.planningalliance.com Phone: (845) 750-9833 D. Jeremy Pugliese, Broker Category: Financial Services Description: International Planning Alliance, LLC is a financial services firm built on a tradition of “doing what is right”. Our mission is to provide customized and innovative strategies that enhance financial security and maximize wealth.

TMI PROJECT 5 Sterling St. Kingston, NY 12401 www.tmiproject.org Phone: (845) 514-2745 Rebecca Clinger, Office Manager Categories: Non-Profit Organizations; Arts & Entertainment Description: TMI Project is a non-profit organization offering transformative memoir workshops and performances.

JSP PLUMBING AND HEATING 60 Boices Lane St C Box 7 Kingston, NY 12401 www.jspplumbingandheating.com Phone: (845) 331-8473 Katie Weems, Primary Contact Categories: Plumbing; Heating Companies & Supplies Description: JSP Plumbing and Heating has been serving Ulster County, NY with Quality, Dependability, Commitment, and Style since 2006. JSP Plumbing and Heating strives to be your plumber for life!

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14 Gala Lane Milton, NY 12547 www.nostranovineyards.com Phone: (845) 795-5473 Nicolas J. Bozzo, Proprietor Categories: Wineries; Farming/Agriculture Description: A Boutique, Family-owned vineyard & winery offering estate wines. Perfect for weddings or special occasions.

PO Box 864 Woodstock, NY 12498 www.woodstocklandconservancy.org Phone: (845) 679-6481 Marita Lopez-Mena, Executive Director Category: Non-Profit Organizations Description: The Woodstock Land Conservancy permanently protects open lands, scenic areas, forests, wetlands and habitats.

32 John Street Kingston, NY 12401 www.ulstercountydemocrats.com Phone: (914) 309-3090 Frank Cardinale, Chairman Category: Political Organizations Description: Dignity for individuals, fairness for working families, opportunities for enterprising people and benefits for all Ulster County citizens.

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These Members Have Renewed Alcoa Fastening Systems Alert Security & Investigations, Inc. AmeriBag Inc. American Solutions for Business Andreassen Builders LLC Artco’s Copy Hut Berger & Solomon, Inc. Somsak Bhitiyakul, MD, FACP / Saharat Bhitiyakul, MD Blanchard Electric Blue Hill Lodge & Cafe Boy Scouts of America/Rip Van Winkle Council Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, Inc. Brinnier and Larios, PC Cabinet Designers, Inc. John Carroll Spiritual Counseling & Healing Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties James C. Dougherty, Lic. RE Broker Dutchess Beer Distributors Robert M. Dutton, DDS Dwyer Contracting Ellenbogen Group, Inc./ Seven21 Media Center Ellenville Central School District Ellenville Regional Hospital Essential Fitness EVK Realty LLC Fine & Park, LLC Gilday Creative, Inc. Henry A. Gleich, CPA, PC Global Dwelling The Green Janitor Guerin & Guerin Agency, Inc. Historic Kingston Waterfront Development Hudson River Valley Tours LLC Hudson Valley Wine Village Independent Financial Services J & C’s Fine Furniture Repairs & Refinishing

J & J Tree Works Kelder’s Farm Kenco, the Work and Play Outfitter Kimball & O’Brien, PC Kingston Kiwanis Club Kingston Oil Supply Corp. Kingston Wine Co. F.W. LaMotte Contracting MAC Fitness at Kingston Plaza Martino Electrical & Air Conditioning, Inc. Maverick Concerts, Inc. Medenbach & Eggers Mental Health Association in Ulster Co., Inc. Mike’s Office Furniture Nana’s Angels Day Care New York State Bridge Authority Northwestern Mutual Peak Engineering PLLC Portable Cooler Rentals LLC Potter Brothers Ski & Patio Furniture Prism Solar Technologies, Inc. George W. Redder, Esq. Rene’s Bistro Inc. River Radiology, PLLC Riviera Produce Corp. Rondout Yacht Basin, Inc. Sharp Point Bookkeeping Service Sheldon Hill Forestry Supply SPAF (Saugerties Performing Arts Factory) Stedge & Associates Ten Broeck Commons True North Financial Solutions Villa Veritas Foundation, Inc. Walkway Over the Hudson Weichert Realtors - The Spiesman Group Wood ‘n Wheel Family Fun Center Woodstock Day School Zumtobel Lighting Inc.

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The Official Publication of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce

April Mixer Sponsored By

April 21, 2015 Best Western Plus Kingston, New York

Our Mixer Host, the staff from the Best Western Plus (L-R) Stuart Williams, Diane Williams, Debbie Harris, Ralph Saccoman, Al Sottile, Cheryl Williams and John Turner.

Our Mixer Sponsor, Wright Architects: (L-R) Brandon Littlefield, Andrew Wright, Michele Lerner, Kevin Conklin, Joe Hildenbrand.

(L-R) Dave Pugliese (D & J Distributors), Terry Parisian (The Hudson Valley Mall/Chamber Board Chair), Patty Deegan (John A. Coleman Catholic High School), Fran DePetrillo-Savoca (Ulster County Tourism).

(L-R) Bill Doughman (Ulster County BOCES), Linda Nalepa (YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County), Joseph Diacovo, DMD.

(L-R) John Gaffken (Boiceville Wine & Spirits), Mary Hakim (Pioneer Group), John Jabbour (JK’s Wine & Spirits), Paul Hakim (Pioneer Group), Kimberly Kross (JK’s Wine & Spirits).