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Edward Kezys Named SBA Exporter Of The Year

Ace export trader settles company in New Hyde Park

Native New Yorker Edward Kezys, president of North Shore International, Inc., a New Hyde Park-based export trading company, was named the United States Small Business Administration’s 2012 New York State Exporter of The Year.

In making the announcement at Kezys’ New Hyde Park office, SBA’s New York Regional Administrator Jorge Silva-Puras said that Kezys was selected for the honor based on criteria that reviews a company’s increase in sales and growth as a result of exporting creative overseas marketing strategies and encouraging other small businesses to export.

Prior to starting North Shore International in 2004, Kezys left college to join a family friend who had an international business and dealings in South America and Russia. He credits this experience with giving him the foundation and skills to eventually start North Shore International, Inc. He spent a total of seven years working with his friend and then spent another eight years working for an exporter who sold spare parts to Saudi Arabia.

In 2004, Keyzs was ready for a new challenge and launched North Shore International, Inc. The company specializes in exporting spare parts, equipment and accessories for the oil/gas, power generation and telecommunications industry sectors in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar.

Keyzs said, “Our primary focus is on the Middle East. We even opened an office in Amman, Jordan in 2008 to show our customers that we are committed to them and that we are able to meet their demands. Now, we have six employees in that office.”

Keyzs credits SBA’s Export Working Capital loan program for part of the company’s success. He said, “We started with a  $500,000 SBA export line of credit from TD Bank. Now that line is up to $3.75 million and that’s how much we have grown.”

Keyzs went on to say, “Today, North Shore International generates in excess of $9 million by exporting products like heat exchangers, tube bundles, primary and secondary deals for oil storage tanks, turbine parts and alloy pipe, valve and fittings. These items are shipped mostly by air freight then when overseas by container ship.”

SBA Silva-Puras added, “Exporting is vital in making our economy grow.  In 2011, New York State exported $83 billion in goods and services overseas. North Shore International, Inc. is a prime example of how small businesses can achieve success through exporting.”

Keyzs originally had an office on Covert Street in New Hyde Park but the warehouse area was not sufficient, so he then found the perfect spot for his warehouse on Imperial Avenue in New Hyde Park. Keyzs and his wife, Rita, live in Douglaston with their three daughters.

Edward Keyzs has truly developed a gem in the midst of the industrial section of New Hyde Park.

News

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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