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Inaugural meeting of the new Queens College Business Forum: “Queens—A Catalyst for Business Success”


Maria Terrone
Executive Director of Communications
(718) 997-5591

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: Friday, October 21, 2005
Informal breakfast begins 8 am
Program: 9-10 am
WHAT: Inaugural meeting of the new Queens College Business Forum: “Queens—A Catalyst for Business Success” (by invitation only)
WHO: Dr. Dean Furbush, CEO of FreshDirect in LIC, Queens, one of the nation’s leading online fresh-food manufacturing and delivery services, and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. They will speak on the growing economic development initiatives in Queens, and, using the example of FreshDirect, what it takes to launch a successful business. Queens College President James Muyskens will also speak.
WHERE: Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing Student Union, 4th Floor; For directions, go to


Dean Furbush, CEO of FreshDirect since July 2004, an employer of 1,400, has held senior executive positions at NASDAQ and served as an economist or adviser/consultant at such prestigious organizations as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Council of Economic Advisers. He is also founding Chairman and a current board member of College Summit, a national non-profit organization that has helped over 10,000 economically disadvantaged youth make the transition from high school. Furbush holds an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland and has taught at several universities.

Helen Marshall is the 18th borough president and the highest elected official in Queens; the first African American; and the second woman to assume this post. Prior, she represented the 21st District in the City Council for ten years and also served five terms in the New York State Assembly. Ms. Marshall holds a BA in Education from Queens College and before her career in government, she was an early childhood teacher.

James L. Muyskens, the ninth president of Queens College since 2002, served as CEO and Dean of the Faculty for the Gwinnett University Center/University System of Georgia and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas. Prior, he served in administrative and faculty positions at Hunter College. Dr. Muyskens holds a Master’s of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Michigan.

The series is sponsored in part by Queens College; Chase; Farrell Fritz, a full-service law firm; Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and the Queens Chamber of Commerce.


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