When it comes to navigating the waters of the Hamptons and New York City, it is important to know who the big movers and shakers are. In the new year, these are some of the top people who will be influencing the East End and “the city that never sleeps.”
Anna Clark is the founder and master trainer at NeXa Pilates & Fitness. Boasting more than 16 years teaching Pilates, yoga, and dance, and providing personal training, Clark’s Upper West Side studio is the place to transform your body into the one you’ve always wanted. There’s not only a diverse team of trainers, but also a group fitness studio and spa with a range of services, including an infrared sauna.
Peruvian-born philanthropist, activist, and entrepreneur Lizzie Asher landed in New York City after earning a degree from Harvard Law School. She practiced law at a prestigious firm in Manhattan before launching an award-winning beverage company, Macchu Pisco, with her sister, Melanie Asher. She has been keenly involved with social equality issues for women and is often featured in publications aiming to discuss women’s progress and access to opportunities. She also serves as one of the youngest board members of the non-profit Save Venice and is the founder of the Asher-Ezra Scholarship Fund at CitySquash.
Ian Duke owns and runs Southampton hotspots Union Cantina, Southampton Social Club, and Union Burger Bar. The latter will soon be celebrating its one-year anniversary. With 30 years of experience, he has worked in nearly every position in the restaurant business, which, in combination with his degree from New York University, has provided him with considerable experience in all aspects of the restaurant scene.
Dede Gotthelf, owner and manager of the Southampton Inn, bought the idyllic inn in 1998. Gotthelf has since transformed the inn into Southampton’s premier family-friendly, affordable, hospitality and event venue. As an active member of the community, Gotthelf is on the board of the Southampton History Museum and Pianofest of the Hamptons. She also generously offers the Southampton Inn’s meeting and event rooms and Claude’s Restaurant to businesses and charitable organizations in the community including the Southampton Animal Shelter, Children’s Orchestra Society, and the Fresh Air Fund.
With a reputation for exceptional, one-of-a-kind celebrations, “from the ridiculous to the sublime,” a Larry party brings families and friends together for life’s most memorable moments and milestones. While known for his non-stop innovation and ahead-of-the-trends approach, Lawrence “Larry” Scott is equally known for his philanthropic efforts. Clients return to him time and again, knowing their party will be like no other.
Angelo David Pisacreta
Angelo David Pisacreta, owner and creative director of Angelo David Salon, is one of New York City’s leading authorities on fine and thinning hair. Through 25 years of experience and hands-on research, he developed a variety of cutting-edge products and techniques that allow his clients to have and maintain the healthy hair they want at every stage of life. His latest product, Hair Detox, gently detoxifies the body, helps minimize nutritional deficiencies, addresses hormonal imbalances, and supports healthy hair growth from within.
Actress, television star, author, and philanthropist Leesa Rowland is multi-talented, and therefore able to participate in any social situation the Hamptons can throw at you. She has also been studying comedy in New York at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade, whose alumni include Amy Poehler, Horatio Sands, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian McKay.
Let interior designer Gale Sitomer bring a fresh, new look into your life for your home or offices and boost your sense of well-being and productivity. Her focus starts from the perspective of timeless design cues, aiming to balance subtle colors with the objective of improving comfort and functionality. Sitomer’s design aesthetic also harnesses space planning, with a focus on balancing architectural elements and lighting, which she considers as integral to the process as choices of furniture, fabric, and color.
Owner Jeff Streich of Prime Renovations founded his company in 2004 after finding a cell phone while he was working in exterior contracting at the time. He returned the phone to its owner, a man who also happened to own 200 buildings in New York City. When the man learned of Streich’s contracting experience, he asked Jeff if he wanted to do some interior work, and Prime Renovations was born.