"It really wasn't work because I loved doing this," said Limpert, who has been president since the association's inception over 20 years ago. "I truly loved doing good in our community, and when you see the benefit that we provided for non-profits and the entire business community, you understand why our Bayside businesses are so strong.”
Limpert will remain with the group as vice president of the board of directors. In addition to Probst, the rest of the board includes Robert Klein (treasurer), Marisa Breglio (secretary), Dominick Bruccoleri, Ann-Margaret Carrozza, Tommy DiMisa, Rose D'Amore, Joel Meltzer and Richard Tanenbaum.
"Our goal is to bring business together and to grow the organization through networking, education, and advocation," said Probst, who is a principal with Vanguard Insurance. "Not only in Bayside, but in our surrounding Queens communities."
During the event, BBA also presented a $500 donation to the Bayside Little League.
"The league wouldn't survive if it wasn't for the businesses that come out and support us," said Robert Reid.
"We're all about relationships and social capital,” said Tommy DiMisa, chair of membership. “When you bring a client or friend to an event and help them make connections, there's nothing better than that."
The BBA was the instrumental in forming the Bayside Village Business Improvement District, and organizes several projects throughout the years, including tree plantings and graffiti removal.
"The BID and BBA are proud to work together to make Bayside an awesome community to live, work, and shop," said BID executive director Christine Silletti.
"We are excited to work with the BBA to increase our exposure in the community," said new member Tracey Alexander, director of Development of the Tourette Association. “Not many residents know that our national office is right here on Bell Boulevard. They will now."
For more information on membership, visit baysideba.com.