The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Joseph Fortuna was selected as Farmingdale’s 2020 Outstanding Businessperson of the Year.
Each year the chamber selects an Honoree to receive this prestigious award. The Honoree must meet the following criteria:
• Active Member of the Chamber of Commerce
• Owns or manages a business located in the community
• Has made a significant contribution to the local economy, to the advancement of the Chamber and has made a meaningful and important contribution to the general welfare of the local community.
The Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Joe fully meets and exceeds these criteria and is proud to recognize him as our 2020 Honoree.
Joe Fortuna was born and raised on Long island. Starting his career as a CPA, Joe has been involved in a number of successful companies in a CFO capacity. He has reserved that knowledge and began successfully owning different businesses and chairing many organizations.
In 2016, Joe entered into a new and very different venture and became part owner of The Nutty Irishman. His involvement in bar/restaurant ownership afforded him the experience to open 317 Main Street in September 2019. He has been an active member of the Chamber of Commerce since day one, working in partnership with local business owners and officials to bring events to the Village of Farmingdale such as the ”Winter Wonderland”, “Halloween Parade” and “Music on Main”.
The Nutty Irishman has hosted countless community fundraisers for both organizations and community members in need and is the proud host of one of the top yearly St. Baldrick’s events on Long Island. During the pandemic, Joe secured a grant for St. Kilian’s Church. In addition, 317 Main Street raised thousands of dollars for “Feeding Farmingdale”, a program created and executed by 317 Main to help community members in need.
Being a father of 5, Joe has been coaching sports for over 20 years and always uses the team approach when running a business. Joe’s motto has always been “there is no I in team”, everything is a collaborative effort. Joe is honored to receive this award and grateful to be a part of this amazing community.