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Celebrating 236 Years of AFM Service


On Thursday, October 16, the AFM’s New York office celebrated milestone anniversaries of dedicated staff members Elizabeth Blake, Diane DePiro, Patrick Varriale, Lew Mancini, Kim Wysocki, and Judy Vizueta. The AFM-hosted luncheon acknowledged these key employees’ combined total years of service—an astounding 236 years (a number some colleagues thought was “made up”). Things have certainly changed since the mid-1960s, when some of our honorees began working at the AFM. Today computers and tablets have taken the place of the former typing pool, and phone calls are no longer routed through plugging phone cords into jacks on a switchboard. There was much reminiscing among coworkers about the AFM, and the changes New York City has undergone over the last several decades.

We extend a huge thank-you to these employees for their years of loyal service and dedication to the AFM and its members.

236 Years of AFM Service

Front row (L to R): Secretary Department Claims and Cases Supervisor Diane DePiro (43 years); Receptionist Judy Vizueta (32 years); Touring/Theatre/Booking Division Visa Consultation Specialist Elizabeth Blake (45 years); EMSD Administrative Assistant Kim Wysocki (37 years). Back row: EMSD Assistant Director Pat Varriale (40 years); Chief Operating Officer Lew Mancini (39 years); and AFM International Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio.

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