HB Solutions, LLC
Anthony Manetta is the Founder and President of Standard Advisors Group. Prior to founding the firm he was CEO and Executive Director of the Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA). He is a well respected leader on Long Island having been widely recognized for his efforts. Mr. Manetta led the turnaround of the Suffolk County IDA by focusing his attention on retaining and growing companies through tax incentives, private activity bonds and innovative programs aimed to improve the economic climate of the county. He led the rebranding efforts of the agency and created cutting edge initiatives during his tenure at the Suffolk IDA. One of these programs, Boost, provided companies in the growth sector of the economy with a competitive advantage through aggressive incentives. He has also overseen the development of a jobs website designed to bolster workforce opportunities in manufacturing, sciences and technology. He directly influenced the significant growth of Suffolk’s first emerging downtown “tech cluster” by supporting several early-stage companies, and has helped launch a high-tech accelerator co-working environment. Furthermore, he initiated and structured significant manufacturing, pharmaceutical and technological deals. While Manetta managed the IDA, Suffolk added thousands to the local workforce, tens of millions of dollars in new economic activity, hundreds of millions in capital reinvestment and tens of millions in new payroll dollars. Prior to his appointment to the IDA, Mr. Manetta served as an executive at MAEVA Advisors, a corporate turnaround and restructuring boutique that specialized in creating value in highly complex situations. In addition to managing the firm’s day-to-day operations, he initiated qualitative research projects and oversaw the external affairs. Mr. Manetta started his career as an entrepreneur; he was the founder a highly successful public affairs and corporate advisory firm, and managed its operations for a decade. During his tenure at his firm, he directed numerous projects with an emphasis on strategic planning, communications, corporate development and crisis management. Mr. Manetta’s client experiences range across municipal, commercial, real estate and industrial sectors, including dozens of public affairs campaigns. Mr. Manetta sits on the Board of Directors of the Long Island Business Development Council, LI Tech COMETS steering committee and on the advisory board of the Eastern Long Island School for Applied Technology. He has been recognized by trade associations and media outlets for his work including being named one of Long Island Business News 40 leaders under the age of 40, the Melville Chamber of Commerce Business Advocate of the Year and awarded the LIBN’s ‘IDA of the Year’. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Manetta serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Long Island and Pronto Long Island. He engages with his community as a member of several local organizations, and he was a founding trustee of a local civic association. Mr. Manetta holds a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Corporate Finance from Dowling College.