Long Island CEOs Chat with LIP at HIA-LI 2021

Many Long Island CEOs were among the hundreds of professionals who gathered at HIA-LI’s 33rd Annual Trade Show in Melville on October 14.

Businesses large and small presented and discussed their work at the event, while others mingled and networked or attended one of the many business-focused panels throughout. of the day. While in previous years the HIA-LI show attracted around 4,000 people, the 2021 event had around 700 people and was one of the organization’s first live events since the start of the pandemic. , said Terri Alessi Miceli, CEO and President of HIA-LI.

“We are so excited,” added Miceli. “Just to see people and go out and connect is wonderful.”

A big topic of discussion that day was how to get millennials and young people to live, work and do business on Long Island. As a corporate advocacy organization, HIA-LI supports development projects in the region that will propel Long Island’s economy into the future, said Rich Humann, chairman of the board of directors of HIA-LI, Chairman and CEO of H2M Architects + Engineers.

TO Long Island PressAround the corner downstairs, our podcaster Skye Ostreicher met Miceli, Humann and nine other most influential industry leaders in the region on what’s new for their businesses and the economy. Links to the 11 videos can be found throughout this article.

Kristen Reynolds-Jarnagin told the unlikely story of how she got to lead Discover Long Island, a leading tourism marketing platform for the region, and the tools she and her team use to empower visitors and residents to live their “best life on Long Island.”

Skye also chatted with Kelly Murphy, Deputy Executive Director of Suffolk IDA, who explained how the IDA is supporting inner city revitalization and the diversification of housing options in Suffolk. Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island and the Long Island Main Street Alliance, also spoke about support for transit-oriented development, affordable housing and new infrastructure, and how to overcome challenges to achieve some of these goals.

Entrepreneur Adam Haber shared the concept behind his new Long Beach-based company, Trellus, a delivery service for local small businesses across the island. “We’re a supplier of products for small businesses that get them from your doorstep to your doorstep in just hours,” he said.

Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Dime Community Bank and Member of the Board of Directors of HIA-LI, expressed his enthusiasm for financing Long Island small businesses. “I see the bank as a service,” he said. “We don’t just lend, take deposits, we provide advice, advice and the ability to help you. “

Investors Bank is also a community bank that values ​​relationships with its clients, said Therese Mora, manager of the bank’s branch in Huntington.

In the non-profit sector, Randi Shubin Dresner, President and CEO of Island Harvest and Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares, each spoke about the innovative new programs organizations are launching to feed and help Long Islanders in need.

Lee Silberman, CEO and Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Suffolk, recounted how he went from the fashion industry to build affordable homes in Suffolk and encouraged the people of Long Island to volunteer with Habitat.

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