Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee, co-chaired by Michael Maturo, President and CFO for RXR Realty LLC and Matthew Whalen, Senior Vice President, Development for AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and vice-chaired by Ellen Rudin, Managing Director for CBRE and John Gutleber, President and CEO, Castagna Realty. The Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee looks at ways to grow Long Island's economy and create jobs while also evaluating issues that include transportation, housing, real estate, minority- and women -owned businesses and international trade.
Energy and Environment Committee, co-chaired by Robert Catell, Chairman of the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center and Gene Bernstein, Chairman of Northville Industries NIC Holding Corp. and vice-chaired by John Bruckner who is the Executive Vice President, Network Operations, Safety & Capital Delivery at National Grid. The Energy and Environment Committee considers a variety of issues, including green jobs and generation, efficiency, groundwater protection, agriculture and clean air.
Financial Services and Tax Policy Committee, co-chaired by Jeffrey Alter, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Commercial Group and William Savino, Rivkin Radler LLP and vice-chaired by Miriam Tanenbaum, Market Executive, Head of Long Island/Queens, Commercial Banking, Capital One Bank and Carolyn Mazzenga, Partner-in-Charge, Marcum LLP. The Financial Services and Tax Policy Committee explores tax, insurance and banking issues and the impact of various proposals and regulations on the region.
Health, Education and Not-for-Profit Committee, co-chaired by Sam Stanley, President of Stony Brook University and Robert Isaksen, LI Market President of Bank of America and vice-chaired by Drew Bogner, President, Molloy College. The Health, Education and Not-for-Profit Committee discusses health insurance and accessibility, education issues and ways to foster the work of not-for-profit organizations.
Small and Mid-Sized Business Committee, co-chaired by Katherine Heaviside, President of Epoch 5 Public Relations and Ernie Canadeo, President of The EGC Group, Inc. and vice-chaired by Crisler Quick, President, The Finance Department. The Small and Mid-Sized Business Committee advances positions that support the great majority of Long Island's business community; our small and mid-sized businesses.
Women’s Collaborative, co-chaired by Joy Fernandez, Office Managing Partner, EY and Cheryl Korman, Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP. The Long Island Association’s Women’s Collaborative is an innovative new model that is bringing together, empowering and engaging Long Island’s leading businesswomen while encouraging partnerships and providing support, education and growth opportunities. In turn, the businesswomen involved in the Collaborative are informing the LIA about issues important to them and the region’s economic vitality, such as equal pay for equal work and making child care and early education opportunities more affordable and accessible to working families.
Young Professionals Committee, chaired by Anthony Dalessio, Managing Partner, KPMG. The Young Professionals Committee is comprised of a diverse group of employees ages 22-35 who are designated by members of the LIA Board of Directors. The LIA is thus helping train the next generation of business leaders and integrating their input in confronting the challenges facing young people on Long Island while giving them an opportunity to learn, network and collaborate with each other.
LI-Bio, co-chaired by Bruce Stillman, President, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Seymour Liebman, Executive VP, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Canon U.S.A., Inc. Our newest committee, LI-Bio, will serve as a platform to help expand Long Island's burgeoning sector of companies focused on biotechnology, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmeceutical and life sciences.
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It all began back in 1976. Our country was going through a terrible recession. Our local economy was devastated. At the time, our founder Vincent Costello was forced to close his air conditioning and heating contracting business. Looking for a means to support his wife and 10 children, Vinnie stumbled upon a business opportunity, a retail hardware store.