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HIA-LI Names 23rd Annual Business Achievement Award Recipients

HIA-LI Names 23rd Annual Business Achievement Award Recipients

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — HIA-LI, one of the recognized voices for business on Long Island,recognized four organizations as recipients of its prestigious HIA-LI 23rd Annual Business Achievement Awards at an event today at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. The business recipients represent a diverse group of outstanding organizations from four different business categories: large business, small business, rookie of the year and not-for-profit. Representatives from each of these organizations received a plaque bearing the HIA-LI logo during a gala luncheon event attended by hundreds of business leaders from across Long Island.


Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivered opening remarks before the luncheon followed by the awards presentation to each of the award recipients.

HIA-LI 23rd Annual Business Achievement Award Recipients:

This year’s recipients are:

  • Large Business: Castella Imports; Chris Valsamos, CEO
  • Small Business: The Omnicon Group; Scott Abrams, CEO
  • Rookie of the Year:  Protegrity Advisors, LLC; Gregg Schor, CEO and Bruce Newman, President
  • Not-for-Profit: Association for Mental Health and Wellness; Michael Stoltz, CEO

“HIA-LI is honored to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of these outstanding companies,” said Terri Alessi–Miceli, President of HIA-LI. “These award recipients represent that business success can be achieved with commitment and hard work. They inspire and educate all organizations for future success on Long Island.”

The award criteria used by the HIA-LI includes positive employer/employee relations, commitment to the growth of the Long Island business community, and the three- to five-year vision for the company’s future.  In addition, the recipients are also chosen based on recent outstanding accomplishments, technical innovation or innovative processes, expansion into new markets, industry leadership and overcoming adversity.

2017 Sponsors
This year’s Event Sponsor is Castella Imports.

Additional sponsors include:  Alure Home Improvements; Amneal Pharmaceuticals; AVZ & Company, P.C.; Bank of America; Berdon LLP; Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB); Campolo Middleton & McCormick LLP; Central Business Systems; Communication Strategy Group; Crest Hollow Country Club; Design Audio Visual; Event Kings; Farrell Fritz; H2M architects + engineers; Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP; Long Island Cares; Long Island Temps; Lorraine Gregory Communications; Media Mechanix; Newsday Media Group; New York Party Works; People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union; Presentations Plus, Inc.; RPM Raceway; Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C.; Signwave; Techworks Consulting, Inc.; Stony Brook University; VAI.

Finalists include: American Heart Association; Association for Mental Health and Wellness; Bridgehampton National Bank (BNB); Castella Imports; Central Business Systems; Cerini & Associates, LLP; IGHL; Junior Achievement of New York; Lewis Job Avallone Aviles, LLP; The Omnicon Group; Pal-O-Mine; Pro Bono Partnership; Protegrity Advisors, LLC; P.W. Grosser Consulting; Quick-Cast; Robotic Hair Restoration of Long Island; RPM Raceway; Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C.; Signwave; Techworks Consulting, Inc.

About HIA-LI
HIA-LI helps Long Island businesses prosper. For over 30 years, we have been one of the recognized voices for business on Long Island and a powerful force and economic engine for regional development. We provide a forum for business leaders to network, problem solve and obtain advice on critical issues facing their businesses. Our member companies represent tens of thousands of business professionals. We’re headquartered in and support one of the largest industrial parks in the United States. HIA-LI programs and events promote strategic partnerships, targeted networking, and information sharing and business advocacy. Members benefit from our committees, educational programs, career resources, research capabilities, mentoring opportunities and business advisory services. For more information, visit or call 631-543-5355.

Terri Alessi-Miceli, 631-543-5355,

Lisa Hazen, Communication Strategy Group; 1-866-997-2424;


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