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Press Release: Long Island Association Holds First Annual Evening of Honors


Melville, NY
May 10, 2022     
Long Island Association Holds First Annual Evening of Honors
Event recognized business leaders who support Long Island’s economic development
On May 3, 2022, the Long Island Association (“LIA”) held its first annual Evening of Honors event, where more than 500 members of the business community celebrated the achievements of innovative companies, employees, and business leaders who have made significant impacts on Long Island’s economy. The event was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club. 
“The LIA’s members power our region’s economy by creating jobs, trailblazing new industries, and supporting our community. The Evening of Honors is an opportunity to come together and reflect upon this impactful work. I congratulate the honorees and thank all our supporters for making this event possible,” said Matt Cohen, LIA President and CEO. 
“The LIA’s strength is in its membership, and the Evening of Honors was a special night to recognize their vast contributions to Long Island. From offshore wind to supporting our communities and our region’s resilience during the pandemic, our honorees impact many different aspects of our economy. We look forward to making this an annual event,” said Lawrence Waldman, Board Chair of the Long Island Association. 
The Honorees included:
  • Medal of Honor: David Hardy, CEO and the Employees of Ørsted; Joe Nolan, President & CEO and the Employees of Eversource Energy
  • The Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for Community Service: Stanley Bergman, Chairman & CEO and the Employees of Henry Schein, Inc.
  • COVID Hero Award: Hamid Erfanian, CEO; Barry Weiner, President and the Employees of Enzo Biochem, Inc.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Mitchell Pally, CEO, Long Island Builders Institute; Phyllis Hill Slater, CEO, Hill Slater Group
“As the global leader in offshore wind, we know you don’t get to be global unless you can work locally. Partnering with the LIA connects us to businesses large and small, workforce talent, and a network of brilliant people who are committed to Long Island’s future. Everyone at Ørsted is honored to be recognized by this esteemed organization and community and we look forward to working together to deliver clean energy and opportunity for the region,” said David Hardy, Chief Executive Officer of Ørsted Offshore North America. 
“I’m honored to receive the Long Island Association’s Medal of Honor on behalf of Eversource and our thousands of employees. We are creating an entirely new industry in this country – one built from the ground up – with thousands of New Yorkers poised to play a key role in building the state’s clean energy future. I’m deeply grateful to the Long Island Association for this auspicious honor and thank Long Island’s business community for its dedication to creating economic opportunity through renewable energy,” said Joe Nolan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eversource Energy.
“Team Schein is honored to be recognized by the Long Island Association with an award named for one of the great humanitarians from our community – Harry Chapin. For 90 years, Team Schein has believed in ‘doing well by doing good,’ and we are committed to continuing this work, both on Long Island and around the world. We are most appreciative of the LIA for this honor and for the work the association does in supporting and strengthening our wonderful Long Island community,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc.
“Throughout the pandemic, our mission has been to help Long Island through compassionate service and dedication to our community. The combined efforts of all of Enzo's employees working together has been vital to seeing our vision through. We are honored to be recognized by the Long Island Association as recognition of our commitment to enable healthcare in New York and beyond,” said Enzo Biochem CEO Hamid Erfanian.
“I was honored to be a recipient of the lifetime achievement award from the Long Island Association, as the organization was my home for 21 years and I enjoyed every minute. It was the culmination of my 47-year career on and for Long Island and to be honored in this manner was fantastic,” said Mitchell Pally, CEO of the Long Island Builder’s Institute.
“The Long Island Association has been the credible voice of the Long Island Business Community for decades. It was a great honor to be recognized by the LIA, for my leadership, contributions, and advocacy for the advancement of small business,” said Phyllis Hill Slater, CEO of the Hill Slater Group.
The LIA also debuted two videos, one that provides an overview of the LIA’s priorities (click here), and one that introduces the honorees (click here).
Click here for pictures from the event (photo credit Andy Marlin). 
About the Long Island Association
The Long Island Association (LIA) is the region’s leading non-profit and non-partisan business organization since 1926 and amplifies the voice of the business community. As Long Island’s chamber of commerce, the LIA works to ensure the region’s economic vitality. Long Island’s future is our business. 

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