2019 Honorees

President & CEO -  Gurwin Jewish

Stuart Almer

President & CEO - Gurwin Jewish

Stuart B. Almer is President and CEO of the Gurwin Family of Healthcare Services.  He joined Gurwin in 2015, assuming his current role in January 2018.  Prior to that, Stu served in administrative roles at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, as well in several acute care settings over the course of his more than 30 year career.  Stu serves on the boards of many industry and community organizations, and has been honored numerous times by professional and community groups.  Most importantly, he is an avid sports fan.

President & CEO - Northwell Health

Michael Dowling

President & CEO - Northwell Health

Northwell Health delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Northwell Health is the largest integrated health care system in New York State with a total workforce of more than 68,000 employees — the state’s largest private employer. With 23 hospitals, 6,675 hospital and long-term care beds, more than 700 outpatient physician practices and a full complement of long-term care services, Northwell is one of the nation’s largest health systems, with $12 billion in annual revenue.

Prior to becoming president and CEO in 2002, Mr. Dowling was the health system’s executive vice president and chief operating officer. Before joining Northwell Health in 1995, he was a senior vice president at Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Mr. Dowling served in New York State government for 12 years, including seven years as state director of Health, Education and Human Services and deputy secretary to the governor. He was also commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services.
Before his public service career, Mr. Dowling was a professor of social policy and assistant dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, and director of the Fordham campus in Westchester County.

Founding Partner - Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP

Frederick Johs

Founding Partner - Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP

One of the founding partners of the law firm, Fred serves as senior trial partner in all areas of litigation. Fred has been representing clients in transactions and matters of significant exposure for over thirty-five years.  He tries cases involving significant claims on LI and NYC. He takes a down to earth, common sense approach to resolving the most complicated litigation in a cost-effective manner.  Fred has also acted as regional counsel for a major national insurer to oversee litigation involving sexual abuse and misconduct by clergy.  He has represented electrical contractors in labor issues and has served as Village Attorney for the Village of Pt Jefferson.

Fred was Vice-Chairman on the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District, serves on the Board of Governors of Touro Law School, the Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope, and the Board of Advancement for Commerce Industry & Technology, Inc.  (past president). He also served on the Board of Mather Memorial Hospital for over 12 years. Fred is a member of many industry organizations and has lectured on medical malpractice litigation and trial techniques among other topics both in the U.S. and across the pond. Fred loves his sons Andrew and Freddie, practicing law and playing golf.

EVP / Chief HR Officer - New York Community Bank

Eric Kracov

EVP / Chief HR Officer - New York Community Bank

Eric S. Kracov joined New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (“NYCB”) as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer on December 30, 2016.  Prior to joining NYCB, Mr. Kracov practiced law for over 30 years, primarily in areas related to executive compensation, employee benefits and human resources law.  He represented NYCB as the bank’s principal outside counsel in his areas of expertise from 1998 until he joined the bank in his present position. 

Mr. Kracov is recognized as an expert in matters relating to compensation and benefits in the banking sector with particular emphasis on the interpretation of, and compliance with, applicable bank regulatory requirements.  He also has extensive experience in the representation of public companies and the particular rules that relate to the public disclosure of executive compensation and employee programs.  He has worked on over 100 mergers and public offerings in the banking sector. 

Founder - Accountants Resource Group

Bruce Libman

Founder - Accountants Resource Group

Bruce is Founder and President of Total Networking and Consulting LLC.  This organization is committed to assisting business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals in developing new revenue streams by using relationship marketing and proven business development techniques.  

Bruce is recognized as an innovative marketer and networking strategist.  He believes to succeed in Business Development you must embrace a “Clients For Life” philosophy.   This approach is the guiding principal of the organization.

He is the Author of Total Networking, It’s Just Breakfast and Networking A-Z, three practical books for individuals and professionals seeking to enhance their networking outcomes.   Bruce’s approach is a “Give vs. Get” approach to creating valued relationships.  

President Northeast - HUB International

Joe Torella

President Northeast - HUB International

Joe Torella currently serves as President of Employee Benefits for HUB International’s East Region. Responsible for the overall management of the Employee Benefits operations throughout HUB’s East Region operations, this includes the wholesale division, FNA Insurance Services, where he is responsible for overseeing broker and carrier relationships and driving business growth. Joe holds over three decades of insurance industry experience.

Mr. Torella is the immediate past-president of the Central Jersey Association of Health Underwriters and a past-president of the NJ Association of Health Underwriters - the NJ statewide organization. He is also a past-president of the Northern New Jersey Chapter. Joe is a member of the American Marketing Association, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, Inc. and the Private Exchange Research Council.

He has been a continuing education instructor for over 20 years and is a leading health care reform policy expert and distinguished speaker on many topics including consumer-driven healthcare, transparency, targeted wellness interventions, outcomes-based plan designs and related health care trends.

 

2018 Honorees

Law Partner - Lazer Apetheker Rosella & Yedid, PC

Steven Aptheker

Law Partner - Lazer Apetheker Rosella & Yedid, PC

Steven B. Aptheker is co-founder of Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. Mr. Aptheker has been an active commercial lawyer for more than thirty years and has practiced in state and federal courts. He has handled cases in different venues on the east coast, including Florida, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.

SVP/ HR & Org Development - Biodex Medical Systems

Gary Barello

SVP/ HR & Org Development - Biodex Medical Systems

As a highly accomplished HR executive, Gary has 30 years of experience in diverse sectors including financial services, government, international manufacturing and non-profit / not-for-profit organizations.   His professional experience has included: Consulting services to numerous companies on Long Island; Bethpage Federal Credit Union as the SVP, Human Resources;  and, General Semiconductor, Inc.  as the VP, Global Human Resources.  Gary serves as the Board Chair of Sperry Federal Credit Union, is a Board Member of the Maurer Foundation and a previous Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

President -Target Group Media

Special MoXY Founder Award - Glenn Bucalo

President -Target Group Media

Glenn Bucalo is both president of and the visionary behind Target Group Media.  Founded in 1988, the award-winning studio emerged as a creative environment with an eye toward aesthetic communication. Glenn's passion for and commitment to design combined with his 35 years expertise in printing, illustration, web design and digital photography have guided his vision.

Managing Partner - Cerini & Associates, LLP

Ken Cerini

Managing Partner - Cerini & Associates, LLP

Ken is responsible for the administration of the firm's not-for-profit and educational providers practice group.  In addition to his extensive audit experience both at Ernst & Young, LLP,  and Cerini and Associates, LLP, Ken has been directly involved with providing consulting services to nonprofits and educational facilities of all sizes throughout New York State.

Vice President - Northwell Health

Edward Fraser

Vice President - Northwell Health

Edward Fraser oversees community Relations for the largest healthcare network in New York State – and one of the largest in the nation. Edward joined the health system in 2006 and his career has evolved from a role at Southside Hospital within Human Resources into Nursing Education, and then to the department of Community Relations. He has grown from Director of Community Relations at Southside Hospital to Assistant Vice President for 7 hospitals to his most recent promotion, Corporate Vice President of Community Relations for the 22 Hospitals that encompass Northwell Health.

President & CEO - Sterling National Bank

Jack Kopnisky

President & CEO - Sterling National Bank

Mr.Kopnisky has a successful history of growing organizations and acheiving results.  His vision of growing Sterling National Bancorp into a regional bank by becoming a leader in delivering superior service to owner-led businessess and family has yielded strong operating results.  The company has grown from $3.2 billion in assets in 2011 to nearly $30 billion in assets in 2017 with the acquisition of Astoria Bank.

President - BIGideas

Special MoXY Founder Award - T. Philip Perlman

President - BIGideas

T. Philip Perlman is the President of BIGideas — a successful marketing and advertising consulting services company located on Long Island, New York. BIGideas provides valuable marketing intelligence and creative services to a prominent list of advertising and public relations firms throughout the New York Metropolitan area.

SVP / Sr Growth Manager - People's United Bank

Steven Santino

SVP / Sr Growth Manager - People's United Bank

Steven G. Santino leads the Long Island retail branches. He joined People's United Bank in 1988 and has advanced through positions of increasing responsibility over the years, most recently leading acquisition integration of 27 branches of the Suffolk County National Bank acquisition, and previously 57 branches from the Citizen’s Bank acquisition into the People's United Bank franchise in New York.

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