Let’s Pause and Applaud True Standouts!

HIA, Business Achievement Awards, B) Luncheon (2) (800x800)-COLLAGEAs business executives, we spend almost all of our work time trying to do our jobs well.

So it’s nice to pause for a moment to applaud those Long Island companies and organizations that are true standouts when it comes to performance and leadership.

That’s what we did on September 19 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury when HIA-LI held a gala luncheon to honor recipients of our 25th Annual Business Achievement Awards (BAA).

Some 500 guests were greeted by New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, each of whom praised the honorees and also applauded HIA-LI on our commitment to fulfilling the vision set forth in our “Opportunity Analysis” issued last April.

Covering four categories, BAA nominees were evaluated based on the quality of their employee relations, regional business engagement, profitability, and vision for their future. Other considerations included recent accomplishments, innovative processes, market growth, industry leadership, and their ability to overcome adversity.

The “Large Business” recipient was SUNation Solar Systems, Long Island’s largest solar company, based in the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge. Other “Large Business” finalists included: American Diagnostic Corporation; Custom Computer Specialists; JLL; and Northwell Health.

The “Small Business” honoree was East/West Industries, an aerospace engineering company in Ronkonkoma. Other “Small Business” entrants were Accu Data Workforce Solutions; Contemporary Computer Services; National Business Capital & Services; and Prestige Employee Administrators.

Selected as “Rookie of the Year” was Pure Mammography in Lake Grove. Category finalists included Naka Technologies, LLC; Senior Health Plan Specialists; and SynchroPET.

The “Not-for-Profit” honoree was Dominican Village, an assisted and independent living community in Amityville. Finalists included ACLD; CN Counseling & Guidance Services; EPIC Long Island; Independent Group Home Living, Inc.; and Splashes of Hope.

HIA-LI also presented a special “Industry Leadership Award” to Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider and the region’s largest private employer.

The luncheon gave us all a chance to publicly commend these outstanding firms. And, over the years, honorees have told us how they leverage their awards and finalist status to boost their marketing and their overall competitiveness.

So, my message to you? Nominate your organization in 2020! That way we can all applaud you next September!

Celebrate, Honor, and Flourish

Over 24 years ago we had a vision to recognize excellence in Long Island business, and the HIA-LI Business Achievement Awards were born.

It is more critical today than ever before that we highlight this HIA-LI business growth initiative and celebrate and honor these Long Island businesses, particularly in light of so many businesses being courted off of Long Island by other communities.

We here at HIA-LI are committed to doing everything in our power to keep Long Island businesses here and to keep them flourishing.

The recipients of the Business Achievement Awards were judged in four categories; Large, Small, Rookie of the Year, and Not-for-Profits.

All companies in each category were judged on their accomplishments, positive employee relations, giving back to the Long Island community, revenue and profitability trends, and their overall innovation in business strategy.

Often, our member companies will ask, “What is the secret to success for these companies?” Well, there doesn’t seem to be a secret.  Because regardless of the industry, they all seem to have several things in common:

  • They are optimistic about the future.
  • They have good people in place and know how to celebrate them.
  • They are focused, particularly in this economy, on the development of their good people and on streamlining – doing things differently to make their company more effective.
  • They realize that if they are not constantly doing things better and more effectively, they can lose out in this economy to someone who is!

Lee Iacocca once said, “The most successful businesspeople are the ones who hold onto the old just as long as it’s good and grab onto the new just as soon as it’s better.”

Our Business Achievement Award recipients are great examples of that type of passion and commitment in a very competitive business environment.

These are the 2018 HIA-LI Business Achievement Award recipients who were honored on September 20th at the Crest Hollow Country Club: