L. to R.: HIA-LI Board Chairman Joe Campolo, Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling, and HIA-LI President and CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli.

Long Island’s top businesses were honored Thursday for their leadership during the Hauppauge Industrial Association’s 25th annual Business Achievement Awards at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

SUNation Solar Systems, Inc. won in the large business category, defense contractor EastWest Industries won for small business, assisted living facility Dominican Village took home the not-for-profit prize, and named rookie of the year was Pure Mammography, a two-year-old startup that offers women’s health screenings in the convenience of a spa-like storefront at Smith Haven Mall. Northwell Health hospital group, New York State’s largest private employer, earned a special leadership award.

“This is not just an event,” HIA-LI President and CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli said as she looked out over the crowd of hundreds of business leaders in the audience. “This is about bringing businesses together. This is about people who are making things happen.”

The Hauppauge Industrial Association Long Island (HIA-LI) is the trade group representing the 1,300 businesses that employ more than 55,000 workers at the Hauppauge Industrial Park, the nation’s second largest industrial park after Silicon Valley. 

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail,” Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling said while quoting Ralph Waldo Emerson during his acceptance speech.

Finalists in the large business category were American Diagnostic Corporation, Custom Computer Specialists, Inc., JLL, and Northwell Heath. Runners up in the small business category were Accu Data Workforce Solutions, Contemporary Computer Services, Inc., National Business Capital & Services, and Prestige Employee Administrators, Inc.

The finalists for rookie of the year were Naka Technologies, LLC, SynchroPET, and Senior Health Plan Specialists Inc. The not-for-profit runners up were ACLD, CN Guidance & Counseling Services, EPIC Long Island, Independent Group Home Living Program, Inc., and Splashes of Hope.

“It’s a prestigious honor to be recognized by the HIA,” said Theresa Ferraro, president of Ronkonkoma-based East-West Industries. “What we were were being recognized for really truly is the founding principals of East/West … saving air crew lives.”

L. to R.: HIA-LI Board Chairman Joe Campolo, East-West Industries President Theresa Ferraro, East-West Industries Vice President Joseph Spinosa, and HIA-LI President and CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli.
L. to R.: HIA-LI Board Chairman Joe Campolo, Pure Mammography CEO Steven Tuzinkiewicz, Office Manager Felicia Telep, Chief Operating Officer John Parnell, and HIA-LI President and CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli.
L. to R.: HIA-LI Board Chairman Joe Campolo, Dominican Village President and CEO Paul Wasser, and HIA-LI President and CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli.
L. to R.: HIA-LI Board Chairman Joe Campolo, SUNation Solar Systems Inc. CEO Scott Maskin, SUNation Chief of Sales Mike Bailis, Chris Valsamos , and HIA-LI President and CEO Terri Alessi-Miceli.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul was the keynote speaker at the event.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone also addressed the crowd.
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