Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and the Town Board recently honored Juliana Terian with the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Leadership Award in recognition of her achievements that have inspired countless women.
The award was presented on the 100th Anniversary of women’s suffrage, as town officials commended the centennial of the fight for women’s rights being heard and ratified by the 19th Amendment.
“Women involved in ensuring equal rights paved the way for other Rosie the Riveter types to follow in their footsteps,” said Saladino. “People like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were influential leaders who made a true difference. As President and CEO of the Long Island-based Rallye Motor Company, Juliana Terian is a successful leader in her industry as she manages an 600-employee company that has consistently ranked among the top dealerships in the tristate region, as well as the nation.”
Juliana Terian took the reins as President and CEO in 2002. As anyone can imagine, this was no easy feat, as she navigated through what many would consider to be a non-traditional role. But Juliana found the balance. She worked tirelessly to overcome all obstacles.
She took the legacy left behind by her husband and she built on that legacy – putting her own stamp on it and paving her own way. She set on a mission, and she has been directing this company to new heights – showing women everywhere that even in what many would consider a nonconventional role, if you want to get it done right, you put a woman in charge.
An architect by training, she has put her background to good use when it comes to designing new facilities, including one dealership that was made completely environmentally-friendly. In fact, she makes environmental initiatives a priority in planning facilities and encourages designers and architects to always look for sustainable ways to protect Mother Nature. As she continued to grow the business, she supported her hundreds of employees by introducing new training programs. She also strengthened opportunities for women in the company.
“Juliana has truly showed us what can be accomplished when you put a woman in the driver’s seat,” said Supervisor Saladino. “Her many business triumphs and focus on promoting women in the workplace are inspirational.”