By any other name, 2017 LISA winners rock tech

Dean machine: Herman Berliner of Hofstra University's Zarb School of Business is among the winners of the 2017 LISAs.

The Long Island Software & Technology Network has named its 2017 LISA award-winners.

The acronym changes yearly now. Known for years as the “Long Island Software Awards,” LISTnet in 2016 changed the wording behind LISA to the “Long Island Slugger Awards,” and has changed it up again for 2017: LISA now stands for “Long Island SummIT Awards,” according to a statement from the Plainview-based Software & Technology Network.

Whatever you call them, the LISAs – self-billed as “the Oscars of the Long Island tech industry” – annually honor a who’s-who of regional techno-titans, and 2017’s list of awardees is no exception.

This year’s LISAs are going to John Bosco, senior VP and chief information officer for Northwell Health; Herman Berliner, dean of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University; Kim Girards, president of The Ergonomic Group of Westbury; and Raymond Farrell, partner at Melville law firm Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP.

Also earning 2017 LISAs are Humera Qazi, managing director at Big Four auditor KPMG’s Melville office; Adrienne Gianone, president of Bohemia-based Edge Electronics; and Paul Scardino, senior VP of sales, engineering and marketing for Hauppauge-based Globecomm Systems Inc.

The LISTnet Diamond Award, honoring women in technology, will be presented to Patricia Smith, vice president and chief information security officer at Georgia-based Cox Automotive, which maintains a Lake Success facility.

LISA 2017 is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Garden City Hotel. Information on sponsorships and tickets is coming soon, LISTnet said Friday.

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