Greg Demetriou

No. 508: Boomgaarden rocks, Judy Garland sings, industrial forces go home and gougers get theirs

  Big day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and not just any Wednesday but the day Long Island engages Phase 2 in Albany’s official reopening playbook – an important step for those still following the social-distancing rules (including you, we hope). That means it’s June 10 out there – Army Day in Jordan, Navy Day in Italy and, here in the States, National Iced Tea Day, defending the nation from thirst. Well, that’s new: Today…


No. 498: On crepes, mosques and tough love – and Long Island, home of the COVID-19 vaccine?

  Schastlivaya pandemiya: Over the homebound hump we go, dear comrades, as we brave another week of the great 2020 pandemic – and, even scarier, another week locked up with those we love most. To that end, these sanity-maintenance tips from the Russian Health Ministry. You’re welcome. Crepes us out: Now here’s a dangerous combo – May 6 is both National Crepe Suzette Day, celebrating the caramelized dessert, and National No Diet Day, which, let’s…


The coronavirus ate our awards show

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought banning travel to Europe and suspending the NBA season were big deals, hope you’re sitting down. Yes, the nefarious pandemic that closed Italy, sparked a global toilet paper shortage and broke this little girl’s heart has now done the unthinkable – the 2020 Innovator of the Year Awards show, scheduled for March 24 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, has been canceled. (Or postponed. Or reformatted….


No. 482: On the meaningfully diverse, the Uber forgetful and CPR’s most heartfelt replays

  Shift change: Push that lever, dear readers, as we reach the fulcrum point and gear up for the latter half of this latest busy workweek. Apples and overlords: It’s Wednesday, March 11 – Moshoeshoe Day in Lesotho (celebrating the birthdate of the mountaintop African nation’s founding father) and National Johnny Appleseed Day in the United States (which doesn’t mark pioneering agriculturist John Chapman’s birthday, but the start of planting season). It’s also National Funeral…


The diversity dilemma: Making good hires look bad

By GREG DEMETRIOU // Major corporations, organizations and institutions make regular announcements when they tick off diversity accomplishments. XYZ Company welcomes its first African American CEO. Acme Corp. elevates a woman to its Board of Directors, first time ever. Widgets Inc. announces its first openly gay chief operations officer. These personnel announcements are plentiful, especially in business publications and their social media counterparts. And there is the smiling face of the newly crowned – forever…


Breakfast of champions

Hundreds turn out to honor LI’s brightest innovators (photos by Bob Giglione) In a rare breakfast networker that delivered all the feels, Innovate Long Island saluted its 2019 Innovators of the Year Tuesday at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. More than 200 guests turned out to honor two dozen of Long Island’s brightest and boldest researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs and executives, including 2019 Master of Innovation Mitch Maiman and Stony Brook University Vice President…


Loving the Drake (and other productions) at LG Studios

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re living it up in Edgewood, where “The Donna Drake Show” has a new name and a new home. The relentlessly optimistic, widely syndicated video magazine – featuring the eponymous host and a team of chipper correspondents serving up slices of life with studio guests and remote reports – has a new home base: LG Studios, a three-headed collaboration by Lorraine Gregory Communications, Hauppauge-based production studio Mirrorland Productions and the Drake…


At Lorraine Gregory Studios, they’re making the scene

By GREGORY ZELLER // They’re (almost) ready for their close-up at Lorraine Gregory Communications, where the curtain is about to rise on a new video-production studio – and an even bigger sequel is coming soon. Emboldened by the success of a new video-interview segment produced by his spinoff C-suite consultancy Greg’s Corner Office, Lorraine Gregory Communications founder and CEO Greg Demetriou is excited to announce the near-completion of Lorraine Gregory Studios – and “doesn’t that…


Action! Hot CEO blog goes vlog with Dowling debut

By GREGORY ZELLER // Mirroring the evolution of his digital marketing agency, Greg Demetriou is adding some live action to his thriving industry blog. Spun out of his Edgewood-based Lorraine Gregory Communications, Demetriou’s Greg’s Corner Office is a chief-executive consultancy leveraging Demetriou’s quarter-century of elbow-rubbing in major-league C-suites – a “great opportunity to take everything I’ve learned about being a CEO and running a successful company,” the innovator said, “and put it in front of…