Marlene McDonnell

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….


In our Roaring Twenties reboot, innovation rules

A new year? For sure. A new decade? That’s debatable. But whether you see Jan. 1 as the beginning of the end or simply a new beginning, this much is indisputable: The Twenties are upon us, and they will be roaring indeed. The same can be said at the start of any new year or new decade or new millennium, but the days ahead are truly filled with innovation’s rich promise. As 2020 dawns, humanity…


Mirabella bows, generations change at the LIBDC

By GREGORY ZELLER // A “council of elders” works great in the movies, but for 21st century business development, only fresh thinking will do. This is Edward Mirabella’s mindset, at least, as he trumpets “young, new blood” and steps down as co-chairman of the Long Island Business Development Council Executive Board, effective Oct. 31. Mirabella, a 43-year commercial banking veteran who launched Wantagh-based corporate consultancy Mirabella Associates in 2006, will continue as treasurer of the…


New era, same mission as golden LIBDC plans ahead

By GREGORY ZELLER // Invention, and reinvention. They are the manifestation of creativity and the heart of innovation. True today, on a Long Island staking a claim as a leading biosciences hub; true a half-century ago, when a unique combination of potato farms and cutting-edge aerospace defined an otherwise sparse suburbia. The current leadership of the Long Island Business Development Council, which turns 50 this year, is a reinvention of sorts – a forward-thinking team…


USPTO, regional forces unite for Long Island inventors

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovators, assemble – the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office is coming to Long Island. In another bringing-the-mountain-to-Mohammed moment, the USPTO is partnering with Farmingdale State College and the Long Island Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club on an Inventors Day specifically for Long Island innovators – a day-long whirlwind of panels and presentations covering new ideas, product development, licensing, manufacturing and more. Scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. June 1…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…