The Team

Marlene McDonnell
President

Serving as president of Innovate Long Island since 2017, Marlene McDonnell concentrates on the business side of the digital news service and its brand recognition.

She contributes researched material and curated content for Innovate LI’s newsletters and is the company’s ambassador-at-large at networking events. She also works directly with sponsors on their Innovate LI marketing programs.

Marlene worked at Long Island Business News from 1998 to 2015, creating the newspaper’s distinctive event business and serving as its director, while directly assisting then-Publisher John Kominicki. She has been a member of the Long Island Business Development Council since 2001, serving on its Executive Board and as the organization’s administrator, and produces LIBDC’s annual business development conference in Montauk. Deeply connected to the Long Island community and its businesses, she was recognized in 2009 and 2013 by members of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business program for her dedication to women in the business community. She also received the Woman of Achievement Award in 2010 from the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Gregory Zeller
Vice President, Editor

Since authoring his first freelance news article (about a haunted library) for a daily newspaper in Bridgewater, NJ, in 1990, Gregory Zeller has worked in newsrooms large and small between South Jersey, New York and Central Connecticut.

The veteran journalist was the 1997 New Jersey Press Association Journalist of the Year and the 2005 New York Press Association Writer of the Year, and twice served in editor roles at regional journal Long Island Business News under then-Publisher John Kominicki.

He became the first editor in Innovate Long Island history when Kominicki launched Innovate LI in 2015 and has carved a new professional niche writing about Long Island’s brightest and busiest inventors, investors and innovators. His “Quantum Acres” series of supernatural thriller novels is available on amazon.com.

John L. Kominicki
1955 – 2017
Founder

John Kominicki was the founder and former publisher/editor-in-chief of Innovate Long Island.

Before conquering the digital media, Mr. Kominicki had a long career as a print journalist, including 15 years as a Europe-based correspondent, during which he covered the Cold War and other skirmishes for The New York Times, USA Today, the Dallas Morning News, European Stars & Stripes and many other publications.

In 2017, he was named publisher and executive editor of the Long Island Press, where he helped revive the publication’s dormant print operations. From 1998 to 2013, he was the publisher of Long Island Business News and headed nationwide editorial operations for the paper’s then-corporate parent, Minneapolis-based Dolan Media, which owned more than 60 business, law and construction publications and other businesses.

A longtime dabbler in regional economic development issues, Mr. Kominicki was co- chairman of the Long Island Business Development Council and served on the boards of the Real Estate Institute and LISTnet. He also served as a board member of the Long Island Association, Vision Long Island, the United Way, Suffolk Community College and many other charities and organizations.

Mr. Kominicki was well-respected for his support of the region’s business community and recognized as an advocate for small business. He received numerous accolades and awards, most notably an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Dowling College in 2003. Throughout his life he studied theater, history and the culinary arts and, in his youth, worked as a singing waiter, silk screen printer, greeting card copywriter, tap dancer and line cook.

His blog, “Unconventional Wisdom,” is archived at longislandindex.org. A collection of his essays, “Uncle Jerry Had A Girlfriend in New York,” is still available on amazon.com.