IABC-LI: It’s been a great year, and there’s so much more in store!

It’s hard to believe that I’m approaching my one year anniversary as the president of the IABC-LI.  As the old adage goes, time flies when you’re having fun!

It has been truly an honor working with fellow members this year and contributing to the success of this incredible organization.

The Year in Review
Over the course of the last 12 months, our focus has been on making improvements that offer significant value to IABC-LI members. These improvements included rolling back prices on event registration fees, and increasing the value of sponsorships while maintaining the same sponsorship fees.  We also added some great new programming and a blog with increased focus on growing our social media channels. For those who are not able to attend events, our event recaps and the ability to download speaker presentations have been particularly well-received.

What’s in store for the coming months? Lots!

On June 11th, we’ll be celebrating the achievements of our top business communicators at the annual IABC-LI Achievement Awards. This lunchtime event is a favorite of members and a great time to acknowledge the hard work of our honorees and their commitment to communications, innovation, and community service.  We are thrilled to have Dan Kim, founder of Red Mango all natural frozen yogurt and smoothie franchise, as the keynote speaker of the event which will be held at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury. Limited seating available, so we encourage you to register today!

The summer fun continues with a brand new event that we’re very excited about! On August 13th, we’ll be co-hosting the Networking Event of the Year at Carlyle at the Palace. This is gearing up to be a BIG networking opportunity where business leaders from across Long Island, and beyond will be able to exchange ideas, strategies, and insider tips. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a raffle where you’ll have the chance to win an iPad Mini and many other prizes. Money raised from the raffle will be donated to participating charities. If you want to help your business while helping others, you won’t want to miss this event! To guarantee your spot, sign up now.

How Can We Continue to Improve?
I hope that the lower price initiative, coupled with our focus on programming and valuable content, have been beneficial to you as a member of IABC-LI. Do you have suggestions or strategies to offer even more value to members? Please take this quick IABC-LI survey and let us know how we can keep increasing the value of membership and our events, and tell us how YOU can get more out of your IABC experience.

As always, I welcome and encourage your ideas. Please feel free to email me at jerry@core.bz anytime.

Spotlight on…
Thank you to those who have reached out about being featured in an IABC-LI Member Spotlight. Here are a few of our latest.

Want to share your story? Contact me directly so that we can get your spotlight published.

NEW! Guest Blog Posts
Since our member spotlights continue to be so successful, we are now accepting guest blog posts. Members can now post content on our blog to share via all our social channels.

Take advantage of a guest blog post today! Want to write something for our blog, and have all credit and links going back to you and your website? Contact me for details.

Finally, a BIG Thank You…
The IABC-LI would not be what it is today without the tremendous help of our board and committee members who enthusiastically contribute their time and talent. I would be remiss if I didn’t personally thank each and every one. We are extremely fortunate to have such a talented, committed group of professionals who are enabling our group to provide value to our members and to carry on the IABC message.

A warm thank you to the following board and committee members:

  • Ann Middleman, Vice President and Treasurer
  • Art Samansky, Secretary
  • Kathleen O’Neill, Membership
  • Cyndi Leventhal, Programming
  • Laney Liner, Communications
  • Steven Seligson, Membership Committee
  • Sheila Ziegler, Awards Committee
  • Jeff Levy, Programming Committee
  • Wendy Goldstein, Membership Committee

Drop Me a Line…
As always, I welcome your feedback on the direction of our organization and to share ideas on ways that you think we can improve. Please don’t hesitate to email me at jerry@core.bz.

Thank you for your continued support. Hope to see you soon,

All the Best!


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