Event Recap: 2015 Achievement Awards


On June 10, nearly 100 professionals celebrated and congratulated the recipients of the 2015 IABC-LI Achievement Awards, at Jewel Restaurant, in Melville.


With renowned speaker, Seth Rogin, Chief Revenue Officer at Mashable.com, delivering the Keynote Address, the stage was set for an enjoyable day of festivities and learning.

Seth spoke about the changing landscape of information and provided fantastic insights into Mashable’s processes to not only deliver engaging content, but – more importantly – to predict which content would become trending. This has ensured Mashable’s position as a reliable and timely source for more than 40 million unique visitors each month.


The real focal point of the day was the recognition of the five award-winning individuals and their work on branding and re-branding efforts:

  • Achievement in Communications: Saskia Monteiro Thomson, director of marketing and communications, YMCA of Long Island, Inc.
  • Achievement in Digital Communications: Meghan O’Neill, digital marketing manager, YMCA of Long Island, Inc.
  • Student Achievement in Communications: Dylan Gafarian, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue Campus
  • Achievement in Community Service: Joanne Williams, director of forensic accounting, Nussbaum Yates Berg Klein & Wolpow, LLP
  • Communicator of the Year, awarded to an IABC member for outstanding service to the Association, was Jerry Allocca, current IABC-LI president and founder of CORE Interactive

A variety of prizes were raffled to attendees, each more impressive than the last.

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And, as IABC-LI president, Jerry Allocca noted, the sponsors of the event were incredibly generous. “They make this organization run,” he said. “We appreciate each and every one of our sponsors – not only for this event, but for all our programs, throughout the year.”

Please visit our sponsors’ websites below to learn more about their important work.

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