Meet the Judges of our 2016 Awards Program

Our sincerest appreciation goes out to this year’s panel of judges. We’re very grateful to have such a wide range of marketing professionals apply their knowledge and expertise in selecting the winners. We thank each and every one of them for their time spent for our benefit.



What an honor to have such a talented and generous group of judges. Allow us to introduce them to you!

Jessica McAleer Decatur


As the vice president for marketing and communications at St. Joseph’s College, Jessica McAleer Decatur’s primary role is to establish and maintain a consistent institutional brand while enhancing the College’s overall reputation and visibility on the local, regional and national levels. Responsible for the oversight and coordination of all efforts and initiatives related to the College’s marketing and branding, she manages all internal and external communications, print and digital publications, advertising, media relations, social media, community relations, public, government and legislative affairs and the College website. Bringing nearly 20 years of experience to her position as an industry leader, Jessica also serves on the board of directors for the Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization that teaches the importance of stranger safety awareness. For more information, visit

Kevin Simms

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Kevin Simms has more than two decades of marketing, communications and design experience. He is currently Director of Marketing for Comview Corporation, a Huntington based fixed and mobile telecom expense management provider. Prior to Comview, Kevin held senior marketing positions concentrating on digital marketing, content development, corporate communications and PR at Enghouse Interactive, CosmoCom, Adecco and Olsten Corporation as well as serving other companies on a consulting basis. He is also a board member of DMALI (Direct Marketing Association of Long Island) and holds a BA in Studio Art from Stony Brook University.

Paul Lipsky


Paul Lipsky is the founder of MindYolk Creative Studio and brings with him more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of visual communications. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of Visual Arts, he began working for several prestigious video postproduction companies in Washington, D.C., and in New York City. He has successfully provided creative direction and advanced animation expertise to such clients as the National Institutes of Health, HBO, Grey Advertising, MSG Network, CBS Sports, and to TV programs such as The McLaughlin Group, America’s Most Wanted, and Inside the NFL. This expertise has won him such industry awards as the National Telly Award, the Medical Illustrators’ Award and the BDA Broadcast Designer Award. In addition to his professional career Paul has taught in higher education for over 15 years at NYU, St John University and currently teaches at Hofstra University. He has been invited to lecturer internationally in Taiwan, China, London, Jamaica, and South Africa.

Marc Goldsmith


Marc Goldsmith is the head of marketing and sales at Timely Signs Inc. He strives to always help others find creative solutions to their business challenges. Marc is on the cutting edge of technology with offering virtual reality products & the latest smartphone accessories. He’s a naturally born businessman and entrepreneur owning several businesses as an adolescent and continues to build upon all the lessons learned throughout his life. He is a self-starter and an outside the box thinker in his approach to tackling life’s challenges and is happy to share his unconventional routes of his successes. Marc is a voracious networker and loves building relationships with one on ones and making connections within his vast network. Personally Marc keeps an active lifestyle with volleyball, yoga and tai chi. He is a lifelong learner and enjoys seminars and listening to audiobooks.

Chris Palermo


Chris Palermo has extensive experience in internal/employee communications with multiple Long Island- and New York-based companies. He received the “Achievement in Communications” Award from IABC-LI, specifically for his innovative work in internal communications, which included launching internal social media channels, improving employee engagement and creating a “best-place-to-work” culture at these organizations. In his previous roles, he has doubled employee morale and engagement and reduced internal emails by as much as 80 percent, working as a trusted mentor and advisor to executives and Human Resources and Organizational Development departments. Chris is also an active member of Toastmasters International, where he serves as the Vice-President of Public Relations for his local chapter. He has received his Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership designations and has won several speech and evaluation contests in his short time with the organization.


Come join us at the June 15 award luncheon to cheer on the honorees.

Follow this link for more information or to register.

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One Response to “Meet the Judges of our 2016 Awards Program”

  1. Louise Cassano

    Just want to say “thanks” to the judges for selecting my niece Melissa Conlon for the IABC Student Award this year. I know she is very honored by this selection and her parents and our entire family are very proud of her accomplishments. I’m certain she will also make IABC proud of its selection as she pursues her career.


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