Trellus CEO and Co-founder Adam Haber was recently recognized with the 2022 LIBN Executive Circle Award, presented by Long Island Business News.
According to LIBN, “The Executive Circle Awards celebrates c-suites, directors and other senior-level executives who consistently demonstrate remarkable leadership skills, integrity, values, vision, commitment to excellence, company performance, community service and diversity.”
Haber was recognized alongside other members of the greater Trellus community, including Patrick Bardsley, CEO and Co-founder of Spectrum Designs Foundation (a Trellus merchant) and Anthony Forgione, Director of Business Development at HIA-LI (of which Trellus is a member).
Here is LIBN’s full write-up recognizing Haber and his achievements.
“Adam Haber is dedicated to serving his community. As a Roslyn School Board Trustee from 2009-2018, Adam fought for residents and children, and helped bring the Roslyn School District back from the brink of financial ruin after an $11.2 million theft. From 2018-2019, he also served as head of Economic Development at the Town of Hempstead, an experience that deepened his passion for helping Long Island small businesses.
After Hurricane Sandy, Haber initiated Project Long Island to repair 200+ damaged homes in Long Beach through All Hands and Hearts, a disaster relief organization where he is currently a board member. In addition, he has been a board member of the Hagedorn Little Village School since 2017.
As a small business owner and entrepreneur, Haber has real experience creating jobs, attracting capital, and managing complex budgets. He had a 22-year career as a commodity options trader, has owned three restaurants (one of which had a Michelin Star), and is a non-operating principal of ScanlanKemperBard, a Portland, Oregon-based commercial real estate merchant bank. Haber is also an active member of the Long Island Angel Network and has invested in multiple startups.
In January 2021, he and his partners launched Trellus Same-Day Local Delivery & Marketplace. Trellus was created in response to Amazon and other big-box stores. The continued expansion of these e-commerce giants makes it increasingly difficult for local small businesses to compete on a digital landscape. Meanwhile, consumers increasingly were shifting to online purchasing as delivery times shortened.
Haber and his team designed Trellus to help Long Island’s independent small businesses. Trellus provides local businesses the technology platform and network of gig-drivers needed to offer on-demand, same-day delivery. These merchants are empowered to handle their own fulfillment. In turn, local customers can get the items they need faster and more conveniently, from trusted local businesses in their community.
Currently, 90% of Trellus deliveries are completed in under two hours and 100% of deliveries are completed same-day. To date, there are more than 215 Long Island merchants on the Trellus network, and Haber is already planning a new phase of growth that will include expansion beyond Long Island and the rollout of a new marketplace platform.
Haber embraces his role as a community developer and enjoys spending time connecting with local business owners. He explains, ‘While working as head of Economic Development at the Town of Hempstead, I heard elected officials repeat the mantra, ‘shop local.’ But there was little incentive for residents to do so because they could shop online more easily and at less cost through Amazon. I came up with the idea of Trellus to help Long Island small businesses compete with Amazon and other e-commerce behemoths.'”