Many of Long Island’s top CEOs were among the hundreds of professionals who gathered at HIA-LI’s 33rd Annual Trade Show in Melville on Oct. 14.
Businesses large and small showcased and discussed their work at the event, while others mingled and networked or attended one of several business-centered panels throughout the day. While in previous years the HIA-LI Trade Show would bring in around 4,000 people, the 2021 event had about 700 in attendance and was one of the organization’s first live events since the pandemic began, said Terri Alessi Miceli, CEO and president of HIA-LI.
“We’re so excited,” Miceli added. “Just to see people and get out there and connect is wonderful.”
A big topic of discussion that day was how to keep the millennial and younger generations living, working, and doing business on Long Island. As a business advocacy organization, HIA-LI is supporting development projects in the region that will drive Long Island’s economy into the future, said HIA-LI Board Chair Rich Humann, president and CEO of H2M architects + engineers.
At Long Island Press’s corner of the main floor, our podcaster Skye Ostreicher caught up with Miceli, Humann, and nine more of the region’s most influential industry leaders about what’s new for their companies and the economy.
Entrepreneur Adam Haber shared the concept behind his new Long Beach-based business, Trellus, a delivery service for local, small businesses across the entire Island. “We are a purveyor of goods for small businesses that gets them to your home on your doorstep in really just a couple hours,” he said.
[View the full interview below.]