Long Island Professional Network – 7am Breakfast MeetingEVENT DETAIL
Come visit the Long Island Professional Network! Our mission to provide opportunities for members to network with other professionals, share their best business practices and learn from others, and to be each other’s dedicated salesforce. We come to the table with specialized expertise and do our best to refer and generate business for our members.
Prior to the pandemic, we met at 7:00 am, every Wednesday at the Apollo Diner, located at 630 Merrick Avenue in East Meadow. (Click here to see a map.)
We are currently meeting weekly via Zoom and will continue to do so until we are able to safely meet in person again.
Our meetings follow a format that includes a forum for both members and guests to speak and showcase their business. In addition to supporting each other in business, we believe in supporting our community in philanthropic endeavors supporting the local communities of Long Island through toy and food drives, sponsoring of activity leagues for children, and volunteering our time at soup kitchens and children’s organizations.
We are a one-profession based organization, so please review our current roster. If you do not see anyone in your specific field, we encourage you to ask to visit one of our meetings. You will have the chance to speak about your field of work and the types of referrals you are looking for.
Diane is the President of Monarch Insurance Brokerage, Inc. with 30 years of experience providing business and personal insurance/consulting. Diane is a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). Diane currently holds the FINRA Series 7, 6, 63 and 65 licenses. In addition, Diane has her insurance licenses in life, accident and health and variable annuities. Diane has extensive experience with providing complete health insurance coverage options to her clients in addition to working with her clients on wealth management and life insurance planning. Prior to owning her own Insurance Company, she began her career as a Registered Representative and Manager for New York Life Insurance Company and spent three (3) years at Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor. Since joining the insurance/financial industry in 1989 Diane has been a top performer. She has earned many industry and company awards including President’s Council, Executive Council, Million Dollar Round Table and was honored as The Leading Sales Associate and Rookie of the Year all for superior performance. Diane has continued to increase her production at the Centurion level since 1989. Diane has written many articles for the Life Insurance SELLING Magazine. Diane also participated in 2 Triathlons one in 2008 for Leukemia & Lymphoma with the Team in Training and was the Leading fundraiser and in 2009 for Prostate Cancer and was also the Top 2 fundraiser.She also offers Professional Employer Organization (PEO’s) – which provide comprehensive HR solutions for small and mid-size businesses. Payroll, benefits, HR, tax administration, and regulatory compliance assistance are some of the many services PEOs provide to businesses. Some of the companies we partner with on the PEO Platform are ADP, Insperity, TriNet, Justworks, Extensis.
I have been a residential loan officer specializing in Reverse Mortgages for over 15 years. One of the best products that offer options to seniors with limited income or have missed mortgage payments or have tax liens. I love helping the senior community so that they can live the retired life that they have worked so hard to achieve and deserve. Whatever your needs are, I am here to help.When I am not working I love spending time with my husband, 2 children, and 3 dogs. I have been golfing for over 9 years and have recently taken up pickleball. My family and I are NY Jet season ticket holders and lifelong NY Islander Fans.
Kristen Devaney has been an associate with Keith, Shapiro & Ford for three years. She began her career first as a law clerk and then as a practicing attorney in the areas of divorce and family law. Kristen represents clients at all stages of the proceeding, drafting all litigation documents, engaging in motion practice, participating in court conferences and settlement conferences, presenting emergency applications, conducting hearings, and preparing for trials. She is adept in all areas of matrimonial/family law, including custody, child support, maintenance, relocation, orders of protection, equitable distribution of the assets, identifying marital and separate property, dividing retirement accounts and pensions, college contribution, prenuptial/postnuptial/separation agreements, or enforcement and/or modification of a prior order. Kristen’s experience has overflowed into adoptions, which is a field of law that she is deeply passionate about. She has built a strong rapport with the Court such that she can make the adoption process as seamless as the end result is joyous.
While recognizing the need to litigate, Kristen also takes pride in bringing contested matrimonial matters to resolution. She is a strong believer in obtaining favorable and creative solutions to resolve the terms of a divorce rather than engaging in expensive and protracted litigation. To that end, she works with clients and adversaries to reach a meeting of the minds in a way that protects the clients’ rights and also allows clients to close this difficult chapter in the most cost-efficient yet productive manner possible.
Kristen graduated from Dartmouth College in 2006. She spent two years working as a litigation paralegal for Dewey & LeBoeuf in Manhattan (formerly LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP) before attending Catholic University Columbus School of Law and matriculating in 2011. While in law school, she served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review and as a Research Assistant for a highly established professor specializing in crimes against women and children. She participated in two law clinics during her tenure at law school, affording her the opportunity to litigate at D.C. Superior Court and represent young children facing legal ramifications.Every divorce and familial issue is different and every person’s reaction to these circumstances is different. Kristen approaches every individual case with the goal of bringing closure to this difficult time with sensitivity and sensibility combined with professional, aggressive, and zealous representation.
The Fernandez Agency offers all types of Property and Casualty Insurance including: Auto, Home, Renters, Business, Commercial Auto, and Individual and Commercial Liability. Call us for a personalized review of your current policies and a detailed quote.
I am so proud to represent Allstate Insurance Company in the Westbury area. I have been an Exclusive Agent for Allstate since April of 1997 and hope to continue for many years to come. Prior to my current position with Allstate Insurance Company, I was a Claims Manager with another major insurance companies for over 10 years. Leo established his Allstate Insurance Agency in 1997 in Hempstead, NY and moved to my current location in Westbury in 2012.
Being part of the community is very important to me, so I get involved at any opportunity I can. I have been past President of The Hempstead Chamber of Commerce where I served in that position for 7 years. I was named to the Nassau County Youth Board in 2013 and am an active member of these organizations: The Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The Molloy College Board on Multicultural Concerns, The Greater New York March of Dimes, Nassau County University Medical Center Community Board, Board President of Circulo de la Hispanidad, Inc (a non-profit organization that serves minority children and adults), The Hempstead for Hofstra Scholarship Committee, H.E.V.N. of Nassau County (Help End Violence Now) and the Hempstead Civilian Police Academy. I also represented The Hempstead Chamber of Commerce on the Equal Opportunity Commission of Nassau County and C.E.D.C. Board of Directors.The goal of my team is to give you the best personalized service we are able to. We promise to receive you with a smile and a hearty “Good Morning!” So, come on by or give us a call. We’ll be waiting.
Lynda has been successfully selling real estate since 1995. She began her career selling new construction in a family owned business and is currently working with Realty Connect USA. Lynda earned a degree in Interior Design from The Metropolitan Institute of lnterior Design and established her own business for several years while continuing to work in her family’s business.With this background in design Lynda has helped numerous families “stage” their homes to attract more buyers and obtain top dollar for their homes. Lynda’s knowledge of construction together with her degree in Interior Design adds to her expertise as a Realtor. She prides herself in “Knowing Homes Inside and Out”
I have been working in marketing, communications, and business development for my entire career. From small technology start-ups to multi-national corporations, I have worked with companies around the world to find new clients and fresh markets.
Now as an independent consultant, I help small and growing businesses find their voice and tell their stories.
Is your product or service so complex you end up infodumping on potential clients and getting them completely confused and overwhelmed? I can help.
Is your product or service so common that there are thousands of others the sell what you sell or do what you do, and you are desperately trying to differentiate yourself? I can help.
Do you want potential customers to be just as excited and enthusiastic about what you do as you are? I can help.
Whether you need just a bit of coaching to get your story told right, or an entire suite of marketing programs to help you reach your audience, I can help.No one loves a sales pitch – everyone loves a good story.
Michael earned his BA in Political Science from Stony Brook University in 1985 and went on to earn his JD at Western New England College (now University!) in 1988 and was admitted to practice in New York in 1989.
Throughout his career Michael has represented both major insurance companies as well as small businesses in commercial litigation and commercial collection matters. He has litigated contractual breaches to judgment and has collected millions of dollars for his clients. Michael views the litigation process as a chess game where the strategy of anticipating the ‘next move’ of the adversary is key and the goal is, of course, to win the game – or obtain judgment on behalf the client – in as few ‘moves’ as possible.
When the litigation process takes that inevitable wrong turn, Michael has had success on the appellate level overturning poor decisions and affirming proper ones. In many instances where an appeal is ‘lost’ on the particular facts of a case, Michael’s legal arguments based upon his previously established precedents remain upheld. Among his cases are, Ormond Park Realty Inc v. Round Hill Development Corp., 699 N.Y.S.2d 116, (Appellate Division, 2nd Department, 1999) determining whether or not a real estate broker has earned his or her commission and Burlington Ins. Co. v. Casur Corp., 123 A.D.3d 965 (Appellate Division, 2nd Department, 2014) involving an insurance company’s prima facie entitlement to judgment for unpaid premiums and whether the lack of discovery is a bar to the granting of summary judgment; which remain as leading cases in those areas.
Michael has also represented clients in residential real estate transactions and in minor traffic matters.
Michael has served penance for being a lawyer for five years in the early 90’s as President of his co-op board in Great Neck, NY and more recently for several more years as a Member of his homeowners association in Melville, NY.
Paying it forward, Michael has taught various business law classes as an Adjunct Professor at Briarcliffe College and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Western New England University School of Law Alumni Association where he has served as a Moot Court Judge and mentor to law students and newly minted attorneys. Michael is also a co-founder and Board Member of The Honeysuckle Foundation for Children with Cancer, formed in 2003 supporting psycho-social and child life programs that deal with quality of life issues that families face in combating cancer.A cautiously optimistic Jets and Mets fan, Michael spends his spare time kayaking with friends and family, fishing (and hopefully catching!) around Long Island or enjoying its North Fork wineries and restaurants.
As a personal injury attorney, Patrick represents clients who have suffered damages as a result of medical malpractice as well as automobile, construction and premise accidents occurring throughout Long Island and the five boroughs of New York City.
He is admitted to practice in all New York State Courts and the Eastern and Southern District Federal Courts. His trial experience and long-standing respected reputation with Judges as well as his adversaries, result in the best settlements and verdicts possible. He remains attentive to both the lawsuit and to the client throughout the legal process and remains available assisting clients with issues even after the conclusion of the case. His philosophy is that each case presents itself as the one opportunity for that client to be compensated for the injuries they have suffered with the goal to succeed in getting the best monetary outcome.
Patrick’s thirty plus years of experience within his field enables him to obtain the maximum amount of money damages that his clients deserve and are thus able to move forward with their lives.Hackett Law PC
Tod Cagan is the founder and President of Zika Corp. Established in Long Island, New York in 2011.
As a graduate of Nassau Community College in 1997, Tod began his career in the Materials Handling industry. This lead to his understanding of supply chain logistics and cost saving measures in retail and wholesale distribution environments.
It was around 2008 that Tod was asked by his client about cost reduction in the front office and store location. That is when Tod became enamored with the Merchant Processing field, and the equipment he could provide.
Tod became an agent for Value Merchant Services, Elevon and then later, National Debit Card. After realizing that certain clients had unique requirements, Tod sought out other processing solutions and equipment from various, competitive vendors. This led to the creation of Zika Corp.
Zika Corp has become the Leader in Cost Saving Merchant Solutions for Small Businesses. We operate in all 50 states, and Canada.
A common mistake for a client is to believe that they must use the credit card processor that their bank tells them to. Keep in mind that the banks are NOT the credit card processors and that they DO receive a commission from their affiliate credit card processor.
Often times we can help to lower the rates and have the fees adjusted with your current processor. We do this at absolutely no cost to you. Many times, we pair our partner merchants with processors that are more suitable to their unique requirements.
The bottom line is the bottom line. How much is your business spending on receivables? At Zika Corp, we can turn your credit card machine into a cash register. Call, text or email today and speak directly with the owner.
Tod has a Businesses Administration degree and is an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau. Tod also has a 50 Ton Master Sea Captain License, with the US Coast Guard. Tod can be seen performing on piano and singing, all around New York.At Zika Corp, we conduct symphonies, not just transactions. 🎼🎵🎸
I started my career as a programmer, network engineer and dba. It was Pre-Y2K I was asked to convert a non-compliant Y2K cobalt application into a VB front-end application with an SQL database on the back-end that would also be integrated with their newly created web site. The application was used to track vendor purchases in the three major airports of New York (JFL, Newark, and LaGuardia) for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. At that time, I also upgraded their infrastructure to include an internet connection and all new PCs.
Starting in 1994, I started a long successful career at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as a LAN administrator and was quickly promoted to Manager of IT for the Connecticut Office. In 1999 I was promoted to Manager of Systems & Operations for the firm and then in 2005 promoted to Director of Information Technology reporting directly to the CEO. As Director of IT I was challenged with many projects that included firm-wide infrastructure upgrade, telephony upgrades, data center upgrades and data center moves. All with their own challenges but all very successful.
In 2009 I was confronted with the one of the most challenging issue of the time, cyber security. The FBI brought all the major New York law-firms together in one location to let them know that almost all the firms have been hacked. From that day forward every project and every process that was implemented was implemented with security involved. I was directly involved in writing the security policies, implementing a security department, change management, configuration management, incident response, annual security assessments and weekly vulnerability scanning. Log management (Log Aggregator) became a very important tool as well the analytic software used to analyze the log data. End-point protection became one of the most important aspects regarding security at the firm. Law Firms are a 24×7 shop. No downtime. This meant we needed to be ready at a moment’s notice to replace a user’s PC so that they can get back to work and then start the forensics on the incident.
As mentioned; the times have changed and so too the client relationship. Now most of the clients were challenging the firm with annual security audits. Every audit was different and wanted more security.I am an active member in the professional networking groups, LIPN, ILTA, Infragard, (ICS)2, and NY Chapter of (ICS)2. I graduated from LaSalle Technical, Chicago IL with an Associates of Electrical Engineer and Communications.
I am an attorney at Raimondi Law, P.C. My practice focuses on commercial litigation and outside general counsel services. I primarily represent clients in commercial litigation matters involving contracts, business torts, intellectual property, construction and real estate, non-compete and trade secrets, false advertising, and professional liability and ethics, as well as in non-litigation matters involving contracts, intellectual property, and strategic planning.
I have represented clients in numerous state and federal courts and in proceedings conducted by the American Arbitration Association, FINRA, and the NARB. I have also represented clients in diverse industries such as the sports and entertainment, pharmaceutical, consumer products, legal, financial, insurance, and real estate industries. I received my Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 2001 and my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Boston College in 1998.I am admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the State of New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern District of New York and the District of New Jersey, as well as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits.
I am a Web Developer who is passionate about today’s web standards. I help organizations develop custom websites that are specifically catered to their needs.
I’ve worked with many Advocacy, B2B, B2C, Corporate, Consulting, Digital Marketing, Non-Profit, Startup organizations where I’ve focused primarily on Web Development as well as a Consultant. As a Web Developer, I have gained experience designing, developing, and programming company websites, mobile-friendly sites, and SharePoint on-prem and online websites with Microsoft Office 365.
I can solve problems by facing them headstrong, as well as being able to complete my objectives in a timely fashion. I can also troubleshoot website issues and identify areas of inefficiency thus developing a method for improvement.
My official website and portfolio can be found here.
I concentrate my practice in the area of labor and employment law, assisting employers with their day-to-day employment needs, as well as all areas of employment litigation.I focus on helping small to mid-size businesses, providing cost effective and pragmatic advice to employers to assist them in operating their business and avoiding litigation. I counsel companies on a broad range of matters, including:
Jessica Braunstein planted her roots in Workers’ Compensation law at the ripe young age of 14 years old, when she began working at her father’s law firm as a file clerk. Since then, Jessica has achieved substantial academic and professional success independently, and today, hers is a well-known name with a stellar reputation among fellow members of her legal community.
After graduating from New York Law School in the top 10% academically of her law school class, Jessica gained intensive litigation experience enforcing written violations for the New York City Department of Buildings, appearing before Administrative Law Judges throughout every borough of New York City. She went on to practice as a matrimonial and commercial litigator for a high-end law firm on the east end of Long Island. Jessica has since returned to the Law Offices of Lee S. Braunstein, this time as an attorney with a diverse portfolio of experience.When she is not representing humans, Jessica serves as an Attorney-Volunteer for All About Rabbits Rescue, Inc. — a non-profit rabbit rescue organization. She also likes to spend her time fishing and going off-roading when the weather is nice.
At his core, Phil DePaul was born to be an entrepreneur. He is the President of BoomZeal Enterprises, Inc. and CEO of United Water Restoration Group franchise covering all of Long Island, NY — and beyond.
Phil is a former professional wrestling enthusiast and Staten Island backyard wrestling champion and league commissioner. Over a 14-year span, he paved his own way to becoming a plumbing wholesale distribution executive. Proudly represented the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery as the NY Rising Deputy Construction Program Manager for disaster recovery assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
These days his Licensed & Insured Home Improvement contracting firm consists of IICRC Certified Technician teams ready to handle water or sewage damage emergencies 24/7. Restoring residential and commercial structures suffering from Smoke, Fire, or Puffbacks are all well within UWRG’s expertise.
As NYS Licensed mold remediation contractors, this crew knows how to eliminate toxic threats to your indoor environment and help solve the problems that caused it in the first place. From virus-related disinfection services to HVAC air duct cleaning, United has your health and safety covered.
Need assistance with anything else even remotely related to cleaning, maintaining, or restoring your property? Call or text Phil today. Or any day. At any time.
As a certified professional well-being coach, Ouida Duncan is a healer at heart. She specializes in working with entrepreneurial-minded people who have great aspirations but are at a crossroads; some of her clients have experienced blockages and are stuck with negative thoughts and unproductive habits. Ouida partners with her clients to shift their negative, self-destructive energy into higher productive creative energy. Even as many of her clients have achieved a certain level of success prior to working with Ouida, many of them have been delivered from haunting unresolved childhood traumas that were holding them back and are now able to achieve the goals they set out for themselves.
Ms. Duncan is Jamaican by birth and lives in New York City. She left her advertising career, after many years, in 2016 to become a well-being coach and to focus on the charity she founded and runs, the Duncan Tree Foundation, DTF, (which is like Doctors Without Borders for Spine Surgery in the Caribbean and Southeast Asia).
DTF’s mission is healing, teaching, and empowering BIPOC communities in the U.S. and abroad and her consulting business White River Consulting brings balance and a sharper focus to struggling individuals and businesses.
She recently completed her DE&I Certification through Cornell University (September 2020). She is a licensed Insurance broker in CT, FL, NJ, NY, and PA, and is working on her autobiography in addition to writing poetry.
Now Ouida is close to completing her Executive MBA at the University of Bath in Somerset, UK, and looking forward to visiting the U.K., the Caribbean, and Asia when overseas travel is much safer.
For more information on her body of work thus far visit www.duncantreefoundation.org and www.wrvrc.com/testimonials
You can connect with her on LinkedIn.