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.
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 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.
You can connect with her on LinkedIn.
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
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 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 have over 25 years of experience in business marketing and consulting. I run my own company, Biz Gone Social, where I advise small businesses on how to best utilize social media in their marketing.
I also have a background as a business coach, and can show you how to integrate social media into your overall business plan and marketing strategy so it is cost-effective, time-efficient and custom-designed to meet your specific goals and objectives.
I am an author in the book “Shout It Out”. A social media marketing guide for business owners.Besides running my own growing digital marketing company I currently teach courses on social media.
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 an attorney, I advise on a broad range of issues, with a focus on Health Care, Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation and Not-for-Profit/Tax Exempt law for over 10 years.
I help health care entities and other businesses navigate complex compliance, regulatory, managed care, corporate governance and transactional issues and rules, including:
Numerous publications including by New York State Bar Association, Journal of Medical Economics; Association of Healthcare Risk Management of New York; and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
Awards/Recognition including SuperLawyers, Rising Stars (2014-2020), Long Island Press Power Women in Business, the Legal Aid Society, and New York State Bar Association.
B.A., summa cum laude, Barnard College
J.D., Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone ScholarLicensed in New York and New Jersey
My name is Monica Liang-Allen and I am a licensed insurance sales professional with over 16 years of experience in the insurance industry. I focus on securing and structuring insurance solutions for both businesses and individuals.
Whether you have a new start-up business and are looking to protect your new venture or a well-established company with very specific insurance needs, I can give the proper guidance and advice in navigating the right insurance coverage catered to your company’s specific and unique needs. Although I work with a variety of business in different industries, the majority of my clients are in the following industries:
In addition, I also work with individuals in insuring their homes, auto, umbrella, secondary properties, valuables and more.
With access to over 100 different insurance carriers and many exclusive insurance programs in certain industries, we make sure you and your business are covered adequately at a competitive price. We are also licensed in all 50 states.
My brokerage, World Insurance Associates LLC, an independent insurance brokerage headquartered in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. We have over 50 locations in 13 states and is ranked #25 on the NJBiz Fastest 50 Growing companies with over 700 employees. We have 34,000+ clients. I am based out of their Financial District office at 85 Broad Street in Downtown Manhattan. Please feel free to contact me for your Business & Personal Insurance needs – email@example.com, 646-494-1450, Cell 732-539-3695.
For over thirty years I have represented international and domestic clients with regard to liquidation of their accounts receivable, with an emphasis on commercial litigation matters. I have devoted the largest portion of his practice to creditor’s rights and to judgment enforcement. I believe that I have maintained an excellent reputation in the field, striving for the highest standards of professionalism and for expeditious results.Attorneys who reduce their client’s claim to judgment are often frustrated by the post-judgment process and don’t know where to turn for assistance. I have been enforcing judgments for thirty years. I can help you to get your clients paid on their judgment.
Long Island RFP works with small businesses to help them increase their revenue by finding and responding to RFPs/Proposals for different levels of government, as well as providing other small business services.
In today’s progressively pressure-filled competition to win contracts from federal, state, and local agencies, as well as for skilled professional services with the private sector, organizations must rely on expert, accomplished, and knowledgeable proposal managers who are proficient at navigating and managing the compound end-to-end proposal process, challenging target times and priorities, organize and manage multiple teams of staff, and deliver materials which win new contracts. I am a skilled professional with the ability to deliver proposals which purchasing organizations need to achieve their goals and objectives to secure and maintain business contracts.
I am an energetic Proposal Management Professional with over 10 years of proven experience specializing in complete proposal management for State, Federal, and Local Governments, as well as Commercial and Educational clients. Expert in managing both small proposals with short turnaround times, and large in depth and complex proposals, and ensuring the proposal is compliant, convincing, and winning in accordance with the RFP.My specialties include developing and incorporating best practices into standard operating procedures; win strategy and win theme development, competitive analysis, leading proposal reviews, compliance and quality assurance; developing and maintaining proposal project plans, schedules, outlines, and compliance matrices; consistently and clearly communicating deadlines and expectations to proposal team, partners, and subcontractors. Current member of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals. CF APMP certified.