HIA-LI, one of the region’s largest business advocacy organizations, has added three accomplished Long Islanders to its board of directors: The Kulka Group Chief Executive Officer Devin Kulka, Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Deputy Executive Director Kelly Murphy, and Citrin Cooperman Managing Partner Michael Sabatini.
“These three outstanding individuals each bring specialized expertise that will help HIA-LI achieve its organizational goals,” said Terri Alessi-Miceli, President and CEO of HIA-LI. “We are confident that they will all to make valuable contributions in helping to fortify our regional economy. I feel fortunate to work with such an outstanding team”
“Throughout their distinguished careers, these three new board members have consistently demonstrated their commitment to Long Island’s future,” said Carol A. Allen, newly elected Chairperson of the HIA-LI Board and President and CEO of People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union. “They’re all certain to play important roles in shaping and fulfilling HIA-LI’s vision for our region.”
Devin Kulka, of Dix Hills, is Chief Executive Officer of The Kulka Group, a prominent construction company engaged in construction management, general contracting, property management and development. He has been a prolific fundraiser for Northwell Health and founded The Nexus Pro Group, which raises money for local charities. Mr. Kulka serves on the Board of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and the Long Island Builders Institute. He co-chairs the Next Generation Committee for the Long Island Real Estate Group. Mr. Kulka is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the New York Institute of Technology.
Kelly Murphy, of Huntington, is Deputy Executive Director of the Suffolk County IDA, where she has helped close transactions generating more than $1.3 billion in private investment and creating or retaining more than 16,440 jobs. Ms. Murphy previously served as Assistant to Suffolk County’s Deputy County Executive and Commissioner of Economic Development and Planning. Before that, she was Executive Director of the Community Development Agency and the Industrial Development Agency in the City of Glen Cove. Ms. Murphy serves on the Suffolk County Workforce Development Board and the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council’s Workforce and Education Committee. She is a 2016 graduate of Molloy University’s Energeia Partnership.
Michael Sabatini, of Holtsville, is Managing Partner of the Long Island office of Citrin Cooperman, one of America’s largest professional services firms. A Certified Public Accountant in New York State, he primarily serves middle-market companies in a range of industries with varied ownership structures. Mr. Sabatini previously spent 17 years at a global accounting firm, most recently as a partner in both its New York City and Melville offices. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Sabatini holds both a Magna Cum Laude bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an MBA in Accounting from St. John’s University.
Also, Carol A. Allen, of Northport, former First Vice Chairperson of the HIA-LI Board who is President and CEO of People’s Alliance Federal Credit Union, was elected to the position of Chairperson of the organization for a two-year term. She replaces Rich Humann, President and CEO of H2M architects + engineers.
“Rich Humann deserves the praise of the entire Long Island business community for his outstanding service as HIA-LI Chairperson,” said Ms. Allen. “We are grateful to him for his dedication, his expertise, and his leadership qualities.”
“Carol Allen is one of Long Island’s most respected financial services professionals,” said Ms. Alessi-Miceli. “She has demonstrated her commitment to HIA-LI and we are excited by the leadership role she is taking on.”
Four additional HIA-LI Board members are assuming new responsibilities within the organization:
Anthony Manetta, of Babylon, CEO of Standard Advisors Group, which offers advisory services in corporate tax incentives, was elected First Vice Chairperson from his previous position of Second Vice Chairperson. Kevin O’Connor, of Great River, CEO of Dime Community Bank, was elected to the position of Second Vice Chairperson from his previous role as Corporate Secretary.
In addition, two rank-and-file Board members took on positions as new officers:
Alan Sasserath, CPA, MS, of Greenlawn, CEO of the certified public accounting firm of Sasserath & Co., LLP, was elected the organization’s Treasurer. And Michael Voltz, of South Huntington, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables with PSEG Long Island, was elected Recording Secretary of HIA-LI.
Now in its 44th year, HIA-LI is one of Long Island’s largest business advocacy organizations. It also represents the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge, the largest industrial park in the Northeast. The park supports 55,000 jobs, produces $13 billion in goods and services each year, and accounts for eight percent of Long Island’s gross domestic product. For more information, go to www.HIA-LI.org or call (631) 543-5355.