To the Movers and Shakers Honored at the

40 Under 40 Networking and Awards Event

40 Under 40 Networking Awards Event 2022 @ Cresthollow Country Club - Thursday, September. 15.22 Photo by: Joseph Neumayer ©2022 /

Meet The 40 Under 40 Achievers of Nassau County

Rao Ali Shaan Khan

Long Island Board of REALTORS awards REALTOR Salesperson of the Year to Rao Ali Shaan Khan

REALTOR® Rao Ali Shaan Khan has been named 2023 REALTOR® Salesperson of the Year by...

Hong ‘Dana’ Guo, Real Estate Broker

Hong “Dana” Guo, a dedicated real estate professional from Great Neck, has left an indelible...

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Movers and shakers. Trend-setters. Progressive thinkers. These words describe the people we are honoring this...

Ryan Serhant, CEO, Founder and Broker, SERHANT.

Ryan Serhant, CEO, broker and founder of SERHANT., is one of the most successful and...

Antoinette Biordi, Reporter for News 12 Long Island.

Antoinette Biordi is an Emmy Award-winning reporter for News 12 Long Island. She has been in...

Shreena Bindra, Co-Founder, president, and COO,

Shreena Bindra is the co-ounder, president, and COO of, an IT managed services, IT...

Dan Lloyd, social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and founder of Minority Millennials

Dan Lloyd is a dedicated social entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and founder of Minority Millennials. Dan features...

Courtney Pierce Phillipou, The Pierce Country Day Camp

Courtney Pierce-Philippou represents the 4th Generation of the Pierce family to own and direct Pierce...

Theodore GALLUCCI Co-Owner/Chef Long Island Meal Prep, LLC

Theodore Gallucci is the Co-Owner and Chef at Long Island Meal Prep. Long Island Meal...

Ilissa Reich, Co-Founder, Believe in a Cure

Ilissa Reich is a former fashion executive who transformed her career into being a fierce...

Scott Reich, Co-Founder, Believe in a Cure

Scott Reich is an author, attorney, activist, and entrepreneur. Scott first practiced law at Willkie Farr...

Caitlin A. McNaughton, Associate Attorney, Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP

I am a litigator with a background in employment law and personal injury, and I...

James Lewis, Manager, Thomas F. Dalton Home of Floral Park

As Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home’s location manager of Floral Park, James Lewis has played...

Caroline Ashby, Director, Nassau Library System

Caroline Ashby is the director of the Nassau Library System, a cooperative that supports the...

Dan Silver, Assistant Director, Sunrise Association; Founder/CEO, Clothes On, Inc.

Dan Silver is the assistant director of Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island, the world's only full-summer...

Chintan Sheth, Chief Financial Officer of Navika Group of Companies & Blue Sky Hospitality Solutions.

Chintan Sheth is currently the chief financial officer of Navika Group of Companies & Blue...

Chris K. Pappas, Vice President, Compass Real Estate’s Commercial Division on Long Island

Chris K. Pappas is the vice president of Compass Real Estate’s Commercial Division on Long...

Zachary Kayal, Head of Marketing & Business Development, Lynx Mortgage Bank LLC

Zachary Kayal is the Head of Marketing & Business Development at Lynx Mortgage Bank LLC...

Vincent Nguyen, Attorney, Complex Commercial Disputes, Nixon Peabody LLP

After graduating in 2018, Vincent Nguyen continued with Fordham Law School working as a post-graduate...

Imran Ansari, Government Affairs

Imran Ansari has worked in Long Island government, politics, and government relations since 2013, after...

Michael Furino, Real Estate Agent

Michael Furino's outgoing personality, integrity, and positive outlook is what makes working with him to...

Peter Koklanos, Senior Vice President, The LIRO Group

Peter Koklanos is the senior vice president, civil-structural division of The LiRo Group, a national,...

Luciane Serifovic, CEO & founder, Luxian International Realty.

The story of our next recipient is one of triumph in the face of overwhelming...

Joseph Graziose Jr., Senior Vice President of Residential Development, RXR.

Joseph Graziose Jr. serves as senior vice president of Residential Development at RXR. headquartered in...

Collin Gabriel, Launch and Operation of the Multifamily Division, Engel Burman.

Collin Gabriel is responsible for the launch and operation of the Multifamily Division at Engel...

Anthony Locast, co-owner and CFO, Long Island Meal Prep

Anthony Locast is the co-owner and CFO of Long Island Meal Prep. Anthony went to Adelphi...

Adam Fisher, CPA, JD, Partner, Frankel Loughran Starr & Vallone LLP

Adam Fisher is a Partner at Frankel Loughran Starr and Vallone LLP in the Business...

Shannon Karafian, Charitable Giving and Community Relations Specialist, Stop & Shop

Shannon Karafian is the charitable giving and community relations specialist for Stop & Shop, serving...

Matthew Donno, Co-owner and Chief Financial Officer of EGA Safety Consultants LLC,

Matthew Donno is the co-owner and chief financial officer of EGA Safety Consultants LLC, a...

Nadia Baichoo, Director of Clinical Research, Orlin & Cohen

As the director of Clinical Research at Orlin & Cohen, Nadia Baichoo oversees all aspects...

Evan Smith, Global Business Liaison and Online Learning Coordinator for the Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR),

Evan Smith serves as the Global Business Liaison and Online Learning Coordinator for the Long...

Jessi Epstein, Broker, The Scout Residential Team

Jessi brings a professional, fresh and personal approach to Long Island’s real estate landscape. A former...

Jessica Dunn

Jessica Dunn, Clinician/Director, Hospice Care Network Jessica Dunn, LCSW received her master’s of science in Social...

Amanda Burns, Director of the Sandler Family Kehilla Center, Sid Jacobson JCC,

Amanda Burns is an outstanding young professional that her clients love, families trust, and her...

Chris Keen, Teacher/Coach at Manhasset High School

My name is Chris Keen I have been a teacher/coach at Manhasset High School for...

Stacy I. Sikes, Vice President, Long Island Association

Stacey I. Sikes is an experienced leader of innovative programs in business, government, the non-profit...

Catherine Fee

Catherine Fee, Chief Marketing Officer and Director of Business Development, Nassau County Industrial Development Agency Catherine...

Michael Polak

Michael Polak, vice president of Communications, Long Island Ducks. Michael begins his 12th season with the...

Scott B. Silverberg

Scott B. Silverberg is an associate attorney at the Roslyn Heights-based Law Office of Stephen...

Donald ‘DJ Mitchell, Jr. Ph.D.

Donald 'DJ Mitchell, Jr. Ph.D., vice president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Molloy University DJ Mitchell, 38,...

David Pernick

David Pernick, Associate, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP David W. Pernick is an associate in Jaspan Schlesinger LLP’s...

Melissa Katz

Melissa Katz, senior director of programs and services,  Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center in...

Lance Stier

Lance Stier, is owner and CEO  NE Custom, of Custom of Nassau Candy Distributors Inc.,...
Photos by: Joseph Neumayer ©2022 /


Movers and shakers. Trend-setters. Progressive thinkers. These words describe the people we are honoring this year who are bringing a modern approach to the way we do business.

This group of successful individuals is constantly motivated to reach and surpass goals set forth by their organizations and, in many cases, by themselves.

Constantly focused on solutions, their practical and creative thinking allows them to find possibilities and answers to difficult questions. Not only are they unafraid to adapt, but they are eager to help make significant advancements in their respective fields. Do not let their ages fool you. They are working hard to change policy, advocate for your health, define better infrastructure and fight for your rights now and as you move forward in life. They are rebuilding communities, creating memories and caring for those less fortunate.

I remember my days as a young reporter, starting out at the Daily Record in Morristown, N.J. I was looking to make my own mark as a young journalist. It was important to me to not just write for my editor, but to make sure that the information I was putting out was going to make a difference in the communities I covered.

Once I gained the experience, and confidence, I moved on to Syracuse, where I worked at The Post-Standard. Still striving to do more, my career took me to the Kansas City Star, a far cry from the suburbs of New Jersey where I grew up.

It was there that I learned so much about what I could accomplish at 34 years old. I was proud of myself for the work I produced and the recognition I received in state and national awards as well as a Pulitizer Prize nomination.

I also learned a lot through “horizontal mentoring” – listening to my peers, cultivating relationships and working collaboratively. Although my father ran a successful consumer electronics chain on the East Coast, I knew that path was not for me.

Perhaps I was too self-assured, maybe even a little bit naïve. But that did not stop me at a young age to go after what I dreamt about, being an award-winning journalist and eventually owning my own group of newspapers.

I learned early on that the best way to move forward with a successful career is to be open-minded to learn new things, to not be afraid of the unknown, and to always look ahead without being consumed with past mistakes.

I see how passionate this group is and how they are invested in their careers, without compromising their standards and values.

The stories of who they are as people and what they have accomplished, in and out of the workplace, are found in this special section. Their talent, passion, drive and commitment to excellence should inspire confidence that the future of the county is bright.

I offer my congratulations to all the honorees for recognition that is well deserved.

Steven Blank
Publisher, Blank Slate Media

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