Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in conjunction with Caribbean Business Connections and Office of Minority Affairs, today honored seven Caribbean business leaders for their good citizenship and efforts to give back to their local neighborhoods and communities, and for showing that through hard work, dedication and determination, they were able to succeed in many different aspects of their lives.
The honorees were recognized for their accomplishments, and presented with citations, at a breakfast ceremony this morning, at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive & Legislative Building in Mineola – to celebrate Caribbean Heritage.
The keynote speaker of the event was Marissa Shorenstein, President AT&T New York, who is responsible for the company’s regulatory, public policy and community relations initiatives across the state.
The honorees were: Lesly Pardo L’Antillaise, a public accountant & internal auditor; Jeff Bacchas, a financier-turned-Jamaican restaurant owner; Jude Elie, a civil engineer and Philanthropist; Marcia Gallan, a cosmetologist and motivator; Sharon E. Richards, a Holistic Health Coach, Aesthetician and Spa owner; Mark Smith, a commercial banker and insurance agent; and Keith Watson, a former police officer who now owns his own ATM business.
In addition to AT& T and Caribbean Business Connections, other partners and sponsors of the celebration included: Nassau County IDA, Betsy’s Baskets, and Dunns River Lounge.
“Caribbean-Americans have proven that they are hard workers, family oriented and dedicated to improving Nassau County for all of its residents,” County Executive Mangano said at the event. “Everyone here today has played a very important role in the growth of Nassau County. Caribbean-Americans are part of our family and have contributed tremendously through their entrepreneurship and expertise.”
County Executive went on to let the attendees know, that residents’ safety is a priority of his and that crime is down by 25%. He said that after years of losing private sector jobs, good middle-class jobs have begun to return to Nassau and are among more than 20,000 jobs and employment opportunities created and retained since he took office. He gave special recognition to his Office of Economic Development and the Nassau IDA, for most recently courting Dealertrack Technologies’ to keep, and expand, its headquarters in Nassau County.
“This 112 million dollar project will create 357 new jobs, retain 367 jobs, and provide a more than a $3 billion boost to Nassau’s economy,” he said. “