The gathering, held at Fox Hollow in Woodbury, set the TriCouty IIAA leadership for the 2008 through 2009 term. More than 175 association members and guests joined the festivities of this special occasion.
Evan Portnoy, Rampart Brokerage Corp. in New Hyde Park, was installed as president of TriCounty IIAA, sworn in by Steven Spiro, national director for the statewide Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of New York, Inc. Additional officers and directors were installed by Neal Sullivan, IIABNY chair.
Other officers include Stephen Folan, the Folan Agency, LLC in Port Washington, who will assume the position of vice president. The association’s Treasurer is Steven Visco, and installed as its Secretary was Richard Longueira, AAI.
The TriCounty IIAA also installed the following directors:
Eileen Black, Abatelli Group, Inc., Whitestone; Jeffrey Browne, the Krug Agency in New Hyde Park; Mark Chandler, Blaich Associates in Manhasset; Frank Elorza, Club Agency Insurance Brokerage, LLC, Garden City; Robert Mackoul, Mackoul & Associates in Long Beach and Peter Phillips, Phillips Brokerage, Inc. in Astoria.
The following awards were presented:
The Bob Morris Award -- presented for furthering industry professionalism -- was awarded to Bruce Chester, Chester Agency in Carle Place.
The Joe Bonica Award -- given to a member of the board of directors for outstanding contributions for the betterment of fellow agents -- was presented to Stephen Folan, the Folan Agency, Port Washington.
The recipient of the Outstanding Insurance Person of the Year Award was Jay Levy of Morstan General Agency, Inc., Manhasset, for outstanding deeds in furthering the cause and ideals of the independent insurance agent.
Receiving the association’s $2,500 Joel Pollack Memorial Scholarship Award was Nicole Jones, a senior at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn. Her essay, chosen from a large number of submissions from high school seniors in Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn, discussed choosing a career in the insurance industry. An account will be opened and a check deposited in Jones’ name at the college of her choice.
The $2,500 Stephen T. Dooley Community Service Award scholarship went to Rachael Albert, a graduating senior of Hebrew Academy of Nassau County in West Hempstead, selected for outstanding community service during her high school years. Albert will also receive a voucher applied to tuition and allied expenses at her chosen educational institute.