Michelle Byrne, Chief Financial Officer of the Long Island Association

Michelle Byrne is the Chief Financial Officer of the Long Island Association. She joined the organization in January 2009, first serving as Corporate Controller.

She was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in December 2014 and oversees all financial aspects including accounting, budgeting, treasury, and audits. She also serves as Chief Financial Officer of the LIA Foundation and Accelerate Long Island and as the Finance Director for ANYITC Fund Corp.

The Long Island Association is the leading business organization in the region and has been supporting the Long Island business community for 96 years.

The LIA Foundation’s primary exempt purpose is to support the initiatives of the Long Island Association. Accelerate Long Island is a unique collaboration among Long Island’s world-class research institutions and its business community to commercialize research and create an entrepreneurial ecosystem. ANYITC Fund Corp. provides seed investments for local start-ups in partnership with Empire State Development.

Prior to joining the Long Island Association, Michelle held similar positions in corporate retail and was an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, servicing some of Long Island’s largest privately held companies.

Michelle was recently recognized as one of Long Island’s top 50 Women in Business by Long Island Business News. Michelle is a Certified Public Account and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from CW Post University.

Michelle answers to questions:

I see the accounting profession evolving to embrace the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Adversity provides opportunity. An opportunity to reimagine yourself and your business. An opportunity to develop new skillsets that allow you and your employees to pivot to a hybrid workplace, embrace technology and develop creative solutions to today’s unique challenges.

My advice for businesses is to be open to new ways of doing business, to be open to collaboration on all levels and to be open to accepting that the work model has forever been changed. I believe businesses can benefit from the workforce that has evolved from this pandemic, a workforce that is more resilient, flexible and creative.

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