Blank Slate Media to honor Nassau County’s top business leaders of 2020

Blank Slate Media will honor Nassau County's top business leaders of 2020 in a virtual event on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

Blank Slate Media is hosting a virtual event honoring the top business leaders of Nassau County in 2020 on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.

The event will honor individuals who are influential in their field, who have pushed the boundaries and have developed visionary ways to advance their business. Nominations were open to anyone in any field who exhibited the skills to run a successful company, tackle challenges and positively influence colleagues to strengthen a company.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling, who was named as the second-most influential people in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine.

As the Northwell system combats the second surge of COVID-19, the magazine cited Dowling’s innovation, leadership and strong stance on social issues such as gun violence as a public health crisis as well as immigration and the opioid epidemic. Dowling earned a place on Modern Healthcare’s list for the 14th consecutive year. The list includes the nation’s most prominent health care CEOs, elected officials and government administrators.

During Dowling’s tenure as CEO, Northwell Health has become New York state’s largest health system, with 23 hospitals, approximately 800 ambulatory and physician practices, and $13.5 billion in annual revenue. He came to the system following 12 years as secretary of health, education and human services for former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.

We are particularly proud to have Northwell Health President and CEO Michael Dowling as our honoree and keynote speaker,” Blank Slate Media Publisher Steven Blank said. “Michael has been a key player not only in the response to COVID-19 in Nassau County but the State of New York and beyond.”

Richard Kessel, chairman of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, will also  speak at the event. Kessel and the agency worked with Nassau County Executive Laura Curran to roll out various initiatives to promote shopping and dining at local establishments.

Other winners who will be virtually honored are Jan Burman, the president of Engel Burman Group, Regina Gil, executive director of the Gold Coast Arts Center, James C. Metzger, chairman and CEO of The Whitmore agency, Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RXR Realty, Michael N. Rosenblut, president and CEO of Parker Jewish Institute Health Care and Rehabilitation, Rebecca Sanin, president and CEO of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, and more.

Blank touted all of the honorees for their work throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“This year’s event has special meaning due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for each of our honorees and their success in overcoming those challenges,” he said.

Those who wish to register for the event can visit or people can join the Zoom meeting directly at 7 p.m. on Feb. 18 with the following link:


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