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LISTnet’s ‘Slugger Awards’ honor supporters of LI tech scene

Yacov Shamash, Stony Brook University's vice president for

Yacov Shamash, Stony Brook University's vice president for economic development, will be among the honorees at the LISTnet awards dinner on Thursday. Photo Credit: LISTnet

The Long Island Software & Technology Network, known as LISTnet, will be adding a twist when it stages its 20th annual awards dinner Thursday.

This year the Long Island Software Awards will be known as the Long Island Slugger Awards in a doff of the cap to LISTnet’s new Plainview headquarters and co-working space, dubbed the “digital ballpark.”

LISTnet president Peter Goldsmith said the leased space, initially about 4,000 square feet, has expanded to about 9,000 square feet, accommodating 20 offices. The facility, which now houses 15 companies, also includes a shared conference room known as the dugout.

The Slugger awards are presented in recognition of support lent to the Long Island technology community, Goldsmith said.

The honorees will be:

  • Nada Anid, dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences;
  • Russell Artzt, co-founder of CA Technologies, who launched Smithtown cloud software startup Digital Associates a year ago;
  • Richard Lippe, attorney at Mineola-based Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP;
  • Grace Monahan, global chief information officer at health products distributor Henry Schein Inc.;
  • Tyler Roye, chief executive of eGifter, a digital gift card website;
  • Yacov Shamash, Stony Brook University’s vice president for economic development.

In addition, Nicole Larrauri, president of EGC Group, a Melville-based online branding and marketing firm, will receive a Diamond Award for women who advance in the male-dominated technology business, Goldsmith said.

About 300 people are expected at the event, which will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Garden City Hotel.

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