It may be preseason for the NHL, but businesses all across Long Island are in full swing 365 days a year. On Wednesday night, prior to the start of the game against the New Jersey Devils, Executive Director Mike Bossy and the Islanders Business Club welcomed more than 500 people into the Expo Hall at Nassau Coliseum for two networking events.
The evening began with a Trade Show, featuring a few dozen IBC members and their businesses, which had the opportunity to set up tables promoting their products and services. For the beginning of the event, IBC members were treated to an exclusive invitation to the Trade Show, where they were free visit their peers' business tables to find out more about other companies on Long Island. The event was later opened to the public.
"We've had a beneficial, longstanding partnership with the Islanders," said GEICO event marketing coordinator Kristen Bartolomeo. "The Trade Show is a good event to get our company's name out there on Long Island. Our relationship with the Islanders helps show the community how much we're committed to Long Island and its organizations.
Across the room, the Expo Hall was bustling with IBC members and their guests, enjoying the chance to meet with other members. This was the first opportunity of the season to re-connect and make new connections to help promote and grow their businesses.
"The IBC is great opportunity to find other businesses on Long Island to do business with," said Nortel data specialist Paul Alleluia. "This event and the Trade Show allow people to see how much business there is on Long Island."
The IBC’s new home in the Expo Hall is the ideal spot for the events because of its close proximity to the rink, leading to increased member interaction. The new headquarters is not only open prior to the start of the game, but members and guests are invited to return between periods and throughout the game. During the event, in addition to live music, an interactive golf game and various arcade games were set up for everyone’s enjoyment.
Later in the evening, Islanders President Chris Dey and Islanders General Sales and Marketing Manager Dave Kotowski gave a short presentation, focusing on the IBC's new slogan, "Run 120."
"Run 120" refers to New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson, who once stopped an interception from being returned for a touchdown by running 120 yards––more than the entire length of the field.
Dey promoted the idea that the Islanders organization––whether it's on the ice or in the office––will never give up and always go the extra step.
The IBC's next event will be the Opening Night Extravaganza, prior to the start of the Islanders home opener against the St. Louis Blues on October 11. Islanders General Manager Garth Snow and St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations, John Davidson, will be among the guest speakers.
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video from this summer's Grand Opening of the new IBC Headquarters in the Expo Hall