FMC Connection Day Schedule *2013*

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*Last Year’s Annual FMC Connection Day Schedule*

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Briarcliffe College, 1055 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, N.Y. 11714

7.30 a.m. Registration/Networking/Exhibitor Hall Opens

Continental Breakfast featuring Town Hall Forum with Nassau County Executive Candidate Thomas R. Suozzi Sponsored by Hofstra University & Catering by Panera Bread

Session I: 

Post-Sandy: How Media Helped & Hindered Life As We Know It Sponsored by North Shore-LIJ Health System

  • ModeratorTerry Lynam, VP, Public Relations at North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • John Bonomo, Director of Media Relations, Verizon
  • Joe Calderone, Vice President of Customer Service, Marketing & Public Affairs, Long Island Rail Road
  • Craig Craft, Commissioner, Nassau County Office of Emergency Management
  • George Gorman, Acting Regional Director, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
  • Tim Scheld, Director of News/Programming WCBS Newsradio 880

Secrets to Getting Your Organization in Today’s News Sponsored by Astoria Federal Savings

  • Moderator: Charles Skop, Esq., Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C.
  • Sharon Crowley, Reporter, FOX 5
  • Giovanna Drpic, Host, FiOS1 Money & Main Street 
  • Andrea Staub, Vice President of Communications, NBTY, Inc.
  • John C. O’Connell, Executive Editor, Herald Community Newspapers
  • Stacey Sweet, Executive Producer, Life Is Sweet TV

Media Relations 101: The Ultimate Primer to Avoid the Pitfalls Sponsored by Briarcliffe College

  • Moderator: Dina Santorelli, Writer,  Editor, Author, Blogger
  • Greg Cergol, Reporter, WNBC-TV
  • Marla Diamond, Reporter, WCBS Newsradio 880                      
  • Norman Prusslin, Director of Media Arts Minor/Founding General Manager, WUSB-FM

How Social Media Has Changed News

  • Moderator: Melissa Connolly, Vice President, University Relations, Hofstra University
  • Mark Effron, Vice President/News Director, WPIX Channel 11
  • Michael Ganci, Editor, AOL’s
  • Kevin KellyCo-President & CCO, BigBuzz Marketing Group
  • Lew Leone, Vice President & General Manager, WNYW-FOX 5 & WWOR-My9
  • Kevin Ryan, President, Ryan & Ryan Public Relations Inc.

Artful Economics: Is Arts & Culture the Key to the New Downtowns? 

  • Moderator: Ed Bergstraesser, External Affairs Director, AT&T
  • Jim Condron, Vice President/Market Manager, Nassau/Suffolk NY and Frederick MD, WALK AM/FM WFRE WFMD
  • Debbi Honorof, President, Board of the Huntington Arts Council, Senior Director, Marketing & Communications, Hofstra University Continuing Education
  • Brandon Palanker, V.P. Marketing & Public Affairs, Renaissance Downtowns
  • Dave Gil de Rubio, Editor, Anton Community Newspapers

Getting to Know WABC-TV Today 

  • Moderator: John MacKay, Producer, L.I. News Radio, Youth Advisory Board President, North Shore Youth Council
  • Camille Edwards, News Director, WABC-TV & the Eyewitness News Team
  • Josh Einiger, Reporter, WABC-TV
  • Marilu GalvezAssignment Editor, WABC-TV
  • Renee WashingtonExecutive ProducerWABC-TV

Networking Break Sponsored by WCBS/WLNY

Session II: 

Today’s Political Races: Who’s Winning & Why

  •  Moderator: Antwan Lewis, Anchor/Reporter, FOX 5
  • Michael Dawidziak, Political Consultant & Strategist, Founder,
  • Desmond Ryan, Executive Director, Association for a Better Long Island, Inc.
  • Steve Scott, News Anchor, WCBS Newsradio 880
  • Robert Zimmerman, Co-Founder & Partner, Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc. 

Reporter Roundtable: What’s Buzzing Inside Newsrooms Right Now Sponsored by WNBC-TV/Telemundo

  • Moderator: Brendan StantonChief Communications Officer, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP
  • Pei-Sze Cheng, Reporter, WNBC-TV
  • Jonathan Clark, Assistant News Director & Producer/Writer, WCBS Newsradio 880
  • Carol D’Auria, Reporter & Anchor, 1010WINS
  • Josh Einiger, Reporter, WABC-TV
  • Valerie Feder, Assistant News Director, CBS 2 
  • Byron Harmon, News Director, WNYW-FOX 5
  • Jennifer McLogan, Reporter, CBS 2
  • Sol Steinberg, Executive Producer, FiOS1 news
Rising Taxes, Fleeing Youth: Is Suburbia Dead? Sponsored by Long Island Business News 
  • Moderator: Dennis O’Rourke, Counsel, Moritt Hock & Hamroff
  • Frank Eltman, Long Island Correspondent, Associated Press
  • Anthony Figliola, Vice President, Empire Government Strategies
  • Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean at National Center for Suburban Studies, Hofstra University
  • David Reich-Hale, Associate Editorial Director, AOL’s
  • David Winzelberg, Reporter, Long Island Business News
Why the Court of Public Opinion Trumps the Court of Law: George Zimmerman Is Only the Tip of the Iceberg
  • Moderator: Craig V. Rizzo, Esq. , Partner, Bartlett, McDonough, and Monaghan, LLP
  • Ellis Henican, Political Analyst, FOX News Channel
  • Professor Richard Klein, Touro Law Center
  • Ben Mevorach, ‎Director of News & Programming, 1010 WINS
  • Tom Shanahan, CEO, Government Relations & Communications, The Shanahan Group
  • Pedram TabibiBusiness Litigation & Social Media Attorney, Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone, LLP
Extreme Weather As the New Normal: Is Wireless the Answer for Emergency Communications?
  • Moderator: Michael Balboni, Managing Director, Redland Strategies, Inc. & former Deputy Secretary, Public Safety for the State of New York
  • John Bruckbauer, Deputy Commissioner, Nassau County Office of Emergency Management
  • Gary Conte, Meteorologist, National Weather Service
  • David J. Davis, President & General Manager, WABC-TV
  • Esmeralda Diaz Cameron, Public Relations Manager, NY Metro Region – Verizon Wireless
  • George Gorman, Acting Regional Director, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation

Shrinking Newsrooms, Booming PR. Coincidence?

  • Moderator: John Kominicki, President & Chief Creative Officer, Digital Motion
  • Kieran Crowley, Award-winning former investigative reporter for the New York Post & New York Times bestselling author
  • Adina Genn, Editor, AOL’s
  • Katherine Heaviside, President, Epoch5 Public Relations
  • Gary Lewi, Senior Executive Vice President, Rubenstein Associates
  • Nathalia Ortiz, Reporter, Telemundo NY 

Luncheon featuring Town Hall Forum with The Hon. Ed Mangano, Nassau County Executive. Catering by LaGuna Grille

Session III: 

Can a Long Islander Win the Presidency? Sponsored by WeiserMazars LLP

  • Moderator: James Kinney, Partner, WeiserMazars LLP
  • Michael Dawidziak, Political Consultant & Strategist, Founder,
  • Frank Eltman, Long Island Correspondent, Associated Press
  • Bradley Gerstman, Partner, Gotham Government Relations
  • Frank MacKay, Host, The Turning Point 

The People vs. The Media: Clash of Cultures 

  • Patrick Calabria, Vice President for Institutional Advancement & Enrollment Management, SUNY Farmingdale State College

Affordable Care Act & Its Local Impact 

  • Moderator: Spencer Rumsey, Senior Editor, Long Island Press
  • Kevin Dahill, CEO, Nassau Suffolk Hospital Council
  • Barbara Fonti, CEO, The Fonti Group 
  • Dr. Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Executive Director, L.I. Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
  • John Sardelis, Dr.P.H,Associate Chair, Health Administration, Associate Professor, St. Joseph’s College

Inside Secrets to Prepping for a Media Interview Sponsored by Briarcliffe College

  •  Moderator: David A. Chauvin, Vice President, Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc.
  • Tim Bolger, Managing Editor, Long Island Press
  • Donna Kutt Nahas, Award-winning freelance writer
  • David North, Anchor/Reporter, WALK 97.5
  • Richard Rose, Reporter, WLNY-TV 10/55
  • Karla Schuster, Assistant Vice President, University Relations, Hofstra University

The Future of Long Island Transportation Sponsored by Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc

  • Moderator: Jim Paymar, Anchor, Long Island Business Report, WLIW/WNET
  • John Callegari, Reporter, Long Island Business News
  • John J. Corrado, President, Suffolk Transportation Service, Inc.
  • Ryan Lynch, Associate Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
  • Bill Schoolman, CEO, 7Bus
  • Ryan Thompson, Co-Founder, CooCoo

3.45-4.00 p.m. Networking/Close of Event  


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