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Michael Lane


USLG - President

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Michael Lane has been a Director of the Long Island Capital Alliance since 2013, and now serves as Chairman.  He has held various leadership positions throughout his career in global consulting firms (Accenture), technology companies (Pegasystems, Bottomline Technologies), and some of the world’s largest financial institutions (Bankers Trust, Chase).  He has raised multiple rounds of capital for his early stage companies from private investors, venture capital firms, and strategic partners such as Accenture, Bank of New York, and Microsoft, with successful exits delivering significant investment returns for shareholders. 

His experience and counsel are frequently sought to advise on the challenges relating to business start-ups, funding and capitalization, operations, sales and marketing, leadership, and other organizational opportunities. 

Mr. Lane also serves on various company and industry boards.  He earned a BA degree from UCLA and an MBA from Columbia Business School. 

Corey Massella


UHY Advisors - Managing Director

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Corey has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, tax and business advisor, and as a specialist in SEC accounting and audit services. Additionally, Corey has experience serving as a Private Equity and Technology Industry Group Practice Leader for a top 20 accounting firm.

Corey has successfully guided his clients through all facets of the mergers and acquisitions transaction cycle to help them make critical decisions while ensuring transactions are strategic and seamless. In 2015, He was selected as the winner of the SmartCEO award for Industry CPA Leader in New York. Corey has completed over 300 M&A transactions and was the lead partner at the firm awarded M&A Advisor’s Accounting/Due Diligence Firm of the Year award in 2017 as well as being nominated as Dealmaker of the Year by ACG New York and M&A Advisor.

Deep experience advising private equity funds, hedge funds, banks, broker-dealers, investor relations firms and various other financial services companies.


  • As a business consultant, Corey has worked with CEOs and CFOs, as well as the boards of both public and private clients.
  • Has performed due diligence and negotiations on both the buy and sell sides. Corey also has experience preparing business plans and initial public offerings (IPO).
  • Significant experience with cash flow and productivity analysis to help scale businesses for growth.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in complex tax structuring and planning.


  • Licensed CPA in the state of New York
  • Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Finance, SUNY Buffalo


  • Presented “Evaluating Your Business Foundation for the Future”, COMPEL, 2020
  • Moderated “LICA’s Technology Capital Forum”, 2020 
  • Moderated “The M&A Advisor Future of Finance Stalwarts Roundtable: 2019 Sector Trends and 2020 Outlook”, 2019
  • Moderated “ACG NY’s GP/LP Event”, 2019
  • Moderated “LICA’s Healthcare Capital Forum”, 2019
  • Authored “An ‘always on’ M&A strategy is imperative”, PE in Review, 2019
  • Moderated “ACG NY’s Secondary Buyouts Panel”, 2019
  • Presented “How to Prepare to Sell: A perspective from M&A Buyers” at “AM&AA Networking Event”, 2018
  • Moderated “LICA’s Healthcare Capital Forum”, 2018
  • Moderated “ACG NY’s M&A Landscape: Diving into Four of the Hot Industry Sectors””, 2017
  • Moderated “The M&A Advisor Summit”, 2017
  • Authored “Global Investment Landscape and Outlook for M&A Activity in 2016”, 2016

Eric H. Altstadter


EisnerAmper LLP - Partner

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Eric Altstadter is an Audit Partner and the leader for Firm’s Cannabis and Hemp Services Group. He has more than 30 years of experience working with public companies and privately held businesses throughout the country.

Eric has helped numerous clients through the complex financial reporting and compliance issues associated with the filing of registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and raising capital from other groups. He has significant experience with companies in the cannabis, financial services, biotech, technology, manufacturing and distribution, and retail industries.

Eric is also a frequent speaker on accounting, auditing and business topics. He is regularly recognized by the Long Island Business News (LIBN) in their Who's Who in Accounting and Who's Who in Audits editions. Eric was previously named by LIBN as one of the “Around 50” honorees in recognition of his leadership and support of Long Island businesses and the community.

Jeffrey L. Bass

Chairman Emeritus

Executive Strategies Group, LLC - Partner

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Mr. Bass is a Managing Member of Executive Strategies Group LLC, a strategic business advisory Firm serving corporate executive management and boards of directors. He also served a Nassau County Planning Commissioner and was formerly Trustee of the Incorporated Village of Great Neck, New York where he also served on the Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeals. He is also a member of the Hamlet on Olde Oyster Bay Homeowner Association Board of Directors.

Previously, Mr. Bass was Principal in Charge of the Strategic Business Planning and Advisory Services practice at Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP, a leading Certified Public Accounting and Business Advisory Firm with offices located in Garden City and Manhattan.

Mr. Bass provides business planning and related advisory services to clients that are either healthy companies seeking proper structuring for continued growth or troubled companies seeking to preserve or return to profitability. He works with companies at any stage of development, helping them to define business objectives, critical success factors, marketing strategies, operations plans, and financial requirements to achieve those objectives.

He is a founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Long Island Capital Alliance; Mr. Bass conceived and inaugurated the Long Island Capital Forum. Having helped many businesses secure capital throughout its 35-year history, the Forum was one of the most valuable and productive annual business events on Long Island. It is now conducted quarterly. He is also a Board member of the Composite Prototyping Center, a Not-For-Profit entity devoted to the promotion of advanced manufacturing and the advancement of STEM programs on Long Island.

Mr. Bass served as Chairman of a local chapter of Vistage, an international association of CEO’s. He has been a leader at various business conferences, including those sponsored by the Securities and Exchange Commission, United States Department of Commerce, New York Chamber of Commerce, Hauppauge Industrial Association, the American Society for Public Administration, International City Management Association, New York Council of Mayors and Inc. Magazine. He was an elected delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business and Chaired the Committees on Capital Formation for the New York State and Northeast Regional delegations. He was also a Director of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation.

Mr. Bass was an Associate Trustee of the North Shore-LIJ Health System (Now Northwell) and early Board member of the Feinstein Medical Research Institute. He is also a past President of the Board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee Long Island Chapter, a member of the Long Island Cabinet of the State of Israel Bonds and a founder of the Great Neck Arts Center. He currently supports several other philanthropic and community-based organizations.

Mr. Bass is the author of numerous articles and sections of books on strategic planning and budgeting and is frequently quoted in local and national business media. He has taught courses in Public Administration and Public Finance at Queens College of the City University of New York where he served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Affairs. He has also taught courses in Entrepreneurial Management. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a Masters in Urban Studies/Planning from the City University of New York.

Previously, Mr. Bass was founder and chief executive officer of Jeffrey L. Bass Associates, Inc., a recognized strategic planning and consulting firm. Mr. Bass was also associated with PricewaterhouseCoopers and served in senior management positions in the City of New York.

Neil M. Kaufman

Chairman Emeritus

Kaufman McGowan, PLLC - Partner

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As the managing partner of Kaufman McGowan PLLC, Neil M. Kaufman represents emerging growth, middle market and public companies and investment firms in their corporate, securities, financing, borrowing, merger & acquisition and other legal matters. Mr. Kaufman is particularly well known for advising clients with respect to SEC regulation, public offerings, private placements and mergers & acquisitions, as well as all types of commercial contracts, and is recognized as one of the leading corporate cannabis lawyers in New York and the USA. He is a frequent speaker on corporate, securities and cannabis law topics, and is an approved Vistage speaker on mergers & acquisitions.

Mr. Kaufman serves as:

  • Member of the Board of Trustees & Chairman of the Audit Committee of iCapital KKR Private Markets Fund, a closed-end private equity mutual fund.
  • Member of the Board of Trustees & Chairman of the Audit Committee of Two Roads Shared Trust, a collection of open-end alternative mutual funds.
  • Chairman Emeritus of the Long Island Capital Alliance, a not-for-profit organization devoted to assisting emerging growth companies.
  • Chairman of the Long Island Chapter of Financial Executives International.

Mr. Kaufman formerly served as:

  • Chairman of the Board of a Nasdaq-listed technology company.
  • Chairman of the Banking, Corporate & Securities Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Mr. Kaufman received a:

  • J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1984, where he was a staff member of the Journal of International Law & Politics.
  • B.A. from Binghamton University in 1981 with recognition for outstanding academic performance.

He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.

Mr. Kaufman is a 2021 SuperLawyer.

Board Members

Jordan Darrow

Darrow Associates, Inc. - President

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Jordan Darrow is a career investor relations practitioner with over 25 years of experience. From start-ups to large publicly traded companies, he has advised businesses of various sizes on investor relations, capital formation, financial modeling, growth strategies, crisis, M&A and executive succession communications, and other initiatives. These activities spanned professional affiliations as well as non-profit organizations.

In 2005, Mr. Darrow founded Darrow Associates to assist microcap to midcap publicly-traded companies with their efforts to increase awareness among investment community, media and trade industry constituencies, as well as develop and implement productive communications strategies among a company’s workforce and customer base. Founded in New York, Darrow Associates has grown into one of the leading and most trusted middle market investor relations agencies in the nation with offices in New York, Silicon Valley and Austin.

Prior to establishing his own IR firm, Mr. Darrow served for nearly five years as the Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for Nasdaq-listed PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Incorporated. Earlier, he was at Taylor Rafferty Associates, Inc., the leading New York based cross-border IR firm, and the Financial Relations Board, Inc. (FRB), then the largest independent IR firm in the country. In 1996, he won the prestigious Creativity in Public Relations Awards (CIPRA) competition for the Best Investor Relations Program for an Initial Public Offering. He has been a member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and a member of NIRI’s New York chapter.

Among his volunteer work and philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Darrow was co-Founder and President of LI Invest, Inc., a not-for-profit organization established to promote investment into Long Island. Leveraging IR tactics and relationships, LI Invest was the first independent organization to conduct investor conferences to showcase publicly-traded companies with headquarters or other economic interests on Long Island, New York. For more than 5 years he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Capital Alliance, Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization for early stage companies. Earlier, while living in New York City, he was a Board member and Treasurer of the Manhattan Chapter of the Special Olympics. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics with a minor in Business Communications from the State University of New York.

Other philanthropic and charitable organizations supported by Darrow include but are not limited to local school districts in New York and Austin, the University of Texas at Austin, the State University of New York system, the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.

In 1992, Greg Demetriou started a small business which has evolved and grown into what is today, Lorraine Gregory Communications, an award-winning, energetic, forward-thinking company that helps companies consolidate their marketing efforts across all platforms and assures client messaging reaches targeted audiences.

A nationally published author, contributing columnist, media personality, blogger, mentor, and consultant, Greg is a media industry expert, who has been aligned with many top trade and industry organizations and has presented to businesses and organizations at marketing seminars for over 25 years.

Greg holds several Board of Directors positions, participates in various community outreach programs, dedicates time and resources to help many Not-for-Profit organizations expand their cause-related services and fundraise effectively, and he is the creator and host of the Ask A CEO interview series on


Keith Drayer

Henry Schein- Vice President & General Manager

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Keith D. Drayer (twitter @Keith_Drayer), serves as Vice President and General Manager of Henry Schein’s Schools and Specialty Services global businesses. He leads nearly 200 professional team members across a portfolio of businesses including dental practice brokerage, dental practice staffing, dental schools’ sales, and dental student engagement.  Under Keith’s leadership, Henry Schein’s dental brokerages businesses, operating in eight countries, have become the leading global transitions firms. Keith is responsible for Henry Schein Nationwide Dental Opportunities, which offers recruiting and placement services to dental practices in three countries. Keith leads Henry Schein’s dental school sales as well as student engagement activities which provide dental schools students access to tools, equipment, and education programs provide opportunities to develop their careers in oral health.

Keith is an active contributor to industry and philanthropic groups holding several elected and appointed leadership positions. He serves on the Long Island Capital Alliance Board, a member of the Dean’s Board at the College of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern College Dean’s Board, University of North Carolina Adams School of Dentistry and University of Kentucky College of Dentistry, Alpha Omega International Dental Society Board Member, Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund Treasurer, American Jewish Committee Long Island Region Past President, Vice President of American Friends of Dental Volunteers for Israel and Board Member of Tivnu Social Justice Gap Year program.

Keith has been interviewed by CBS Radio, Crain’s Business and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, many industry trade publications and has been a keynote speaker several industry meetings.  He lectures at dental schools globally and taught at New York University’s Dental School Continuing Education program. 

Keith is an active marathon runner and Ironman triathlete.

Mark Elenowitz & - CEO

Tripoint Capital Advisors - CEO

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A Wall Street veteran with over 30 years experience, Mark was a co-founder of a US broker dealer and is Managing Director of two US broker dealers. Mark is responsible for advising clients on compliance, capital structure and capital market navigation. He has extensive experience in advising clients on compliance, capital structure, and capital markets navigation including acting as a member of the board of directors. For over 30 years he has worked with numerous public and private companies.  He was also responsible for leading the first successful Reg A+ IPO of a company to list on the NYSE (NYSE:MYO).

Mr. Elenowitz integrates a strong, successful entrepreneurial background with extensive financial services and capital markets experience. He has assisted numerous companies in a "soup-to-nuts" process, preparing them for life as a public company and advising them on an ongoing basis as to further rounds of financing, strategic acquisitions and a broader investor base via a listing on a higher securities exchange or market. He is an expert in capital markets investigative analysis of trading activity, short selling and market activity providing investigative services for Board of Directors, Special Committees and public companies.

In addition, he is the President of Horizon, a global software provider, has developed an end-to-end suite of blockchain technology solutions for the issuance and secondary trading of both registered and exempt offerings of digital securities. Mr. Elenowitz is the recipient of several entrepreneurial awards and has been profiled in BusinessWeek and CNBC, as well as several other publications. He has also been a profiled speaker at the SEC Small Business conference. Mr. Elenowitz is a member of the board of directors of the Long Island Capital Alliance and the National Investment Banking Association.  He is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Business and Management with a B.S. in Finance. He holds Series 24, 62, 63, 79, 82 and 99 licenses.


Diane Johnston

UBS - Senior Vice President -  Wealth

Management - Financial Advisor -

Endowment & Foundation Consultant 

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For decades, my father practiced medicine. As a general practitioner, he was well-loved by his patients. They admired how he approached their health as a whole, rather than focusing on one symptom at a time. As I admire him so much, it was always a dream of mine to follow in my dad’s footsteps.

Being an advisor at UBS is a unique chance to take care of people’s financial health and build my own family practice. Today, I am a navigator! I navigate complex issues for my relationships and am passionate about discovering, building, and protecting the dreams of others in all facets of my life. I am an advisor, thought leader, entrepreneur, anti-human trafficking advocate, mom to four young men, and dedicated wife. To map out success and joy for others, I pour my energy and know-how into their chosen paths.

My clients are highly curious and creative problem solvers—open to learning new approaches as well as defining current mission and ideas. They can describe how they want to experience investments in their life, and if they cannot, they have the willingness to take a journey to get there. Whether an individual or a committee, they understand that while it can take time and effort to get to the right place, sometimes it easily exists and within structure there is freedom. They trust my advice and will take it knowing both I and the firm have their best interests at heart. My clients are good people, doing good things, and have an entrepreneurial drive.

Of course, seeing better outcomes materialize requires a level of commitment that is not for the faint of heart. I am committed to the business, social, and ecological environments in my community on Long Island and beyond. Truly, I love where I live. I am proud of our storied and numerous successes in New York and if I can contribute to anyone adding to their own success story through my thirst for creative solutions, then I am a dream protector and maker!

George Likourezos is a partner of Carter, DeLuca & Farrell LLP, a full-service intellectual property law firm specializing in patent law.  His practice encompasses all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright law, including preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the US and worldwide. He also has expertise in analyzing patents and IP portfolios in connection with litigation, mergers and acquisitions, product clearance investigations, patentability studies, preparing legal opinions, and for advising R&D teams.  His clients are involved in a wide range of technologies and sciences, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, aerospace, automotive and LiDAR technologies, bioelectronics and biomedical technologies, optical and RF communication systems, control and small satellite launch/propulsion systems, electronics, hybrid engines and hydrogen fuel cells, life sciences, materials, medical devices, software, and urban air mobility (UAM) vehicles. His trademark practice includes all phases of trademark prosecution, including preparing trademark opinions, and non-disclosure and licensing agreements. George has over 25 years of experience procuring IP protection for inventors, small businesses, universities, research institutions, and corporate clients, including many Fortune 500 companies. He simultaneously earn a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Operations Management at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering (formerly Polytechnic University).  He served as the Alumni Association President during the merger discussions between Polytechnic University and NYU. George earned his J.D. at Touro Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1995.

George utilizes his technical and legal expertise to help a variety of entities procure IP protection. He also assists and advises inventors and small businesses protect their innovations and obtain necessary financing to have their products developed and enter the marketplace. He is an intellectual property mentor and advisor to many startups and incubators and accelerators, including Starburst, a world leading accelerator for aerospace, space and defense startups, and at Sky Gate Incubator, a technological ecosystem that supports entrepreneurs from the idea phase into revenue generation. Additionally, he has a unique ability to understand the novel aspects of technologies and maintains an extensive network of professionals and associations that assist inventors and small businesses develop, protect, commercialize and monetize their innovations and technologies. He is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office and admitted to the bars of New York and New Jersey. Besides LICA, George is a Board member of ADDAPT (, a non-profit trade organization focused on the Aerospace & Defense Industries in New York State, and the President of the Long Island Chapter of the Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) for 2021-2023.

Paul Trapani

LISTnet - President

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Paul Trapani is an entrepreneur and consultant experienced in executive management, software design and development, business operations, and technology planning and strategy. He is President of Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet) and runs software consulting company PJT Consulting. LISTnet serves as a chamber of commerce for the tech industry on Long Island and works to create a strong technology ecosystem for all companies on Long Island. PJT Consulting helps clients translate business requirements into software. Paul hold’s a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and master’s in Computer Science from Hofstra University. He enjoys food and cooking in his free time and helped to create the app Eat Everywhere.

Jill S. Scher

Marcum LLP

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Jill Scher is a partner in the Tax & Business Services division of Marcum LLP in the Melville office and a business developer for the Firm. With more than 25 years of public and private experience, she has an outstanding reputation for developing strong relationships and uses her diverse experience, technical proficiency, and problem-solving skills to consult with a wide range of businesses and industries.

Ms. Scher advises on tax minimization and deferral strategies for companies and

their owners and is very adept at recognizing tax and credit incentive opportunities,

including research & development, work opportunity tax credits, and investment tax

credits, to name a few. She also provides tax services for foreign companies with

operations in the United States and assists domestic companies with operations

overseas. She advises clients about tax ramifications prior to potential transactions

and has helped numerous clients with the successful abatement of IRS and State


Ms. Scher is also responsible for business development for the Firm, forging new

relationships and building business through her network of resources within and

outside of the Firm, to assist in all aspects of client needs. In addition, she speaks frequently to professional and industry organizations on a

variety of business and tax topics. Ms. Scher teaches tax, technical and professional

ethics classes for an outside organization, CPE, Inc., providing continuing education

to CPAs within the tristate area on individual and business tax planning and other

specialty areas of taxation.

This commitment to technical excellence culminated in several industry awards. Ms.

Scher also is very involved in the Half Hollow Hills community and volunteers her time

with education and community-minded not-for-profit organizations.

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