2021 Synergy Award

NYSAE Synergy Awards Breakfast

NYSAE's Synergy Awards celebrates outstanding achievement by individuals and organizations within the association and not for profit community in the New York tri-state area. This year's honorees stood out due in part to their strong focus, hard work ethic and alignment with NYSAE's mission statement. Join us as we celebrate their achievements with friends and colleagues from across the industry. 

2021 Synergy Award Honorees:

NYC Impact Award


Chief Executive
of the Year

NYSAE Distinguished
Service Award


Melva Miller, MSW, MPhil
Chief Executive Officer


Joseph P. Benincasa
President & CEO
The Actor's Fund

Bob Liodice
The Association of
National Advertisers (ANA)

James E. Thomashower, CAE
Executive Director
American Guild of Organists

Meetings Professional of the Year

NYSAE Rising Star

Partner of the Year

Partner of the Year

Jimmy Le, DES
Senior Conference Planner
IEEE Communications Society

Caitlin Sargent
Senior Associate
Securities Industry
& Financial Markets Assn. (SIFMA)

Accepting Award
 Stacey Courtney,
Past President

Kalahari Resorts
Accepting Award
Lauren Kautz
Director of National Accounts

Excellence in
Educational Programming 

Excellence in
Educational Programming

Excellence in Marcom

Crisis Innovation Award


American Group
Psychotherapy Assn.
Accepting Award 
Angela Stephens,

National Association of
Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Accepting Award
Laura Nelsen,
Dir. of Education & Learning

Licensing International
Accepting Award
Marty Brochstein, 
SVP, Industry Relations

NYC & Company
Accepting Award
Jerry Cito, 
Executive Vice President

Crisis Innovation Award

Crisis Innovation Award

Crisis Innovation Award

Crisis Innovation Award

Building Trades Employers Assn.
Accepting Award
Lou Coletti,
President & CEO

Hotel Assn. of NYC
Accepting Award
Vijay Dandapani
President & CEO

Local 2507 - Uniformed EMTs,
Paramedics & Fire Inspectors
Accepting Award
Oren Barzilay

New York State
Restaurant Assn.
Accepting Award
Kathleen Reilly, 
NYC Government Affairs Coordinator

Presenting Sponsors:

Discover Puerto Rico


Mighty Citizen

Schedule of Events:

Registration opens: 8 am
Program begins: 9 am sharp
Program conclusion: 10:30 am

Current at Chelsea Piers
Pier 59, Chelsea Piers, NYC, 10011