Team

Executive Director, Mark Lesko

Executive Director, Mark Lesko
Mark Lesko is the Executive Director of Accelerate Long Island, a regional collaboration to accelerate the formation of an innovation-based economy on Long Island.  Accelerate Long Island’s institutional founders are Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Hofstra University, the North Shore-LIJ Health System and its Feinstein Institute, Stony Brook University, the Long Island Association, CA Technologies, Canrock [...] read more

Assistant Executive Director, Stacey Epifane Sikes

Assistant Executive Director, Stacey Epifane Sikes
Stacey Epifane Sikes is the Assistant Executive Director of Accelerate Long Island, where she works with Executive Director Mark Lesko and the Accelerate Long Island Board to implement the organization’s goals and objectives to further the creation of an innovation-based economy. As Deputy Chief of Staff to then-Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko, Stacey assisted in developing [...] read more

Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

Kevin Hesselbirg

Kevin Hesselbirg

Kevin Hesselbirg is the former CEO of Openlink. Kevin joined OpenLink in May 1999, became CEO in 2007 and in 2012 became Vice Chairman of the Board. Kevin helped transform OpenLink to a multi-national industry leading commercial software and professional services organization with seven operating divisions located in seven countries as CEO. During Kevin’s tenure at OpenLink, the company grew from less than $20 million in revenues and 100 professionals to over $325 million in revenues, with a global team of over 1,250 employees. Kevin began his career at Ernst & Young LLP, where he ascended to the position of Audit Manager in the specialized privately owned and emerging business group, providing both audit and business advice to high growth businesses primarily in the medical technology industry. He holds a BS from Fordham University where he graduated valedictorian of the class of 1987. Contact Kevin at khesselbirg@accelerateli.org.

Michael McEntee

Michael McEntee

Michael McEntee spent 13 years at InterDigital Communications LLC. InterDigital holds close to 20,000 U.S. and foreign issued patents and patent applications.  As Senior Director of Corporate Development at InterDigital, he evaluated companies and patent portfolios for acquisition and was also responsible for product management of cellular wireless technologies. Prior to that, he was responsible for business development and marketing of semiconductors and silicon production services at Standard Microsystems Inc. Michael began his career as a design engineer for Grumman Corp. He has an Executive MBA from Hofstra University, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University.Contact Mike at mmcentee@accelerateli.org

Phil Rugile

Phil Rugile

Phil Rugile is an expert in digital media and a cofounder of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting minority entrepreneurship at its earliest stages. The organization offers $10,000 startup grants and eight weeks of intensive business mentoring to entrepreneurs all across the country, and 60 companies have gone through this program. Phil and his team secured over $2 million to establish 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, which has been nationally recognized by sources including the White House Economic Development Corp., the City of Atlanta and Operation Hope. Phil is also the co-founder of MYMAG. MYMAG collaborates with popular celebrities to create unique personalized magazines and related content, timed to align with specific product launches and events. MYMAG has worked with a wide range of tastemakers from boxer Floyd Mayweather, wellness guru Deepak Chopra to actress Olivia Munn. Phil’s current project is the launch of theCASHFLOW.com, a web portal that helps entrepreneurs learn how to start a business, raise funds for that business and sell their products and services. Phil has consulted for several software-based digital media companies, including www.Mochila.com, the first online marketplace where members can buy and sell advertising, articles, photographs and other content and www.newstand.com, a software company providing digital distribution of exact replicas of newspapers and magazines to paying subscribers via the Internet, including customers such as The New York Times Company, Dow Jones, USA Today, Harvard Business Review and Time Inc. Phil previously was the Chief Information Officer for the Tribune Company properties Newsday and the Baltimore Sun Newspapers. Contact Phil at prugile@accelerateli.org.