Our Board Of Directors

Ernie Canadeo


President and CEO of The EGC Group  –

Ernie Canadeo is the President and CEO of The EGC Group, Long Island’s largest integrated advertising and digital marketing company.

Ernie founded EGC after working in various advertising, marketing, and promotion positions at RCA/A&M/Arista Records from 1979-1985. During that time, he promoted such artists as Hall and Oates, the Police, Rick Springfield, Diana Ross, the Eurythmics, the Kinks, Joe Jackson, REM, and many others. He is proud to say his first live concert was Janis Joplin at Madison Square Garden, with Johnny Winter and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band as opening acts. His most cherished possession is Dave Davies of the Kinks original Vox amplifier, which he purchased from Dave in 2007 in London.

Ernie joined the board of directors of the LI Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He is an avid music lover, attending dozens of live concerts and music festivals each year.

He recorded a CD of self-penned songs in 1999 and occasionally picks up his guitar to scare his kids and neighbors.


David Baram, Esq.

Executive Vice Chairman

Baram & Kaiser Law Offices

David Baram David Baram began producing concerts while a student at Hofstra University in 1972, working with Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Billy Joel, Miles Davis and others. In 1976, he was employed by Phil Basile and Concerts East as House Manager at the Calderone Concert Hall in Hempstead, Long Island, and eventually went on to produce shows for Concerts East at the Nassau Coliseum, Madison Square Garden, Shea Stadium, Providence Civic Center and large scale concert venues throughout the northeastern United States. Following his years with Concerts East, Baram joined with Michael ‘Eppy’ Epstein in operating the legendary My Fathers Place Nightclub, in Roslyn, New York. MFP was well-known for its long-running Tuesday night live radio broadcasts on WLIR-FM, weekly reggae concerts, and nightly presentations of world famous artists in a relaxed club setting. Taking a cue from their love of reggae music, Eppy and David also branched out into full scale tour production, booking, and management for many major reggae performers as well. While at My Fathers Place, Baram enrolled in Hofstra Law School, and began his second career as an attorney in the 1980s. For the past twenty years, he has been a partner in the Law Firm of Baram and Kaiser, specializing in transactional, contract and business law, civil litigation and bankruptcy. Baram & Kaiser maintains offices in Garden City and Long Beach, New York.

Through the years Baram has worked with artists such as Aerosmith, Santana, James Brown, The Allman Brothers, Billy Joel, The Police, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Jethro Tull, Kiss, ZZ Top, Neil Young, Count Basie, Hot Tuna, Jerry Garcia, Yes, The Ramones, and countless others. For more than a decade Baram has also been the chairperson of the Board of Directors of Long Beach Reach, Inc, a non-profit organization providing a comprehensive range of professional services for individuals and families.

Tom Needham

2nd Vice Chair

Chairman Long Island Music Hall of Fame Educational Advisory Board,  Nominating Committee Chairman, Host, “The Sounds of Film” Radio Show, English/Film Educator, H. Frank Carey High School

Tom Needham has worked extensively in radio, film and television. He is the current Executive Producer/Host of WUSB’s The Sounds of Film, the nation’s longest-running film-themed radio show.  The show features a unique mix of music, news and interviews with people like Billy Joel, Peter Fonda, Chazz Palminteri, Jesse Ventura, Big Daddy Kane, Barbara Koppel, Dr. Cornel West and Searching for Sugarman’s Rodriguez.  He also directed the film, Countdown to X-Day, winner of the Best Documentary award at the Long Island Film Festival. In addition, he produced the popular Manhattan cable show, New York Jazz, which featured jazz legends like Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Stanley Jordan, Cyrus Chestnut and Lionel Hampton.

Tom is a long-time educator who teaches high school English and media/film classes for college credit for the Sewanhaka School District in conjunction with Long Island University.  He is the co-creator of The Gumball Film Festival for students.  He was recently selected to attend Steven Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever’s Summer Institute for teachers.

Tom graduated from Hofstra University with a triple major in Film, English Literature and Secondary Education.  While attending Hofstra, he was a Film Department assistant, and an intern at Capitol Records.  He completed his M.A. in Television Production at N.Y. Institute of Technology, and earned his School Administration certificate at Stony Brook University.

Besides serving on the executive board, Tom is active in several committees. He is the Chairman of LIMHoF’s Education Board, and helped create its Honorary Advisory Board featuring DMC, John Tartaglia, Dan Zanes, Public Enemy’s DJ Johnny Juice, the Magic Garden’s Carole and Paula and Blues Clues’ Steve Burns. His board has helped to develop education programs, concerts, scholarships, awards and contests.   He has also been the Associate Producer in Charge of Talent Relations for the past several LIMHoF Galas, and has worked with Lou Reed, Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Kurtis Blow, Taylor Dayne, Ervin Drake, Oscar Brand, Lesley Gore, DMC, Laurie Anderson Grandmaster Flash, John Zorn, Roy Haynes, Mose Allison, Connie Stevens, Anthrax’s Dan Nelson, Whodini, Eric B. and Rakim, John Tartaglia and Salt N Pepa. Tom is the current Nominations Committee Chairman, and is working on upcoming induction galas.

He lives in Smithtown with his wife, Donna, three daughters, Chloe, Fiona and Sierra, and his dog, Harley.

Ron Alexenburg

3rd Vice Chair

President & CEO, Alexenburg Entertainment Group Inc.

Ron Alexenburg has over 50 years’ experience in the music industry. In 1965, Alexenburg joined CBS Records. He soon moved onto Columbia Records where he became the youngest head of promotion in the company’s history, working with the label’s top talent. He would rise through Columbia Records and eventually be promoted to be the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Epic Records, a division of CBS Records Group. Among the artists that Alexenburg worked directly with were Boston, Meat Loaf, Charlie Daniels and Michael Jackson. Under his helm, Michael Jackson’s Thriller became and still is the best-selling album of all time.

Kelly Maude Leung

4th Vice Chair

Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, New York Community Bancorp

Kelly Maude Leung is a business professional that has used her expertise in communications, interest in human nature and enthusiasm to communicate a variety of messages effectively and efficiently to a key audiences over her 25 year career.

Ms. Leung is currently Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications at New York Community Bancorp, the 22nd largest bank holding company in the nation, with assets of $50.3 billion. She is responsible for internal and external communications for the public company. Over the last ten years, Ms. Leung has expanded the organizations communication tools, and has added Sponsorship Management, Special Events and Corporate Giving to the department’s responsibilities.

Ms. Leung represents NYCB in its expanded relationship with Live Nation, The NYCB Theatre at Westbury, The Barclays Center, The Long Island Ducks and The Kupferberg Center at Queens College. She has also developed expanded programs between the Bank and over 30 non-profits, combining her interest in giving back to the community with the ability to share NYCB’s commitment to making a difference in a more formalized, accountable manner.  During her tenure, NYCB and its Foundations have committed over 20 million dollars to non-profits within the five states that NYCB serves.

Ms. Leung currently works with a variety of non-profit committees on Long Island and was a Board Member of NIRI NY (The National Investor Relations Institute) for over ten years. She is a student mentor and supporter of the Farmingdale school district and has been invited to speak at multiple NIRI, STA and PRSA conferences over the course of her career.

Ms. Leung currently lives in Massapequa Park, NY with her two children, Zachary and Zoë.

Jill Nees-Russell


RussellRelations – Media Relations Consultant

Jill Russell Besides being a passionate enthusiast for all genres of music, Jill Russell spends much of her time engaged in community affairs and events. Jill is currently a Media Relations Consultant for the Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson, N.Y. She is a Board Member for The Royal Education Foundation, Greater Port Jefferson and The Northern Brookhaven Arts Council. Jill is a member of the Port Jefferson Rotary Club and on The Port Jefferson Economic Development Council. Her broad experience includes internal and external publicity, communication, event planning and marketing.

Jill graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications from The University of Oklahoma and moved to Los Angeles to embark on a career in the music industry. Jill had various roles in publicity and artist relations at Warner Bros. Records, Reprise Records, Giant Records and 3:33 Music Group/Universal Record throughout the 90’s and early 2000’s.

Jill’s family relocated to Port Jefferson from Chicago in 2005 and music continues to be an important part of her life. In addition to pioneering an innovative new program “Little Wing” designed for you children at the School of Rock in Port Jefferson Station, she is currently on The Executive Board of The Long Island Music Hall of Fame.

Ronald Stair


President, Creative Plan Designs, LTD.

Ronald K. Stair has over thirty years of experience in the actuarial and employee benefits consulting field. Ronald is a frequent local and national speaker on topics related to retirement plans and employee benefit programs. He is certified to grant continuing education credits to Certified Public Accountants, Certified Financial Planners and Agents of the Internal Revenue Service.


Robert J. deBrauwere

Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP

Partner Robert deBrauwere is co-chair of Pryor Cashman’s Digital Media Group and a member of the Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment and Litigation Groups. Rob’s in-depth knowledge of technology-driven publishing and content distribution platforms, social media regulatory compliance, trademark protection and portfolio management, and media, entertainment and music law is invaluable to his clients.

Multinational companies and startups look to Rob to quickly assess the issues at hand, to stay focused on the goal and to dedicate himself to achieving the best possible outcome in a cost-effective manner. Rob supports his clients in closing goal-oriented transactions, protecting their brand identities and streamlining their corporate organizations.

Rob helps leading-edge technology developers and popular entertainers navigate the legal complexities of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the scope of fair use in copyright law, online and social media promotions, social media use in regulated industries and digital privacy. Clients also turn to Rob to structure their content delivery systems to secure the protections afforded by Section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).

Rob’s clients include digital content distribution platforms, social media advertising agencies, software developers, digital ad networks, musicians, authors, artists, video game developers and publishers, book and magazine publishers, and manufacturers and distributors of optics and digital display products.

Larry Dunn


James Faith

President, James Faith Entertainment Inc. President, James Faith Entertainment & Events Producer, Great South Bay Music Festival  –

James Faith is the owner of J Faith Presents, a concert and events production co., performing artist booking agency, located in Port Jefferson Village, NY.

Jim has been booking entertainment and producing shows, large and small, for over 30 years. He spent seven years as General Manager, as well as booking and producing all concerts and events at the 7000 seat Brookhaven Amphitheatre in Farmingville, NY.

Jim has promoted or produced: Tony Bennett, Alice Cooper, the Beach Boys, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Dave Brubeck, Cheap Trick, B.B. King, Dr. John, the Count Basie Orchestra, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Mountain, Hot Tuna, Pat Benatar, Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzman, Michael Feinstein, George Benson, James Cotton, Squeeze, Debbie Harry & Blondie, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Ashanti, Train, Blue Oyster Cult, Vanilla Fudge, String Cheese Incident, Foghat, Judy Collins, Robert Randolph, Dave Mason, Spyro Gyra, Eric Burdon, moe., Steve Winwood, WAR, and many, many more! He is also the producer of several successful festivals including Long Islands largest music festival: The Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, as well as the American Music Festival in Port Jefferson. Jim has produced events at the Tilles Center, the Waldorf-Astoria, the Staller Center, Lincoln Center, Oheka Castle, New York Public Library, the Temple of Dendur, and fundraisers for WLIW Channel 21, St. Charles Hospital, and of course, the 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012 LI Music Hall of Fame Induction Awards Galas, featuring a who’s-who of celebrities including: Billy Joel, Joan Jett, LL Cool J, Alec Baldwin, Paul Shaffer, Lou Reed, Al Kooper, Eddie Money, Johnny Maestro, Little Anthony, DMC, Salt N Pepa, and a host of others.

He is the co-founder (with Dennis Wilson) of the “Count Basie Orchestra, Invitational High School Scholarship Festival”, a two day scholarship event that awarded over $80,000 in college scholarships to graduating high school seniors heading for music related colleges and universities.

James is proud to be an original founding member of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame, a two term Chairman, and is a member of LI Cares Entertainment Committee.

Jim lives with his fiancé Sue and dog Annie in Miller Place, and has two daughters Jamie (his partner at J Faith Presents) and Jacqueline.

Barry Fisch

Music Industry Archivist Sales and Marketing

Barry Fisch has been involved in the music industry on Long Island for over thirty years. His first taste was as music director of his college radio station, WNYT, on the campus of the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. After numerous positions at a variety of Long Island based music stores and distributors, he settled in at one of the major label distribution companies, Polygram Records. During his nine year stint there, he worked in a sales and marketing capacity with all major record store accounts in the New York and Long Island areas under the positions of Singles Sales Specialist, Account Service Rep, and Artist Development Rep.

The relationship with music store retailers Barry developed during his Polygram years still stands today, as he works within the New York and Long Island areas as an independent sales and marketing representative for various indy music distributors based in other parts of the U.S. Barry is also a music video archivist. He has received numerous credits supplying archival footage for television networks and independent film companies from his own personal archive, which he began collecting in 1978. Barry is also a published journalist and photographer, currently working with various music related publications and websites world wide. He now resides in Hicksville.

Jeffrey James

President, Jeffrey James Arts Consulting

Jeffrey James is an arts consultant who has worked with many composers, instrumentalists, conductors, orchestras and chamber ensembles and arts related organizations in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America since 1981. He was Operations Manager for Long Island’s Nassau Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1991, when he opened Jeffrey James Arts Consulting. He is the Executive Director of the Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition and a juror and Special Adviser for the Ibla International Music Competition in Italy. He is President of 4Tay Records and created, an Internet-based sales outlet for independent CD companies and International Composer, an interview site that debuted in Spring 2004. Locally, he has served on the Boards of Directors of the Nassau Symphony Orchestra, the American Chamber Ensemble, the Gemini Youth Symphony, the New York Foundation for the Arts SOS Panels, the NY State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program Advisory Board and the LI Arts Council at Freeport. He lives in Farmingdale with his wife Lisa, a renowned poet.

Brian Lee

Executive Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Brian Lee joined Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Long Island Office in 2004. Prior to joining Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mr. Lee worked at CBRE as a managing director specializing in corporate tenant transactions.

Mr. Lee has represented tenants, landlords, sellers and purchasers in a myriad of transactions involving office, industrial and retail purchase, sales and leasing.

Mr. Lee has completed over 350 commercial real estate transactions, with an aggregate value in excess of $400 million. He has represented clients such as: American Home Mortgage in a 180,000 square-foot corporate headquarters acquisition plus regional call and operation centers for over 80,000 square feet.; Danaher in a 180,000 square-foot industrial disposition; Northrop Grumman in a 385,000 square-foot industrial sale/partial leaseback and in a 93,000 square-foot engineering and development office lease. Mr. Lee completed a multi-layered disposition of an 85,000 square-foot lease obligation for Aether Systems; represented the Roslyn Savings Bank in their 75,000 square-foot headquarters relocation; advised bank branch site selections for GreenPoint Bank, The Roslyn Savings Bank, the First National Bank of Long Island, North Fork Bank and EAB; completed advisory work for Key Corp.and The Bank of New York; advised on back office locations for Fiserv’s 42,000 square-foot check processing center and for Citibank/Fiserv’s 75,000 square-foot Human Resources and Payroll departments; represented Nationwide Mutual Insurance in various transactions totaling 200,000 square feet.

Mr. Lee is a member of CoreNet and is a Long Island Chapter Board Member. He is also affiliated with Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island, Senior Leader Corporate Real Estate and Board Certification for Corporate Real Estate.

Mr. Lee received a B.B.A. from the University of Colorado and a Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University.

Kevin O’Callaghan

Chair, 3D Design Program, School of Visual Arts President, Luna Ladder, Inc.  –

Kevin O’Callaghan is a design educator with a unique focus on transformative conceptualization. O’Callaghan has been teaching 3-D design courses at the School of Visual Arts since 1985. In 1999, he founded the undergraduate 3-D design program, which he currently chairs. In collaboration, he and his students transform wasteful, dangerous, obsolete and iconic objects, products and “other” things into conceptual products and works of art. The exhibitions have been featured in over 190 newscasts and 400 articles reaching over 500 markets around the world, including CNN seven times.

As a 3-D designer, O’Callaghan also creates monumental imaginative spectaculars for clients including MTV, History Channel, NBC and other media giants. O’Callaghan is the designer of the iconic “Popcorn” Trophy for the MTV Movie Awards. As an educator, O’Callaghan possesses a rare combination of indomitable fortitude and immeasurable tenderness. He is a demanding teacher who gives his students all that he can, and expects them to work at least as hard as he does in helping them to achieve their visions. He instills in his students both the strength and confidence that “they can accomplish anything” with creativity and hard work. He is a the subject of Monumental: The Reimagined World of Kevin O’Callaghan and was a 2012 Inductee of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.

Norm Prusslin

Founding Member

Director of Media and Interdisciplinary Arts Programs, Stony Brook University  –

Norm Prusslin is Director of the Media and Interdisciplinary Arts Minor/Living Learning Center programs at Stony Brook University. A member of the SBU staff/faculty for 33 years, Prusslin has also served as General Manager of WUSB 90.1FM and Advisor to all student media organizations at SBU. Prusslin is President of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (the nation’s largest college radio station membership organization) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the L.I. Press Club Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a member of College Media Advisors, the Radio-TV News Directors Association and the Broadcast Education Association. Prusslin holds an adjunct teaching appointment at Five Towns College and is a recipient of the Hall’s Long Island Sound Award for lifetime contributions to the music community on Long Island.

John Shea

Vice President and General Manager, Cox Media Group – Long Island

John has been the Vice President and General Manager of Cox Media Group’s Long Island cluster, including WBLI-FM and WHFM-FM, since May 2006.  Prior to Cox Media Group, Mr. Shea worked at Barnstable Broadcasting for 16 years, serving as General Manager of their Greenville, South Carolina radio station cluster, General Manager of their Akron, Ohio property and General Sales Manager of their Albany, NY and Harrisburg, PA facilities.  Shea began his broadcasting career in Albany as an Account Executive for Great Scott Broadcasting at WPYX/WTRY followed by 5 years as an account Executive for TV10/WTEN.

Shea graduated from SUNY Oswego in 1980.  He served 16 years in the US Army and National Guard as an Aviation Officer/Helicopter pilot.  He currently serves on the board for Telecare and The Herbert School of Communication (Hofstra University), Advisory Council.  Past board positions include Urban League, Wildwood Charities, The Red Cross and OBC.

John and wife Chrissy have 3 boys and reside in St. James, NY

Sandra Taylor

Education Consultant, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Inc.

Dave Widmer

Vice President, Long Island/Brooklyn Media Sales for Cablevision