Since 1998, Long Island Business News has taken nominations for outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are under the age of 40. The event has grown from a gathering of 60 people introducing themselves in a small restaurant to more than 700 at the Island’s largest catering hall. Awardees in this program represent entrepreneurs, government, education, law, banking, not-for-profits and the high-tech industry. One of the year’s most popular signature events, this is the ultimate for networking and business development – no other program gets you in front of the real future leaders of Long Island.
Long Island Business News and event sponsors Hofstra University, LISTnet, Grant Thornton LLP, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP and Bethpage Federal Credit Union, along with corporate sponsor Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, proudly present the Class of 2009:
John J. Finn, Damianos Realty Group
John Finn is Director of Leasing and Acquisitions at Damianos Realty Group LLC, a private real estate company in the Village of the Branch in Smithtown. In the 10 years that Finn has worked with Damianos, he has proved himself an invaluable asset to the firm, playing an active role in its rapid growth and expansion while still managing to oversee the day-to-day operations. He has successfully negotiated countless transactions for the 21 properties in the firm’s impressive commercial portfolio.
In 2008, Damianos Realty Group was awarded the prestigious Developer of the Year award by The Association for a Better Long Island and The Commercial Industrial Broker Society for the firm’s newest construction project at 100 Hospital Road – a modern medical office building providing much needed services to the local community. Finn was instrumental in the development of this 54,000-sq.-ft. state-of-the-art medical building and just a little more than a year after the first shovel hit the ground, he and his team had the building fully leased.
Finn is a recipient of the Top Commercial Real Estate Power Brokers of the Year award from Costar, the largest commercial real estate information company in the U.S., and is an associate member of the Commercial Industrial Broker’s Society.
He is involved in various charitable and fundraising events throughout Long Island including Friends of Karen, Long Island Museums and the March of Dimes. A member of the Long Island March of Dime’s Commercial Real Estate Board since 2000, Finn has diligently worked to raise funds for premature infants in need of special care.
A resident of Long Island for more than 30 years, Finn lives in Smithtown with his wife, Tara, and their two children, Matthew and Kelsey. Finn also coaches his son’s basketball team, and has been known to enjoy a round or two of golf. If you don’t see him on the golf course, keep an eye out for him on the road as he drives by on his custom Harley Davidson. He earned a degree in finance from the State University of New York at Old Westbury.
Written by LIBN in 2009