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The October  Member Spotlight goes to Ellen Hurwitch of red-tie.com. In addition to assisting us (long island professionals) Ellen volunteers at two synagogues, helping with audio visual, networking and marketing. Ellen Hurwitch may be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone (516) 330-8555.
Question: What is your business or profession?
Answer: I work for a British based company, RedTie Inc. We provide ecommerce solutions. That is to say, online storefronts complete with a shopping basket, at a very low cost but full featured. Prior to my current 12 ½ years there, I was in Print Production for large Ad Agencies managing print for clients such as Microsoft, Verizon and RCI International. Additionally, I worked for/with corporate companies, including Hearst Magazines, Barnes & Noble, and Micro Warehouse.
Question: What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
Answer: I received my industry’s equivalent of the Academy Award, called the Luminaire.
Question: What do you hope to accomplish by the end of your career?
Answer: I like working with people and helping people and companies succeed in their endeavors; helping to find the best way to accomplish their goals, and in a way that’s cost effective but works best for them. I would like to be able to walk away satisfied that I have done the best that I could and helped as many as I could.
Question: How do you spend your time when you are not working?
Answer: Pre-Covid, international travel, NY Mets baseball and spending time with friends and family. With Covid, binge watching lots of international programs and movies and a lot of reading! I am a gourmet cook and spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Question: If you could go back in time, what would you tell your 20 year-old self?
Answer: Appreciate each day because as you get older they tend to go by much faster. Make sure you laugh a lot and don’t take yourself too seriously!
Question: Who inspires you?
Answer: That’s a tough one. Many people who played mentor roles to me through my career as well as my current CEO, who is honest to a fault and always does the right thing. That inspires me to be a better person.
Question: What do you do to give back to your community? (optional)I am on the Executive board of the Graphic Communications Scholarship Foundation, having been past president for 2 ½ years. I was on a trustee on Westbury Memorial Public Library board where I served as President for 2 of my 5 years.
Answer: I also volunteer at not one, but two synagogues, helping with audio visual, networking and marketing.
Question: Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
Answer: I have a photographic memory. I recently learned that my grandmother did as well. Must be hereditary!
Question: What is your advice to other professionals who may want to join LIP?
Answer: This is a wonderful organization for networking with other professionals on Long Island in a variety of professions. It’s a great way to connect with many who you would never have the opportunity to meet elsewhere. I’m glad to be a part of this!