College Connections Honored at ‘Diversity in Business’ Award Program

Two local business professionals with active ties to SUNY Old Westbury were among the 23 leaders recognized recently in the Long Island Business News “Diversity in Business” awards program.

Lionel Chitty, president of the Alumni Association of SUNY Old Westbury,  and Elizabeth Custodio, trustee of the Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc., were honored for their leadership and commitment to the growing diversity of the Long Island business community.

In his role as president of the alumni association, Chitty leads the group in its efforts to promote and celebrate the achievements of Old Westbury alumni, to encourage alumni to participate in campus fundraising activities, and to enhance communication and connections between the College and its alumni and friends.  He is a 2002 graduate of the College, having earned a degree in business administration. Along with his volunteer role with Old Westbury, he is the president of Lionel J. Chitty & Associates, Inc., and co-founder and managing partner of the online business directory, The Little Black Book Inc., and is president of the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce.

As a member of the foundation board, Custodio works alongside College President Calvin O. Butts, III  to raise funds to support the student scholarships and college programming.  Professionally, she currently serves as Vice President and Community Reinvestment Act Officer for Suffolk County National Bank.

The awards were presented by Long Island Business News, Long Island’s only publication devoted to local commerce and has been the premier source of news and data on business, economic trends and the region’s robust entrepreneurial sector for more than 60 years. 

Photo Captions:

  • Top -- Alumni Association of SUNY Old Westbury President Lionel Chitty (right) receives his "Diversity in Business" Award from Long Island Business News Publisher Scott Schoen.
  • Bottom -- Old Westbury College Foundation Trustee Elizabeth Custodio (right) receives her award from Schoen.