Robert D. Rosenthal

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer

Robert D. Rosenthal

Robert (“Bob”) is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of First Long Island Investors, LLC, which he conceived and then founded with Ralph Palleschi in 1983.  As the Chief Investment Officer, Bob oversees all investment decisions.  He is committed to leading by example, treating each client with the utmost care and dedication, and constantly encouraging the entire team to make every client feel like a member of our extended family.  He works closely with our clients and provides guidance on all aspects of their “wealth of life”, including asset allocation and investment strategy development, family wealth planning, estate and tax planning, and much more.  In addition, Bob is the Co-Portfolio manager of the FLI Dividend Growth strategy and the Co-Portfolio manager of our internally managed hedge fund.

Prior to starting First Long Island Investors, Bob worked for Entenmann’s Inc., eventually becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He positioned Entenmann’s for both its initial public offering and sale to Warner Lambert.  He was Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. from 1992 to 1997. Bob was also a member of the Board of Directors of W.P. Stewart & Co., Inc. from 1993 through 1998 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of W.P. Stewart Asset Management (NA), Inc.  He helped take W.P. Stewart & Co., Inc. public in 2000.

Bob is a member of the Board of Advisors of Northwell Health, as well as a trustee and Treasurer of the Northwell Health System and Co-Chairman of its Investment Committee.  He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of North Shore University Hospital, the largest hospital in the system.  In addition, Bob serves as lead director of Global Industrial (formerly Systemax, Inc.), a NYSE company, and is a trustee of Hofstra University and Chairman of its Endowment Committee. Bob graduated cum laude from Boston University and received a J.D. degree from Hofstra University Law School. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1975. Bob breeds and races thoroughbred horses.  He also enjoys golfing, collecting art and is an avid traveler. In 2014 and 2015 Bob and his wife, Jodi, took trips around the world.

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