Professional Profile: Harry Coghlan 2019

Harry Coghlan

Name: Harry Coghlan

Title: CEO / Executive Director

Company: Nassau County Industrial Development Agency

Location: Mineola, NY

Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Education: BS in Accounting from Wagner College; MBA from St. Johns University

First job: First professional job – Tax Accountant, Con Edison

First job in real estate or allied field: Clear Channel Outdoor (outdoor advertising location development)

What do you do now and what are you planning for the future? Promote economic development and job growth in Nassau County and seek to attract new companies and industries to the county in conjunction with county executive Laura Curran’s agenda and administration. Our current main focus is a branding redesign and developing our marketing and outreach programs in support of our mission with the goal of increased awareness of the benefits of being located in Nassau County leading to greater client acquisition. 

How do you unwind from a busy day? Generally, dinner and hanging out with my wife and our tween daughter.

Favorite book or author: Author Eric Blehm

Last song/album that you purchased/downloaded? Album: “Signs” by The Tedeschi Trucks Band; Song: “Show Me” by Joe Tex

One word to describe your work environment: Evolving

Rules to live by in business: Be genuine; Treat others as you would expect to be treated; Don’t be afraid to hire people smarter than yourself; Life happens, be supportive of your employees as they face personal challenges; Have fun, otherwise what’s the point. 

If you could invite one person to dinner (living or dead, but not related to you) who would it be and where would you go? Duane and Gregg Allman at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House