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Mel Dubin
Slant/Fin Corporation

Allan and Tina Neill
Benefactors of the first ever endowed
chair of lymphatic research and medicine
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Roy Reichbach
New York Islanders


 

Melvin Dubin
Chairman of the Board
Slant/Fin Corporation

Electrical engineer, veteran, entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist – Mel Dubin’s life is marked by ingenuity and compassion.

Born and raised in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Mr. Dubin attended Townsend Harris High School, a preparatory school associated with City University of New York and Brooklyn College before entering the U.S. Army in 1943. After basic  training   in  Texas,   he  was  sent to  New  York  University   for 

electrical engineering classes, and was then assigned to the military staff at Los Alamos, New Mexico as a technician on the Manhattan Project.  After his discharge, he returned to NYU on the GI bill, and earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

 

Following college, he traveled to Pittsfield, MA, and worked in his uncle’s plumbing and heating supply business.  He had hopes of landing a General Electric job, but then considered starting out on his own. 

 

Humbly, he says he thought of a business “I had no business going into!” baseboard heating.  The heating method was in its infancy with about seven or eight companies in the market, including giants like American Standard and Crane Company.   With only $2,000 in his pocket, he partnered with a tool and die maker, and they began to craft a better heater.  Looking back, Mr. Dubin says, “One advantage was our ignorance of all the reasons it might fail.”  The air designed the V-shaped fin and in 1949 founded American Slant/Fin Radiation Corporation, delivering “an improved product with some personality, the V-shaped fin.” adds Mr. Dubin.

 

Today, Slant/Fin Corporation of Greenvale, Long Island, is the country’s leading manufacturer of baseboard heating equipment, is a major producer of boilers and portable germ-free humidifiers, and has 500 employees in factories in the U.S. and Canada.

 

Always interested in technology, Mr. Dubin and some fellow Jewish engineers began supporting Technion, Israel’s oldest and premier institute of science and technology.  Through the American Technion Society (ATS), a national organization founded in 1940 and based in New York City, Mr. Dubin has offered financial support.   A member of the board of governors of Technion, Mr. Dubin has also served as chairman of the ATS metropolitan region.

 

Some 20 years ago, a group of Technion supporters who wished to go beyond fundraising gathered at Mr. Dubin’s Slant/Fin offices and decided to sponsor a research project.  Their first grant of $300,000 was applied to research on an anti-inflammatory compound for rheumatoid arthritis. 

 

The group formed Redox Pharmaceutical Corporation, and American-Israeli company, of which Mr. Dubin is chairman.  To date, Redox has attracted some 250 shareholders who have invested $17 million for drug development.  As research continued on the newly created compounds, it was learned that they had exceptional anti-viral properties.  Redox compounds demonstrate efficacy against the Herpes viruses, the Adenovirus, the Papilloma virus and HIV, the AIDS virus.  The initial product is now in FDA Phase II Efficacy tests for ophthalmic application.

 

Although original research began in Israel, the company is now located a the Columbia University biomedical incubator facility, under D. David Gershon, the former head of Technion Biology Department.  “It’s amazing that we’ve been able to come this far,” comments Mr. Dubin, adding that shareholders include a former Chairman of Long Island Jewish Hospital as well as three Holocaust survivors, three rabbis and investors around the world.

 

One of Mr. Dubin’s earliest philanthropic endeavors included membership in UJA-Federation, where he was chairman for his industry and the Great Neck community.  He has served as co-chairman of the Metal Trades Division of Anti-Defamation League, and he is currently a trustee of the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center and North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.

 

His interest in international health and goodwill led to various involvements, including his service as chairman of American Friends of the Israel Museum of Science and Technology, member of the board of sponsors of Holocaust Publications and a founder of Israel Hospital Fund.  He is an officer of the Center for War/Peace Studies, founded following World War II seeking to abolish war.  The center offered a publication for United Nations and World Federation members, as well as others who sought to develop a program for lasting peace. 

 

Most recently, he has provided a space to the Lymphatic Research Foundation, which seeks to provide funds for research against lymphatic diseases.  Asked about the mix of corporate and nonprofit in the same building, Mr. Dubin simply states, “It’s the logical thing to do; there’s no distraction form the corporate effort, and you wind up earning a mitzvah” (good deed).

 

Mr. Dubin says he was influenced by his truly great teachers at Townsend Harris and by exceptional people at UJA and on his missions to Israel.  “I’ve met outstanding people at North Shore-LIJ, too, who devote themselves to recreating one of the best hospital systems in the country.”

 

Mr. Dubin lives in Great Neck.  His son Adam, an NYU graduate and film and video writer-producer, is president of Slant/Fin Corporation. 




 

Allan and Tina Neill
Professorship Donors

Allan and Tina Neill grew up in Jefferson City, Missouri. After graduating from college, they moved to Alabama where Allan entered a position for Johnson Products, a building material distribution company. He subsequently became a partner in ownership of the company, which grew substantially. It was eventually sold to a Fortune 500 company. He continues to be president of Johnson Products.

Tina Neill taught special education for 9 years before becoming a homemaker.  The Neill’s have three children: Ashley (19), Megan (15), and Adam (13).  The Neill’s are also very involved in their church, where Allan serves on several committee.  In addition, he is quite involved with the board of the private school that their children attend.

 

The Neill’s have a family interest in a hereditary form of lymphatic disease.  They wish to help rectify the recently recognized relative neglect to the lymphatic system, with the deficits that exist in the investigation and teaching of lymphatic science within the academic medical system, and current, very real barriers that hinder access to appropriate medical evaluation and health care for patients with lymphatic disease.

 

The Neill’s are supporters of the Lymphatic Research Foundation whose Scientific/Medical Advisory Board is chaired by Standford’s Stanley G. Rockson, MD.  While the Neill’s have not historic connection to Stanford, they are inspired by Dr. Rockson’s research in lymphatic diseases, and are determined to expand and bring more visibility to research in this field.  They are benefactors of the first ever endowed chair of lymphatic research and medicine.




Roy E. Reichbach

New York Islanders

Roy E. Reichbach is the General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors of JumpTV, Inc. (TSX: JTV), a leading Internet Protocol television company.  Roy also serves as an Alternate Governor of the New York Islanders Hockey Club on the Board of Governors of the National Hockey League.  In that position, Roy is responsible for the Islanders’ legal affairs.  In  addition to  those  responsibilities,  Roy  serves  in  a

similar capacity for a number of related organizations controlled by Islanders owner Charles B. Wang, for whom Roy is personal counsel.

Roy serves on the Board of Directors of two public charities, The New York Islanders Children’s Foundation, which supports Long Island based non-profit organizations that provide opportunities to children in the areas of health, education and youth hockey development, and the KyLinTV Foundation, which was created to provide disaster support overseas.

Prior to joining the Islanders in 2000, Roy spent over six years at Computer Associates International, Inc. where he was a Vice President in its legal department with primary responsibility for the Company’s litigation and intellectual property matters.  Before that Roy was a trial lawyer with the New York firm of Huber, Lawrence & Abell, where he specialized in complex commercial litigation.

 

Roy is a 1984 graduate of Fordham College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  Roy received his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law in 1987.

 

Roy is active in youth sports in Roslyn, where he and his wife, Melissa, reside with their five children, Carla, Carlos, Cameron, Kendall and Coby.

 








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