2019 Corporate Walk Chair
Steve Armstrong, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
MSC Industrial Supply
Steve Armstrong is MSC Industrial Supply Co.’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. Steve has been the General Counsel of the Home Shopping Network (Tampa, Florida), Agilera, Inc. (Denver, Colorado) and Samsonite Corp. (Denver, Colorado). Prior to becoming a General Counsel, Steve was a partner in the law firms Paul Hastings and Baker & Hostetler. Steve is a graduate of Columbia Law School (member, Columbia Law Review) and the University of Kentucky.
Steve has chosen to serve as Chair for three important reasons.
First, in honor his cousin, David. David was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (HL) in the 1970s when he was just a teenager. Back then, harsh radiation therapy was all that existed to treat this condition, resulting in horrible side effects. Luckily today, he lives cancer-free with a lovely wife and two healthy children. Thanks to research, today treatments are safe and more effective, bringing the five-year survival rate for HL to 88%.
Second, to leave a legacy to Long Island. Although not a Long Island native, Steve and his wife have lived and worked on Long Island for over ten years, both in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Long Island has been good to them in so many ways so they would like to leave a gift to Long Island for all it has done for them during the past decade.
Finally, he is leading this effort to further the long history of giving back to the community that MSC Industrial Supply has had since 1941. This history of supporting the Long Island community began with their founder, Sid Jacobson, and has been carried forward by his son, Mitchell Jacobson, Chairman of MSC, and his grandson, Erik Gershwind, President and CEO of MSC. MSC’s philanthropic culture has been something Steve’s admired throughout his tenure with the company. As he takes on this important endeavor, MSC’s support provides another tangible example of how much MSC cares about its associates and the LI community.