2018 Annual Meeting

September 23 - 25, 2018

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The Sagamore Resort on Lake George, Bolton Landing, New York

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We are excited to announce plans for our Annual Meeting at The Sagamore Resort. September in the Adirondacks is often described as the most beautiful time of the year, filled with warm days, and cool nights. Our Annual Meeting is The Business Council’s premier event of the year, providing information, inspiration and entertainment, creating a one-of-a-kind forum focusing on improving New York’s business climate and economy.

Keynote Speaker

Michael Steele

Michael Steele, MSNBC


  • Liz Benjamin, Capital Tonight

    Liz Benjamin

    Capital Tonight
  • Michael Billok, Bond Schoeneck & King

    Michael D. Billok

    Bond Schoeneck & King
  • Heather, C. Briccetti, Esq., The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

    Heather C. Briccetti, Esq.

    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  • John A. DeFrancisco, New York State Senate

    John A. DeFrancisco

    New York State Senate
  • Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller

    Thomas P. DiNapoli

    New York State Comptroller
  • Mark Dougherty, GLOBALFOUNDRIES

    Mark Dougherty

  • Chris Gibson, Former Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

    Chris Gibson

    Former Congressman,
    US House of Representatives
  • Lev Ginsburg, Esq., The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

    Lev Ginsburg, Esq.

    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  • Bill Hammond, Empire Center

    Bill Hammond

    Empire Center
  • Michael Herman, Ames Goldsmith

    Michael Herman

    Ames Goldsmith
  • Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid New York

    Melanie Littlejohn

    National Grid New York
  • Ken Lovett, New York Daily News

    Ken Lovett

    New York Daily News
  • Marc Molinaro, Candidtate for New York State Governor

    Marc Molinaro

    Candidate for New York State Governor
  • Eric Mower, Mower

    Eric Mower

  • Kenneth J. Pokalsky, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

    Kenneth J. Pokalsky

    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
  • Robert (Bob) H. Samson, NYS Office of Information Technology Services

    Robert (Bob) H. Samson

    New York State Office of Information Technology Services
  • Marc Simonetti, Pillsbury

    Marc A. Simonetti, Esq.

  • Jim Slattery, Former Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

    Jim Slattery

    Former Congressman
    U.S. House of Representative
  • Michael Steele, MSNBC Political Analyst

    Michael Steele

    MSNBC Political Analyst
  • Jonathan Trichter

    Jonathan Trichter

    Candidate for New York State Comptroller
  • Jimmy Vielkind, POLITICO

    Jimmy Vielkind

    Wall Street Journal
  • Lawrence Weber, NYSTAR

    Lawrence Weber

  • Keith Wofford, Candidate for Attorney General

    Keith Wofford

    Candidate for New York State Attorney General

Agenda at a Glance

Ongoing Agenda updates and speakers to be announced.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by International Paper

12:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Golf **
Sponsored by Hannaford Bros. Co., LLC
Buffet Lunch Available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Board Investment Committee Meeting *

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Sightseeing Boat Cruise

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.


3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Board Joint Finance & Audit / Executive Committee *

6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

President's Reception
Food Stations / Reception Format
Wine Sponsored by O’Brien & Gere
Dessert Station
Sponsored by National Fuel Gas Company

Honorable John J. Faso
U.S. House of Representatives

Monday, September 24, 2018

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by International Paper

7:30 a.m.

Exhibits Open
Networking Lounge & Prize Display
Sponsored by ConEdison Solutions

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet
Sponsored by National Grid

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Board Education / Workforce Development Committee Breakfast Meeting*

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

ITT Steering Committee Breakfast
Robert (Bob) H. Samson (Bio), NYS Chief Information Officer
New York State Office of Information Technology Services

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 a.m.


Master of Ceremonies
Melanie Littlejohn (Bio), Vice President, Customer & Community Management
National Grid New York

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Questioning the Questioners

Honorable John A. DeFrancisco


  • Liz Benjamin (Bio), Host
    Capital Tonight
  • Ken Lovett (Bio), Albany Bureau Chief
    New York Daily News
  • Jimmy Vielkind (Bio), Reporter
    Wall Street Journal

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Honorable Thomas P. Dinapoli (Bio)
State of New York

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break / Visit the Exhibits
Sponsored by Con Edison Solutions

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Deficits, Division & Dysfunction
A bipartisan conversation about trillion dollar deficits and how our debt and federal budget have come to symbolize the brokenness of our political system

Kenneth J. Pokalsky, Vice President
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Honorable Chris Gibson (Bio), Former Congressman (R-NY)
Honorable Jim Slattery (Bio), Former Congressman (D-KS)
U.S. House of Representatives

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

New and Different Business Tax Challenges

Marc A. Simonetti, Esq. (Bio), Partner
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

11:30 a.m. - Noon

Jonathan Trichter (Bio)
Candidate for New York State Comptroller

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
Sponsored Hodgson Russ LLP

1:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Keith Wofford (Bio)
Candidate for New York State Attorney General

1:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Government Affairs / 2019 Legislative Preview

2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Honorable Marcus Molinaro (Bio)
County Executive, Dutchess County
Candidate for Governor, State of New York

2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Refreshment Break / Visit the Exhibits
Sponsored by J.P.Morgan

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting *

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Solving Industrial Challenges Through NYSTAR's University-based Centers of Excellence and Centers of Advanced Technology

Dr. Lawrence Weber (Bio)
Business Development Manager and Entrepreneur in Residence for NYSTAR Centers
Stony Brook University


  • Michael Herman, Vice President of Technology
    Ames Goldsmith
  • Mark Dougherty (Bio), Vice President, Advanced Module Engineering

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Implications for Employers of Legalized Recreational Marijuana

Michael D. Billok (Bio), Member
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Senate Republican Campaign Committee Reception
Additional Fees of $500/person are required

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Charter Communications

7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Sponsored by: Harris Beach, PLLC

The Chuck Stiner Memorial Chamber of the Year Award
Chemung County Chamber of Commerce

  • Accepted by:
    Kamala A. Keeley, President and CEO

2018 Member of the Year Award

  • Accepted by:
    Marissa Shorenstein, President, East Region

2018 Fr. Peter Young Award for Community Service

  • Accepted by:
    Father Peter Young

Corning Award for Exellence

  • Presented by:
    G. Thomas Tranter, President, Corning Enterprises
    Corning Incorporated
  • Accepted by:
    Stanley S. Litow, Professor, Columbia and Duke University
    Vice President Emeritus, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs & President Emeritus
    IBM International Foundation

Keynote Speaker
Michael Steele (Bio)
Former Chair of the Republican National Committee
MSNBC Political Analyst

9:30 - Midnight

Sponsored by CMA Consulting Services, Inc.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

6:30 a.m.

5K Run

6:30 - 7:30 a.m.

Yoga on the dock

7:00 a.m. - Noon

Sponsored by International Paper

7:30 a.m. - Noon

Exhibits Open
Networking Lounge & Prize Display

Sponsored by Con Edison Solutions

Sponsored by MVP Health Care

7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Board Membership Committee Breakfast Meeting*

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:30 a.m.

Master of Ceremonies
Eric Mower, Chairman & CEO

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

President’s Report
Heather C. Briccetti, Esq.
(Bio), President and CEO
The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

Annual Meeting of The Business Council Membership
Presiding: Eric Mower
Election of Officers

Anniversary Awards Presentation

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

A Conversation about Government Run Health Care

  • Bill Hammond (Bio), Director of Health Policy
    Empire Center
  • Lev Ginsburg, Esq. (Bio), Director of Government Affairs
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Reserved for Statewide Candidates

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

The Business Council Legislative Scorecard / Endorsements

11:30 a.m.

Conclusion / Wrap Up / Grand Prize Drawing

* Board Members Only
** Additional Fees of $120/person are required

As of September 17, 2018

Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

The Business Council is THE business association in New York State. By sponsoring our Annual Meeting your organization’s name and logo will be front in center in the minds of the state’s leading voices in business, government and media. Our conference development team will work with YOU to:

  • Build awareness for your company/organization
  • Grab the attention of our diverse membership that simply cannot be found anywhere else
  • Associate your brand with New York’s other best and brightest

Our members hail from all across the state and represent all industries — our reach and the caliber of our membership simply cannot be matched. Annual Meeting attendees are already in prime deal-making mode, Your sponsorship WILL deliver results.

As a sponsor of The Business Council’s Annual Meeting, you have the opportunity to increase your visibility before the top business leaders in New York State. Sponsorships range from our unique outdoor corporate banners, to a wide array of event and activity levels. We invite you to share in this exciting member showcase by taking advantage of one or more of our unique sponsorship opportunities.

Have an idea you don’t see here? We will work with you to craft the perfect opportunity!…contact Maribeth Riley to discuss.

Conference Sponsorship Levels












$ 5,000


$ 3,500


Outdoor Banners



Two Banners



Lawn Sign

$ 350

Two Lawn Signs

$ 500

Event Sponsorships

Keynote Speaker

$ 30,000

Dinner (Monday)

$ 25,000

Hotel Key

$ 12,000

Reception (Monday)

Sold out

Presidents' Reception (Sunday)

$ 10,000

Lunch (Monday)

$ 10,000


Sold out

Breakfast (Mon. or Tues.)

Sold out

Wine @ Dinner (Monday)

Sold out

Wine @ Reception (Sunday)

Sold out

AV sponsor

$ 4,000

Hospitality (Monday)

Sold out

Mobile Event App

Sold out


$ 3,000

Networking Lounge

Sold out

Refreshment Break

Sold out

5K Run

$ 2,200


$ 2,000


Sold out

Ben & Jerry's Cart

Sold out

* multiple sponsorships available

To become an sponsor, contact Maribeth Riley at maribeth.riley@bcnys.org or at 518.465.7511 OR

Sponsor here

Exhibit Opportunities

Our exhibit hall runs throughout the two-days of event programming. We build in exclusive time for attendees to mingle with exhibitors and showcase what makes your organization among the best New York has to offer. Where else can you put your product and brand in front of the state’s leading business voices? Nowhere! Exhibitors receive complimentary Annual Meeting Registration, plus up to two discounted registrations. Our event Breakfast, Refreshment Breaks and Receptions are held in the Exhibit Area (main hallway of the conference center). And, you get access to pre-and-post Conference Attendee lists.

Exhibit Standard Booth

Standard Table


Premium Booth Space - $3,000

Premier Table

To become an exhibitor, contact Sara McDonnell at sara.mcdonnell@bcnys.org or at 518.465.7511 OR

Exhibit here

Registration Fees

Don’t miss being a part of this event! Join us September 23 – 25, 2018, at The Sagamore Resort!
Call 800.358.1202 for more information.

Board Member
Non Member
Chamber Executive
Golf Tournament

Register on site

You must be registered for the Annual Meeting to participate in our golf tournament or other activities

You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee per registration. If you need to cancel less than seven days prior, you may: 1) send a substitute; or 2) receive a non-refundable credit voucher good for any Business Council event valid for up to one full year.

Prize Program

A popular feature of the Annual Meeting is our Prize Program, which gives attendees the chance to win items donated by member companies. The Prize Program has awarded hundreds of gifts to fellow Business Council members over our long history. Your company will be recognized for its contribution in our printed materials.

Prizes may be an item or product you make, a special certificate or gift basket. Certificate and cash donations are acceptable.

Please consider donating an item to this year’s Prize Program. Contact Kelli Gormley at kelli.gormley@bcnys.org or call 800.358.1202.

  • American Chamber of Commerce Resources
  • Beacon Health Options
  • The Business Council
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse
  • Giovanni Food Company, Inc.
  • Hannay Reels, Inc.
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • The Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa
  • Picotte Management Co., Inc.
  • The Pike Company, Inc.
  • Premiere Transportation
  • ProAct, Inc.
  • The Queensbury Hotel
  • Renaissance Albany Hotel
  • The Sagamore Resort
  • University at Albany



Corning Award for Excellence

Stanley (Stan) Litow
Duke and Columbia University

This year's winner of the Corning Award for Excellence is none other than Stanley (Stan) Litow. Mr. Litow is a professor at Duke and Columbia University along with serving as Vice President Emeritus, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs & President Emeritus, for the IBM International Foundation. [Read Full Bio]

Stanley Litow, Duke and Columbia University

Member of the Year


Awarded to an outstanding member company that in the past year has provided additional services, information or financial contributions over and above the level normally expected by The Business Council.


The Chuck Steiner Memorial Chamber of the Year Award

Chemung County Chamber of Commerce

Awarded to an outstanding organization and leadership team that make doing business in New York State a better experience for their members. This year’s award will, for the first time ever, be named in honor of Chuck Steiner, who had a stellar 37-year career leading the Niagara Falls Area Chamber, the Chamber of Schenectady County and the Capital Region Chamber. Chuck left a lasting impression on the chamber profession and the statewide business community and it is our privilege to recognize his lifetime of leadership, service and friendship.

Chemung County Chamber of Commerce

2018 Fr. Peter Young Award For Community Service

Father Peter Young

Awarded to the company or individual who has demonstrated a strong commitment to giving back and service to their community. The award is named in honor of the inaugural recipient, Father Peter Young, who has dedicated his life to improving the lives of those the system has left behind.

Father Peter Young

Our Sponsors

  • Silver

    Corning Incorporated
  • Reception Monday

    Charter Communications
  • Sunday Dessert

    National Fuel Gas Company
  • Registration

    International Paper
  • Champion
    Pfizer Inc.
  • Breakfast Monday

    National Grid
  • Monday Hospitality
    CMA Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Mobile Event App

  • Networking Lounge and
    Refreshment Break
    ConEd Solutions
  • Wine @ Dinner Monday
    Harris Beach PLLC
  • Wine @ Reception Sunday
    Obrien & Gere
  • Two Banners

    BBL Companies
  • Two Banners

  • Two Banners


  • Verizon
  • Mon. Refreshment Break

  • Tues. Refreshment Break
    MVP Health Care
  • Banner
    American Chemistry Council
  • Banner
    KPH Healthcare Services, Inc.
  • Banner

    The Pike Company
  • Banner

    Pioneer Companies
  • Golf
    Hannaford Supermarkets
  • Ben & Jerry's
    Hodgson Russ LLP
  • Supporter
    Prime Buchholz
  • Chamber Lawn Sign
    Business Council of Westchester
  • Chamber Lawn Sign
    Lake George Regional Chamber
  • Chamber Lawn Sign
    Rockland Business Association
  • Chamber Lawn Sign

    Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • De´cor Sponsor

    Total Events, LLC

Our Exhibitors

  • Premier

  • Premier


  • American Chemistry Council

  • Clarkson University

  • ConEd Solutions

Hotel Reservations

The Sagamore Resort on Bolton LandingMake your Hotel Reservations directly with The Sagamore at www.thesagamore.com, or call 866.385.6221 and identify yourself as being with The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

110 Sagamore Road
Bolton Landing, NY 12814

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