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2014 Annual Meeting - Celebrating Capitalism

September 17 – 19, 2014
The Sagamore Resort
Bolton Landing

Steve Forbes, Forbes MediaMake your plans now to attend The Business Council’s Annual Meeting at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George.

Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday evening, September 17.

Through his column “Fact and Comment,” and his several books, Forbes celebrates capitalism as “the best way to unleash the creativity, inventiveness, and energy of people,” (and the best way to) “achieve the greatest possible mutual benefit for the parties involved and eventually for the rest of society.”

The meeting will feature a robust agenda spread across all three days. New this year will be panels on promoting corporate board diversity, corporate social responsibility, the state’s new energy and tax policies, and the business issues that drive professional sports.

“Capitalism is without doubt, the world’s most moral system.”

This is a statewide election year and The Annual Meeting is a “must-attend” event on the candidates’ schedules.

The Business Council celebrates 100 years of advocating for business in New York StateThis is our 100th Anniversary and we will be marking that occasion with a celebration of our history and the history of business in New York State.

As always, The Annual Meeting is a great place to meet and interact with representatives of the leading businesses in the state. Join us September 17 – 19 for New York’s leading business event, The Business Council Annual Meeting.

The Sagamore, located in the heart of the Adirondacks, is an island resort on Lake George anchored in Bolton Landing, New York, located 60 miles north of Albany. Fall in the Adirondacks is often described as the most beautiful time of the year, filled with warm days, cool nights and stunning foliage. As such, we are anxious to welcome you to The Sagamore.

Sports Memorabilia Silent Auction
New this year!

We will be holding a Sports Memorabilia Silent Auction throughout the Annual Meeting. Don’t miss your opportunity to bid on authentic autographed memorabilia from some of the greatest moments in Sports!

Whether you are a baseball, basketball, football, hockey, or boxing fan, there is something for everyone, including Jeter, Rivera, Ewing, Nicklaus and more. For a list of all items that will be available for bidding, click here.

The Auction will be open throughout the Annual Meeting and items will be on display in the Exhibit Hall. Bidding closes Friday morning, September 19 at 10:00 a.m. You must be registered for the Annual Meeting to participate. Be sure to stop in and place your bids!

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Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

Be a part of our exclusive Exhibition, held throughout the three-day event. Conference Reception and Breaks held throughout in the exhibit hall.


  Standard 8 x 10
$ 2,500
$ 4,000
  Premier (limited)
$ 3,000


Your booth rental includes standard electrical and Internet service, one complimentary meeting registration and two discounted registrations.

To become an Exhibitor, contact Maribeth Riley at 1.800.358.1202 or


Sponsorship Opportunities

Heighten your corporate visibility before the top business leaders in New York State.

Sponsors will be listed on our Annual Meeting website, Program Book and signage throughout the Annual Meeting.

Conference Sponsorship Levels

Bronze $ 10,000


Outdoor Banners

$ 1,800
Two Banners
$ 3,000
Chamber of Commerce  
Chamber Lawn Sign
$ 300
Two Chamber Lawn Signs
$ 500


Event Sponsorship

(Wed. or Thurs.)
  Hospitality (Wed.)
Sold out
Keynote Sponsor
Sold out
  Session Sponsor
$ 3,000
Hotel Key
Sold out
  Charging Station
$ 2,500
Welcome Reception
Sold out
  Photo Booth
$ 2,500
Thursday Reception
  5K Run
Sold out
(Thurs. or Fri.)
$ 5,500
  Refreshment Break
$ 2,000
Sold out
$ 2,000
Production (a-v)
$ 4,000
  Golf Lunch
Sold out
Wine at Dinner
Sold out
  Golf Beverage Cart
Sold out
Lake George Cruise
Sold out
  Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Sold out
Hospitality (Thur.)
Sold out


To sponsor, contact Ellen Clickner at 800.358.1202 or Sponsorships do not include Hotel or Registration fees.

Prices listed are for Business Council Members. Future members, please contact Ellen Clickner at or call 800.358.1202 for more information.

Prize Program

Each year, hundreds of influential business and government leaders gather together for our Annual Meeting. One of the most popular features of the event is our Prize Program, which gives attendees the chance to win special gifts donated by member companies.

The Prize Program has awarded hundreds of gifts to fellow Business Council members over the long history of our Annual Meeting. Gifts can be a product of your company, certificate for a service, or any item that says we are proud of the history of The Business Council. All donated items are on display in our Exhibit area and awarded throughout the Meeting. Items should be received by Friday, September 5.

Your company should be a part of this long-standing tradition.

To donate a prize, contact Beth Keary at 800.358.1202 or, or use the Prize Reply.pdf.

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Wednesday, September 17

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Exhibit Installation
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Board Investment Sub-committee *
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Board Membership Committee *
12:00 Noon - 4:30 p.m. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
Sponsored by: Bousquet Holstein PLLC
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Joint Finance & Audit and Executive Committee *
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

GAC / President's Council Meeting

  • Honorable Peter D. Lopez
    New York State Assembly
  • Honorable John T. McDonald, III
    New York State Assembly
  • Honorable Thomas F. O’Mara
    New York State Senate
  • Honorable Kevin S. Parker (Bio)
    New York State Senate
  • Honorable Diane J. Savino
    New York State Senate
2:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Exhibits & HP Communication Station
Sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Company

Prize Room Open

Sports Memorabilia Silent Auction Open
For a list of all items that will be available for bidding, click here

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting*
  *Board Only
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception
Sponsored by: Delta Air Lines, Inc.

7:00 p.m.

Corning Award For Excellence

Keynote Address
Sponsored by: Verizon Communications

  • Steve Forbes (Bio)
    Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Media
9:00 p.m.

Chairman’s Dessert Reception
Sponsored by:  National Fuel Gas Company

10:00 p.m. Hospitality
Sponsored by: J.P.Morgan

Thursday, September 18

6:30 a.m. 5K Run
Sponsored by: MVP Health Care
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Registration  
7:30 – 8:25 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 – 8:25 a.m. Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Exhibits & HP Communication Station
Sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Company

Prize Room Open

Sports Memorabilia Silent Auction Open
For a list of all items that will be available for bidding, click here.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.


  • President's Report
  • Annual Meeting of The Business Council
  • Election of Directors and Officers


  • Anniversary Awards
  • Chamber of the Year Award
  • Member Appreciation Award
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Reporters Roundtable

  • Susan Arbetter
    WCNY Public Media
  • Kenneth Lovett
    Albany Bureau Chief, New York Daily News
  • Jimmy Vielkind
    Capital New York
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions


  • Audrey Zibelman (Bio)
    Chair, New York State Public Service Commission

A. Reforming the Energy Vision in New York


  • Darren Suarez (Bio)
    Director of Government Affairs, The Business Council of New York State, Inc.


  • Robert M. Loughney
    Multiple Intervenors
  • James S. Madej (Bio)
    SVP Chief Customer Office, National Grid
  • Rudy Stegemoeller
    Special Assistant for Energy Policy, New York State Public Service Commission
  • Christopher Wentlent
    Vice President, Energy Policy Constellation

B. The Role of Business in Education


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


  • Stanley S. Litow
    President, IBM International Foundation, IBM Corporation
  • Nancy Zimpher (Bio)
    Chancellor, State University of New York
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

C. Future of Taxes & Tax Credits

  • James Wetzler (Bio)
    Former Commissioner, New York State Department of Taxation & Finance
  • E. J. McMahon (Bio)
    President, Empire Center for Public Policy

D. "Commercializing University-Based Innovation – Accelerating Growth in NYS"


  • Anthony G. Collins
    President, Clarkson University


  • Kenneth Adams (Bio)
    President & CEO, Empire State Development
    Commissioner, Department of Economic Development
  • Robert L. Clark (Bio)
    Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
    University of Rochester
  • Scott Gucciardi (Bio)
    Senior Vice President & General Manger, Welch Allyn Inc.
  • Dr. Timothy Killeen (Bio)
    President of the Research Foundation and SUNY Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Manny Schecter (Bio)
    Chief Patent Counsel, Associate General Counsel and Managing IP Attorney, IBM Corporation
12:00 Noon Lunch is on your own
You will have your option for some recreational activities in the afternoon as well as some working sessions. Other activities are available on your own.
12:30 – 5:00 p.m. Golf
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Lake George Boat Cruise
Sponsored by: Hodgson Russ LLP
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Building Corporate Reputation: Why it Matters


  • Reginald Foster
    President & Chief Professional Officer, United Way of New York State


  • Joseph S. Berman
    Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility, Price Chopper Supermarkets
  • Catherine Hedgeman
    President and CEO, Stakeholders, Inc.
  • Ellen Sax (Bio)
    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, MVP Health Care
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Diversity Pays

  • Kate Jackson
    Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
  • Roberta Zenn Phillips
    Executive Director, Center for Women in Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
6:30 p.m.

100th Anniversary Celebration

Cocktail Hour

  • Light Music & Hors d’oeuvres


  • Rob Astorino
    County Executive, Westchester County, Republican Candidate for Governor
7:30 - 11:30 p.m.

Dinner and Entertainment Extravaganza
Not your usual sit-down dinner – Music and Dancing

  • Mix & Mingle
  • Enjoy the Chef’s Creations at Multiple Food Stations
  • Entertainment provided by:
    New York Players
    Listen and Dance to the Top Upstate Band
  • Wine
    Sponsored by: O’Brien & Gere
  • Hospitality
    Sponsored by: National Grid

Friday, September 19

7:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon Registration
7:30 - 8:25 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Exhibits & HP Communication Station
Sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Company

Prize Room Open

Sports Memorabilia Silent Auction Open
For a list of all items that will be available for bidding, click here.

8:30 a.m.


  • Sports Memorabilia Silent Auction throughout the morning
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

The Business of Sports


  • Marty Appel (Bio)
    Former PR Director, New York Yankees


  • Michael Britt
    Vice President of Government Affairs, UFC
  • Rick Murphy (Bio)
    Vice President and General Manager, Tri-City ValleyCats
  • Brian Petrovek (Bio)
    President, Adirondack Flames
  • Michael Printup (Bio)
    President, Watkins Glenn International
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Small Changes, Big Impact: The Toyota Production System

  • James “Jamie” Bonini (Bio)
    Vice President, Toyota Production System Support Center
10:30 a.m.

Meet the Candidates

  • Eric T. Schneiderman, Esq.
    Attorney General, State of New York
  • John P. Cahill, Esq.
    Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLP, Republican Candidate for New York State Attorney General
  • Robert E. Antonacci
    Onondaga County Comptroller Republican Candidate for New York State Comptroller
  • Thomas P. DiNapoli (Bio)
    Comptroller, State of New York
11:50 a.m. Prizes / Closing
  as of 9/8/2014

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Registration Fees:

Board Member $ 495 $ 575
Member $ 495 $ 575
Non Member $ 625 $ 700
Spouse $ 350 $ 395
Chamber Executive $ 350 $ 395
Golf $ 110 $ 110

Cancellation / Refund Policy

Cancellations received by September 10 entitle registrant to a refund (less a $75 per registration processing fee). No refunds after September 10.

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Hotel Accommodations

The Sagamore Resort on Bolton LandingThe Sagamore Resort
110 Sagamore Road
Bolton Landing New York 12814