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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.

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.

Exhibitor booth at the Annual Meeting


  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.

  • Prime location with increased visibility for Exhibits
  • Conference Reception & Breaks will take place in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Access to Pre and Post Conference Attendee Lists.
  • Logo displayed on our Conference website.

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. 

Sponsor banners at The Business Council's Annual Meeting

Conference Sponsorship Levels

  Bronze $ 10,000


Outdoor Banners

$ 1,800
  Two Banners
$ 3,000
Special Anniversary Indoor Banner*
*limited space available
$ 4,000
Chamber of Commerce  
  Chamber Lawn Sign
$ 300
  Two Chamber Lawn Signs
$ 500


Boat Cruise on Lake George - The Business Council's Annual Meeting

Event Sponsorship

  Dinner (Wed. or Thurs.)
  Keynote Sponsor
Sold out
  Hotel Key
  Welcome Reception
  Thursday Reception
  Breakfast (Thurs. or Fri.)
$ 5,500
  New-Mobile App
$ 5,000
$ 5,000
  Production (a-v)
$ 4,000
  Wine at Dinner
$ 3,800
  Lake George Cruise
$ 3,500
  Hospitality (Thursday)
$ 3,500
  Hospitality (Wednesday)
$ 3,000
  Session Sponsor
$ 3,000
  Charging Station
$ 2,500
  Photo Booth
$ 2,500
  5K Run
$ 2,200
  Refreshment Break
$ 2,000
$ 2,000
  Golf Lunch
$ 2,000
  Golf Beverage Cart
$ 1,500
  Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
$ 1,500

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.

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Early Agenda


Wednesday, September 17

11:00 a.m. – 12 :00 noon Board Investment Sub-committee *
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Joint Finance & Audit and Executive Committee *
1:00 - 2:30 p.m. President's Council & GAC Meeting
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors *
  *Board Only

Thursday, September 18

6:45 a.m. 5K Run  
7:30 – 8:25 a.m. Chamber of Commerce Breakfast  
7:30 – 8:25 a.m. General Breakfast  
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. 

General Session

Annual Meeting of The Business Council

  • Presidents Report


  • Chamber of the Year Award
  • Member Appreciation Award
  • Anniversary Awards
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Reporters Roundtable  
Concurrent sessions from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.   
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

A. Reforming the Energy Vision in New York


B. The Role of Business in Education

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

C. Future of Taxes & Tax Credits


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

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 – 2:30 p.m. Building Corporate Reputation:
Why it Matters
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Lake George Boat Cruise  
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Diversity Pays
Evening Reception & Dinner

Friday, September 19

8:30 a.m. The Business of Sports
9:30 a.m. Manufacturing: The Toyota Way
10:30 a.m.

Meet the Candidates

  • Eric T. Schneiderman
    Attorney General
    State of New York
  • John P. Cahill, Esq.
    Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
    Republican Candidate for New York State
  • Robert E. Antonacci
    Onondaga County Comptroller Republican Candidate for New York State Comptroller
  • Thomas P. DiNapoli
    State of New York

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Here are just some of our speakers at our Annual Meeting                               as of 7/24/2014


Robert Antonacci, Onondaga County ComptrollerRobert E. Antonacci
Onondaga County Comptroller
Republican Candidate for New York State Comptroller
Elected twice by Onondaga County voters, Comptroller Antonacci brings a wealth of experience and a solid reputation for helping to create government efficiency to this statewide contest.
Comptroller Antonacci is an accomplished certified public account, attorney and community leader who has dedicated much of his professional career to the residents of Onondaga County. He was first elected Comptroller in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

Marty Appel, Marty Appel Public RelationsMarty Appel
Marty Appel Public Relations

Marty Appel is well known to sports fans through two successful careers - one in public relations, and one as an author.  He is considered one of the leading baseball historians in the nation. In 1973 he became the youngest PR Director in Major League Baseball history, guiding the Yankees communications efforts while spanning the team’s transition from CBS to George Steinbrenner ownership. (Read more)


Rob AstorinoRob Astorino
County Executive, Westchester County
Republican Candidate for Governor
Mr. Astorino is currently serving a second term as county executive after being re-elected by a 13-point margin in a county with a 2-1 Democratic enrollment advantage. Republicans comprise just 24 percent of voters in Westchester. Astorino was first elected to public office at age 21, serving as a member of the Mount Pleasant Board of Education.

James "Jamie" BoniniJames “Jamie” Bonini
Vice President, Toyota Production System Support Center
Mr. Bonini began his career with Toyota in 2002, as assistant general manager for TSSC, and was responsible for planning and leading shop floor improvement activities. He later joined Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky’s powertrain group as assistant general manager responsible for V6 and four cylinder engines as well as axle production, quality and safety. Prior to joining Toyota, Bonini worked at DaimlerChrysler where he held a variety of roles including the company’s cost management group.

John P. CahillJohn P. Cahill, Esq.
Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
Republican Candidate for New York State Attorney General
Mr. Cahill is challenging Democratic incumbent Eric T. Scheiderman this fall. At Chadbourne Mr. Cahill’s practice concentrates on energy, environmental and corporate matters. He supports safe and responsible development of natural gas in New York. Prior to Chadbourne, he served as New York Governor George Pataki’s Secretary and Chief of Staff from 2002 through 2006.

Rob ClarkRob Clark
Senior Vice President of Research
University of Rochester and Dean of the Hajem School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Robert Clark was appointed Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in September of 2008. Clark spent the past 16 years of his academic career at Duke University where he served as Senior Associate Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering and as Dean prior to his appointment at the University of Rochester.

Anthony G. Collins, Clarkson UniversityAnthony G. Collins
Clarkson University
President of Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. He began serving as president on July 1, 2003. In May, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Dr. Collins to serve on the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Dr. Collins in July, 2011, to serve as co-chair for the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

Thomas P. DiNapoliThomas P. DiNapoli
State of New York

Thomas P. DiNapoli is the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York. He is known for his integrity, independence and steadfast leadership. Since 2007, Comptroller DiNapoli has aggressively fought misuse of public resources, strengthened one of the nation’s top public pension funds, and consistently spoken out against fiscal gimmicks, imprudent actions and government inefficiency. (Read more)


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


Scott Gucciardi, Welch AllynScott Gucciardi
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Welch Allyn Inc.

Scott Gucciardi is Sr. Vice President & General Manager of new healthcare delivery solutions at Welch Allyn Inc. in Skaneateles Falls, NY.  An experienced C-level executive with twenty-four years in the global medical technology business, Scott has held senior leadership positions at Welch Allyn in product management, strategic business unit management, marketing, and new product development. (Read more)

Catherine HedgemanCatherine Hedgeman

President and CEO, Stakeholders, Inc.
Ms. Hedgeman provides a variety of legal services, including municipal and land use/zoning, election law and government relations, commercial law, trusts and estates, business/corporate law, litigation, and non-profit law. Ms. Hedgeman received a Juris Doctorate degree from Albany Law School in 2000, where she was an associate editor of The Albany Law Review and was awarded the Dominick Gabrielli award for excellence in Appellate Moot Court. After graduation, she practiced in several of New York’s prestigious law firms as an associate and lobbyist.

Dr. Timothy KilleenDr. Timothy Killeen
President of the Research Foundation and SUNY Vice Chancellor for Research
Timothy Killeen was appointed president of the RF and SUNY vice chancellor for research.
As RF president, Dr. Killeen is the chief executive officer responsible for supervision and operation of the largest, most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. (Read more)


E. J. McMahonE. J. McMahon
Director Empire Center for Public Policy
Edmund J. McMahon is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute's Center for State and Local Leadership. He is also president of the Empire Center for Public Policy, Inc., an independent think tank based in Albany, NY. McMahon's professional background includes more than twenty-five years as an Albany-based policy analyst and close observer of New York State government, working in both the private and public sectors.
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Michael Printup, Watkins Glen InternationalMichael Printup
President, Watkins Glen International
Mr. Printup was named president of Watkins Glen International (WGI) in June, 2009. As president, he is responsible for overseeing all of the aspects that go into keeping the world-renowned road course the premier road racing facility in North America. Before coming to Watkins Glen International, Printup was the senior director of facility management at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). (Read more)

Manny Schecter
Chief Patent Counsel, Associate General Counsel and Managing IP Attorney, IBM Corporation


Attorney General Eric T. SchneidermanEric T. Schneiderman
Attorney General of New York State
Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. As the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State, Eric has taken on the tough fights to protect New Yorkers – because he believes there has to be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or powerful.


James W. WetzlerJames W. Wetzler
Former Commissioner
New York State Department of Taxation & Finance


Audrey Zibelman, Commissioner, New York State Public Service CommissionAudrey Zibelman
New York State Public Service Commission

Audrey Zibelman was confirmed as a Commissioner of the New York State Public Service
Commission on June 19, 2013, and was named Chair on September 3, 2013. Her term runs
through February 1, 2018. (Read more)


Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNYNancy L. Zimpher
Chancellor, The State University of New York. In June 2009, Ms. Zimpher became the 12th Chancellor of the State University of New York. With nearly 463,000 students and 64 colleges and universities, SUNY is the nation’s largest comprehensive system of higher education. Through her strategic plan for the university, The Power of SUNY, Chancellor Zimpher leads a diverse set of successful initiatives in several key areas, including research and innovation, energy, health care, global affairs, and the education pipeline.


Registration Fees:

Our complete Agenda will be here soon.  Early Registration is available until July 24.

Board Member $ 450 $ 495 $ 575
Member $ 450 $ 495 $ 575
Non Member $ 550 $ 625 $ 700
Spouse $ 295 $ 350 $ 395
Chamber Executive $ 295 $ 350 $ 395
Golf $ 110 $ 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