2021 Annual Meeting - Back to Business

September 22, 2021 - September 24, 2021

Join us at The Sagamore Resort on Lake George for The Business Council's premier event of the year. Our Annual Meeting is full of information, inspiration, and networking, creating a one-of-a-kind forum focusing on improving New York's business climate and economy.


We are excited to announce our Annual Meeting will be back in person this September at The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, part of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. This year's focus is "Back to Business," as our programming is aimed at helping employers return to a sense of normalcy. We are planning an agenda that will help guide and assist businesses in the post-pandemic world which features new and updated federal and state workplace and employee rights. Our agenda will also shine the spotlight on politics in 2022, as the state legislature, already ruled by one party, could see an even more dramatic shift in its makeup after the mid-term election cycle. Our Annual Meeting provides an excellent networking opportunity for our members who will spend three days with some of the state's largest and most successful businesses.



Jim Boeheim

Jim Boeheim

Central New York native Jim Boeheim is in his 46th season as men’s basketball coach at his alma mater, Syracuse University. A member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Boeheim trails only Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in all-time wins and games coached at the Division I level. Boeheim has guided Syracuse to 35 NCAA Tournament berths. The Orange won the NCAA Championship in 2003 and have advanced to five Final Fours and 20 Sweet 16’s during his tenure. Off the court, he and his wife, Juli, head up the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation, which supports children in need and those touched by cancer.


Wednesday, September 22, 2021
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Board Investment Committee Meeting*
12:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Nine Hole Golf Tournament** 

1:00 - 5:15 p.m. Registration
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sightseeing Boat Cruise
3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Board of Directors' Joint Finance & Audit | Executive Committee Meeting*
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Chamber Executives Meeting

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. New Member & Anniversary Members Reception
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

President's Reception


  • Honorable Thomas P. DiNapoli, Comptroller [BIO]
    State of New York


Thursday, September 23, 2021
7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 a.m.

Exhibits Open
Networking Lounge & Prize Display

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Board Education | Workforce Development Committee Meeting
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

New York's Antitrust Reform Proposal: Abandoning Consumer-centric Antitrust Law

  • Eric J. Stock, Partner [BIO]
    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Going Back to the Workplace: Cannabis and HERO ACT Safety Standards
  • Sanjeeve K. DeSoyza, Member [BIO]
    Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC
  • Frank Kerbein, Director, Center for Human Resources [BIO]
    The Business Council of New York State, Inc.
10:45 - 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break | Visit the Exhibits

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

Getting "Back to Business": Crisis Navigation and Effective Communication in Unprecedented Times

  • Gary Holmes, Vice President, Director of Public Relations & Public Affairs [BIO]
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch | Visit the Exhibits
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream 

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Government Affairs | 2022 Legislative Preview

  • Honorable Harry B. Bronson [BIO]
    Chair, Assembly Economic Development, Job Creation & Commerce and Industry Committee
    New York State Assembly
  • Honorable Anna M. Kaplan [BIO]
    Chair, Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee
    New York State Senate

What is Ranked Choice Voting and its Consequences for our Democracy?

  • Michael Lambert [BIO]
    Freelance Consultant
    Economic Development, Politics and Government
  • Menashe Shapiro, Founder [BIO]
    Shapiro Consulting Group


2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break | Visit the Exhibits
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Vice Hour

Legalized Cannabis

Mobile Sports Betting

  • Tanya Osborne, Director of Community Engagement [BIO]
    Women Grow
  • Karl J. Sleight, Member, Co-Leader Racing and Gaming Industry Team [BIO]
    Co-Leader, Cannabis Industry Team
    Harris Beach PLLC
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Post-COVID: Can we Bend the Healthcare Cost Curve?

  • Kimberly Kilby, MD, Senior Leader, Medical Director, Customer Experience [BIO]
    MVP Health Care
  • Josh Schlaich, MA, MHA, Director [BIO]
    Signify Health
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting*
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 - 9:30 p.m.


Awards Ceremony

  • The Charles Steiner Memorial Chamber of the Year Award
  • 2021 Member of the Year Award
  • The Fr. Peter Young Award for Community Service
  • The Corning Award for Excellence

Keynote Speaker

Jim Boeheim, Men's Head Basketball Coach
Syracuse University

9:30 - 11:00 p.m.



Friday, September 24, 2021
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. 5K Run
7:00 - Noon Registration 
7:30 - Noon

Exhibits Open
Networking Lounge & Prize Display

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

General Session

  • President's Report
  • Annual Meeting of The Business Council Membership
  • Election of Directors
  • Anniversary Awards Presentation


9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

An Insider's View from the Outside


  • Liz Benjamin, Managing Director, Albany Office [BIO]
    Marathon Strategies


  • Honorable David Paterson [BIO]
    55th Governor of New York State
  • Honorable H. Carl McCall, Chairman Emeritus [BIO]
    State University of New York Board of Trustees
    Former New York State Comptroller
  • Honorable Dennis Vacco, Partner [BIO]
    Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP 
    Former New York State Attorney General
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

What to Expect in 2022 - Key Business Issues for Next Year

Taxes, Revenue & FY 2023 State Budget

  • Kenneth J. Pokalsky, Vice President [BIO]

Energy & Carbon Policy: CLCPA and CCIA Update

  • Joseph Foskett, Esq., Director of Government Affairs [BIO]

Redistricting and Elections

  • Melvin Norris, Senior Director of Government Affairs [BIO]

Privacy Issues

  • Amber Rangel Mooney, Director of Workforce Development [BIO]

Open Discussion


11:30 a.m. - Noon Conclusion | Wrap Up | Grand Prize Drawing

* Board Only
** Additional Fees of $90/person are required

Agenda subject to change


Registration Type Before 8/8/21 Before 9/14/21 After 9/14/21
Member $550 $595 $675
Non-Member $650 $695 $775
Chamber Executive $345 $395 $425
Spouse | Guest $345 $395 $425
Golf $90 $90 $90

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

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after September 15, 2021, will not be eligible for a refund. We encourage you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend. Hotel cancellations must be made directly with The Sagamore. Please refer to your confirmation from The Sagamore for their cancellation policy.
COVID-19 Accommodations: The Business Council will provide a full refund upon request due to changes in federal, state and local regulations.



We will be following all applicable federal, state and local regulations and guidelines. Currently, that means we will be applying the CDC Guidelines for areas of high transmission, which requires that all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask indoors except when eating or drinking, as well as practice social distancing when possible. If guidelines change, we will keep you up to date on our revised policies. 


Our Room Block deadline has expired. If you need assistance, please contact Maribeth Riley.


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 and center in the minds of the state's leading voice in business, government and media. Our conference development team will work with YOU to: 

  • Build awareness for your company/organization
  • Grab the attention of your 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 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!

To become a sponsor, contact Maribeth Riley at [email protected] or at 518.465.7511.

Conference Sponsorship Levels

Premier $30,000
Gold $20,000
Bronze $10,000
Ambassador $3,500
Platinum $25,000
Silver $15,000
Champion $5,000

Outdoor Banners

Banner $2,000
Two Banners $3,500


Lawn Sign  $400
Two Lawn Signs $550

Event Sponsorship

Keynote Speaker $25,000
Hotel Key Sold Out
Presidents' Reception (Wednesday) $10,000
Registration $5,000
Wine @ Dinner (Thursday) Sold Out
AV Sponsor $4,000
Event App Sold Out
Networking Lounge Sold Out
5K Run (Thursday a.m.) Sold Out
Golf Sold Out
Dinner (Thursday) $15,000
Reception (Thursday) $10,000
Lunch (Thursday) $7,500
Breakfast (Thursday or Friday) $5,000
Wine & Dessert @ President's Reception (Wednesday) Sold Out
Hospitality (Thursday) $3,500
Session Sponsor $3,000
Refreshment (Thursday morning or Friday) $2,500
Ben & Jerry's Cart Sold Out
Boat Cruise (Refreshments) Sold Out


Corning Incorporated | Silver Sponsorship
Madison Square Garden
Charter Communications | Wine & Dessert at President's Reception Sponsorship
National Fuel
National Grid
Harris Beach
BBL Companies
Hannaford | Networking Lounge
American Chemistry Council| Outdoor Banner Sponsorship
Case Management Network | Golf
Hodgson Russ LLP | Boat Cruise Sponsorship
KPH Healthcare Services Inc. | Outdoor Banner Sponsorship
Microsoft Corporation
Business Council of Westchester


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. 

To become an exhibitor, contact Maribeth Riley at [email protected] or at 518.465.7511


Standard Table $2,500

Located in the main hallway of the Conference Center


Premier Table $3,000

Located in the Conference Registration Area


Clarkson University
Beacon Health Options



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 Maribeth Riley at ma[email protected] or call 800.358.1202.