2022 Annual Meeting - Looking Forward

September 21, 2022 - September 23, 2022

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.

Online registration closed.  Walk-in registrations are welcome.  Please check in at The Sagamore Conference Center.


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As the COVID pandemic continues to reach its end stages, businesses now face another challenge, the economy. The 2022 Annual Meeting will focus on New York State’s political and economic picture moving forward. With the Governor’s election at the top of the ticket, all state-wide legislative seats are also up for grabs as well as each of the seats within New York State’s congressional delegation. Voters and business owners will certainly have the state of the current economy on their minds when they cast their votes in November. Join us for two impactful days of programming with state political leaders, economic forecasters, and experts on cryptocurrency. The Business Council’s Annual Meeting is the premier business conference connecting the top business leaders and professionals from around New York State. 



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Chris Christie

55th New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is currently a Senior Legal and Political Commentator for ABC News, the Managing Member of the Christie Law Firm and Christie 55 Solutions, LLC, and the author of The New York Times bestseller Let Me Finish, about his life and career in New Jersey and as a candidate for President. Previously, he served as Chairman of the Trump Presidential Transition Committee. 

Governor Christie spent his two terms in office emphasizing the issues of fiscal responsibility, pension, health benefit reform, education reform, and the opioid crisis gripping his state and the nation. He also devised the state’s groundbreaking response to Super-storm Sandy, leading the rebuilding of the state’s housing, infrastructure and public schools, and setting a bi-partisan example for storm recovery.

Lauded for his trademark charisma and candor, Governor Christie provides an in-depth understanding of what is happening in the nation’s capital and what it means for your industry, organization and employees. He highlights that achievable solutions and unrelenting leadership will help move us forward and help solve the most pressing issues in Washington.


Wednesday, September 21  
12:30 - 5:00 p.m. Nine Hole Golf Tournament**
1:00 - 6:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Sightseeing Cruise
3:45 - 5:00 p.m. Board of Directors - Joint Audit & Finance / 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 DiNapoli, Comptroller [BIO]
    State of New York

**Additional Fees of $95/person are required

Thursday, September 22  
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. 5K Run
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. Breakfast Buffet
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.  Welcome
8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Emerging Environmental Issues Impacting Business
Impacts of "Forever Chemicals" on Products, Wastes and Liability
  • Jonathan Gledhill, President [BIO]
    Policy Navigation Group

How CLCPA is Impacting NYS Operations and Investments

  • Yvonne Hennessey, Partner [BIO]
    Barclay Damon LLP

“Expanded Producer Responsibility” and Impacts on Products & Supply Chains

  • Neil Menezes, Packaging Sustainability Policy Manager [BIO]
    General Mills
9:45 - 10:45 a.m. What's the Deal with Crypto?
  • John Olsen, New York State Lead [BIO]
    The Blockchain Association


  • Jon-Jorge Aras, Partner [BIO]
    Warren Law Group
  • Kyle Schneps, Director of Public Policy [BIO]
    Foundry Digital
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break / Visit the Exhibits
11:00 -  12:00 p.m. The State of the Economy
  • Curtis Dubay, Chief Economist [BIO]
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch | Visit the Exhibitors
1:00 - 1:45 p.m. 2023 Legislative Preview 
  • Honorable Jeremy A. Cooney, 56th Senate District [BIO]
    Chair, Committee on Cities II
    New York State Senate
  • Honorable Kenneth Zebrowski, 96th Assembly District [BIO]
    Chair, Committee on Governmental Operations
    New York State Assembly
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Top Issues for 2023
  • Lev Ginsburg, Esq., Counsel
  • Frank Kerbein, Director, Center for Human Resources
  • Melvin Norris, Senior Director of Government Affairs
  • Ken Pokalsky, Vice President
  • Mario Vazquez, Assistant Director, Government Affairs
  • Paul Zuber, Executive Vice President
    The Business Council
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
2:45 p.m. Visit our Exhibits | Refreshment Available
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

Keynote Speaker: 
Chris Christie
, 55th New Jersey Governor
Senior Legal and Political Commentator, ABC News
Managing Member, Christie Law Firm and Christie 55 Solutions LLC 

9:30 - 11:00 p.m. Hospitality

*Board Only

Friday, September 23  
7:00 a.m. - Noon Registration
7:30 - Noon Exhibits Open
Networking Lounge & Prize Display
7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

General Session

  • President's Report
  • Annual Meeting of The Business Council Membership
  • Election of Directors
  • Anniversary Awards Presentation
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Remarks
  • Honorable Lee Zeldin, U.S. House of Representatives, First Congressional District [BIO]
    Candidate for Governor, State of New York
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. November Elections
  • Liz Benjamin, Managing Director, Albany [BIO]
    Marathon Strategies


  • Jay S. Jacobs, Chairman [BIO]
    New York State Democratic Committee
  • Nicholas A. Langworthy, Chairman [BIO]
    New York Republican State Committee
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Refreshment Break
11 a.m. Programming
11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Conclusion | Wrap Up | Grand Prize Drawing


Registration Type Before 7/16/22 7/16/22 - 8/31/22 After 8/31/22
Member $595 $645 $695
Non-Member $695 $745 $795
Chamber Executive $395 $445 $495
Spouse | Guest $395 $395 $445
Golf $95 $95 $95

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

Online registration closed.  Walk-in registrations are welcome.  Please check in at The Sagamore Conference Center.  Single Event/Day pricing available.

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your registration until Friday, September 9, 2022. You will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee. Cancellations received after September 9, 2022, 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. 


Our Room Block is no longer available.

You may make your reservations via the website – https://www.opalcollection.com/sagamore/.  Simply click “Book Now” on the top right-side corner of the screen, and enter the dates you would like to reserve. Please note that the hotel can no longer honor our group rates.

Should you require special assistance, you may call the reservations department directly at 866-385-6221. 


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!


Have questions or need more information? Contact Maribeth Riley at [email protected] or at 518.465.7511.



















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Lawn Sign


Two Lawn Signs


Keynote Speaker $25,000
Hotel Key Sold Out
Presidents' Reception (Wednesday) Sold Out
Registration $5,000
Wine @ Dinner (Thursday) Sold Out
AV Sponsor $4,000
Event App Sold Out
Networking Lounge Sold Out
5K Run  $2,200
Golf $2,000
Dinner (Thursday) $15,000
Reception (Thursday) $10,000
Lunch (Thursday) $7,500
Breakfast (Thursday or Friday) $5,000 - 1 left
Wine @ Reception (Wednesday) $4,000
Hospitality (Thursday) $3,500
Session Sponsor $3,000
Refreshment (Thursday or Friday)* $2,500 - 1 left
Ben & Jerry's Cart Sold Out
Boat Cruise (Refreshments) Sold Out

*multiple sponsorships available 


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. And, you get access to pre-and-post Conference Attendee lists.

Contact Maribeth Riley at [email protected], or at 518.465.7511, to become an exhibitor today!



Standard Table $2,500

Located in the main hallway of the Conference Center

Premier Table Photo

Premier Table $3,000

Located in the Conference Registration Area



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 [email protected] or call 800.358.1202.