Maureen "Kiki" McShane, VP, Business Development, Chris Fucci Associates, LTD./FarVision www.fucciassociates.com
David Wolk, President, Castleton College www.castleton.edu
Thomas Donahue, Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce
James Stewart, Rutland Economic Development Corporation, www.rutlandeconomy.com
Brennan Duffy, Director, Rutland Redevelopment Authority
Stuart Meyer, Attorney & Partner, Intellectual Property Fenwick and West, LLP www.fenwick.com
Robert Buzzell, Jr., CPA & President, Siliski & Buzzell, PC www.vermontcpa.pro
Kiki McShane, VP, Business Development, Chris Fucci Associates, LTD. /FarVision www.fucciassociates.com
Moderator: Jim Harrison, President - Vermont Grocers Association
Whitney Lamy, Senior Vice President - Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company and Castleton Crackers Specialty Foods www.castletoncrackers.com
Bonnie Kelsey Quinn, Founder/President - Best of Vermont www.bestofvermont.com
John Schramm, Founder/President - Tropical Aquaculture Products, Inc. www.eattalapia.com
Keith Dunn, Former Owner of Westminster Crackers
Moderator: Cairn G. Cross, Co-Founder/Managing Director - Fresh Tracks Capital www.freshtrackscapital.com
Marguerite Dibble, Founder - Birnam Wood Games www.birnamwoodgames.com
Stuart Meyer, Partner - Fenwick and West www.fenwick.com
Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs - Google www.mattedunne.com
Don Mayer, Co-Owner - Small Dog Electronics www.smalldog.com
Brian Grady, Business Leader - GE of Rutland www.ge.com
Moderator: Mary Powell, CEO - Green Mountain Power, www.greenmountainpower.com
Matt Cota, President - Vermont Fuel Dealers Assoc. www.vermontfuel.com
Bradway Widing, Vice President - Energy Practice Hickok & Boardman www.hbinsurance.com
Jeffrey Wolfe, Co-founder and Chairman, groSolar www.grosolar.com
Gregory Johnson, President, Kilawatt Technologies, Inc. www.kilawatt.com
This valuable one-day seminar will provide hands-on instruction on how to help growing businesses and start-ups succeed. Our distinguished group of presenters and panelists are prepared to "go deep" to assist you in finding solutions to your specific problems and challenges. These business leaders will share advice and practical knowledge that will benefit business owners, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs. This forum will also focus on three specialty areas: High Tech, Specialty Foods/Agriculture, and Energy.
• Gain access to successful business owners who have experienced success and challenges.
• Support the growth of your business through idea sharing, education and learning from practical "how to" experience.
• Understand the need for calculated risk taking, hard work and commitment to building a sustainable business model.
• Showcase of the value of doing business in Rutland and regional assets such as Castleton College
• Networking with peers, potential clients and professional service providers
Recap of the day's activities with Questions & Answers, led by presenters and panelists, in a unique Vermont style Town Meeting forum including peer-to-peer interaction, public discussion of personal challenges, sharing of "Aha" moments, and next steps for future conferences.
Rutland City Mayor Christopher Louras
This is the perfect opportunity for networking among our attendees, sponsors and presenters.