SUNY Morrisville hosts School of Agriculture, Business & Technology conference Oct. 19

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MORRISVILLE, N.Y. — Learn about important issues, trends and career opportunities in the fields of agriculture, manufacturing, architecture, tourism, hospitality and culinary, and network with leading professionals at SUNY Morrisville’s School of Agriculture, Business & Technology conference, Advancing Knowledge and Opportunities in Agriculture, Business and Technology Through Community Engagement, Education and Networking, on Saturday, Oct. 19. 

The event, which is free and open to the public, is from 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., in Crawford Hall, Rooms 103 and 107 on the SUNY Morrisville campus. 

College and high school students, instructors, staff, business professionals, nonprofit and community leaders and the general public are invited to attend the conference.   

To register, please go to

Conference agenda (subject to change) 
8 a.m.-8:45am - Continental breakfast and opening 
Participants can choose from one panel session below
8:45-10 a.m. - Panel session 1: Careers in Culinary, Hospitality & Tourism (Room 107)
•    Diane Centeno, vice president, Enterprise Marketing & Sales, Turning Stone Resort Casino
•    Britnee Klaczko, general manager, Hampton Inn and Suites, Cazenovia
•    Bob Provost, president & CEO, New York State Tourism Industry Association
•    Kerry Beadle, associate professor and certified executive chef, SUNY Morrisville
8:45-10 a.m. - Panel session 2: Innovation & Technology in Manufactured Goods (Room 103)
•    Scott Laundry, senior project manager, at TDO (Train Develop Optimize) 
•    Randy Wolken, president & CEO, Manufacturers Association of Central New York
•    Laura Miller, general manager & sales manager, Darco Manufacturing, Inc., Syracuse
•    Michael Mowins, president and principal, Vetted Tech, Inc. 
10-10:30 a.m. - Networking break
Participants can choose from one panel session below
10:30-11:45 a.m. - Panel session 3: The Future of Agriculture (Room 107)
•    Chad Meigs, founder, The Bineyard – New York Hops New York Terroir, Cazenovia
•    Paul O’Mara, owner, O’Mara Farms LLC, Canastota 
•    Jeffrey Williams, director of public policy, New York Farm Bureau
10:30 -11:45 a.m. - Panel session 4: Diversity & Inclusion in the Field of Architecture (Room 103) 
•    Kimberly Dwyer, managing partner, Dwyer Architectural LLC, Syracuse
•    Heidi Stemkoski, principal and owner, phZ Architects PLLC, Camillus
•    Edward Watts Jr., president, Watts Architecture & Engineering, Buffalo, Syracuse and New York 

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Networking break 

12:15-1:45 p.m. – Luncheon and keynote speaker Marc Jones, CEO at Dreissig Apparel, Inc. and Fan Hands® LLC, in Syracuse

About the keynote speaker Marc Jones
An experienced CEO with strong business development, sales and marketing skills, Jones founded Dreissig Athletic, his own athletic apparel line, and invented Fan Hands®, a sports fan accessory which enhances the sound of the clap. 

Born and raised in Syracuse, Jones graduated from Christian Brothers Academy where he was an All-State and All-Northeast US running back his senior year. A former running back at the University of Tennessee, where he earned a degree in psychology, he also played professionally in the German Football League. 

Active in his community, Jones is co-founder and co-chairman of the Willow Street Foundation, a charitable organization which provides academic and leadership development opportunities to students in need who demonstrate quality character, social conscience and a passion for self-improvement.