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We’re pleased to welcome all of the following Keynote and Concurrent Session Presenters:

This year’s Keynote Speakers include:

Wednesday, June 7, 1 p.m.

“Bringing your Stories to Life”
Anthony Scordio: Executive Producer/ Founder of Scordio Productions, Inc.

Anthony Scordio’s goal is to produce work that tells a meaningful story and not only entertains people, but more importantly, moves them. Anthony studied Business Management at Bucknell University and worked in Investment Banking at JP Morgan before realizing that film production was his passion. His business experience coupled with a film producing degree from the New York Film Academy has enabled Anthony to channel his creative drive into Scordio Productions, Inc., a commercial film production company established in 2013.

Since then, Anthony has created an original TV comedy series titled Long Island Lights, which has gone on to win awards at prestigious film festivals. Scordio Productions has also produced branded content for a multitude of businesses, as well as music videos for high profile international artists.

Thursday, June 8, 9 a.m.

“Marketing Campaigns and Engagement: Your Strategic Roadmap”
Ashley Budd: Director of Digital Marketing for Alumni Affairs and Development, Cornell University

Ashley Budd is a digital strategist and designer working primarily with higher education and non-profit organizations. Through speaking, writing, and research, she offers insights into contemporary issues in enrollment, fundraising and communication technology. Ashley is director of digital marketing for alumni affairs and development at Cornell University. Prior to joining the digital team at Cornell, Ashley spent more than five years at her alma mater, Rochester Institute of Technology, where she led social media strategy for undergraduate admissions. Ashley serves as producer and host on the Higher Ed Live network where she explores innovations and trends in higher education. Ashley speaks before national non-profit groups and appears regularly at higher education web professional conferences including Confab Events, NACAC, CASE, and HighEdWeb.

Friday, June 9, 9:30 a.m.

John Poppo: Chairman of the Recording Academy/GRAMMYs

Board Chairman of the Recording Academy, the world’s preeminent music organization, best known for producing The GRAMMYs. John is a 30-year veteran of the music business. He is a producer, engineer, mixer/remixer, arranger, musician and artist manager who has worked with such icons as Michael Jackson, *NSync, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Diana Ross. He is also the founder of the production and artist development/management company Pop Productions in Westchester County. A proud Fredonia alumnus, John serves and develops the Recording Academy’s four pillars: Membership (recruitment)/Awards, Music Education, Philanthropy & Charity, and Advocacy — all of which parallel the work we do in higher education.

Friday, June 9, 10:45 a.m.

“Building Bridges: UB’s Tappan Zee Bridge Panel”

We’ll be closing our conference with a panel discussion featuring three SUNY alumni, all of whom are playing major roles in the redesign and construction of the famed Tappan Zee Bridge, located just steps from our conference hotel. University at Buffalo alumni Troy Calkins, John Kowalski and Craig Teepell will discuss their roles in bringing life to this $4 billion project — the largest bridge project in state history — in a panel discussion moderated by former Buffalo News Business Editor Grove Potter.

Troy Calkins is currently the Project Controls Manager for HNTB Corporation on the New NY Bridge project. In this role, he is responsible for all cost, schedule, reporting and contractual matters. Previously, Troy worked on the MTA Capital Construction’s East Side Access project (ESA), a $10 billion project connecting Long Island Railroad with Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. While working on East Side Access, Troy was Construction Manager on the largest and most complex heavy civil and underground contracts ($1.75 billion). Troy holds a BS in Civil Engineering from SUNY Buffalo and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State.

John Kowalski is the Commercial Manager for the NYS Thruway Authority on the New NY Bridge project. He is a 1983 civil engineering graduate of the SUNY Buffalo and a licensed professional engineering New York. John formerly was employed by the NYS Department of Transportation for 30 years where he held a number of positions in bridge design and construction in the Buffalo region, and served as Deputy Project Director for the Route 9A Reconstruction project in Lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks. He was appointed as Commercial Manager of the NNYB project in 2013 where he is responsible for all contractual management of the design-build contract. This role includes management of the project payments, scheduling analyses, dispute and claims management, budgeting, civil rights compliance, project-labor agreement, risk analysis, and management of engineering services by outside consultants.

Craig Teepell is the New NY Bridge project’s Deputy Construction Manager. He has been a part of the bridge replacement effort since 2007, having previously served as NNYB Project Controls Manager as well as Highway/Transit Engineering Manager for the Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor Project. Prior to joining the NYS Thruway Authority, Craig was part of the NYS Department of Transportation Major Projects group. Craig also contributed to the reconstruction of Lower Manhattan as Engineering Coordinator for the Route 9A Project. In 2005, he took a year’s leave to work in Louisiana to contribute to the Hurricane Katrina recovery, functioning as the Transportation and Infrastructure Lead for long-term recovery of Plaquemines Parish, ground zero of the storm. Craig started his career as a project manager for a deep foundation contractor. He holds a BS from SUNY Buffalo.

Grove Potter is a News Content Manager in the Department of Communications at the University at Buffalo, where he writes about economic development and science. Prior to joining the university staff, he was the Executive Business Editor at the Buffalo News for 16 years. In that role, he oversaw coverage of Buffalo’s economy as it battled back and began to flourish, helped tremendously by Gov. Cuomo’s “Buffalo Billion” economic development initiative. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and holds an MBA from the University at Buffalo. He is also the proud father of three UB graduates.


This year’s Concurrent Session Presenters include:

Jonathan Anzalone

Kat Banakis

Vinnie Cazzetta

Kerry Chapin-Lavigne

Chris S. Cornell

Ryan J. Coyne

Peter Crescenti

Pat DeCoster

Chris D’Orso

Daniel Doyle

Sandy Dylak

Ryan Deuel

Bonnie Eissner

Peter Evans

Christine W. Fitzgibbons

James Gallagher

Kerry Gotham

Nancy Griffin

Patrick Hennessey

Emily Hutchison

Tim Jaques

Michael Jaromin

Alex Joseph

Laurie Kaiser

Taras Kufel

Ron Ladouceur

Al Leibman

Carol Leven

Holly Liapis

Larry Lichtenstein

Laura M. Lincoln

Hailley MacDonald

Lauren McCabe

Kristi McKee

Kate McKenna

Maureen C. McKenna

John Myers

Ben Nadler

Michelle Ouellette

Rachael Hunsinger Patten

Frederic Pierce

Diana Pollard

Grove Potter

Jana Putzig

Cindy Riggi

Brian Rudolph

Amy Sheldon

Cynthia M. Shore

Noah Simon

Joel Smith

Michael Stein

Ruifang Hope Sun

Mona Ouimet Vroman

Maureen Winney

Angela Wright