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National Grid

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At National Grid, we are committed to delivering safe and reliable energy to the customers and communities we serve.

We are one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the US — serving more than 20 million people throughout New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

We are at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society — transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Every day we work with stakeholders to promote the development and implementation of more sustainable, innovative and affordable energy solutions.

Dixit Systems

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We are developing a digital storefront for manufacturing service providers that integrates seamlessly with their own websites. It is called Innovana3D (https://www.innovana3d.com/). Innovana3D makes it very easy to take orders, quote the jobs, accept payments online, communicate regular status ,and shipping to the clients.

Our goal is to simplify starting and managing manufacturing services business and hence serve as catalyst to bring back manufacturing.

Here is a quick 2-min preview video of Innovana3D - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV_H5WLHbIE

We are currently enrolling beta users. Beta users will get early access and heavily discounted pricing, I highly recommend to sign up for the Beta here - https://www.innovana3d.com

Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill

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SUNY Cobleskill, along with our partners are committed to farm and food business success in the Mohawk Valley. Through the Institute for Rural Vitality, new entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals can unlock resources targeted to grow business, jobs, and the regional economy, by maximizing revenue potential and enhancing employment opportunities. The Farm and Food Business Incubator and Accelerator are the leading programs of the Institute for Rural Vitality. Each are designed to assist in value-added product development, business and marketing planning assistance, legal support and more, which is provided in part by our partners.


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Driven by an unwavering commitment to harnessing the power inherent in nature and a determination to create all-natural, potent products that accelerate the body’s ability to renew, restore, and regenerate, Dr. Alena Butkevica founded AB BIOINNOVATIONS over a decade ago.
Forged at the intersection between Medical and Life Sciences and strengthened by Dr. Butkevica’s (MD., DMD., Ph.D.) 28 years of expertise in healthy tissue regeneration and longevity, AB BIO has pioneered an award-winning line of therapeutic products with superior, all-natural European ingredients, supporting and strengthening the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

Transfr Inc.

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At TRANSFR VR we are creating a classroom-to-careers pipeline, to train the next generation of workers for well-paying jobs across industries via immersive hands-on simulated training programs that develop critical skills for in-demand jobs. As an economic development platform, we work together with community organizations, workforce development groups, educational institutions, and industry leaders, to help build better futures for workers, employers, and the communities they call home.

Giotto Enterprises

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Giotto Enterprises is a group of seven companies united by common ownership, which provides consistent manufacturing leadership, quality and value for the fiber-optic industry. The “flagship” company of Giotto Enterprises is Fiber Instrument Sales, Inc., established in 1985 and located in Oriskany, NY.

The synergistic value of Giotto’s affiliate companies’ expertise and unmistakable dedication to quality has earned the organization the reputation of being “a key solution provider” across the globe. Altogether, the seven affiliate companies of Giotto Enterprises proudly employ more than 400 workers right here in the Mohawk Valley.

NRG Insulated Block

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When building your new agricultural or manufacturing facility, temperature is mission critical. NRG Insulated Block optimizes the thermal storage properties of concrete to deliver an ultra-energy efficient, comfortable, low maintenance, fire safe, resilient building. NRG block's patented design won the NY State Governor's Award for Energy Excellence.


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CADE is a community of agricultural entrepreneurs and specialists working to build a vibrant food system, in which locally owned agricultural businesses thrive and consumers are nourished by healthy sustainably produced food.

Our mission is to increase the number and diversity of successful farm enterprises and related businesses in New York, leaning on the pillars of sustainability, collaboration, inclusion, transparency and innovation to drive our vision for a strong, local food system.

Trojan Energy Systems

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Trojan Energy Systems was incorporated in August 1991. Today, we employ more than 20 full-time and part-time staff in the sale and service of commercial and industrial boilers. Our 8,000-square-foot facility is located in Troy, New York. We have more than 6,000 square feet of warehouse, a fully-stocked inventory of parts, general office space, customer parking, and state-of-the-art training room.

With more than 125 years of combined experience, Trojan Energy Systems is prepared to handle any combustion project, from small commercial boiler service work to large industrial boiler installations and annual preventative service contracts. We provide 24-hour emergency service 365 days a year.

BP Raw Pet Foods, Inc

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BP Raw Pet Foods is 100% complete and balanced and made with human grade meats. No supplements needed. BP Raw Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.




As the Vice President for Large-Scale Renewables, Georges leads NYSERDA’s work in advancing both land-based renewable energy and offshore wind resources. Prior to joining NYSERDA in September 2021, he spent nearly ten years at General Electric (GE)
Georges Sassine
VP, Large Scale Renewables (NYSERDA)
Dr. Jian Sun joined the faculty at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2002, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Systems Engineering.
Jian Sun
Director of the Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES)


Before starting his “second career” in academia, Brian enjoyed a successful career in sales management, product management, marketing, and strategic planning. His career included positions of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson, Crane & Company, and Taconic Biosciences.
Brian Apkarian
Director of Business Development (CFES)
Chulsung Bae is a Ford Foundation Professor at the Dept of Chemistry & Chemical Biology RPI. Bae's research group focuses on the development of functional polymeric materials that might find applications in the areas of clean energy and environmental technologies.
Chulsung Bae
Ford Foundation Professor - RPI
Everton is a manufacturing virtuoso focused on helping the manufacturing community, industry, start-ups, local colleges and universities, and business leaders to advance innovation and technology. More...
Everton H. Henriques
NY MEP Solutions Manager | FuzeHub
Michael has more than 17 years of experience ranging from engineering and product development, manufacturing, business development and operations. Prior to joining CEG in 2013, he was director of an incubator program, an entrepreneur, and was a senior engineer at Boeing.
Michael Lobsinger
SVP and Center Director for CEG
David Whipple is the Director of Industry Development for renewable energy at Empire State Development, the State level job creating agency. He works with partners to help renewable energy businesses establish manufacturing operations in NY.
David Whipple
Director of Industry Development - ESD
Peter is skilled in Residential & C&I Solar Energy, Environmental Awareness, Public Speaking, International Education, Organic Farming, Offshore Wind Supply Chain Management, Circular Economy and Climate Change Science. He has a Masters of Science focused in Science for Sustainable Development from Linköping University.
Peter Lion
Senior Advisor - Offshore WInd - NYSERDA
Jude Auman
Project Development - LJUNGSTRÖM
Christopher is responsible for managing multiple product lines across various industries to effectively deploy roadmaps and the overall vision for hydrogen infrastructure. 
Christopher D. Johnson
Product Manager - Plug Power
Cullen Brown is a Key Account Manager in the Customer Business Development group at (NYPA), helping manage NYPA’s economic development programs, as well as working with municipalities and SUNY campuses to achieve their CLCPA goals.
Cullen O. Brown
Associate Key Account Manager - NYPA


  • 7:30 AM
    Doors Open
  • 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast

    Location: Main Hall

  • 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
    Welcome Addresses

    Location: RMCC Theater

    Master of Ceremonies: Everton H. Henriques
    Welcome: Cathleen McColgin, John Piseck, Franca Armstrong, Matt Watson, Elizabeth Lusskin

  • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
    Sponsor Presentations

    Location: RMCC Theater

    Lloyd Ploof – Square One Coatings, Jacob Perry – Neff Automation, Cory Albrecht – AIM, Bill McDonald – Herkimer College

  • 9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
    Keynote Speaker I

    Location: RMCC Theater

    John Lorence V.P. Manufacturing Engineering The Fountainhead Group

  • 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
    Breakout Sessions: Part I

    Room 294

    Manufacturing Solutions Track: How to Fund, Build, and Market a Better Product​ (read more)

    Room 295

    Agriculture Solutions Track: Energy Saving Technology and Grant / Incentive Programs:(read more)

  • 10:15 AM – 12:00 PM
    Exhibitor Showcase & Networking

    Location: Main Hall

  • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    Lunch and Main Keynote

    Location: Lower Level Dining Hall

    Marion Terenzio – President, SUNY Cobleskill

    Elizabeth Dribusch – CEO, NYS Farm Bureau

  • 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM
    Breakout Sessions: Part II

    Room 294

    Manufacturing Solutions Track: Cybersecurity Solutions for Manufacturing​ (read more)

    Room 295

    Agriculture Solutions Track: Energy Efficiency Programs and Funding Opportunities (read more)

  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Exhibitor Showcase & Networking

    Location: Main Hall

  • 3:00 PM
    Event Concludes




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