New York State’s food, beverage and agriculture ecosystem are coming together for a Mohawk Valley event that’s something to crow about.

Vitality in the Valley is where NYS companies in these industries will connect with each other, and with resources that can help them grow.

As an exhibitor at this amazing event, you will:

  • Meet potential buyers and suppliers
  • Hear from industry experts
  • Learn about new technologies
  • Network with peers at a private pre-event reception
  • Talk to business & technical resources
  • Discover funding opportunities
  • Find potential distribution channels

Register to be an exhibitor and be a part of a pre-event reception that’s new this year and like no other. Experience the pairings of New York State food and beverages. Sample local cuisine. Make connections that count.

Non-exhibitors are welcome to register as attendees. Sponsorship opportunities that let you showcase your organization are available.

June 4-5, 2024


Herkimer College
100 Lou Ambers Drive
Herkimer, NY 13350

Lodging Options
The Red Roof Inn

100 Marginal Road,
Herkimer, NY 13350

Hampton Inn Utica

172 – 180 N Genesee Street,
Utica, NY 13502




June 4, 2024 - Day One

  • 3:00 PM
    Exhibitor Setup Begins
  • 5:30 PM
    Networking Reception

June 5, 2024 - Day Two

  • 7:30 AM
    Doors Open
  • 8:00 AM
    Registration & Breakfast
  • 8:30 AM
    Event Begins

    Welcome Addresses & Sponsors

    • Dr. Everton H. Henriques – FuzeHub (MC)
    • Bill McDonald – Herkimer College
    • John Piseck – Herkimer IDA
    • Dr. Scott Ferguson – SUNY Cobleskill
    • Tim Thomas – MVCC
  • 9:00 AM
    Morning Keynote

    Paul Guglielmo
    Craft Cannery

  • 9:30 AM
    Exhibitor Showcase
  • 11:00 AM
    Panel Breakout
    • Catherine Young, New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech
  • 12:00 PM
  • 12:45 PM
    Lunch Speaker
  • 1:15 PM
    Exhibitor Showcase
  • 3:00 PM
    Event Ends


Bill has served Herkimer College as associate dean of academic affairs for the Business, Health, Science and Technology division since 2017. Bill is responsible for the management of the division, including supervision and evaluation of full and part time faculty. More...
Bill McDonald
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Herkimer Community College
Everton's focus is helping the manufacturing community, general industry, start-ups, local colleges, and universities to advance innovation and technology. More...
Dr. Everton H. Henriques
Director of Manufacturing and Technology Initiatives, FuzeHub
Since 2007 Cory Albrecht has been assisting manufacturers in the Mohawk Valley Region through the New York State Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP) Program as the Director of MVCC’s Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM). More...
Cory Albrecht
Director - AIM at MVCC
After serving on the Board of Directors for a number of years, and serving as Chairman for two, John was appointed to the position of Executive Director of the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency. More...
John Piseck
Executive Director Herkimer County IDA
As a former chemistry faculty member at both the K-12 and community college level, in addition to his experience as an academic administrator over STEM programs, Tim has a deep proficiency in STEM education and labor-force development. More...
Tim Thomas
Chief Strategy Officer, Mohawk Valley Community College
Steve Melito is the Senior Solutions Specialist for FuzeHub and the host of its NYS Manufacturing Now podcast. He also moderates events for FuzeHub and is a regular contributor to its print and digital publications. More...
Steve Melito
Senior Solutions Specialist, FuzeHub
Dr. Ferguson has experience teaching a variety of Business and Management courses. He is a multi-faceted professional, entrepreneur, consultant, and executive who has over twenty years of leadership experience managing up to 25 direct reports and $10M+ in budgets. More...
Dr. Scott Ferguson
Chief Economic Development Officer, Executive Director, The Institute for Rural Vitality at SUNY Cobleskill
Former state Senator and a longtime champion of food and agriculture enterprises and economic development, is the Executive Director of the New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech. Read More...
Catharine Young
Director, New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech
Paul "Pauly" Guglielmo is the CEO of Craft Cannery, a small to mid sized contract manufacturer in Rochester, NY specializing in sauces and focused on ensuring that regional brands and start-up entrepreneurs not be burdened with the high minimum order quantities often required of larger co-packers. More...
Paul Guglielmo
CEO, Craft Cannery
Denise Quinn is a Business Programs Specialist for USDA Rural Development. Denise lives in Adams, NY just 3 miles from Lake Ontario with her husband and two children. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego. Her career began twenty-six years ago at USDA Farm Service Agency. She made the transition to her current position with USDA Rural Development in 2020 as a Business Programs Specialist. Denise especially enjoys working with the Value-Added Producer Grant program as it gives her the opportunity to work with Ag Producers again. She also processes Guaranteed loans under the Business & Industry Guaranteed loan program.
Denise Quinn
Denise Quinn
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