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

Registration Closes:

May 29th at 5:00 PM EST

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
    • Catharine Young, New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech
    • Denise Quinn, USDA
    • Michael Tucker, Long Island Food Council
    • Dan Voce, FX Matt Brewing Company
    • Kathryn Bamberger, Global NY at Empire State Development
    • Panel Moderator: Steve Melito, FuzeHub
  • 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, MA, HON
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. Read More >
Denise Quinn
Denise Quinn, Business Programs Specialist, USDA Rural Development
Michael is the president of the Long Island Food Council, dba NY Food Council. Read More...
Michael Tucker
President, Long Island Food Council
Dan Voce is the Vice President of Operations at the FX Matt Brewing Company, in Utica, NY. Dan has been in the Food/Beverage Manufacturing Industry for over 25 years. Read More >
Dan Voce
Dan Voce, VP of Operations, FX Matt Brewing Company
After beginning her career in international sales and marketing in publishing and workforce development, Kathryn joined the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets specializing in Industry Trade Events and Export Advisement. Read More >
Kathryn Bamberger
Northeast NY International Trade Manager, Global NY at Empire State Development
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