Preliminary Conference Agenda 2019

Our legendary business-and-broader discussion continues in this, our 20th anniversary, conference year.  As always, we’ll address important issues of business strategy, growth, financing and exit (for our kind of “leading closely-held companies, their owners and their Boards”).  As important, Camp David 2019 will include the stuff that gives us “perspective." Our 2019 Agenda includes…

  • Thursday Evening Welcome Reception - Adelphi Hotel
  • Friday Business Sessions - Guideon Putnam Resort 
  • Friday Evening at Saratoga Polo - Saratoga Polo Club
  • Saturday Day at the Races - Saratoga Race Course

And, the following confirmed presenters:

Mayor Meg Kelly – There’s a ‘new sheriff in town, Mayor Meg Kelly.  Born and raised in Saratoga, Mayor Kelly worked for 17 years as an LPGA pro golfer, as Executive Director of Saratoga’s Children’s Theatre and, more recently, as Deputy Mayor under Camp David friend, former Mayor Joanne Yepsen.  A can-do executive, Mayor Kelly knows how to succeed in the business of government by bringing disparate parties together. What she really understands is community and getting things done. Mayor Kelly welcomes our group to Saratoga.

Curtis Ellis – On the other side of the aisle, there’s Curt Ellis.  Former Trump Campaign Senior Advisor and special advisor to the Secretary of Labor in the Trump-Pence transition team, Ellis is an expert on free trade and economic growth.  With decades of experience as reporter, writer, producer and communications expert, Ellis has produced stories for NPR, NBC, HBO, CBS’60 Minutes and written for publications including the Financial Times, TIME Magazine and many others.  You’ll find Ellis, these days, primarily traveling with Vice President Michael Pence… or at Camp David.

Davia Temin – Writer, speaker and Board advisor, Davia Temin is one of the deans of reputation/risk/crisis strategic communications.  Through her “Reputation Matters” column in, contributions to the Huffington Post and American Banker, among other publications, and her work with many of America’s leading companies and Boards, Ms. Temin has guided many-a-company through many-a-crisis and will share some of her best strategies and tactics for effective corporate communications with us at Camp David.

Andrew Mellen – “The Most Organized Man in America,” and Oprah’s favorite organizer, teaches us some of the best lessons from his research, writings, and teachings including from his own curriculum at “UnStuff U.”  Ways to simplify our lives. Ways to implement ‘mindfulness’ in the office. Ways to get more done, better, faster and with less anxiety. (And, by the way, a great way to remember every password you’ll ever use).

Deborah Midanek – Author of “The Governance Revolution: What Every Board Member Needs to Know,” Principal of Prevail Investments, Bryn Mawr / Wharton, trusted advisor/Director to The Biltmore Companies and many others, Trustee of Washington’s Committee For Economic Development, and all-around super-smart strategic financial advisor, Ms. Midanek is also personally re-developing and re-making the “sleepy” town of Grenada Mississippi.

 And others to be announced…


Prior Conference Agenda

1:00 pm

View from the GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office is an independent, non-partisan agency that works for Congress and investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.  Join Camp David friend, long-time U.S. Comptroller General (head of the GAO), and candidate for Governor of Connecticut Dave Walker for his views on current federal and state budget issues.  If you missed Dave Walker's conversation with fmr. NY Fed. Bd. Governor, Charles Wait, at a prior Camp David, be sure to meet Dave this year.

  • Dave Walker
    fmr. U.S. Comptroller General; Candidate for Governor of Connecticut
2:00 pm


Enjoy a few hours of downtime in Saratoga Springs.  Stroll Broadway.  Visit Saratoga Lake.  See Saratoga Battlefield.  Visit the National Museums of Racing or Dance.  Or, just catch some "rays" at the Victoria pool.  But, return to your hotel room in time to clean-up for this year’s special evening at Saratoga’s Sinclair. Don’t be late.

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Evening at Sinclair

Co-hosted by David N. Deutsch & Co. and S&P Global Market Intelligence.  An evening of cocktails and dinner at Saratoga’s brand-newest hot spot, Sinclair, catered by Comfort Kitchen (their Mac N Cheese is legend-dairy!), featuring Saratoga artist Frankie Flores.  Flores’ Abstract, Jazz and Equine collections, and his new “Greys,” are coveted by collectors.  Frankie’s one of the most creative people we know.  Who knows, perhaps Frankie and Abstract Artist, Rachel Durland’s most beautiful creation, young Aurora, might be there too?  Summer dressy.  All delegates and their families welcome.  Arrive promptly for the food, friendship, and a few surprises!

  • Frankie Flores
  • Pavle Sabic
    Director-Corporate, S&P Global Market Intelligence
8:00 pm


Informal out-and-about in Saratoga with other guests.  Or, get some rest before your Day at the Races.

8:00 am


Sleep-in if you'd like.  Breakfast on your own.  Pick-up some Death Wish Coffee (the “unknown” company that won a free ad on last year’s Superbowl – see it on YouTube) or breakfast with fellow Campers at Compton’s, Ravenous, Saratoga Juice Bar, or Max London’s.  Arrive at Saratoga Race Course by noon.

12:00 pm

The Annual Running of The Alabama Stakes and The David N. Deutsch & Company

The 137th running of The Alabama Stakes (the longest running stakes race for 3-yr-old fillies in the U.S.) at Saratoga Race Course and the Annual Running of The David N. Deutsch & Company. Our Day at the Races is The Saratoga Weekend’s end-cap.  A great way to say hello again, and goodbye, to those you’ve met at Camp David.  Super seats, clubhouse admission and David’s handicapping tips (he was a pari-mutuel clerk growing up in Saratoga): study the Daily Racing Form or pick the entry with most compelling name.  Dress is racetrack casual.  See you in the Winners Circle.

5:00 pm


Travel home after another memorable Saratoga Weekend.