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 Boards”).  As important, Camp David 2019 will include the stuff that gives us “perspective.” Our 2019 Agenda includes…

Thursday Evening Welcome Reception
– Caffé Lena

Friday Business Sessions
– Gideon Putnam Resort

Friday Evening at Saratoga Polo
– Saratoga Polo Club

Saturday Day at the Races
– Saratoga Race Course

Conference Schedule

Thursday – August 15

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8:00am

Travel to Saratoga

3 hours from NYC and Boston, 30 minutes from Albany Airport, and a historic Victorian-small-town world-away from anywhere you’ve been.

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4:00pm - 7:00pm

Welcome Reception & Registration

Thursday Welcome Reception at Saratoga’s own Caffé Lena, the oldest continuously operating folk music venue in the US and “an American Treasure.” Since 1960, Caffé Lena and its long-time matriarch, Lena Spencer, launched and showcased the talents of many of America’s best loved songwriters including Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, David Bromberg and Don McLean. Great music, food, drink and camaraderie (and Caffe Lena’s legendary chocolate chip cookies!) to kick off this year’s special 20th anniversary Saratoga Weekend.

Secure your Saratoga Weekend credentials and registration materials.

Come as you are.

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8:30pm

Evening

Enjoy informal dining and a late-night meet-up in downtown Saratoga.

Friday – August 16

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8:00am

Breakfast at the Gideon

Compare pre-session notes with other Campers over omelets, coffee, and the morning paper in the breathtaking Arches Room of the Gideon Putnam overlooking the 2,379 acre Saratoga Spa State Park.  Then, at 8:45 a.m. sharp…

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8:45am

Keys to the City

Saratoga Mayor Meg Kelly welcomes our guests.

Friday a.m. sessions are business casual. 

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9:00am

Morning Joe with
Death Wish Coffee founder
Mike Brown

In 2012, Death Wish Coffee – brewed to be strong and delicious — started in a small coffee shop in Saratoga Springs. In 2015, the little super-brew won Intuit’s “Small Business Big Game” competition, and a 30-second Super Bowl commercial! The company took-off like a rocketship (traveling to the International Space Station this past June to fuel the crew of NASA Expedition 56, and to the dangerous adventures of television’s “Ice Road Truckers” and beyond). As they say, the rest is history. The Death Wish Coffee brand has become a global phenomenon. Hear from Death Wish founder/CEO Mike Brown on the makings of one of America’s most successful consumer products companies, managing hyper-growth and doing good at the same time.

Mike Brown

Founder, Death Wish Coffee

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9:45am

Good Governance:
A Board’s Eye View

Good governance is about value-additive corporate stewardship. For both public and private companies. Good Boards do much more than serve as “fiduciaries” for shareholders. They help companies, their owners, and their C-suite executives plan, hire, fire, question, assess and address risk, and make the bet-the-company decisions. Join our August panel of governance experts and practitioners as they recount some of their best — and worst – experiences in corporate governance.

 

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10:30am

Mid-Morning Networking Break

Mingle, marvel at the setting, and make room for more ideas.

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11:00am

The Politics of Media

Whatever became of folks like Walter Cronkite, “the most trusted newsman in America?” How has journalism changed? Why? Are news organizations too opinionated? Too ratings focused? What is‘fake news?’ Does all media, inevitably, have a point-of-view? We’re honored to be joined in discussion with Foreign Press Association president, David Michaels, and a panel of distinguished journalists from the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other leading news organizations.

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11:30am

Family Business. Family Office.

Great family businesses, and the wealth that they can create, often give rise to “family offices.” Some are perfectly functional. Attending to family wealth management, administration of trusts, family taxes, etc. And others are impactful enterprises in their own right, increasingly focused on their own social and cultural missions. And, increasingly, on making direct investments in private companies. Hear from our esteemed group of family office members, execs and professionals on all-things-family-office.

 

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12:15pm

UnStuff U.
Organizing Your Life
with Andrew Mellen

Dubbed “the most organized man in America,” Andrew Mellen is an organizer’s organizer, and has been featured in O, the Oprah magazine, on HGTV, DIY and NPR. Through years of studying, coaching and working with many of the highest-performing executives, individuals and teams in the world, Andrew has created unique, lasting techniques for streamlined living, eliminating the “stuff behind the stuff” that’s holding us back.

 

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1:00pm

Lunch

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2:00pm

Downtime

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 evening at at the Saratoga Polo Club!

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5:30pm - 8:00pm

Saratoga Polo Club

Details coming soon.

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8:00pm

Evening

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

Saturday – August 17

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Morning

Sleep-in if you’d like.  Breakfast on your own.  Pick-up some Death Wish Coffee at Saratoga Coffee Traders (the “unknown” company that won a free ad on 2016’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.

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12:00pm

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

The 139th 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!

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5:00pm

Closing

Travel home after another memorable Saratoga Weekend.

David N. Deutsch & Company

EST. 1993

 New York Office

Westchester Financial Center | 50 Main Street, FL 10 | White Plains, New York 10606
(212) 980-7800 | office@dndco.com

New York Office

Westchester Financial Center
50 Main Street, FL 10
White Plains, New York 10606
(212) 980-7800 | office@dndco.com