Our legendary biennial business-and-broader discussion continues in 2023. 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”). We’ll reveal the Camp David 2023 Agenda presently. In the meantime, see the last Camp David program below.
Events & Venues 2021
Thursday Evening Welcome Reception
– Northshire Bookstore
Friday Business Sessions
– Gideon Putnam Resort
Friday Evening Camp David Turns 21
– Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Stage)
Saturday Day at the Races
– Saratoga Race Course
Conference Schedule 2021
Thursday – August 19
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.
4:00pm - 7:00pm
Welcome Reception & Registration
Thursday Welcome Reception at Saratoga’s iconic Northshire Books. Hear Michael Schein on his best-selling, “The Hype Handbook” (McGraw-Hill), meet Saratoga super-citizen Teddy Foster (the woman behind one of the nation’s model private/public partnerships, the re-development of Universal Preservation Hall), delight in the works of art that are the charcuterie boards of Tout Le Fromage, grab a drink, and mingle-and-meet with fellow campers before the Friday a.m. Sessions. We couldn’t think of a better welcome-to-Saratoga venue for CD21 than Northshire, one of America’s great independent bookstores, a model of family and community enterprise, and one of David and his kids’ favorite places.
Come as you are.
Oh, and enjoy the music of “the urban cowboy troubadour,” Ernie Sites.
Informal dining, late-night meetup in Saratoga.
Friday – August 20
“Breakfast at the Gideon and David’s Welcome”
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…
“Health, History and Horses”
Saratoga Mayor Meg Kelly welcomes our guests and shares her perspectives on one of America’s best little-big towns and its many claims to fame. From its “healing” mineral waters, to the historic Saratoga Battlefield, to the gambling heyday of The Casino and Lake Houses (and Saratoga regulars like Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell) to the establishment and continuous operation of the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in North America (Saratoga Race Course), including one of America’s oldest major races, our Weekend’s Alabama Stakes.
Friday a.m. sessions are business casual.
David Deutsch honored by the City of Saratoga Springs and its Mayor Meg Kelly on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of “Camp David” for educational spirit, service to others, and family ethos with a Proclamation that August 15, 2019 was Camp David Day in Saratoga.
“On Business Strategy… Now”
Like the closing line in The Candidate, “What do we do now?” Post-Covid, post new-administration, much has changed. We’ve endured two (if not more) excruciating fights in 2020. Now, a new chapter in business, politics and life has begun. On the business front, much has changed. And, much of that change, already in progress pre-pandemic, is accelerating. New more-mobile strategies, changes in where/how we live, work, commute, and communicate. What’s our “curbside delivery?” In what new, disruptive ways does our industry operate? If we can’t answer these questions, we might be left behind.
“Baby boomers” are products of the most pregnant (pun intended) population bulge in American history. Born between 1946 and 1964, they’re now 57 to 75. Pre-Covid, they/we were already thinking about health and wellness, organic and natural products, and healthy lifestyles and activities. Post-Covid, they/we care about health and wellness even more. Health and time are two of our most valuable commodities. How do we maximize the health-and-time equation?
“What is Justice?”
This isn’t an easy one. Like “morality,” and “integrity,” justice has no single definition. What is “justice?” What is a justifiable response to “injustice?” Who judges justice? judges? the people? the press? the clergy? Does our court system get it right? And, what about legal “advocacy” and the inevitable biases of every judge and jury? Is American justice “just” enough? Participate in the discussion along with some of America’s leading jurists, news professionals and political commentators.
It always did. But, what constitutes marketing today? The “four Ps” of product, price, placement and promotion still rule, but each is different now. Products now include new-and-different online offerings. Pricing structures are different (e.g. SaaS). “Placement,” the P for distribution, is different with more in Amazon warehouses than on store shelves, more DTC (direct-to-consumer), different/better supply chain management, etc. And “promotion,” the P for marketing communication, is lightyears removed from ancient forms of media and content. Learn from some of today’s marketing masters.
“The Bullish Farmer”
Former Wall Streeter John Ubaldo lost his best friend on 9/11. In search of greater purpose, John traded “the Street” for a 185 acre farm on the Battenkill River in Cambridge New York, and a simpler life as a self-sufficient farmer. Soon-enough, John encountered the market influence of “Big Ag,” the modified-beyond-recognition characteristics of much of today’s livestock-feed and food products, and the plight of the modern American farmer. Now, John is one of the nation’s leading evangelists for GMO labelling, reduction of chemical fertilizers and, in the process, the preservation of small farms and rural America. See the award-winning “The Bullish Farmer” and meet John at Camp David.
Kickoff your lunch-time break (we packed a lunch for you) with a few wrap-up and pre-dinner comments from host, David Deutsch.
Enjoy a few hours of downtime in Saratoga Springs. Stroll Broadway. Visit Saratoga Lake. See Saratoga Battlefield. Visit the Saratoga Spa State Park or Universal Preservation Hall. 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 National Museum of Dance!
Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Stage)
On Friday night, we’re at the legendary Saratoga Performing Arts Center. (Note the venue change.) ON STAGE! It’s the safest (and wayyy coolest) outdoor/covered venue we could think of. SPAC hosts the likes of James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Zac Brown, Steely Dan, Dead & Company, the NYC Ballet and, now, Camp David. We’ll be welcomed by SPAC CEO, Elizabeth Sobol, enjoy a backstage tour, and — as promised — also pay homage to the most important dance-party genre of our time (tongue firmly in cheek), the Toga Party. This is a dressy event, with great music, food and drink, and… you’ll see… “Toga, Toga, Toga!”
Friday p.m. dinner is Summer Fancy. (No need to bring your toga, we’ve got you covered.)
Informal out-and-about in Saratoga with other guests. Or, get some rest before our Day at the Races.
Saturday – August 21
Breakfast & Explore Saratoga
Sleep-in if you’d like. Breakfast on your own. Grab a bagel and coffee at Uncommon Grounds, go to Death Wish Coffee, or visit Saratoga Coffee Traders, or breakfast at Saratoga iconic Compton’s Diner, or — if you’re lucky enough to snag one — one ticket to sugar heaven at Darling Donuts.
Arrive at Saratoga Race Course by noon.
“The Annual Running of The Alabama Stakes and The David N. Deutsch & Company”
The 141st 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 with legendary friend of Camp David, Sam the Bugler!!
Departure & Travel Home
Travel home after another memorable Saratoga Weekend.