2018 Sustainable Business Summit

Invest Today – Lead Tomorrow

May 1st, 8 to 6 pm at Hotel Henry

Lead your company forward with knowledge, ideas and connections. Join your peers, local and national leaders.



The Keynote Speakers

Mark Shima

President of Panasonic Eco Solutions Solar New York America

Mark is a leading international expert on next generation solar manufacturing, and has overseen factories in Oregon and across Asia. He now leads the Buffalo manufacturing site.

Liesl Folks (moderator)

Dean, UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

An internationally recognized expert in nanotechnology and magnetism, holding 14 U.S. patents, Liesl oversees a nationally ranked program at UB that includes approximately 6,000 students.

Bill Ulfelder

Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in New York

With Bill’s leadership, TNC is raising unprecedented resources, investing in cutting-edge science, connecting with new audiences, and increasing awareness of key environmental issues.

Session Speakers

Ali McPhearson

Principal, Niagara Share

Ali Adelman

Director of Sustainability, Wendel

Andrew Delmonte

Social Business Coordinator, SUNY Buffalo State

Andrew Goldstein

Recycling Coordinator, Erie County

David Gordon

President, Green Building Partners, LLC

Dennis Elsenbeck

Head of Energy and Sustainability, Energy Consulting Services, Phillips Lytle

Dan Healy

Plant Manager, Greif Inc.

Don Guize

Project Manager, Wendel

Erin Moscati

Sustainability Education Manager, University at Buffalo

Frits Abell

VP, Strategic Planning & Business Development, Viridi Parente

Jack Ampuja

President, Supply Chain Optimizers

Jim Manno

VP Sales & Marketing, Sonwil Distribution Center, Inc.

Kathy Kubiak McAlpine

Food Service Manager, Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Katie O’Sullivan

Program Coordinator & Outreach Specialist, GBNRTC

Kerrie Gallo

Deputy Executive Director, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper

Kim Bawden

Pollution Prevention Engineer, NYSP2I

Mark Lowry

Climate Policy Analyst, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Mark Poloncarz

Erie County Executive

Mark Rossi

Executive Director, Clean Production Action

Mark Shriver

Director of Safety and Environmental Affairs, Curbell Inc. &
President, WNYSBR

Mark Thielking

Executive Director of Energize NY and the Energy Improvement Corporation

Ryan McPherson

Chief Sustainability Officer, University at Buffalo

Thomas Ruley

Pollution Prevention Engineer, NYSP2I


Awards Ceremony

Leading businesses will be recognized and will share their sustainability success stories at the First Annual SBR Recognition Ceremony

The Program



breakfast and lunch
plenary presentations by sustainability leaders


4 networking opportunities including cocktail hour with our exhibitors


choose from 3 themed tracks with 12 sessions and 30+ presenters


business success stories at the First Annual SBR Recognition Ceremony



Your ticket includes keynote speakers,  breakfast, lunch, networking opportunities, choose from 12 Sessions, 30+ speakers


The Venue

The event will be held at the historic Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center, at the corner of Rockwell Road and Cleveland Circle, Buffalo, NY 14213

Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center

444 Forest Ave Buffalo, NY 14213, USA


The Sponsors

Visionary Leaders

Change Agents

Sustainable Stewards