Local Business Owners and Professionals Attend YorkBridge Leadership Conference

Andy Stern welcoming business leaders to the first YorkBridge Wealth Partners Business Leadership Conference at Gurney’s Inn. Daniel Gonzalez photo

YorkBridge Wealth Partners, a financial planning and investment management services firm with offices in New York and Bridgehampton, hosted its first “Business Leaders Conference” on Monday, January 22, at Gurney’s Resort in Montauk. Hosted by the firm’s founding partners, Carrie Gallaway and Andrew Stern, the symposium attracted over 80 local business owners and professionals to join a discussion about economic, financial and legislative issues impacting small businesses.

Joseph Plumeri, Vice Chairman, First Data Board of Directors, and best-selling author of “The Power Of Being Yourself,” delivered the keynote speech and emphasized vision, purpose and imagination as essential tools to achieving success in a challenging business environment.

YorkBridge Partner, Jeffrey Lane discussed the current state of healthcare with Dr. Thomas McGinn, the deputy physician-in-chief with Northwell Health, and moderated questions. Jeffrey Schulze, director and investment strategist at ClearBridge Investments, provided an overview of the market, along with insightful commentary. John E. Larkin, Partner at Markowitz, Fenelon & Bank and attorney Melissa Sidor of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick addressed the dynamics of business succession planning and wealth transfer. Mr. Stern led a panel on philanthropy featuring Loretta Davis, executive director of The Retreat, and Stephanie Diamond, managing director of business development at Schwab Charitable, who discussed the impact of the new tax plan on giving.

Carrie Gallaway, of YorkBridge Wealth Partners leading a panel discussion with John E. Larkin from Markowitz, Fenelon & Bank and attorney Melissa Sidor of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick. Daniel Gonzalez photo

“We are delighted with the enthusiastic response to our first Business Leaders Conference,” said Mr. Stern  “Our goal was to provide business owners and professionals in the Hamptons with access to industry experts in an intimate forum.”

“We found that local businesses want more information about how to navigate the current marketplace,” stated Ms. Gallaway. “Currently, we are planning additional events that will continue to feature notable industry leaders and offer valuable networking opportunities.”