Preliminary Schedule of Events

Saturday, October 10

9:00am Fred Hack Memorial Golf Tournament Registration - Saratoga Lake Golf Course

10:30am Fred Hack Memorial Golf Tournament Tee-Off - Saratoga Lake Golf Course

12:00-5:00pm Early Exhibitor move-in

Sunday, October 11

8:00am-6:00pm Registration and Information Desks Open

11:00am–1:00pm NYSSFA Board of Directors Meeting

12:00–12:30pm New Member/First-time Attendee Orientation

12:30–1:15pm Sponsor Recognition/New Member/1st-Time Attendee Social

NEW 1:15–2:30pm Opening General Session

2:30–6:00pm Expo Grand Opening & Reception

6:00pm Open Evening

Monday, October 12

7:00am–5:30pm Registration and Information Desk Open

7:00–8:30am Buffet Breakfast

8:00–9:30am Annual Business Meeting


  • Honor our Country with Pledge of Allegiance and Navy Color Guard
  • Invocation
  • President Welcome
  • Leadership Recognition
  • Committee Reports
  • Accreditation recognition (CDF, RDF, AADC and ADC)
  • Conference App orientation
  • Third Vice Presidential Candidate Introductions and Presentations
  • Sponsor remarks

9:30–11:00am Morning Refreshment Break in Expo

11:00am–12:15pm Keynote Presentation: Merlyna Valentine

11:30am–4:30pm  Spouse Program: Spa City Wine Tour 
Transportation provided by Spa City Brew Bus

12:30–1:30pm NYSSFA Association Luncheon


  • Welcome
  • Member Recognition (Pins)
  • Richard P. Mills Scholarship Recognition
  • NYSERDA Update
  • Fred Hack Memorial Golf Tournament Results
  • Sponsor Presentation

1:30–3:00pm Expo Finale and Grand Prize Drawing

3:00–9:00pm Exhibitor Breakdown

3:15–4:30pm Concurrent Sessions (Sessions repeated at 4:45pm).

4:45–6:00pm Concurrent Sessions (Sessions repeated from 3:15pm)

6:00pm Opening Evening

Tuesday, October 13

7:00am–6:00pm Registration and Information Desk Open

7:00–8:30am Breakfast Buffet

8:00–8:30am Legislative Update with Jim Carr, Hinman Straub PC

8:30–9:45am Concurrent Sessions (Sessions repeat at 10:15am)

9:45–10:15am Association Elections

9:45–10:15am Coffee Break

10:15–11:30am Concurrent Sessions (Sessions repeated from 8:30am)

11:45pm–1:00pm Association Luncheon


  • Third Vice President Election Results
  • Conference and Chapter Sponsorship Recognition

NEW TIME 1:15–2:30pm General Session: SED Update and Other Regulatory Compliance Updates

NEW! 2:45-4:00pm Concurrent Sessions

  • Retirement Planning - NYS Retirement System
    Retirement is close for some and years away for others. No matter where you are in your career, planning for retirement is time well spent. Learn the critical elements involved in the calculation of your pension benefit, what your can do to maximize these benefits, and obtain information on how and when to contact NYSLRS to obtain your specific information. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions related to pension benefits during and after the presentation. In addition to a verbal and PowerPoint presentation, you will also receive a guide that covers pension information in more detail.
  • To Be Determined

5:00–6:00pm President’s Reception (By Invitation only)

6:00–6:45pm Inaugural Reception

6:45–9:00pm Association Banquet

Join President Kim Parahus and her officers for this evening of celebration and reflection. Kim will recap her presidential year, pass the gavel to incoming President Bob Schongar, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds of Lansingburgh CSD and present industry awards and much more! Oh, and don’t forget the raffle prizes — you could bring home some amazing gifts!

Wednesday, October 14

NEW TIME 7:00–8:15am Breakfast Buffet and Facilities Management Peer-to-Peer Roundtable Discussion

NEW TIME 7:00–8:30am BOCES Breakfast

NEW TIME 9:00–10:00am NYSSFA Board of Directors Meeting