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Western Holiday Seminar 2023

Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome. 


Wednesday December 6, 2023 | DoubleTree Hotel, Henrietta 

10:30 - 11:00 am | Registration, Networking, and Coffee
11:00 - 11:10 am | Welcoming Remarks

11:10 am - 12:00 pm | Economic Update 

Continuing concerns over additional tightening by the Federal Reserve, stubborn inflation, and questions on whether or not an economic recession is on the horizon are on the minds of economists and finance officers alike.  This session will provide a snapshot on where the Western New York economy is, and factors to identify, which may provide clues on what economic development investments may be the best options for local governments in 2024. 

1 CPE Advisory Services | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Michael N'dolo, CEcD, Director of Economic Development, MRB Group

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch

1:10 - 2:00 pm | Fraud Trends and Protections 

In this session, JPMorgan will present on current trends in fraud, how fraud happens, and what government officials can do to prevent fraud (and what to do if it happens).  This presentation will also touch on the different types of fraud and cybersecurity from a banking perspective. 

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Debra Gentile, Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank

Kara Peterson, Vice President, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank

2:10 - 3:00 pm | Trends in Employee Benefits and Local Government Budgets

When planning for employee benefit costs, health insurance is first on the list.  But how about the entire employee benefit package?  As costs in the general economy continue to rise, what other cost factors should finance officials be examining when assessing personel costs?  This session will look at the larger picture of employee benefit trends and how they can impact your entity's budget.

1 CPE Specialized Knowledge  | 1 GFI Elective Credit

Christopher J. Fiorello, CBC, GBDS, CHRS, President - Upstate New York Employee Benefits Practice, USI Insurance Services

Leda Pacelli-Szabo, GBDS, Employee Benefits Consultant, USI Insurance Services

3:00 - 4:00 pm | Holiday Networking Reception




  • Upon registering for this event, you agree to the below policies. 


  • Payment should be made in advance or brought with you to the seminar.
  • Pre-registration is preferred.
  • On-site registrations are accepted; however, there will be an additional fee of $10.00. 
  • If you need a hard copy of the registration form, please contact the office. 


  • CPE and GFI credit can be earned by verified attendees of the Seminar. 


  • Cancellation notices must be made in writing and emailed to
  • Cancellations made up to one week prior to the event, will be refunded the registration fee less an administrative fee of $15.00.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than one week before the event; the registrant is liable for the full amount of registration.
  • No Shows are liable for all registration fees. 

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  • By registering for this seminar, you give NYGFOA the right to publish and distribute photos and/or videos taken of you during the program.

Personal Information Policy:

  • NYGFOA may collect, store, or transmit your personal identifiable information such as name, address, contact information, preferences, demographic information, as well as any hotel or travel requests you provide us. This information is necessary for the facilitation of registration services for you. This information may be shared with other 3rd parties such as travel or lodging providers.

ADA Policy:

  • If you require special accessibility or accommodations please email Mandie at
December 6th, 2023 from 10:00 AM to  4:00 PM
DoubleTree Hotel
1111 Jefferson Rd
Rochester, NY 14623
Event Fee(s)
Seminar Fees
Member $85.00
Non-Member $85.00