Erie PA - Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

Erie Homecoming Speakers Schedule

Erie Homecoming features a talented group of "ex-pats" who grew up in Erie, went to school here, or worked in Erie at some point in their careers. They will share their stories of success and insights in a variety of fields. Make plans to attend one or several! And be sure to make some time to visit the businesses set up for the Erie Business Showcase expo taking place from 10AM to 4PM!

All sessions are concurrent and will take place at the Bayfront Convention Center. The event is free and open to the public! Please register below.


  1. Next Wave: Erie’s Technology Upstarts
    • Duane Clement, President & CEO, Data Inventions – Erie, PA
    • Mat Silva, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, RendrFX – Erie, PA
    • Dr. Fred Mirarchi, CEO/Founder, Institute on HealthCare Directives – Erie, PA
    • Jim Noland, President/CEO/Founder, Conduit Technology - Erie, PA
  2. Perspectives on the Investment Landscape
    • Sean Hagerty, Head of Product, Vanguard – Philadelphia, PA
  3. From Hammermill to Hollywood
    • Dr. Laurie McPherson, University of San Francisco


  1. Insights into The Future of Healthcare
    • Dr. Joe Cacchione, Chairman of Strategic Operations & Network Development, Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH
  2. The Crazy Competitive Game of Business Attraction
    • Kevin Hughes, President, Portfolio Solutions, Cushman & Wakefield – Cincinnati, OH
  3. Modern Manufacturing: competing in the Global Marketplace
    • Bill Cerami, President, Global Aerospace & Defense, Lord Corporation - Cary, NC


  1. Hotels & Hospitality Industry
    • Gary Carano, Chairman & CEO of Eldorado Resorts, parent company of Presque Isle Downs & Casino – Reno, NV
    • Tom Kennedy, Owner & Developer, Cobblestone Hotels – Erie, PA
  2. Young Film Making Entrepreneurs (Re) Discovering Erie - Presented by the Innovation Collaborative & Moderated by Stewart Nash
    • John C. Lyons, Filmmaker, Lyons Den Productions, LLC
    • Britty Lea, Filmmaker
    • Erika Berlin, President, Film Society of NWPA
    • Adam Calfee, Filmmaker, MoreFrames Animation
  3. Building a Business Within a Big Business - A GE Success Story
    • John Manison General Manager, Mining Solutions, GE Transportation - Erie, PA
    • Tina Donikowski Vice President, GE Transportation (Retired)


  1. Who You Surround Yourself With Matters: Harnessing Peer Advantage to Your Advantage
    • Leo Bottary, former Vice President, Vistage International; Co-Author THE POWER OF PEERS – San Diego, CA
  2. Maximizing Your Businesses Value & Lessons from Detroit
    • Joe Bione, President, Whitehall – Detroit, MI
  3. Challenges in Higher Education Today
    • Dr. John Lilley, Former President of Baylor University, University of Nevada-Reno, and Penn State Erie – Reno, NV


  1. West Coast Challenges & Perspective
    • Barbara Smith Warner, Oregon House of Representatives – Portland, OR
  2. Modern Co-Working Spaces: Enabling Entrepreneurs & Corporate Offices
    • Mike Embrescia, Founder & CEO of WorkDesq – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Mike Woycheck, Operations Director, Alloy 26 – Pittsburgh, PA
    • Sean Fedorko, Cofounder, Radius CoWork – Erie, PA
  3. Healthcare as an Economic Driver & Multiplier
    • Rob DeMichiei, Executive VP and CFO, UPMC – Pittsburgh, PA

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