Rich’s Global Executives in Buffalo for Two-Day Symposium

Company celebrates 70th birthday by bringing leaders from five continents to Buffalo; Future Trends, Business Strategy, Buffalo resurgence lead agenda


BUFFALO, N.Y. — Rich Products will host 250 leaders spanning five continents at its headquarters here in Buffalo for a unique Global Leader Network Symposium July 27-28, designed to chart the company’s future in the context of discussing and understanding worldwide challenges.

Key speakers include Fareed Zakaria, CNN host and Washington Post contributor.

The symposium marks the Buffalo-based, family-owned company’s 70th birthday.

“Our symposium will consist of several guest speakers who will present compelling outlooks of the future, and share key trends that are expected to have a major impact on the world, our industry and certainly our company in the years to come,” said Bill Gisel, President and CEO, Rich Products. “Over the course of our two days together, we also will be providing our leaders with numerous opportunities to gather into smaller groups to contemplate the perspectives shared by our speakers and imagine what’s possible for Rich’s in the future.”

The two-day symposium will take place at Rich’s renovated Innovation Center on Niagara Street, an $18.5 million project designed to foster faster product development and customer success. With the center’s completion last year, Rich’s invested more than $88 million in its Buffalo headquarters since 2007.

The symposium’s first day will also feature a talk by Dov Seidman, author of the award-winning book, HOW:  Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, and founder, chairman and CEO of LRN, a management firm focusing on ethics and compliance; and Moira Dorsey, Vice President and Group Director of Forrester Research, one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world. Zakaria is a well-recognized and respected commentator on global events, with a special eye on how the rest of the world sees the United States.

On Tuesday, the attending leaders will volunteer at 17 local charity organizations, including West Buffalo Charter School, The Belle Center, Western New York United and Westminster Economic Development (WEDI), among others.

“A morning of volunteering will provide our global leaders the opportunity to learn more about the various charitable needs across Western New York and engage in a hands-on experience with one of 17 specific organizations supported by our company,” said Gisel.

Rich’s will also host a happy hour on Monday night at Resurgence Brewery, 1250 Niagara St., catered by various west-side area restaurants to give its global leaders a chance to experience local Buffalo favorites.

Rich’s currently employs more than 10,000 people in 100+ countries and has 1,300 employees in Buffalo, including Rich’s World Headquarters, the Buffalo Bisons, Travel Team and ROAR Logistics.