Below is information about our 2019 speakers.
Food and Beverage Services Leader, Marcum LLP
Louis Biscotti is the national leader of Marcum's Food and Beverage Services group. He has been an entrepreneurial leader in accounting for over 40 years.
Mr. Biscotti has focused his efforts on improving his clients' growth and profitability and has guided many companies in their development from small emerging entities into organizations worth hundreds of millions of dollars. While his clients represent a variety of industries, he is particularly well known for his work in manufacturing and distribution, especially with food and beverage companies.
Mr. Biscotti's multi-disciplinary background as a CPA with an MBA that includes an advanced study in manufacturing, systems analysis, management consulting, strategic planning and technology, and his designation as a CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional), has earned him national recognition as an accounting and business management specialist.
He is a frequent lecturer and published author on various financial and business topics. He contributes a monthly column to Forbes, on the food and beverage industry. His expert advice has also appeared in both national and local publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Long Island and New Jersey Business News, Supermarket News, and Food Dive. He is a featured panelist and speaker at local and national events, including the WCBS Annual Small Business Breakfasts, Bloomberg Radio, and the Capital Roundtable series.
Mr. Biscotti founded a series of best practice forums for food and beverage companies, which attract nearly 500 senior executives annually, as well as an annual food and beverage survey. He has been honored several times in "Who's Who in Accounting" in Long Island Business News.
An active member of many local chambers of commerce, Mr. Biscotti served as a trustee for the Foundation for Accounting Education and was a board member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). He is a former president of the Accounting Circle and an Executive Advisory Board member of St. John's, his alma mater, and Molloy College. He also serves on the advisory boards for many of his clients, where the cumulative experience of his 40 years in practice and work with nearly 1,000 companies gives those clients an invaluable edge.
Executive Vice President of Finance, Bozzuto’s Inc.
Chris is the Executive Vice President of Finance for Bozzuto's Inc. joining Bozzuto's in 2015, he brought 20 years of Wall Street expertise, industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. Prior to joining Bozzuto's, Chris was a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at Lazard Asset Management. Chris and his team built a global fixed income and equity derivative portfolio of 3.5 billion in assets. In 2010, Chris's hedge fund was recognized as the Hedge Fund of the Year by Institutional Investor.
Prior to joining Lazard, Chris served as Chief Investment Officer at Argent Funds Group, where he oversaw the Global Fixed Income and Equity Portfolio management teams. His Credit Research team was recognized as Best in Class in 2006 and 2007 by Institutional Investor. Chris also served as Managing Director for McMahan Securities where he was responsible for growing Sales & Trading, which attained record performance under his leadership.
Throughout his career he has acquired intense experience in P&L Ownership and Management. Chris has focused on investing in various companies leveraging his experience in corporate restructurings, Mergers and Acquisitions and managing teams to strengthen innovation, marketing and operational efficiency.
Chris holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor's of Science in Finance from Saint John's University.He serves as a senior advisor at Aegis Capital providing clients with operational and financial expertise. Chris holds Series 7, 55 and 63 Licenses.