Think Dutchess Announces Keynote Speaker for the Business Excellence Awards

Please welcome humorist, Jeff Havens, to Dutchess County.

Speaker to deliver keynote filled with laughter and actionable content to build stronger leadership teams.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – August 29, 2019 — Think Dutchess Alliance for Business is proud to announce the keynote speaker for the 2019 Business Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize businesses and nonprofit organizations of all sizes and industries that are making a significant economic impact in Dutchess County.


Joining the 2019 Business Excellence Awards is comedian and business growth expert, Jeff Havens. Jeff has entertained and educated over 1,000 audiences across North America and Asia combining well-researched business insights with comedy to provide serious solutions in a seriously funny way.

“It’s an honor to welcome Jeff Havens to Dutchess County” says Think Dutchess CEO, Sarah Lee. “Jeff combines a unique and entertaining approach to help us all become more effective leaders. I know he will inspire as much as he will entertain.”

“I’m so excited to be a part of this event and visit Dutchess County!” said keynote speaker Jeff Havens. “I’m honored to be in front of leaders already creating amazing innovations and cultures. I hope to energize even more teams to produce even more breakthrough results.”

Jeff’s expert business growth insight along with his energizing, entertaining, and engaging style creates an environment for real learning and lasting change. His impactful keynote speeches go in-depth on the most pressing challenges in the modern business world. Learn how to improve your leadership, solve generational issues, kickstart innovation, or perfect your customer experience — all while laughing more than ever before. Click on the photo to see more of Jeff in action.

Jeff Havens, Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards Keynote Speaker

This year’s awards celebration will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie.   This year’s winners include:

  • Small Business of the Year-Earth, Wind and Fuego
  • Large Business of the Year- S&O Construction Services
  • Innovator of the Year- Accessadoor
  • Nonprofit of the Year- Dutchess SCORE
  • The Grand Award- iPark 84
  • Special Recognition Award- Charles R. Daniels, III

Tickets are on sale now.



About Think Dutchess Alliance for Business

Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, formerly Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, is the one-stop shop for business development needs and activities in Dutchess County, New York. A business-led, nationally recognized economic development corporation, Think Dutchess’ mission is to attract, retain, and expand for-profit and not-for-profit businesses in Dutchess County. Think Dutchess’ organizational structure includes programs in business retention, expansion and attraction; financial counseling and deal structuring; zoning and permitting; commercial real estate; innovation and technology; strategic marketing and municipal advocacy. For more information about Think Dutchess Alliance for Business, visit


About Jeff Havens

Jeff Havens is not your typical business growth expert. His uncanny ability to provide actionable answers to today’s business challenges in an undeniably entertaining and impactful way has put him in front of over 1,000 eager audiences across North America and Asia. Delivering well-researched and relevant business insight is something a lot of keynote speakers do, but combining that with the entertainment value of a comedy show is not. Engaging, charismatic, and full of energy, Jeff Havens is the only business growth expert who provides serious solutions in a seriously funny way. For more information visit:






A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agency partners creating a one-stop shop for your site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking needs.