The popular Express/Press Sessions events will go virtual this week for the first time, with plans to continue important conversations even while social distancing policies make group gatherings impossible. Instead, using the Zoom videoconferencing platform, the Express News Group will hold an interactive webinar discussion titled “Weathering The Storm: Key Tips for Bringing Back East End Business” on Thursday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

The panel will include a group of local experts: attorney and leadership expert Joe Campolo of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP; financial consultant Rocco Carriero; Kevin O’Connor, the CEO of BNB Bank; and John Tortorella, a well-known and successful local business owner.

The discussion will focus on local businesses, the struggles, the successes, and how to survive and ramp back up for the summer season. Following the format of the Express/Press Sessions, there will be an extensive question-and-answer period involving the audience. The discussion will be moderated by Joseph Shaw, executive editor of the Express News Group, which publishes The Southampton Press, The East Hampton Press, The Sag Harbor Express, and the websites and

“The Press and Express Sessions were designed to bring the community together to discuss important topics, and while we can’t come together for lunch right now, it’s more important than ever that we facilitate these discussions and encourage leaders in their respective fields to join us in a virtual setting,” said Gavin Menu, co-publisher of the Express News Group.

He added, “There is so much uncertainly around the health crisis, and not a single person or business has been unaffected. Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy, and they are hurting right now. We are hoping to provide some guidance and best practices for a path forward. We’re hoping people join us, tell their stories and contribute to the conversation.”

The event is free, but space is limited. Register here.