Joshua H. Heintz

Joshua H. HeintzChairman, BBI Board of Advisors, Esq., L'69

Joshua H. Heintz has retired from the law firm of Gilberti Stinziano Heintz & Smith, P.C., in Syracuse, New York, where he practiced for 31 years concentrating on a wide variety of energy, commercial and industrial development projects, including brownfield redevelopment, power generation, solid waste management and surface mining facilities.  Mr. Heintz also serves as a trustee to Syracuse University and is the former Chair of the Syracuse University College of Law Board of Advisors.  Mr. Heintz is currently a member of the Board of Directors to the Global Universal Design Commission, Inc., a member of the Board of Directors of the Robert H. Jackson Center, and serves as the co-chair of the Advisory Board for The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University.

Mr. Heintz is passionate about disability rights advocacy, specifically inclusive design, and developing buildings and environments to ensure universal accessibility.  In 2006 and 2007, Mr. Heintz initiated and organized the American Dream Forums I and II events which engaged nationally-recognized experts in the areas of design, technology, finance, marketing, and development in an unprecedented level of dialogue and debate on the possibility of developing and marketing universal design concepts.  In August 2007, Mr. Heintz was a sponsor and presenter at the Syracuse University Whitman School of Management’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, a first-of-its-kind program to train and empower disabled veterans to create and sustain an entrepreneurial venture.  In the fall of 2010, at a global conference on technology and innovation for people with disabilities in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Mr. Heintz delivered the keynote address on “Universalizing Universal Design.”  In the fall of 2011, at a conference on disability in the workplace, marketplace and supply chain, Mr. Heintz was a member of a panel on “Universal Design:  Expanding Markets and Increasing Workplace Productivity.”