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August 14, 2023

Ian Gattie
VP, Marketing & Programs

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Elects Officers and New Members to Its Board of Directors

Regional Business Leaders Join Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Board

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization, is pleased to announce recent changes to its Board of Directors and Officers of the chamber.

  • Chair, John Scannell, Board, Moog Corporation
  • Vice Chair and Secretary, Jonathan Dandes, Rich Products Corporation
  • Vice Chair, Donna DeCarolis, President, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation
  • Vice Chair, Gregory Duval, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Regional Executive & Managing Director, Great Lakes Region
  • Treasurer, Thomas Emmerling, Dopkins & Company LLP

BNP members elected eight new regional executives to its Board of Directors:

  • Yves-Richard Blanc, President and Chief Photographer, Blanc Global Dynamism, LLC
  • Trina Burruss, President & CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Betsy Constantine, President & CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Kevin J. Cross, Managing Partner & Chairman, Lippes Mathias LLP
  • Joseph DeFazio, President & CEO, Principal, Wendel
  • Colleen Heidinger, President, 43North
  • Patty Kaminski, Sr. Vice President, Buffalo Division, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • Darren J. King, Senior Executive Vice President, M&T Bank Corp.

“Their vast expertise from various sectors, including public, private, and nonprofit, will undoubtedly enrich our organization and contribute to our mission of fostering a stronger and more vibrant regional economy,” said Dottie Gallagher, President and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

To see the complete listing of board members, visit

2023-24 New Board Members (2)

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the area’s regional chamber of commerce and privately-funded economic development organization. Partnership members employ more than a quarter of a million people in the Buffalo Niagara region. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara through advocacy, business development, and convening.