The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is pleased to present the 2019 BN360 Spotlight Professionals, sponsored by Alpine Films. Each year, BN360 highlights 12 up-and-coming young professionals who strive for professional growth and development, care for their community, and are passionate about the future of the Buffalo Niagara region. Meet Brian Junke, the Spotlight Professional for October 2019.
Proprietor/Restaurateur | Lock 34 Bar & Grill and 80 Main Banquet & Catering
First Job Out of School
Brian’s first job out of school ended up leading to ownership. After starting out as a bar back for a restaurant/bar, Brian worked his way up to manager, and then he went on to purchase the business. That restaurant and bar is now Lock 34.
Greatest Professional Win
Despite owning two businesses, Brian’s greatest professional win to date is being selected as a 2019 BN360 Spotlight Professional.
Best Piece of Professional Advice
Persistence is key in business and in life.
Brian is an active member of the Buffalo Niagara Community. He is invovled with:
- Kiwanis Club
- Lockport Business Association/Lockport Main Street
- Sponsoring local sports teams/supporting local schools and fundraisers
- Thurman Thomas Family Foundation
- Tony Nemi Sportsman League
Thoughts on Living and Working in Buffalo Niagara
“It is an exciting time for our region, and I am hoping to be a part of the sustainability and growth. This area is filled with many treasures and the strong sense of community is unprecedented. It is truly a place of good neighbors. I hope we continue to thrive!”
On Being a Spotlight Professional
“It came as quite a surprise. I think sometimes small business owners get so busy working day-in and day-out that we lose sight of the bigger picture. It is exciting to meet other people and to learn from one another. I am truly humbled and honored.”