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 Jeff Rathmann, the Spotlight Professional for September 2019.
CEO | SiloCity IT
Jeff Rathmann has 10 years of IT experience working with a wide range of technologies in very diverse environments. Most of his career has been spent working in support of the Department of Defense, where he built and deployed many mission critical systems. Jeff recently returned to Buffalo after living in Maryland for the last 10 years. Jeff is now the CEO of Silo City IT, a Buffalo-headquartered cybersecurity solutions firm focused on providing cyber defense using artificial intelligence.
First Job Out of School
Jeff began his professional journey as a Systems Engineer at L-3 Communications.
Greatest Professional Win
Jeff’s greatest professional win came at a result of his work with the Department of Defense, where he deployed mission critical capabilities to fight the War on Terror.
Best Piece of Professional Advice
“I can’t think of a specific piece of advice someone has given me, but I will share one of my favorite quotes from T.S. Eliot: ‘Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.’”
Jeff is an active member of the Buffalo Niagara Community and beyond. He is involved with:
- Buffalo Niagara Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)—Chapter President
- St. Bonaventure University, Grand Bahama Island—18 mission trips
- St. Bonaventure University, WNY Cybersecurity Center
Thoughts on Living and Working in Buffalo Niagara
“I am very excited to be back in Buffalo and WNY, where most of my family still resides. Growing up in Hamburg, I’d always planned on moving back and I am proud of the incredible strides Buffalo has taken to become a great place for business, entrepreneurship, and endless opportunities. All this while staying true to its reputation as the City of Good Neighbors and keeping the heart and soul of Buffalo: the people. I am excited about the new developments and great opportunities for the city to flourish.”
On Being a Spotlight Professional
“I am honored to be nominated as a Spotlight Professional. BN360 is a great program to assist young professionals in shaping their future while enabling those to help others reach their full potential.”
- Go To Lunch Spot—Pearl Street
- Dream Vacation Location—Seychelles
- Best Buffalo Activity/Hobby—Skiing
- Favorite “Buffalo” Food—Wings