Partnership Introduces New Executive in Residence Program

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s five Economic Councils help sharpen our focus on key industries driving our regional economy and the issues most important to local employers.   

Now, the Partnership is pleased to introduce our new Executive in Residence program designed to enhance the expertise of each Council and help facilitate regular meetings held throughout the year. According to Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President & CEO of the Partnership, the Executive in Residence program is a natural next step in strengthening the reach and effectiveness of our Councils. 

“Our Councils give Partnership members a shared voice in shaping important conversations on key issues that impact our regional economy and business climate,” she explains. “The Executive in Residence program brings in additional expertise to provide even more insight and leadership from industry veterans with years of experience.” 

The Executives in Residence will serve as resources, advisors and facilitators for the Councils, sharing their experience and knowledge while helping to support collaboration and communication among Council members.

Meet the Executives 

Fred Giese  

Fred will be lead both the Manufacturers and Logistics & Transportation Councils, bringing more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and supply chain management to his role. He has served as Senior Vice President at NOCO Energy Corporation and was formerly General Manager of NOCO’s North American Lubricants division. He also served as part of NOCO’s Executive Management Leadership Group. A Certified Six-Sigma Professional, Fred has also consulted with a variety of manufacturing companies, specializing in operational efficiencies and supply chain management. 

Blair Severn  

Blair will head up the Partnership’s CanAm Council, sharing a diverse range of experiences as a business educator and consultant for companies in the United States and Canada. He is Co-founder and Chairman of the enabling ideas® Community of experts, a North American management consultancy and extended membership Community of best-in-class professional service providers. Blair is also President and Managing Partner of the Toronto based strategy consultancy Azure Corporation. 

The Partnership is grateful for the support and commitment of these outstanding business professionals. We are in the process of establishing the Executives in Residence for the Development Advisory Council and the Diversity & Inclusion Council and will introduce them in a future post. 

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