2015 Power 250

Buffalo Business First’s Power 250 recognizes the 250 most influential people in Western New York.

The list, limited to people who live and work in Western New York, was announced in five installments. The last announcement went out on Friday, Feb. 13.

We are honored and proud that our own President and CEO, Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, came in at No. 24 in the list.

43 north photo of buffaloWe are also proud to recognize a number of Buffalo Niagara Partnership members and board members that, according to Buffalo Business First’s definition of the Power 250, “wield the most clout in our eight-county region”.

Partnership Board members:

  • Art Wingerter, President, Univera Healthcare
  • Cathy Walker, President/CEO, Seneca Gaming Corp.
  • Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President/CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • David Anderson, President/CEO, HealthNow New York Inc.
  • David Nasca, President/CEO, Evans Bancorp Inc.
  • Dennis Elsenbeck, Buffalo/Niagara Regional Director, National Grid
  • Dennis Penman, Executive Vice President, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.
  • Donna Fernandes, President/CEO, Zoological Society of Buffalo Inc.
  • Father James Maher, President, Niagara University
  • Frank Curci, President/CEO, Tops Markets LLC
  • Gary Crosby, President/CEO, First Niagara Financial Group Inc.
  • Gary Quenneville, Regional Sales Executive, New York State Region, KeyBank N.A.
  • Jody Lomeo, President/CEO, Kaleida Health and Great Lakes Health System of Western New York
  • John Hurley, President, Canisius College
  • John Scannell, Chairman/CEO, Moog Inc.
  • Kent Frey, CEO, Frey Construction Corp. Inc.
  • Kevin Murphy, Buffalo Market President, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
  • Kevin Quinn, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Banking, HSBC Bank USA N.A.
  • Kimberley Minkel, Executive Director, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
  • Mark Czarnecki, President/CEO, M&T Bank
  • Mark Hamister, Chairman/CEO, The Hamister Group Inc.
  • Matthew Enstice, President/CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • Michael Cropp, President/CEO, Independent Health
  • Michael Keating, Senior Vice President/Buffalo Division, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.
  • Michael Montante, Vice President, Uniland Development Co.
  • Michael Weiner, President/CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Paul Snyder, Chairman, Snyder Corp.
  • Randall Clark, Chairman, Dunn Tire Inc.
  • Robert Gioia, President, The John R. Oishei Foundation
  • Satish Tripathi, President, University at Buffalo
  • Thomas Kucharski, President/CEO, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise
  • Warren T. Colville, President/Publisher, The Buffalo News

Partnership members:

  • Allegra Jaros, President, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo
  • Anne Curtis, President/CEO, UBMD
  • Anthony Conte, President, Shea’s Performing Arts Center
  • Barbara Carr, Executive Director, SPCA Serving Erie County
  • Barry Snyder, Director, Seneca Gaming Corp.
  • Brenda McDuffie, Chairman, Erie County Industrial Development Agency
  • Candace Johnson, President/CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Carl Montante, President/Managing Director, Uniland Development Co.
  • Cheryl Klass, Senior Vice President for Operations, Kaleida Health
  • Chris Sansone, Quality Systems Manager, Keller Technology Corp.
  • Christopher Koch, CEO, New Era Cap Co. Inc.
  • Daniel White, Athletic Director, University at Buffalo
  • David Hart, President/CEO, Hart Hotels Inc.
  • David McNamara, Managing Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP
  • Dennis Black, Vice President for University Life and Sciences, University at Buffalo
  • Dennis Walczyk, CEO, Catholic Charities of Buffalo
  • Dottie Gallagher-Cohen,President/CEO, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
  • Doug Swift, Developer/Partner, Larkin Development Group
  • Doug Whaley, General Manager, Buffalo Bills
  • Frank McGuire, Chairman, The McGruire Group
  • Gary Miller, Co-Chairman/CEO, Cannon
  • Howard Zemsky, Managing Partner, Taurus Capital Partners LLC
  • Jack Quinn, President, Erie Community College
  • Jake Schneider, President, Schneider Development
  • James Allen, Executive Director, Amherst Industrial Development Agency
  • James Dentinger, President, McGuire Development Co.
  • James Klyczek, President, Niagara County Community College
  • James Newman, President, Noco Energy Corp.
  • James Wadsworth, Partner, Hodgson Russ LLP
  • Janne Siren, Director, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Jeremy Jacobs, Chairman, Delaware North
  • Jerry Jacobs Jr., co-CEO, Delaware North
  • Jim Kelly, Former Quarterback, Buffalo Bills
  • Jim Toeliner, President/General Manager, WGRZ-TV
  • JoAnn Falletta, Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • John Amershadian, President, Hodgson Russ LLP
  • John Koelmel, Chairman, New York Power Authority
  • John Percy, President/CEO, Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.
  • John Walsh III, Chairman/CEO, Walsh Duffield Inc.
  • Joseph McDonald, President/CEO, Catholic Health System
  • Katherine Conway-Turner, President, SUNY Buffalo State
  • Kevin O’Connell, Chief Weather Anchor, WGRZ-TV
  • L. Nelson Hopkins III, President, Gates Vascular Institute
  • Lisa Wilson, Executive Sports Editor, The Buffalo News
  • Lou Billittier Jr., Owner, Chef’s Restaurant
  • Louis Ciminelli, Chairman/CEO, LPCiminelli Inc.
  • Louis Jacobs, co-CEO, Delaware North
  • Mark Croce, President, Buffalo Development Corp.
  • Mark Mortenson, President/CEO, Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Mary Jean Jakubowski, Director, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Maureen Hurley, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Rich Products Corp.
  • Merle Whitehead, President/CEO, RealtyUSA
  • Michael Cain, Vice President for Health Sciences, University at Buffalo
  • Michael Connelly, Editor/Vice President, The Buffalo News
  • Nick Sinatra, President, Sinatra and Co. Real Estate
  • Patrick Whalen, CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • Paul Cambria, Senior Partner, Lipsitz Green Scime, Cambria LLP
  • Paul Ciminelli, President/CEO, Ciminelli Real Estate Corp.
  • Paul Iskalo, President/CEO, Iskalo Development
  • Peter Bergmann, President/CEO, Sisters of Charity Hospital
  • Peter Gundermann, President/CEO, Astronics Corp.
  • Peter Hunt, Chairman/CEO, Hunt Real Estate Corp
  • Peter Marlette, Managing Partner, Damon Morey LLP
  • Rene Jones, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, M&T Bank
  • Rex Ryan, Head Coach, Buffalo Bills
  • Rhonda Frederick, President/CEO, People Inc.
  • Richard Cleland, COO and Interim CEO, Erie County Medical Center
  • Richard Malone, Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
  • Rick Hoagland, Regional Vice President, Geico
  • Rick Smith III, Owner, Rigidized Metals Corp.
  • Robert Brady, Former Chairman, MOOG Inc.
  • Robert Kresse, Counsel, Hiscock & Barclay LLP
  • Robert Stevenson, President, Eastman Machine Co.
  • Robert Wilmers, Chairman/CEO, M&T Bank
  • Rocco Termini, President, Signature Development Buffalo LLC
  • Rod Watson, Urban Affairs Columnist, The Buffalo News
  • Ronald Raccuia, President, AdPro Integrity Office
  • Ronald Silverio, President, Evergreen Health Services
  • Ronald Tanski, President/CEO, National Fuel Gas Co.
  • Russ Brandon, President, Buffalo Bills
  • Samuel Savarino, President/CEO, Savarino Cos.
  • Scott Bieler, President, West Herr Automotive Group
  • Shelley Drake, President, M&T Charitable Foundation
  • Steven Weathers, President/CEO, Erie County Industrial Development Agency
  • Ted Black, President, Buffalo Sabres
  • Ted Nolan, Head Coach, Buffalo Sabres
  • Thomas Beecher Jr., Chair Emeritus, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • Thomas Montante, CEO/Principal, TM Montante Group
  • Tim Murray, General Manager, Buffalo Sabres
  • Timothy Tevens, President/CEO, Columbus McKinnon Corp.
  • Tony Masiello, President, Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates
  • Virginia Horvath, President, SUNY Fredonia
  • William Gisel Jr., President/CEO, Rich Products Corp.
  • William Joyce, Chairman, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
  • William Lawley, Jr., Managing Partner, Lawley Insurance
  • William Paladino, CEO/Chairman, Ellicott Development Co.

Congratulations to all of our members!

To join the ranks of the Power 250 and become a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, email Molly McGowan, our New Business Development Manager, or call her at (716)541-1703.

To view the entire list of businesses that were recognized, visit Buffalo Business First.