Buffalo Niagara Partnership Names New Members to Organization’s Cabinet and Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 3, 2019

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Names New Members to Organization’s Cabinet and Board of Directors

BUFFALO, N.Y.—The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the regional chamber of commerce, today announced that it has named seven regional executives to its Board of Directors:

  • Lorrie A. Clemo, Ph.D., President at D’Youville College. Dr. Clemo is the 15th president of D’Youville College, having joined the institution in January 2017. A distinguished educator and community leader, Dr. Clemo has more than 25 years of experience teaching undergraduates, conducting research, and serving the community.
  • Jeremy T. Connor, Regional Vice President at GEICO. Connor is responsible for all operations in GEICO’s Buffalo, N.Y., regional office and the Marlton, N.J., claims office. Before taking on his current duties in 2018, Connor had been assistant vice president of claims in the Buffalo office since 2016.
  • Richard Hamister, Senior Vice President, New York Region President at Northwest Bank. In April 2018, Hamister was named president of Northwest’s New York Region, an area that includes 35 branches in Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Monroe counties. Hamister joined First Niagara Bank in 2005 and became part of KeyBank after the conversion in 2016.
  • Adrián Lachowski, CEO at FIFCO USA. Lachowski joined FIFCO USA in February 2018 with more than 25 years of U.S. and international general management and sales experience. He has worked with FIFCO since 2013, when he joined as general manager of the Central American Beer and Flavored Malt Beverage business.
  • Susan O’Sullivan, Vice President of U.S. Sales at Ingram Micro, Inc. In her current role, O’Sullivan is responsible for U.S. Sales including National Solution Providers, Major Accounts, Public Sector, SMB as well as Mid-Tier VAR. She joined Ingram Micro in 1990 as an assistant sales representative and has served as Sales Manager, Sr. Sales Manager, Director for National Accounts, and Director in E-Solutions, Sales Recruiting and Vendor Authorizations.
  • Thomas J. Quatroche, Jr., Ph.D., President & CEO at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). For more than 20 years, Dr. Quatroche has held executive positions in both higher education and healthcare and has been part of the ECMC family for 13 years. He was appointed President of Erie County Medical Center Corporation (ECMCC) in May 2015 and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and President in January 2016.
  • Ron Raccuia, Executive Vice President, Pegula Sports and Entertainment. In addition to his role as Executive Vice President of Licensing & Brand Merchandise, Raccuia is President and founder of ADPRO Sports, one of the nation’s largest team sports dealers and branded merchandise providers. ADPRO is a premium NFL licensee and the third-largest Nike team dealer in the United States.

Re-elected to the Board of Directors for a new term were:

  • Warren T. Colville, Publisher & President, The Buffalo News
  • Steven A. Davis, President, Tapecon, Inc.
  • Donna L. DeCarolis, President, National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation
  • James P. Domagalski, Partner, Barclay Damon, LLP
  • Matthew K. Enstice, President & CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
  • Rhonda Frederick, President & CEO, People Inc.
  • Kent P. Frey, CEO, Frey Electric Construction Co., Inc.
  • Paul R. Hojnacki, President, MacLean Curtis, LLC
  • Michael Keating, Senior Vice President, Buffalo Division, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
  • Jody L. Lomeo, President & CEO Kaleida Health/Great Lakes Health, Kaleida Health
  • David J. Murray, Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP
  • Lou P. Panzica, President & CEO, Power Drives, Inc.
  • Mary F. Roberts, Executive Director, Martin House Restoration Corp.
  • Rocco Surace, Partner, Bonadio Group
  • Michael Weiner, President & CEO United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

Including those listed above, the Partnership’s Board of Directors includes 73 regional executives from a variety of industry sectors. The Executive Committee includes Chair Arthur G. Wingerter, the President of Univera Healthcare; Vice Chairs John Scannell, the CEO & Board Chairman of Moog, Inc. and Paul V. Vukelic, President & CEO of Try-it Distributing Co., Inc. and Balkan Beverage, LLC; Treasurer Thomas R. Emmerling, Managing Partner of Dopkins & Company; and Secretary Benjamin N. Obletz, President & CEO of First Amherst Development Group, LLC.

For more information about the Board, click here.

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ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
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.
Learn more at thepartnership.org.

ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
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.


For Press Inquiries, Please Contact Grant Loomis, Vice President, Government Affairs at gloomis@thepartnership.org or 716-541-1736