IT manager makes connections as member of Partnership’s BN360 young professionals program
Antonio Samedi works as the Information Systems Coordinator for University Pediatric Dentistry, a leading pediatric dental specialty provider with eight locations throughout Western New York. The practice has been a member of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership for several years, and partners with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine to help ensure that dental care and education are available for every child in Buffalo Niagara.
Growing up outside of New York City, Antonio came to Buffalo to attend Buffalo State College where he majored in computer information systems and played four years of basketball. Upon graduation, he received a contract to play basketball in China for a season. He then returned home but in a few months found his way back to Buffalo, taking IT positions with companies in banking and health care, before landing at University Pediatric Dentistry.
“Being part of a team most of my life, I wanted to be part of something special,” he says. “Buffalo offers the perfect opportunity to build a career and help make change happen in the community.”
Building a network
Antonio notes that the couple of years he was away from Buffalo meant he had lost some of the contacts he had made during school. A colleague at the dental practice recommended that he look into the Partnership, specifically the BN360 program, as a way to build up a network of like-minded professionals.
Not only did he join BN360, he was nominated and ultimately named one of the 2016 Spotlight Professionals in the program.
“BN360 is a very useful program for me, as it is much easier networking with people in my age range and with similar interests,” Antonio explains. “The program is also a great platform to find ways to give back and contribute to the Western New York community.”
BN360 is a very useful program for me, as it is much easier networking with people in my age range and with similar interests.
As an example, Antonio points out that, through BN360, he found a spot on a committee at Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI), a non-profit committed to helping economically-disadvantaged people who live or work in Buffalo’s west side community. He also connected with the CEO of a non-profit and is working to set up a basketball league to provide a safe, active and positive outlet for area youth.
How can the Partnership help build your business network?
Antonio Samedi and BN360 offer just one example of how the Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to deeper engagement with our members and the community. Learn more about what membership can do for your business.