BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Forty-six Western New York business owners,
operators and high-level managers have graduated from the Center
for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Core program in the University
at Buffalo School of Management.
The graduation ceremony was held June 14 at the Center for
Tomorrow on the UB North Campus. Speakers included Arjang A. Assad,
dean of the School of Management; Marnie LaVigne, UB associate vice
president for economic development; Edward Tierney, managing
partner, BlackDog Strategy & Brand and chair of the CEL
Advisory Board; and Paul Buckley, president of Applied Sciences
Group Inc. and chair of the CEL Alumni Association.
Core program graduates completed a 10-month program for
experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders who wish to grow,
refocus or better manage their businesses. They performed an
in-depth analysis of their own businesses while developing
expertise in key areas such as strategic planning, employee
relations, capital acquisition and marketing.
The CEL graduates are:
Raymond Bednarski, vice president, Kideney Architects P.C.;
Frank Cannata, executive director, Riviera Theatre and Organ
Preservation Society; Christopher Carpenter, COO, JR Products/Roba
& Associates; Carmel Cerullo-Beiter, vice president/partner, J.
Fitzgerald Group; Jody Chesko, treasurer/vice president; Niagara
County Produce Inc.; Penny Cipolla, president, Innovative Realty
Services Inc.; Ethan Cole, rector, Calvary Episcopal Church;
Christine Collins, vice president, Collins Advisors LLC; Jennifer
Cooper, president, Cooper Sign Co. Inc. and Old Glory Flag &
Also, James Domres, senior vice president/COO, DIGITS LLC;
Nicholas Fasolino, vice president, operations, Alternative Rubber
& Plastics Inc.; Aaron Fox, vice president, operations,
Globalquest Solutions Inc.; Alicia Graser, sales and marketing
manager, William's Florist & Gift House; Adam Hageman,
president, Empire Towing and Recovery Inc.; Derek Howe, president,
HDS Industrial Design & Drafting Inc.; Dharshan Jayasinghe,
managing partner, StraussGroup; Marty Kearns, business manager,
SuperUser Technologies Inc.; John Krouse, president, Boston Valley
Terra Cotta; Michael McCartney, president/CEO, DIGITS LLC.
Also, Robert Meissner, managing partner, Cornerstone Capital
Wealth Management Inc.; Jennifer Murphy, vice president,
marketing/COO, NetPlus Alliance; Janet Owczarczak, vice president,
Employer Services Corp.; John Paget, president, Paget Films;
Michelle Parker, first assistant county attorney, Office of the
Erie County Attorney; Joshua Penfold, CEO, The Penfold Group LLC;
Jon Powers, president, Day & Night Plumbing Co. LLC; Rhonda
Ricks, president/CEO, Inclusion Development Associates Inc.; Sarah
Robitaille-Kubiak, vice president/associate broker, Robitaille Real
Estate; Peter Roe, manager, Ace Flag Company.
Also, Todd Schmigel, president, Buffalo Geothermal Heating;
David Shatzel, general manager/owner, Brennan's Bowery Bar &
Restaurant; Michael Shatzel, owner, Coles; Adam Shine, vice
president, Manitoba Corp.; Heather Sidorowicz, vice president,
Southtown Audio Video; Shandra Spicer, president/CEO, S & W
Contracting of WNY Inc.; James Sproull, partner, Genesis Payment
Processing Group; Lisa Stefanie, president, TripleTrack; Melissa
Tocha, attorney, Melissa A. Tocha Attorney at Law; Teresa
Tramposch, president, Core Environmental;
Also, Christopher Tryjankowski, vice president, PCS Plumbing
& Heating Inc.; Brad Wagner, managing partner, IanPage Services
LLC; Mark Wisz, vice president, OtherWisz Creative Corp., Michael
Wittman, vice president, Metal Preparations Co. Inc.; Matthew
Wolfe, general manager, Tri-Main Development LLC; Christopher
Wopperer, sales representative, Thermal Foams Inc.; and Chris Zak,
program manager, Buffalo Computer Graphics.
Mark Wisz and Michelle Parker received the Taylor Kew Award, for
their outstanding commitment to the CEL program as demonstrated by
their personal growth and contribution to their respective
Established in 1987, the UB Center for Entrepreneurial
Leadership promotes business growth through leadership development
and experiential learning.
"The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership provides a crucial
link between these businesses and the School of Management," said
Thomas Ulbrich, executive director of the CEL. "The relationship
building and sharing of expertise that takes place in the core
program are invaluable to both the school and participants."
More than 900 CEL alumni employ more than 22,000 Western New
Yorkers, and their businesses are worth more than $2 billion to the
local economy. For more information, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu/cel or
contact the CEL at 716-885-5715 or email@example.com.
The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on
real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global
perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The school has
been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times, Forbes,
U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal for the
quality of its programs and the return on investment it provides
its graduates. For more information about the UB School of
Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.