BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Management
has named Thomas R. Ulbrich director of its Center for
Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).
An entrepreneur, Ulbrich is president and CEO of Ulbrich's
Garden Center and Mow More Supplies in Alden. He will be leaving
the day-to-day operations of his businesses to his general managers
as he assumes his new role in the CEL.
Ulbrich is a graduate of the UB School of Management's Executive
MBA program, as well CEL's Core program. He has remained active in
CEL, serving as reactor in the Core program, a coach in the Henry
A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition and on CEL's
Ulbrich is active in the National Federation of Independent
Business and serves as vice chair of its New York State Leadership
Council, where he advocates for small businesses and lobbies state
and federal legislative branches on small business issues.
In the community, Ulbrich is a member of several advisory boards
and councils, including the Buffalo Chapter advisory board of
Students in Free Enterprise and the board of directors of the Alden
Chamber of Commerce.
"We are very pleased to have Tom join us. The Center for
Entrepreneurial Leadership has built incredible momentum in recent
years and with Tom's experience, we are well positioned to continue
this outstanding progress," said John M. Thomas, dean of the School
Ulbrich will succeed Althea Luehrsen, now UB assistant vice
president of corporate and foundation relations.
CEL was established in 1987 to assist regional economic
development. Its 10-month Core program is designed for experienced
entrepreneurs and business leaders who wish to grow, refocus or
better manage their businesses by developing expertise in strategic
planning, employee relations, capital acquisition and
CEL also runs an advanced entrepreneurship program for Core
graduates and oversees the School of Management's Allstate Minority
and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs program and the Henry A. Panasci
Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition.
Nearly 700 CEL alumni employ more than 25,000 Western New
Yorkers and are worth nearly $3 billion to the local economy. For
more information about the CEL, call 716-885-5715 or visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu/cel.
The Wall Street Journal ranks the UB School of Management No. 9
in the nation among schools with strong regional recruiting bases.
In addition, BusinessWeek ranks the school as one of the country's
top 5 business schools for the fastest return on MBA investment,
and Forbes cites it as one of the best business schools in the U.S.
for the return on investment it provides MBA graduates. For more
information about the UB School of Management, visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system that is its largest and most comprehensive
campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic
interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and
professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at
Buffalo is a member of the Association of American