BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Fifty-one experienced regional entrepreneurs
are poised to move their businesses forward after graduating from
the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Core program in the
University at Buffalo School of Management.
For the first time, on June 5 at UB’s Center for the Arts,
the CEL hosted one joint graduation ceremony for four of its
Arjang Assad, dean of the UB School of Management, delivered
opening remarks and introduced the keynote speaker, Tilmon Brown,
president and chief operating officer at New Horizons Baking Co.
Thomas Ulbrich, executive director of the CEL, served as master of
The Western New York business leaders who graduated from the
Core program completed a 10-month, peer-driven, mentor-based course
of study to help 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.
“For 26 years, the Core program has empowered
entrepreneurs to overcome business challenges and develop
meaningful connections within the business community,” says
Ulbrich. “The 51 entrepreneurs in this year’s class
play a vital role in our community by creating jobs and
invigorating the local economy through entrepreneurial development.
We are proud to be able to support them through this
The CEL Core graduates are:
Stefan Balint, Sampla Belting NA LLC, Lackawanna; Allie Balling,
Allieway Marketing Services, Buffalo; Charles Barrett, Quad-B
Systems LLC, Tonawanda; John Becker Jr., HB&O Funding Co.,
Orchard Park; William Benedict, NE Business Systems Inc., Eden;
Kathy Benzinger, Benzinger’s Dry Cleaning, Hamburg; Kevin
Bieler, Bieler Janitorial, Orchard Park; Timothy Boling, Cradle
Beach, Angola; John Bradley, Alcott HR Group, Williamsville; Renee
Cerullo, RLComputing LLC, Cheektowaga; Russell Cirino, Bison City
Truck Parts Inc., Buffalo.
Also, Nicholas Cortese, Cortese Construction Services, Clarence;
Dmitry Dedovets, Dalex Construction Inc., North Tonawanda; Frank
DiMaria, Frank’s Commercial and Home Services, Tonawanda;
Vincent DiStefano, Merrill Lynch, Buffalo; Sean Dwyer, Health
Force, Cheektowaga; Jason Fedus, Online Auto Connection & WNY
Dream Cars, West Seneca; Rosanne Frandina, Frandina Engineering and
Land Surveying PC, Buffalo; Sandra Grunzweig, Marilla Country Store
Inc., Marilla; Daniel Hawrylczak, Dan Hawrylczak State Farm Agency,
Buffalo; William Hibbard, Engineered Facility Solutions Inc.,
Also, Dan Hughes, Image Supply Source Inc., Tonawanda; Jonathan
Kaye, Wilmack Media LLC, Williamsville; Steven Kempf, Davis-Ulmer
Sprinkler Co. Inc., Amherst; Konstantinos Kentros, The Barrel
Restaurant, Fort Erie, Ontario; Keith Krollman, Intense Industries
Inc., Buffalo; Joy Kuebler, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect PC,
North Tonawanda; Douglas Levere, Print Collection, Buffalo; Anthony
Mangano, Vin-Chet Bakery, Snyder; Sean McGinley, Envisions,
Clarence; Todd Miller, DataSol Inc., Clarence.
Also, Mary Murphy, M. F. Murphy Insurance Agency Inc., Lockport;
Christopher Naugle, ROI Financial Group, Williamsville; Lisa
Nowakowski, Turning Point Behavior, Springville; Thecly Ortolani,
Ted’s Jumbo Red Hots Inc., Amherst; Sherry Preziuso, Fierce
Fitness LLC, Buffalo; Jeffrey Price, Price Trucking Corp., Buffalo;
Jeffrey Reed, Mount Calvary Cemetery Group, Cheektowaga; Brian
Ritter, Zenner & Ritter Inc., Buffalo; Kevin Scherf, Habitat
for Humanity, Buffalo; LaMont Singletary, ABC Cleaning Services
Also, Mark Subjeck, Online Auto Connection, West Seneca; Tami
Treutlein, Speech Language & Communication Associates,
Williamsville; Frank Vacanti Jr., Weatherpanel Inc., Buffalo;
Joseph Vanderbosch, On Call Computer Solutions Inc., Williamsville;
Robert Vezina Jr., Life Safety, Buffalo; Richard Williams, Image
Supply Source Inc., Tonawanda; Walter Wolanske, Walter Medical
Inc., Buffalo; Richard Workman Jr., Southside Precast Products,
Buffalo; Gregory Young, Performance Advantage Co., Lancaster; and
Michael Young, Empire Building Diagnostics, Depew.
In addition, Keith Krollman, owner of Intense Industries Inc.,
received the Taylor Kew Award, which recognizes a graduating
student for entrepreneurial excellence and exemplifying the
principles for which the late Kew stood. An energetic advocate for
the CEL, Kew created and operated several companies and donated his
time to several civic organizations before his tragic death in a
seaplane crash in 1992.
Applications are now open for the next CEL Core program, set to
begin this fall. The CEL also is accepting applications for the
next Advanced Core program, a 10-month, mentor-based forum slated
to begin this fall that helps Core graduates implement and execute
the plans they developed during the Core program. For more
information or to apply, contact the CEL at 716-885-5715 or email@example.com.
Established in 1987, the CEL provides participants with
individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship. More
than 1,200 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 mgt.buffalo.edu/cel.
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 also
has been ranked by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Financial Times,
Forbes and U.S. News & World Report 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 mgt.buffalo.edu.