UB names Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc., the No. 1 business in inaugural Fast 46 competition

Fast 46 winner Buffalo Construction Consultants and UB President Satish K. Tripathi.

Joseph Mannarino (center, holding trophy), president of Buffalo Construction Consultants Inc., and his team pose with UB President Satish K. Tripathi after winning UB's Fast 46 competition. Photo: Heather Bellini Photography

By Barbara Byers

Release Date: October 5, 2021

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Portrait of Cynthia Khoo-Robinson.
“This competition was inspired by Buffalo’s economic resurgence, the strength of the business community and the entrepreneurs who have come out of UB. ”
Cynthia Khoo-Robinson, associate vice president for alumni engagement and annual giving
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has named Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc., as the fastest-growing business owned or led by an alumnus or former student during the inaugural Fast 46 celebration, held Sept. 30.

More than 300 organizations were nominated for the award; of the finalists, 20 were from Western New York, 25 were U.S. companies outside Western New York, and four were located outside the U.S.

The Fast 46 competition is named in honor of UB’s founding in 1846 with a mission to recognize successful businesses led or owned by UB alumni or former students. In addition to the 46 fastest-growing businesses, three new startup companies were selected as 3 Under 3 recipients.

“This competition was inspired by Buffalo’s economic resurgence, the strength of the business community and the entrepreneurs who have come out of UB,” said Cynthia Khoo-Robinson, associate vice president for alumni engagement and annual giving. “Fast 46 is a unique way for our successful business leaders to compete for a ranking among their peers.”

The Fast 46 verification firm, The Bonadio Group, analyzed three years of financial data provided by each company and determined the ranking. Based on their analysis, Buffalo Construction Consultants, Inc., led by Joseph Mannarino, PhD ’01, MBA ’90, BS ’88, was named the fastest-growing business as confirmed by revenue growth rates.

The full-service construction management firm serves clients across Western New York and has earned new project awards in excess of $900 million over the last four years.

“It is very fulfilling for me to have our team recognized,” said Mannarino. “I’m a UB guy through and through, and the education I received helped pave the way for our company’s success. We’re honored to have been ranked No. 1 in the Fast 46 competition, and I congratulate the rest of the finalists for their tremendous success as well.”

“It’s been a pleasure partnering with UB on this initiative, and we are honored to have served as the official verification firm of the competition,” said Denise Neamon, partner, The Bonadio Group. “On behalf of everyone at our firm, we congratulate the recipients on their success and wish them continued growth in the years to come.”

In addition to support from The Bonadio Group, Fast 46 was sponsored by Bank on Buffalo, KeyBank, HoganWillig, and Lippes, Mathias.

Visit the Fast 46 website for more information about the competition, including a full list of finalists.

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