UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Names 26 to Advisory Board

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: August 18, 2009 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Twenty-six individuals have been named to the 2009-10 advisory board of the University at Buffalo School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL).

David A. Cervi, president, Personal Touch Food Service, will serve as chair of the advisory board, with John Cinquino, first vice president, First Niagara Bank, serving as vice chair.

The additional advisory board members are: Arjang A. Assad, dean, UB School of Management; David Berghash, CEO, Shield Mfg.; Francine Brooks, president, FB Displays & Designs; James A. Cardone, president, Moneyplex Group; Mary Lee Collins-Sanborn, president, Collins Advisors; Deborah DiMatteo, vice president, M&T Bank; Kathy Egan, vice president, Snyder Corp.; Mitch Flynn, president/creative director, Flynn & Friends; Joan Graci, president, APA Solutions; Gerald Hace, president, Gooding Co.; Laurie Irish Jones, CEO, Irish Welding Supply Corp.; Ralph Jeswald, partner, Dopkins & Co.; Chuck Koller, partner, Clark & Koller, CPAs; Jeff Kryszak, president/CEO, K-TECHnologies; Gerald Mazurkiewicz, partner, Dopkins & Co.; Paul Niedzialowski; Thomas A. Palmer, partner, Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel; Mel E. Passarelli, vice president, North American Operations, Attunity; Robert P. Simpson, Esq., Simpson & Simpson; Edward Tierney, director of marketing, BlackDog Strategy & Brand; Thomas R. Ulbrich, executive director, UB Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership; Frederick B. Saia, president, Oneida Sales & Services; Brian Savage, regional controller, NY Region, Allstate Insurance Company; and Courtney Walsh, assistant dean, UB Center for Executive Development.

The UB School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurship has been assisting area entrepreneurs for more than 21 years. Nearly 700 CEL alumni employ more than 22,000 Western New Yorkers, and their businesses are worth more than $2 billion to the local economy. In addition to its Core and Strategic Entrepreneurship programs, the center offers a CEL Hi-Tech program for early-stage life sciences companies, the Henry A. Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition for students and recent graduates, and the Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs program.

For more information about the CEL, contact Thomas Ulbrich, executive director, at 716-885-5715 or visit http://mgt.buffalo.edu/cel.

The Wall Street Journal has ranked the UB School of Management No. 9 in the nation among schools with strong regional recruiting bases. In addition, BusinessWeek has ranked the school as one of the country's top 5 business schools for the fastest return on MBA investment, and Forbes has cited 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 and 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 Universities.