Shawn Buffum

Vice President Marketing & Digital Advertising, The Buffalo News, WNY Pennysavers & Hamburg SUN

Shawn is the Advertising Director at The Buffalo News, WNY Pennysavers, and Hamburg Sun. He oversees all day-to day advertising operations including ad sales, budgeting, personnel management, and new product development. In the past year, The Buffalo News has re-launched Pennysavers in the Southern Tier (2016) and re-launched the Hamburg Sun (2017).
The Buffalo News is the primary newspaper of the Buffalo-Niagara region. The mission of The Buffalo News is to provide news and information to the community we serve, and to report it honestly, accurately and fairly. The Hamburg Sun and Erie County Independent, Hamburg’s weekly community newspaper, has been connecting readers with hometown news since 1875. The Sun, under the ownership of The Buffalo News, strives to live up to the high standards of its history and serve the varied interests of its loyal readers.

Krissy Lawerence

Hamburg High School Work-Based Learning Coordinator

Provide work-based learning opportunities to Hamburg High School students to ensure students graduate both career & college ready. This includes working closely with the Hamburg Business community to provide WBL experiences to students such as job shadows, mock interviews, career days, industry tours and internships. My role also entails directing the Hamburg Academy of Finance program and the Hamburg Academy of Finance Industry Advisory Board, Inc.. These experiences and career-ready programs help build essential employability skills which help students bridge the gap between school and work.

Jim Bitten

Owner
44 Communication Design

44 Communication Design is an advertising and marketing communications business with over 30-years experience servicing both small and large businesses. We offer a hands-on personal approach that provides a high level of client service, creativity and affordability, while working together with your marketing effort to produce a creative solution that is imaginative and effective in meeting your business objectives.
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Pam Toole

Owner, Southtown Salt Cave & Spa

Pam is the owner of Southtown Salt Cave & Spa a family run business offering halotherapy (Salt Therapy) as an avenue to reclaim your health. As a Registered Nurse, I am happy to offer a holistic option that would compliment your current medical regime. Whether it be to boost your immune system, address pain, breathing, skin, stress, other ailments or simply for the pleasure of a relaxing spa experience, we invite you to consider halotherapy.
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Vince Ricotta

V.P. of Business Development at Concept Construction Corp.

Vince is VP of Business Development for Concept Construction Corporation, a four generation commercial construction company specializing in General Construction, Design-Build and Construction Management services. He plans and directs the company’s sales initiatives and overall business development actions, implements and leads corporate branding & marketing strategies, communications and public relation initiatives. With more than 30 years of experience in sales, management and marketing, he has developed a diverse network of construction industry contacts. Active at the local, State and Federal level, he also leads the Concept Development Resource Group (CDRG), a strategic alliance of WNY industry leaders which offers essential services to support every phase of most construction efforts. A 25+ year resident of the Town of Hamburg, Vince takes both personal and professional pride in promoting and supporting future business opportunities into our area.
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Jim Eiseman

Financial Advisor
New York Life

Financial Advisor / Agent – New York Life Insurance Company – Professionally, Jim is an agent and financial advisor with the New York Life Insurance Company, helping families and businesses with their insurance, retirement, and savings needs and goals. In addition to his professional work, Jim is a current member and past-president of the Hamburg Sunrise Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors the Hamburg Natural History Society (Penn Dixie).

Ben Fantaske

Director of Operations
Key Video

I am a life-long Town of Hamburg booster and Ambassador of Business.  In my role as Director of Operations at Key Video Productions, I strive to enhance our “Quality of Life” in the Town that Friendship Built.
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Mike Farrell

Sr. Business Dev. Mgr.
Constellation Energy

Constellation provides integrated energy solutions from Electricity Supply Price Risk Management and renewable energy supply to demand-side management solutions- that help customers strategically buy, manage and use their energy.
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Molly Frank

Branch Manager
M&T Bank

Over 20 years of experience at M&T Bank providing lending and cash flow planning advice to small business owners. M&T Bank understanding what’s important for 160 years.
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Sean Doyle

Executive Director Hamburg Development Companies

Sean Doyle serves as Executive Director of the Hamburg Development Companies which provide business development incentives, land development and low interest loans to enhance employment and tax base in the Town of Hamburg, Village of Hamburg and Village of Blasdell. Sean holds 15 years’ experience in commercial real estate management and development. He holds an Master’s Degree in Business from Canisius College.
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Jennifer Houle

Executive Director
Business First of Buffalo

Business First hosts over 15 exclusive, local events that draw hundreds of business professionals. These events provide attendees excellent opportunities to build and strengthen their network.
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Emily McNulty

Marketing Manager
SERVPRO

SERVPRO is the premier emergency restoration company in the United States. SERVPRO of The Southtowns is locally owned and operated specializing in Fire Restoration, Water Mitigation, and Mold Remediation across the Western New York area.
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Katie Mika

Sr. Mgr., Advertising & Search Operations
SYNACOR

Katie is an experienced, internet and social savvy digital marketing professional with over 10 years of online marketing & advertising experience, including strategy planning as well as a strong background in cross-functional team leadership & program management. Her core competencies include a comprehensive understanding of the online marketing industry & associated technologies, project planning & management, technical communication skills & strategy design & specification to achieve revenue goals coupled with exceptional user experience.

Keith Wesolowki

Owner, Wesolowski Law Group

Keith R. Wesolowski is an attorney licensed to practice law in New York State, Tennessee, the District of Columbia, and the Seneca Nation. Keith graduated from Yale University and the College of William & Mary School of Law. Keith’s current practice focuses on small and micro-businesses, and he regularly assists entrepreneurs who seek a counsel fluent in sophisticated transactions and sympathetic to small business challenges. Keith’s areas of practice include start-ups, business formation/incorporation, corporate governance and compliance, contracts, franchise law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation, and business succession planning. He also assists clients with wills, trusts, and other estate planning matters.

Jeff Leyonmark

President, GA Leyonmark Insurance

As owner and principal of GA Leyonmark Insurance Services, Inc., a full service risk management firm specializing in property and casualty insurance, I help families and businesses mitigate risk with comprehensive insurance coverage.
I am a business and community leader with a passion for building relationships with people. I consider myself a connector of people, serving as a “change agent” for growth and prosperity in the community in which I live.

Holly Smycznski

Sr. Marketing Director
Erie County Agricultural Society

Holly’s position entails conducting duties related to advertising and marketing for in-house agency; design and execution of marketing collateral; coordinate direct mailings, coordination of sponsorship sales and fulfillment; coordinate the marketing campaign for the annual Erie County Fair, Festival of Lights and WNY Farm Show; design of printed collateral material; creative writing style for feature articles in various publications. Create and monitor social media outlets on a regular basis. Assist in media relations year-round for the Fairgrounds including preparing media releases, fact sheets and email blasts. Hire, train and supervise 10 Media Escorts used for duration of Erie County Fair. Utilize all media outlets available in dispensing appropriate information about various changes, events and promotions.

Shannon Traphagen

Associate Publisher
Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine

Buffalo Healthy Living is the largest WNY free monthly healthy living publication, providing timely and engaging content on social, physical, emotional, financial and environmental health topics.
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Steve Wischmann

President/CEO
Horizon Performance Solutions

Horizon Performance Solutions is a leadership and organizational development consulting company providing leadership training, organizational design assistance, team facilitation, executive coaching, and performance support to assist organizations in realizing their best success.
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