The Emerging Business Leaders' Advisory Board meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Amherst Chamber of Commerce office. Board members come from diverse range of industries including communications, law, human resources, health care, marketing, new media, sales, and finance.
Chairman: Mark Walter, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
Vice Chairman: Matthew Pelkey, Anspach Law
Treasurer: Matthew Smyczynski, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Lisa Liebzeit, Canisius College
- Jessica Andrews, Summit Educational Resources
- Emily Ciraolo, National Fuel
- Allison Conte, Eric Mower & Associates
- Shawn Gingerich, M&T Bank
- Jonathan Hager, The Home Depot
- Joseph Heins, Phillips Lytle LLP
- Erin Johnson, Ingram Mico
- Daniel Keating, National Grid
- Steve Kimmel-Hurt, Superior Group
- Sean Macaluso, The Mac Groups, Inc.
- Nick Magnini, Ryan Homes
- Amity Mann, UNYTS
- Michelle McNamara, New Era Cap Co.
- Matthew Pelkey, Anspach Law
- Joseph Polniak, Damon Morey LLP
- Matthew Smyczynski, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
- Mark Walter, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
- Rebecca Wantuck, Hearing Evaluation Services
- Mark Wolbert, Hylan Asset Management
The Emerging Business Leaders advisory board is committed to serving professionals by providing resources for development. Members of the advisory board encompass the traits as defined in the Emerging Business Leaders Characteristics of a Leader document. Advisory board members are invested in Western New York and the success of the region's young professionals. The advisory board is committed to being comprised of a diverse group of industry professionals.
In addition, they shall adhere to the following requirements:
1. Advisory Board members serve a two year term with a maximum of three consecutive terms and commit to the below:
a. Attend seven of ten meetings annually
b. Attend one Food for Thought meal annually
c. Attend the majority of the Emerging Business Leaders special events
d. Participate on one of the board's active sub-committees
In addition to the above requirements, new members to the advisory board serve a six month introductory period. Introductory members are allowed one excused absence from monthly advisory board meetings. Members are required to attend at least three EBL events within this time frame. At the end of this introductory period, new members will meet with the leadership of the advisory board to discuss any concerns or questions before moving forward.
2. Members of the advisory board have the support of their employer to be actively engaged within the organization. If self-employed, advisory board members will commit time and energy away from their business to ensure the group's continued success.
3. Advisory board members are required to be a member in good standing of either the Amherst Chamber of Commerce or the Emerging Business Leaders. Non-chamber advisory board members shall not exceed three individuals.
4. Advisory board members act as an ambassador for Emerging Business Leaders - sharing and promoting the good work our organization does among colleagues, professional networks, friends and the community as a whole.
5. Emerging Business Leaders advisory board members are expected to stay up-to-date on the happenings of the organization and will seek out additional information when needed.
The characteristics listed above encompass the criteria for members of the Emerging Business Leaders advisory board. If advisory board members do not fulfill their commitments to the organization, they should expect the board chair to call and discuss their responsibilities with them.