Amherst Chamber of CommerceAmherst Chamber of Commerce

Meet the Board of Directors

 

 


Chairman of the Board
- Earl V. Wells, III


The first year of my term as Chairman will simply be titled the "Year of Work," as my highest priority will be the development and implementation of our strategic plan.

 

The strategic plan is vital to the future of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce.  Our organization is going to change dramatically over the next two to three years, and we need a strategic plan to sustain the enormous success that we have experienced over the last several years.

 

The days of simply relying on one person to do all of our work is no longer sustainable.  For that matter, we need to provide Chamber staff with the appropriate resources so that they can continue meeting the needs and high expectations of our members now and in the future

 

Simply put, we need a new game plan.  The strategic plan is intended to do just that

 

I envision an organization where decisions about Chamber operations and functions are driven by our board of directors.

 

A chamber of commerce is a membership driven organization where members look to its board of directors for leadership.  It's time for our board to take the reins of leadership and prepare the Amherst Chamber of Commerce for a new era.

 

This also includes preparing the next generation of board members and getting them more involved in this process so that when our board transitions to new leadership it can be done seamlessly.

 

The Emerging Business Leaders is a critical partner in this endeavor and together we will develop and implement a strategic plan that will keep the Amherst Chamber of Commerce a relevant membership organization for years to come.

 

I have high expectations for our Executive Committee, our board of directors and the Emerging Business Leaders and I know you will not let our organization down. If we are all working together then we cannot fail.

 

 

2017 Executive Committee 


 
Earl V. Wells, III

Chairman of the Board

e3communications


Colleen C. DiPirro

President/CEO

Amherst Chamber of Commerce


Mark Gaulin

First Vice Chair
Personal Computers, Inc.


Peter Petralla
Second Vice Chair

Kaleida Health

 


 

 

 

 

 

Carolyn Valenti

Treasurer
Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub, LLP


Laura Zaepfel
Secretary

Uniland Development 
Company


Donna DeCarolis*
National Fuel


David Flynn*
Phillips Lytle, LLP








Michael Gilbert

Buffalo Sabres


 Jonathan Hager

The Home Depot


 Michael J. Pietkiewicz

Erie Community College


Scott Stenclik

Superior Group








Mickey Zablonski

NOCO Energy Corporation




 


 

 

2017 Board Members

 

 

Bernadette Aja

Evans Bank

 

 

Michael Anderson 

KeyBank


Rich Argentieri

Independent Health


Thomas Bamrick 

Ingram Micro

 

 






Rachael Brown* 

Employer Services Corporation

 

Dave Busch

BlueCross BlueShield of 
Western New York

 

Richard Cahlstadt

M&T Bank

 

Elizabeth Carey

AAA of Western & Central
New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warren Todd Colville

The Buffalo News

 

Pionne Corbin
GEICO

 

Chris Costanzo*
Pegula Sports & Entertainment


Richard F. DiGiacomo
Nesper, Ferber, DiGiacomo, Johnson, & Grimm, LLP


 






Stacy Gagliardo

D'Avolio

 

Sarah Glenn-Smith

Great Lakes Medical Imaging


Allen Greene

University at Buffalo


Tim Kwiatkowski*

Bank of Akron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David P. Lacki

Ellicott Hospitality

 

Jeffrey Lehrbach

McGuire Development Co.


Jim Mapes

Wegmans


Michael Marong Jr.

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Mills

Daemen College

 

Gretchen Nichols

Benderson Development
Company, LLC

 

Pamelia Pawenski

Univera Healthcare

 

Deanna Schiller
Windsong Radiology Group, PC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Schiske

West Herr Toyota Williamsville

 

Joseph Spano*

Buffalo Office Interiors, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

Thomas Ulbrich

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University at Buffalo

 

Mary Grace Welch

National Grid

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse Wendell

WENDEL

 

 

 


*Ex-Officio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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