Meet the Team

Visit Buffalo Niagara is governed by the Board of Directors and employs a staff of talented tourism professionals, dedicated to promoting tourism in Western New York.  The sales, marketing and services departments design, develop and deploy compelling tourist packages, engaging marketing campaigns, collateral materials and strong relationships with local partners and national media outlets in order to effectively maximize the region’s cultural and historic assets.

Administration

Patrick Kaler

President/CEO
716-961-0200
kaler@visitbuffaloniagara.com

David Marzo, CPA

Chief Financial Officer
716-218-2935

Cindy Kincaide

Director, Industry Relations
716-218-2943

Judy Smith

Director of Administration
716-218-2938

Kathy Benzel

Information Technology/Project Manager
716-218-2921

Michele Butlak

Accounting and Benefits Manager
716-218-2923

Jo Ann Blatner

Industry Relations & Destination
Development Assistant
716-218-2926

Marketing

Edward J. Healy

Vice President of Marketing
716-218-2930

Matt Steinberg

Director of Creative Services
716-218-2939

Karen Fashana

Director of Marketing
716-218-2931

Brian Hayden

Communications Manager
716-218-2922

Drew Brown

Marketing Manager
716-218-2937
brown@visitbuffaloniagara.com

Convention Sales & Services

Michael Even, CDME

Vice President of Sales & Services
716-218-2927

Karen Cox

Convention Sales & Services Manager
716-218-2925

Lori White

National Sales Director
716-218-2940

Dionne Williamson

Sales Director; SMERF & Corp.
716-218-2941

Tracy Martell

Convention Sales & Services Manager
716-218-2934

Lauren Vargo

Sales & Marketing Assistant
716-218-2920

Sports Commission

Chuck Giglia

Director of Sport Sales
716-218-2928
giglia@buffalosportscommission.com

Pete Harvey

Director of Sports Development
716-218-2929

Ally Pawarski

Sport Sales & Services Manager
716-218-2932
pawarski@buffalosportscommission.com

Tourism Sales

Leah Mueller

Director of Tourism Sales
716-218-2936

Visitor Center

Denise Drews

Downtown Visitor Center Manager
716-218-2944

Mary Jane Poleto

Airport Visitor Center Manager
716-880-4797

Bradley Homer

Information Specialist
716-852-2356

Board of Directors

Cindy Abbott-Letro (Treasurer)

Business Manager
Law Offices of Francis A. Letro

Donald K. Boswell

President & CEO
WNY Public Broadcasting Association

Steve Boyd, Esq.

Steve Boyd, P.C.

 

Jonathan A. Dandes (Chair)

President
Rich Baseball Operations

Commissioner Tom Dearing

Department of Environment & Planning
County of Erie

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen

President & CEO
Buffalo Niagara Partnership

C. Douglas Hartmayer

Director of Public Affairs
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Lesley Haynes

Erie County representative

Patrick Kaler

President/CEO
Visit Buffalo Niagara

Randall Kramer

Artistic/Executive Director
MusicalFare Theatre

Kerry C. Mitchell

Erie County representative

Dennis Murphy (Past Chair)

President
InnVest Lodging Services, Inc.

Minesh Patel

General Manager
Adams Mark Buffalo

Edward A. Rath III

Erie County Legislature

Mary Roberts (Chair-Elect)

Executive Director
Martin House Restoration Corporation

Brent Rossi

Executive Vice President,
Marketing & Brand Strategy
Pegula Sports & Entertainment

James T. Sandoro

Executive Director
The Buffalo Transportation/
Pierce Arrow Museum

Paul Snyder III

Chief Executive Officer
Snyder Corporation

Huseyin Taran

General Manager
Buffalo Marriott
HarborCenter

Toni L. Vazquez (Secretary)

Erie County representative

Leslie H. Zemsky

Director of Fun
Larkin Square