Advisory Council

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Buffalo is the city of
good neighbors, where industries combine
to inspire great ideas
and development.

Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission is always fine-tuning its game, analyzing and breaking down each play to set the bar for the next event.  The Sports Advisory Council is a team of 33 industry professionals compromised of athletic directors, venue managers, city and county officials, local sports events rights holders and other powers of influence. These members provide support, ideas and resources to keep the sport industry in Buffalo pushing forward.

 

 

Council Members

Rick Aronberg

Head Coach
STAR Swimming

Russ Brandon

President
Buffalo Bills &
Buffalo Sabres

Ann Brooker

Specialty Products Manager
Buffalo News

Michael Buczkowski

Vice President/General Manager
Buffalo Bisons

Stephen Butler

Deputy Director of Athletics
Niagara University

Charlie Cannan

Director of Events
Pegula Sports & Entertainment

Christopher Catanzaro

Assistant Project Manager
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

Brian Cavanaugh

Athletic Director
D’Youville College

Drew Cerza

Founder
National Buffalo Wing Festival

Christopher Ciamaga

Assistant Director of Hockey
HARBORCENTER

Rob Crean

Director of 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship
Buffalo Sabres

Jon Dandes

President
Rich Baseball Operations

Therese Forton-Barnes

Owner
Events to a Tee
President
Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame

Allen Greene

Director of Athletics
SUNY at Buffalo

Sean Green

Director of Operations &
Sports Development
Buffalo RiverWorks

Kathleen Gregoire

President
Skating Club of Western New York

Eric Guzdek

General Manager
Northtown Center at Amherst

Peter Jerebko

Athletic Director
Erie Community College

Leo Kaminsky

Media Committee Member
NYSPHSAA

Tom Koller

Senior Associate Athletics Director
Buffalo State College

John Lambert

Director of Development &
Marketing
SUNY at Buffalo

Matt LaSota

General Manager
Canalside Buffalo

Joseph Lojacono

President
Valmark Associates

John Maddock

Associate Athletic Director, External Affairs
Canisius College

Bill Maher

Athletic Director
Canisius College

Lynn Marinelli

Director, Intergovernmental Relations
Empire State Development

Bridget Niland

Director of Athletics/
Special Assistant to the President
Daemen College

Ron Raccuia

President
AdPro Team Sports

Edward Rath Jr.

Legislator
County of Erie

Nicholas Salvatore

Manager
Salvatore’s Italian Gardens

Bob Schell

State & National Tournament Director
Amherst Youth Hockey

Lisa Scherer

Consultant
Scherer Event Management

Timm Slade

Commissioner
Section VI, NYSPHSAA

Charles C. Swanekamp

Partner
Bond, Schoeneck & King

Kathleen Twist

Senior Associate AD/Sports
Administration/Senior Women Administrator
SUNY at Buffalo

Jennifer Van Rysdam

VP of Arena Events
Pegula Sports & Entertainment