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

Jennifer Gregory, CMP

National Sales Manager
716-218-2940

Tracy Martell

Convention Sales & Services Manager
716-218-2934

Heather Nowakowski

Sales and Marketing Assistant
716-218-2932

Dionne Williamson, CDMP

National Sales Director
716-218-2941

Meaghan Zimmer

National Sales Manager
716-218-2947

Sports Commission

Chuck Giglia

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

Pete Harvey

Director of Sports Development
716-218-2929

Lauren Vargo

Sport Services Manager
716-218-2920
vargo@buffalosportscommission.com

Tourism Sales

Leah Mueller

Director of Tourism Sales
716-218-2936

Visitor Center

Denise Drews

Visitor Center Manager
716-218-2944

Board of Directors

Cindy Abbott-Letro (Vice Chair)

Business Manager
Law Offices of Francis A. Letro

Jonathan A. Dandes (Past Chair)

President
Rich Baseball Operations

Dottie Gallagher

President & CEO
Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Lesley Haynes

Erie County representative

Commissioner Thomas R. Hersey, Jr.

Department of Environment & Planning
County of Erie

Patrick J. Kaler

President/CEO
Visit Buffalo Niagara

Randall Kramer

Artistic/Executive Director
MusicalFare Theatre

Thomas Long

General Manager
The Westin Buffalo

 

Michael G. Murphy

President and Chief Executive Officer
Shea’s Performing Arts Center

Bridget Niland

Director of Youth Sports Initiatives
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

John O’Connell

General Manager
Hyatt Regency Buffalo

Edward A. Rath III

Erie County Legislature

Mary Roberts (Chair)

Executive Director
Martin House Restoration Corporation

James T. Sandoro

Executive Director
The Buffalo Transportation/
Pierce Arrow Museum

Donald Spasiano

Associate Dean
Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality and Business
Trocaire College

Huseyin Taran (Treasurer)

General Manager
Buffalo Marriott
HarborCenter

Toni L. Vazquez (Secretary)

Erie County representative

Gail Wells

Marketing Director
Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor

Leslie H. Zemsky

Director of Fun
Larkin Square