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

Ann Brooker

Manager, Specialty Products
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

Project Manager
Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation

Brian Cavanaugh

Athletic Director
D’Youville College

Drew Cerza

Founder
National Buffalo Wing Festival

Rob Crean

Director, World Junior Championship
Buffalo Sabres

Jon Dandes

President
Rich Baseball Operations

TJ Day

Head Coach & CEO
STAR Swimming

Therese Forton-Barnes

Owner
Events to a Tee

Sean Green

Director of Athletics & Corporate Sponsorship
Buffalo RiverWorks

Kathleen Gregoire

President
Skating Club of Western New York

Eric Guzdek

Recreation Specialist/
General Manager
Northtown Center at Amherst

Thomas Hersey

Commissioner of Environment & Planning
County of Erie

Perry Jenkins

Local Representative
USATF

Peter Jerebko

Athletic Director
Erie Community College

Tom Koller

Senior Associate Athletics Director
Buffalo State College

John Lambert

Director of Marketing & Communications
SUNY at Buffalo

Matt LaSota

General Manager
Canalside Buffalo

Joseph Lojacono

President
Valmark Associates

John Maddock

Associate Athletic Director
Canisius College

Bill Maher

Athletic Director
Canisius College

Lynn Marinelli

Director, Intergovernmental Relations
Empire State Development

Bridget Niland

Director of Youth Sport Initiatives
Community Foundation

Ron Raccuia

President
AdPro Sports

Edward Rath Jr.

Legislator
County of Erie

Nicholas Salvatore

Manager
Salvatore’s Hospitality

Bob Schell

Secretary
Amherst Youth Hockey

Lisa Scherer

Consultant
Scherer Event Management

Timm Slade

Executive Director
Section VI, NYSPHSAA

Charles C. Swanekamp

Partner
Bond, Schoeneck & King

Kathleen Twist

Interim Athletic Director
SUNY at Buffalo