"Leadership Buffalo Class Experience has changed the way in which I think, feel, and act towards others. The LB journeylays the foundation in providing the education and tools to make a difference to our quality of life - the rest is up to us whether we take this knowledge and apply it."
Kathy Hall-Zientek (LB '12)
Manager, Travel Services Group
"Leadership Buffalo has been an amazing experience that has touched me and changed the way I see Buffalo. It has opened my eyes and exposed me to many things I otherwise would not be aware of. I'm learning so many genuinely interesting, important, and wonderful things about Buffalo. It's truly an exciting time for Buffalo. My classmates are a tremendous group of people coming from many diverse backgrounds. The networking has also been fantastic."
Joseph Fox (LB '12)
TrainSMART Personal Fitness
"I joined LB to promote my legal services program. The goal was to educate people about refugees and network with community leaders. I had no idea that I would receive such a positive response so quickly, followed by heartfelt offers to help out! I can't speak highly enough about my LB classmates and their support of refugees in Buffalo!"
Jennifer L. Rizzo, Esq. (LB '12)
Immigration Legal Services Director
Journey's End Refugee Services
"The professionals at Leadership Buffalo are knowledgeable and experienced, they are an exemplary networking organization that can always be trusted to provide the highest level of service to their members. My experience within their program has had a profound impact in both my personal and professional life."
Matt Sikora (LB '12)
Project Manager - Owner's Agent
Turner Construction Company
"In short, I would say that LB has opened my eyes to parts of Buffalo that I never knew existed, and made me even prouder than I was already to be from and living in Buffalo. Also, the experience of meeting so many people with so many backgrounds and talents is teaching me so much."
Nick Magnini (RL '12)
Construction Cost Manager
Ryan Homes, Buffalo
"First, let me tell you how great the staff is at Leadership Buffalo. My wife and I always felt welcomed during the Experience Buffalo program where the LB Team were so accommodating. The program itself was very rewarding in highlighting Buffalo's rich past and where we are going in our future. It was fun and interesting to visit some of the area's great destinations. Being new to Buffalo, I found Experience Buffalo invaluable. Experience Buffalo is now mandatory for all of my new Executives, I highly recommend this program."
Jay Dellavecchia (EB '11)
Hyatt Regency Buffalo
"The Rising Leaders program caters to the younger crowd and puts you in contact with others your own age at a similar point in their life. You really get business contacts that you can relate to and connect with because of this common ground. I'd recommend Rising Leaders to others because we all have a responsibility to know how our community operates and how everything and everyone in it is ultimately connected. If you're going to help be an agent of change you must to be willing to develop your knowledge and your skills. If you know more about your community, then you know how to fulfill the needs of that community. Leadership Buffalo empowers you with the knowledge you need in order to allow you to make this change."
Robert Brunschmid (RL '05)
Theatre of Youth Company, Inc.
"Leadership Buffalo really laid the foundation for what I would call my local citizenship. I knew where buildings were in Buffalo and I knew where neighborhoods were, but through Leadership Buffalo I really learned to engage my community in a way that I hadn't before. Before LB, I was involved, but never really engaged. LB helped me become deeply involved and gave me some leadership roles that I never had before."
Francisco M. Vasquez (LB '04)
Executive Vice President