BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Mike has nearly two decades of experience in the financial and technology industries. Prior to joining M&T, he held the positions of CTO, North American Credit Cards and CIO of Europe at Capital One.

 

In 2014, Computerworld Magazine recognized him as one of the “Premier 100 Information Technology Leaders”.

Mike has been an active participant and board member of many charitable organizations ranging from gender equality, food insecurity, financial literacy and STEM education. He is currently an advisor of the Anita Borg Institute for Gender Partnership in Technology.

In his personal time, Mike is quite active and adventurous as he starts every day with a CrossFit session, fits a few Spartan races in a year, and has already checked three of the “Seven Summits of the World” off his bucket list: Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, McKinley in Alaska, and Aconcagua in Argentina.

CIO

M&T BANK

MIKE WISLER

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Christina guides University-wide economic development efforts, and oversees the Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships office, to help businesses and other community partners connect with UB researchers and resources, including workforce development training, entrepreneur support and access to programs like START-UP NY, and to advance UB’s mission as an economic engine in Western New York and beyond.

 

She works with principal investigators, business development executives and commercialization teams at UB’s New York State centers of excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS), Materials Informatics (CMI) and the university's incubators and incubation programs, to facilitate commercialization of technologies invented by UB researchers and students. She also supervises the Western New York Incubator Network and UB's Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT).

Prior to joining UB, Christina provided strategic direction for the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council and played an integral role in NYS State Governor Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion economic development plan. Both initiatives are pushing Western New York’s economy toward advanced manufacturing, clean technology, life sciences and other knowledge-based industries.

ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO

CHRISTINA ORSI

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As soon as Eric talks about the positive effects of data in the changing landscape of higher education, one can’t help but share his enthusiasm for innovation. When he co-founded Campus Labs back in 2001, Eric understood the merits of hard work and how much of it would be needed to drive the budding startup. That drive evolved Campus Labs from its early days as StudentVoice, with a handful of employees and printers, into a leading higher education enterprise solution. Now boasting over 150 employees, Eric maintains it was the continued start-up mindset that kept Campus Labs on the path of innovation as it grew, expanded, and continued to evolve its mission. As President, Eric manages the strategic direction of Campus Labs, evaluating alliances and acquisitions to further enhance the company’s tech capabilities and grow its roster of 1,400 Member Campuses.

Eric earned both his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. While studying at UB, he served as the student representative on the University Council (the equivalent of the Board of Trustees). In 2001, he and Michael Weisman were presented the premiere Henry Panasci Technology Entrepreneur Award for their class project, which planted the seeds for Campus Labs. In 2013, the two business partners shared the George W. Thorn Award, given by the UB Alumni Association in honor of their professional achievements. A dynamic speaker, Eric has taught a course on entrepreneurship for UB’s Undergraduate Academies. He is also a member of the Investment Committee for Z80 Labs, Buffalo’s first internet-focused technology incubator, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Zoo. He is a 2015 Business First 40 Under 40 honoree.

CEO/CO-FOUNDER, CAMPUS LABS

CHAIRMAN, 43NORTH

ERIC REICH

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Paul Klein started at Rich’s in 1995 as an Information Technology Director, overseeing application development. From 1999 – 2016, Paul served as Rich’s Senior Vice President, Chief Process & Information Officer. In 2017, Paul was promoted to his current role of Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Strategy Officer. In his role, Paul has global responsibility for the strategic planning and governance for all activities involving Rich’s information systems and business processes.

 

Prior to joining Rich’s, Paul held positions in financial and information systems leadership with both General Motors (1979-1985) and Electronic Data Systems (1986-1995). As Director of Business Development at EDS, he was responsible for supporting company sales activities for several large steel and chemical customers in the process manufacturing industry.

 

Paul received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976 and a Master’s of Business Administration from Northeastern University in 1978.

 

A Buffalo native, Paul and his wife Rosemary reside in East Amherst, New York. They have three grown children.

EVP, CHIEF INFORMATION & STRATEGY OFFICER

RICH PRODUCTS

PAUL KLEIN (Board Chair)

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Mr. Quinn joined the WNY Impact Investment Fund as the founding CEO in August 2017. Mr. Quinn has deep experience leading high growth entrepreneurial ventures, raising capital, and creating high-functioning management teams. He also has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining The Fund, Mr. Quinn was General Manager of a Health IT company developing healthcare solutions to dramatically improve patient outcomes. In addition, he was CEO of a Health IT company that focused on infection prevention protocol. Mr. Quinn also has experience leading larger companies as well, including a successful biotech company NASDAQ IPO as the Executive Vice President of worldwide commercialization strategy and execution.

Mr. Quinn was born and raised in Western New York. He is passionate about contributing to the current Western New York renaissance. His ability to work in collaboration with portfolio companies will provide significant financial and social returns that will benefit investors and the larger community.

Mr. Quinn earned his Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy from Duquesne University and has participated in the Executive Management programs at Columbia University School of Business and Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business.

CEO

WESTERN NEW YORK IMPACT INVESTMENT FUND

TOM QUINN

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Jessica effectively represents her clients in all aspects of business counsel and disputes, with a particular focus on data security, privacy and intellectual property. Jessica is also co-leader of the firm's Blockchain & Cryptocurrency practice and recently earned a certificate in Cybersecurity Leadership from Carnegie Mellon University. Particular to her IP litigation experience, Jessica’s practice includes protecting patents and trademarks in federal and appellate courts and before the International Trade Commission for clients in industries such as medical and mechanical devices, computer software and hardware, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and e-commerce technologies. Jessica’s experience in appellate work includes argument before the Federal Circuit.

 

Jessica’s broad experience includes advising clients on data privacy compliance, incident response strategies, and breach notification requirements. She also has experience handling the transactional aspects of intellectual property, including drafting and negotiating licenses, preparing and prosecuting trademark applications, preparing opinions, and conducting due diligence investigations.

 

As for Jessica’s educational credentials, she received a bachelor’s in Mathematics from New York University (2001) and her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University (2004)

PARTNER

BOND SCHOENECK & KING

JESSICA COPELAND (Board Secretary)

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Mr. Moskal currently serves as Sr. Vice President of CUBRC’s Information Exploitation Business Sector where he is responsible for technical leadership and business management of this ~$25M/year revenue business unit. CUBRC’s Information Exploitation Sector provides highly advanced information technology, data science research, development and modeling and simulation services for a wide variety of U.S. Government and commercial entities.

 

Mr. Moskal also serves as CUBRC’s Chief Information Officer, providing strategic direction and management of corporate information systems serving a 150 person company operating from seven different locations within the United States.

 

Mr. Moskal earned a B.S. Industrial Technology, from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, Paramedic Certification (with honors) from Erie County Community College and an MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.  

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & CIO

CUBRC

MIKE MOSKAL (Board Vice-Chair)

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Jenna Kavanaugh serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Invest Buffalo Niagara. Jenna sets the strategic direction of the organization, manages and directs the day to day operations, and is focused on driving continuous improvement to advance their economic development approach.

 

Jenna raises the profile of the Buffalo Niagara region as a viable place to operate and grow a business through market intelligence research and industry outreach strategies. Prior to becoming Chief Operating Officer, Jenna was Invest Buffalo Niagara’s Director of Marketing & Communications. Jenna also designed and managed the inaugural 43North Business Plan Competition entrepreneur experience and awards ceremony. 

Jenna earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature with concentrations in Theater Arts and Writing from Canisius College, and is a Say Yes Buffalo Mentor and a graduate of Leadership Buffalo. In 2019, Jenna was named one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.

COO

INVEST BUFFALO NIAGARA

JENNA KAVANAUGH

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After spending eight years in Seattle as an executive with Automatic Data Processing, and, later, as the owner of a successful business consultancy group, Randy relocated back to Buffalo in 2015 to help lead the Technology Staffing & Solutions firm Lighthouse Technology Services.

Randy currently serves as Executive Director for ITBuffalo, the non-profit organization he co-founded with Duane Conners (Finance Director).

Randy is a graduate of the Nichols School (Buffalo), a post-graduate of Shattuck St. Mary's School (Minneapolis), and graduate of Niagara University (Niagara Falls).

 

A former professional athlete, and a dedicated father of four young children, Randy is currently an active member of Vistage International, and a contributing member to a number of child-centered charitable causes.

PRESIDENT

LIGHTHOUSE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES

RANDY HARRIS (Executive Director)

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Duane Conners, Chief Executive Officer at rprt, is an experienced finance professional and healthcare administrator with proven skills in business intelligence development, budget and financial management, insurer relations, and healthcare data aggregation.

 

After graduating from the University at Buffalo he spent several years in investment banking in Boston, MA and then decided to move back home with his wife and son. He spent nearly a decade developing analytics and reporting tools for the largest healthcare system in Western New York and then for the largest insurer as part of the provider network and negotiations team. 

 

As the original founder of rprt, he maintains a vision for the adoption of modern technology in healthcare and how it integrates with the communities around patients.

MANAGING PARTNER

RPRT

DUANE CONNERS (Finance Director)