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Welcome to the


Member Recognition


Celebrating the milestones & accomplishments

of our local business & community members.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lucarelli’s Banquet Center


Cyndi Matla, Executive Director

Jamie Decker, Sr. Director Marketing


Southtowns Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

July 2018 - June 2019

Shawn Buffum, The Buffalo News & Hamburg SUN

Chairman of the Board

Jim Bitten, 44 Communication Design

Sean Doyle, Hamburg Development Companies

Jim Eiseman, NY Life Insurance

Ben Fantaske, Key Video

Mike Farrell, Constellation Energy

Molly Georger, M &T Bank

Jennifer Houle, Buffalo Business First

Krissy Lawrence, Hamburg High School

Jeff Leyonmark, The Wolf Agency

Leigh Macadlo, Northwest

Katie Mike, Synacor

Emily McNulty, SERVPRO of the Southtowns

Alison Pierce, Toshiba Solutions

Vince Ricotta, Concept Construction

Holly Smyczynski, Hamburg Fairgrounds

Pam Toole, Southtown Salt Cave

Shannon Traphagen, Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine

Keith Wesolowski, Wesolowski Law Group

Steve Wischman, Horizon Performance Solutions

Thank you for joining us to celebrate

hard-work, ingenuity, and dedication!

Program Schedule

Check-In & Open Bar

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Dinner Begins

Awards & Ceremony to follow

7:00 PM

Evening’s Accolades

Community Involvement Award

Innovation Award

The Michael J. Bartlett Memorial Impact Award

NEW this year, Non-Profit of the Year Award

Additional acknowledgement for Monumental Years

of Chamber Membership to those attending.

Your emcee for the evening is

Shawn Buffum

Vice President of Marketing & Digital

Advertising at The Buffalo News and

The Hamburg SUN


hawn is responsible for the brand and consumer marketing

strategies of The Buffalo News and all of its products including

Buffalonews.com. He is also responsible for digital advertising

sales, circulation subscription sales and customer service. Shawn also

supports advertising sales with research and collateral materials from

the creative services team. Community

partnerships and sponsorships are also

part of Shawn’s duties as well as public

relations. He can frequently be found

out and about across Western New York

representing the Buffalo News at

community events.

Shawn started his newspaper career in

1999 at the Rochester Democrat and

Chronicle in advertising and in 2001

came to The Buffalo News. In 2008 he

moved to Cleveland and was the retail

advertising director for The Plain Dealer before returning to The Buffalo

News in 2013. He's been the advertising director since 2015. He earned

a bachelor's of science degree from the State University of New York at

Fredonia and received an MBA from Canisius College.

As part of the Buffalo News’ extensive commitment to serving the

communities in which it does business, Shawn presently devotes his

time serving on the Board of Directors at the Southtowns Regional

Chamber of Commerce. Since 2015, he has also served as a member of

The Buffalo News 401(K) Investment Committee.

Shawn and his wife Gina reside in Hamburg, NY along with their two


Thank you to our

generous sponsors who

help make this

evening memorable.

The Hamburg SUN

Buffalo Business First

Jeff Leyonmark - The Wolf Agency

Hamburg Overhead Door

Wesolowski Law Group

WNY Pennysaver (RW Publications)

Elderwood of Hamburg

Howard Hanna

Evans Bank & Evans Agency

Thanks to our 925 active members for their

participation in nominating and voting on this

evening’s award recipients.

This evening’s honored members’ outstanding

character and efforts have not gone unnoticed

throughout the year, and because of this your

peers feel you deserve to be recognized.

Nominees for Community Involvement

Jeff Leyonmark – The Wolf Agency

Jennifer Warren – State Farm

The Hamburg SUN

Alchemy Wine & Beer

Hamburg Spot Coffee

Introducing the Community In

These businesses contribute significant time and/or resour

They invest in people, organizations and businesses that help ke

and/or resources to participate in charitable p

Jeff Leyonmark - The Wolf Agency

As owner and principal of GA Leyonmark Insurance

Services, Inc., (an affiliate of Wolf Agency, Inc.) a

full service risk management firm specializing in

property and casualty insurance, Jeff helps families

and businesses mitigate risk with comprehensive

insurance coverage.

As a business and community leader, he is an

active participate with multiple Hamburg Village

event committees, and serves on the Board of the

Hamburg Academy of Finance and The Southtowns

Regional Chamber Board of Directors. Jeff has a

passion for building relationships with people, serving as a “change

agent” for growth and prosperity in the community in which he and his

family live. Jeff is most proud of his fourth-generation heritage and the

potential for including his own children in that lineage to serve and support

our community.

Jennifer Warren - State Farm

Jennifer Warren has been servicing State Farm customers in WNY since

1991 and continuously supports local communities through participation

in multiple events, sponsorships and volunteerism throughout WNY. She

offers a full line of insurance, banking and financial services. She and her


team pride themselves on


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ces for the betterment of the community and its’ residents.

ep our community strong, while providing employees with time

rograms promoting the community as a whole.

The Hamburg SUN

The Hamburg Sun and Erie County Independent, Hamburg's weekly community

newspaper, has been connecting readers with hometown news

since 1875. The Independent was born in October 1875, and merged with

The Hamburg Sun in 1947. In its inaugural

issue, The Sun's founders wrote: "The Sun

considers publication of a community

newspaper a public trust, a public stewardship.

The Sun is and shall remain your

newspaper." Those words ring true today

as The Sun, under the ownership of The

Buffalo News since 2017, works to live up

to the high standards of its history and

serve the varied interests of its loyal readers.

With an experienced editorial staff dedicated

to covering Hamburg and its neighboring

communities, The Sun offers serious

community journalism. At the same time, Sun advertisements are a great

way for local businesses to connect with customers. The Sun aims to be

the thread that connects the fabric of our community for generations to


Hamburg Spot Coffee

Spot Coffee in Hamburg opened its doors in 2016 and ever since, owner

Katie Wentland consistently participates, supports, and promotes the

Village of Hamburg and all it has

to offer. From events around her

location at Buffalo and Main

Streets to entertaining residents

and visitors with live music and

fun workshops. Katie and the

gang are happy to embrace their

community and contribute to

make it a better place.

Community Involvement Award

Nominees continued...

Alchemy Wine & Beer

Alchemy Wine & Beer started out as an idea between owners Anne

McIntosh and Nicole Casell in the backyard of a New Orleans Wine bar.

The concept was to

bring Hamburg

affordable wines,

beer and ciders by

families from around

the world that care a

great deal about what

they put in the


The owners

envisioned the bar to

serve as a

community space,

with a laid-back

atmosphere. A large full color mural was painted on the side of the

Alchemy’s building by artist Chuck Tingley, as a gift of public art for the

Village of Hamburg to enjoy. Each week, local businesses host events for

their clients inside the bar. Alchemy has hosted numerous craft nights,

sewing parties, paint night, wood burning, calligraphy, fitness classes, pups

on the patio and family friendly events, Alchemy’s space is also used to

host large networking events for fundraisers, art shows, meet-up groups

and Buffalo Boss Babes.

Nominees for Innovation

Prima Oliva Store & Café

Butera’s Craft Beer & Craft Pizza

Craft & Cork Gastro Pub

Gear for Adventure

Brenda Babe Bridal

Prima Store & Café

Prima Oliva originated in 2010 with the opening of the

first location in the Village of Hamburg. The store concept

centered around high-quality olive oils and balsamic

vinegars purchased in bulk and bottled in-store.

The popularity of the store skyrocketed,

and a second location

was opened 6 months later in East

Aurora. Over the years, the store

expanded to include other specialty foods, including

a large selection of organic herbs, spices, and loose

leaf teas. In 2017, work began to bring forth a new

vision and concept. This vision came to reality in early

2018 with the opening of Prima Café. Prima Café

offers fresh, healthy food options which include salads

& grain bowls, cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

The café features salad dressings made from the oils and vinegars

offered in the retail stores. The result is a unique mix of retail & café with

quality, healthy products.

Craft & Cork Gastro Pub

The name and menu have transformed a traditional Hamburg

establishment into the place to hang out and try new things! Over the

past year, a new patio has been installed, extensive remodeling on the

inside with a full bar that is accessible inside and out, and more

renovations are coming throughout 2019.

"Four years ago we were privileged

enough to take over a

restaurant that Dan and Debbie

Johengen built which had a

tremendous reputation and

following," said Scott Donhauser,

who owns the restaurant at 174

Buffalo St. with his wife Lisa, “we’re

evolving the restaurant, and keeping

Introducing the Innova

These businesses introduce new ideas, methods, or products into

stimulate the local economy by providing new cutting-edge b

attention to Hamburg from not only its

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the local community for the mutual betterment of all . They

usiness opportunities and community services that attract

’ residents but regionally and beyond.

Gear for Adventure

Gear for Adventure was started in September of 2004 by Kevin and

Sarah Beckwith to pursue a lifelong dream of owning our own business.

Opening up shop in Staub Square, 1 Buffalo St. in the Village of

Hamburg, over a few years they outgrew

that location, expanding down the street to

305 Buffalo Street with even more outdoor

gear for every season. In 2016, they started

Silo City Paddling Company offering tours

via kayaks or stand up board along the

Buffalo River downtown. In 2018, they were

recognized as the Best of WNY Sporting/

Outdoor Life Store, and this year, they have

again expanded their business to a second

location in the Northtowns at 3902 Maple

Rd. in Amherst.

Butera’s Craft Beer & Craft Pizza

Butera’s is a family owned and operated restaurant in the heart of the

Village of Hamburg. It is a kid

friendly, fast casual, craft beer

restaurant. Butera’s opened its

doors in 2015 after a 10 year run

of Jimmies Pizza. Butera’s

is known for its house made

menu items including

brick oven pizza, breads, sauces,

desserts, and so much more!

They pride themselves

on using locally sourced products.

They also enjoy hosting

community events, such as lunch with Santa and the Easter Bunny

which both events raise money for local charities. It is their desire to create

memorable experiences for our guests from the moment they walk in

to the moment they leave. Stay tuned for even more exciting things to

Innovation Award Nominees


Brenda Babe Bridal

Brenda Babe Bridal was created to celebrate the “inner babe” of brides

at any age or life stage, serving the individual needs of a variety of

clients-from classic to contemporary, and simple to sassy! In today’s

24/7 digital world of online craziness, it’s easy to lose the personal

interactions that are imperative to the wedding industry. This business

is fueled by emotional experiences, and Brenda Babe Bridal serves to

provide a truly unique personalized shopping experience for our brides

-highlighted by the various nuances

throughout the shoppe, from customized

music playlists to serve as background

during appointments, to wall art showcasing

song lyrics and quotes that resonate

with brides, soft aromatherapy

scents, and true one-on-one shopping

sessions. Brenda Babe Bridal carefully

selects designers and styles complementary

to a variety of brides, including destination

brides, “encore” brides, curvy

brides, and other non-traditional venue

brides. (And moms in search of a “notso-typical”

mother of the wedding gown

will love the selection at Brenda Babe!) The ultimate hope for our

brides is that “buying a dress” becomes secondary to celebrating this

ridiculously amazing life event and marking a point in time that will forever

be unforgettable, making it even easier to “Say Yes” at Brenda

Thank you to the Major Events Committee for

all your efforts for tonight’s event.

Alison Pierce, Toshiba

Mike Farrell, Constellation Energy

Pam Toole, Southtown Salt Cave

Sean Dole, Hamburg Development Companies

Leigh Macadlo, Northwest

Join us for our 35th

Annual Golf Tournament!

August 5, 2019

Check-In & Lunch

11am-12 Noon

Shotgun Start 12 Noon

Donate Items for our theme

raffle & silent auction!

Part of the proceeds go to a

Chamber Member Non-Profit!

Call 716/649-7917 for info!

Thanks to our Sponsors

West Herr Automotive Group

SERVPRO of the Southtowns

Buffalo Business First

The Michael J. Bartlett Memorial

Impact Award Nominees

Evans Bank

Hamburg Overhead Door

La Galleria Event Venue


Curly’s Grille

Introducing the Michael J. Bartlett M

These businesses have maintained significant cont

as well as, have a positive, compelling, and long-standing direct

Evans Bank

Evans is a full-service (banking, insurance, investments, employee

benefits) community-based financial institution.

Locally headquartered and managed

since its inception nearly 100 years

ago, Evans attracts best-in-class talent to

provide comprehensive financial services

and superior experience to commercial

and retail customers in WNY and is always

evolving to give their customers the best

personalized service possible.

One of Evans’ valued key people includes Deb Welch, a Commercial

Manager with Evans Bank in Hamburg, where she is responsible for

building the banks presence in the community and prospecting and enhancing

business relationships along with providing guidance and leadership

to her team from a sales and service perspective. Committed to

the community, Evans staff are heavily involved in multiple community

organizations, supporting small to large businesses throughout the

WNY area.

Hamburg Overhead Door

Hamburg Overhead Door is a local

business that consistently ranks as a

top 10 purchaser in the U.S. for garage

doors through their buying partners.

They have has been in business for

almost 60 years. They have over 45

employees locally that give to the

community through their time and monetary

donations to many local charities, including the Hamburg Junior

Baseball League which they have been a team sponsor for over 30

years. Members of their ownership team have sat on boards or positions

of the Academy of Finance at Hamburg High School, committees

for the Hamburg Board of Education, President of the

Southtowns Builders Association and President of the women's 18-80

emorial Impact Award Nominees

ributions within their own respective industries,

economic and socio-economic impact on the local community.

La Galleria Event Venue

La Galleria Events impacted the

restaurant community when it

opened in 1976 as the first fine

dining Northern Italian restaurant in

the Southtowns owned and run by

the Carducci family. Since then, with

the high demand in events, we

decided to go entirely to an event

based business specializing in

popular Wedding trends and

creating trends of our own. We owe

much of our success to our community and feel rewarded for the impact

we can make on mentoring local kids. Besides investing in our venue

and local community we invest time in our employees. They are our

greatest asset, an important part of our Mission Statement and the

reason we are in business over these 43 years. Keeping our business

local and caring about each employee and customer is a critical part of

our work. La Galleria Events and the Carducci family are grateful for our

success and look forward to looking for new ways to support our

community in the upcoming year.


At Northwest we ensure that we are providing the highest possible

degree of banking services and products to our clients along with

exceptional customer hospitality. The Management teams develop and

promote new products and services for customers, being proactive in

making sales calls and networking. We pride ourselves on employee

development, involvement, and feature

many promotional and training opportunities.

Community involvement is our #1 priority.

Some of our highlights include working

with Variety Club Telethon, Kid’s Escaping

Drugs, UNYTS Blood Drives, Adopt a College

Graduate and many more. Leigh Macadlo

and Joelle Rebl volunteer to teach

budgeting classes to the Seniors at schools

Michael J. Bartlett Memorial Impact

Award Nominees Continued

Curly’s Grille

Opened in the 1930s under Curly Worthing, the restaurant was for

decades a typical bar and grill in a blue-collar steel town. When the

time came, Curly passed on the restaurant to his son, Paul, who

passed it on to his daughter, Krista. Athena Kouimanis, owner,

purchased the longstanding community restaurant in 2014 and has

turned the restaurant into well, “Buffalo’s own version of Cheers” and

the place for fine casual dining. Athena was included in the 2016

Buffalo Business First

30 under 30 list of

successful young

professionals. The hip

transformation has

made Curly’s one of the

most popular

restaurants in WNY with

unique dishes and an

atmosphere and space

to accommodate any

Non-Profit of the Year Award Nominees

Access of WNY

Blasdell Business Association

Hamburg Knights of Columbus

Buffalo Peace House

Hamburg Music Festival

The Blasdell Business Association is a private community and

membership based association. We are an action agency designed to meet

business and community needs. Our primary goal is to deliver the best

possible services and support to our members and local business

community while staying informed about local, state, and federal

government issues that affect the business climate and welfare of citizens

in the Blasdell area.

Introducing the Non-Profit o

These organizations have shown exemplary efforts in ex

positive difference in the lives of

Access of WNY

Established in 2005, the Arab-American Community Center for

Economic and Social Services

(ACCESS) of WNY is a non-profit

organization that was created to

promote understanding and the

bonds of faith and friendship

between members of the Arab

American community and people

of other nationalities and cultures

living within America. Our

organization is non-sectarian,

serving families and individuals of

any faith or ethnicity.

Blasdell Business Association

The Blasdell Business Association is a Not-for-profit(501c) community

and membership based association. We are an action agency designed

to meet business and community

needs. Our primary goal is to deliver

the best possible services and support

to our members and local business

community while staying informed

about local, state, and federal government

issues that affect the business

climate and welfare of citizens in the

Blasdell area.

Our activities in recent years include donating thousands of dollars to

Village of Blasdell Fire Department, and the Concert Series in Blasdell.

We have tackled projects such as installing community gardens at

Blasdell Elementary, and re-landscaping a historical monument for the

old Blasdell school. One of our most recent gifts is a $300 gift to

Blasdell Elementary STEAM program. We are in continuous communication

with local political leaders in regards to infrastructure improve-

f the Year Award Nominees

ecuting their mission to help others in need and make a

those within their community.

Hamburg Knights of Columbus

Hamburg Council #2220, chartered in 1920, is one of the

oldest Councils in Western New York. Next year will be

their centennial anniversary as a Catholic fraternal organization

offering life and other insurance to fellow Knights

and their families, and are committed to the principles of

Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

Their numerous charitable works include providing scholarship funds for

catholic education, support of local clergy and church, sponsoring

children's baseball, Hamburg's "Music in the Park", Special Olympics,

Mercy Flight, and other local first responders. They also provide funding

to Sts. Peter and Paul's mission assisting the poor in Appalachia and

support St. Luke's Mission of Mercy by providing volunteers on Code

Blue nights to aid the homeless. They are also a hub of social activity,

staging annual free-throw competitions for boys and girls ages 9 - 14,

along with numerous holiday celebrations.

Buffalo Peace House

The Buffalo Peace House is a non-profit organization located in Athol

Springs, NY with the mission of providing safe and clean housing to

United States asylum seekers. In addition, we also assist our residents

with access to legal counsel, transportation,

educational services and access to medical

care. Founded and are run by Volunteer Director,

Mary Callahan.

Since opening the doors in 2013, they have

housed over 60 asylum seekers from over 17

different countries. All of the residents come

from having faced severe trauma in their home

countries. It is important to provide a safe and peaceful home for this

vulnerable population in order to facilitate their healing as they undergo

the lengthy asylum process. As Pope Francis has said “We have a duty

toward our brothers and sisters who, for various reasons, have been

Non-Profit of the Year Award

Nominees Continued

Hamburg Music Festival

HMF EST 2009 started with a conversation in a bar discussing the

need to get people back in the habit of dining and shopping in the Village

after 2 years of roundabout construction. In addition to bringing the

community together, the Hamburg Music Festival showcases the

village and all it has to offer. It brings people who are not from

Hamburg back at other times;

with a yearly economic impact

of $350,000+. Hamburg Music

Festival takes place in Spring to

kick off the festival season and

showcase the talented

musicians in our mist. The sale

of wristbands to attend the

festival allows our organization

to impact our community. To

date we have awarded 45

scholarships as well as donated $120,00 to over 90 causes doing real

and actionable good in our community. Hamburg Music Festival...Supporting

the community one wristband at a time...

Monumental Years of

SRCC Membership

60 Years

Biehler’s Village Square Liquors & Wines

55 Years

Donald Demmerley Funeral Home

50 Years

West Herr Automotive Group

45 Years

Paulus & Company

40 Years

Howard Hanna

Beckes Optical & Hearing Aids

Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant

Photos by Judy Wilder

35 Years

Armor Fence Company of WNY

Ballard’s Camping Center

JM Productions

Robert E. Wierzba, Mason Contractor

Ridge Maintenance Corporation

Creative Photography

Quo Vadis Editions, Inc.

Monumental Years of

SRCC Membership

30 Years

St. Francis High School

Design Home Improvement

Braymiller Market

Foy Contracting Company

Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home

Town of Hamburg Highway, Building and Grounds

25 Years

Performing Arts Dance & Supplies

Frontier Central School

South Towns Builders Association

ComputerSearch Payroll Services

20 Years

Seifert Cleaning Company

Hamburg Honda

American Paper Corp.

HJA Management Company

Towne Chrysler Dodge Jeep

James W. Skora Construction

The SRCC values and thanks all of its members for their

patronage. We understand many of our longstanding

members do not have designated milestones this

year; however, we look forward to recognizing you at

future Membership Recognition Dinners.

Thank you for your continued support!

Monumental Years of

SRCC Membership

15 Years

Hoelzl Tire & Service

Strong Memorial Hospital

Hamburg Gaming

The Cheese Factory

Carpets Plus

Town of Hamburg Lions Club

Lamar Advertising- Buffalo

Mammoser’s Tavern

Daryl N. Anderson

Hamburg Knights of Columbus

Metalico Transport, Inc.


Scherer Electric

10 Years

Jeanne’s Family Daycare

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C.

GFC Business Systems

Home Maid Services

American Red Cross

Main Street Ice Cream

Monumental Years of

SRCC Membership

5 Years

Buffalo Sailing Adventures (Spirit of Buffalo)

City of Lackawanna Council President, Annette Iafallo

Horizon Performance Solutions

The Robbin’s Nest

Henry’s Gardens

Empire Realty Services Group

Zonta Club

Barone Enterprise

Golf Car City

Suburban Orthodontists

ZZZ’s Carpet Cleaning


Decorators Carpets

Goodwill of Western New York

Nutrition & Healthy Living

Wesolowski Law Group

Energy Mark

Hoelscher Meats – Southtowns

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