The Richard J. Wehle School of Business and its Business Advisory Council announces the

Forty-Seventh Annual Business Awards Dinner

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. 

Cocktails will begin at 5:30 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm.

To register, click here to download the reservation form.
Payment should be submitted with your reservation form, and checks should be made payable to Canisius College

All reservations should be received by Thursday, October 1st.



The Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College established the Business Executive of the Year Award in 1969. It is presented to a Western New York business executive who has earned distinction professionally and as a leader in a broad range of civic affairs.

Since Michael Cropp took the helm as president and CEO in 2004, Independent Health has led the way in the evolution of the health insurance industry. Above and beyond providing coverage for medical exams and treatments, the company has introduced innovative and progressive programs to promote healthy habits aimed at preventing illness — with the added benefit of reducing healthcare costs.

Among other initiatives, the company offers one-on-one coaching that has dramatically improved blood pressure and blood-sugar levels in diabetic patients. It offers health plans tailored to the lifestyles of its nearly 400,000 members, featuring such attractive perks as reimbursement for gym memberships or for purchases of fresh fruits and vegetables. In the broader community, Independent Health provides health screening in underserved neighborhoods and has transformed an abandoned city lot into a sports field where children can take part in free soccer lessons after school.

Dr. Cropp has had a profound impact on healthcare in this region through his personal contributions as well. He is a founding chairman and member of the board of directors of HEALTHeLINK, a system that enables area healthcare providers, with patient consent, to share access to medical records, improving communication, reducing unnecessary medical testing and associated costs, speeding access to treatment, and significantly improving quality of care. Dr. Cropp is also the founding chairman of the P2 Collaborative of Western New York, which provides critical support that enables area providers to transform data into better ways of delivering care.

Dr. Cropp earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. His leadership style is evidenced by the fact that in 2015, for the eighth consecutive year, Independent Health was named one of the Best Places to Work in New York State.

Through creative programs for Independent Health’s constituents and sustained outreach to members of the Western New York community, Dr. Michael Cropp works to help all of us lead longer, healthier lives. For his many contributions on behalf of the healthcare profession and the people of the Buffalo Niagara region, we are very proud to name him the 2015 Business Executive of the Year.