CEO Team Takes Home "Best Chapter Awards"

November 2, 2017


BUFFALO, NY ― Another year, another win for the Canisius College chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO).  For the ninth time in 10 years, the college’s CEO team took home Best Chapter Awards from the CEO Global Conference and Competition, which took place October 26 – 28, 2017 in Tampa, FL.  The Canisius team competed against CEO chapters from more than 400 colleges and universities. 

The Canisius CEO chapter won first place in the category for Best Cross Campus Innovation and Networking.  The award recognizes a CEO chapter that has expanded beyond its primary audience of business majors to interact, organize and engage with other colleges or academic programs. 

The Canisius CEO chapter also secured a first place win in the category for Outstanding Chapter Revenue Generating Initiative.  This award recognizes a CEO chapter that generated revenue by launching a business or fundraising initiative. 

Andrea Singleton ’19, president of the Canisius CEO chapter, helped lead the Canisius team to wins alongside chapter vice president Elise Miller ’19 and Ji-Hee Kim, PhD, faculty advisor to the chapter and director of the Canisius entrepreneurship program. 

A total of nine Canisius students attended the global conference and competition.  They were:

  • Andrew Boccio ’18, a finance major. Boccio led a panel discussion entitled “The E- Team: Creating an Awesome Entrepreneurship Organization.”
  • James Garvey ’21, a management major.  He led a presentation entitled “CEO Chapter-Building Membership.”
  • Ellen Hamlet ’18, an entrepreneurship and political science major.  Hamlet partnered with Timothy Wysocki ’18 to compete for the “Outstanding Chapter Revenue Generating Initiative” award.    
  • Elise Miller ’19, a digital media arts major and interdisciplinary entrepreneurship minor, presented on the topic “Cross Campus E Diffusion.” 
  • Adelle Tucker ’20, an entrepreneurship and digital media arts major.  Tucker led a presentation entitled “Getting the Word Out: Marketing and Social Media.”
  • Nathan Waley ’21, an entrepreneurship and finance major. 
  • Jonathan Wess ’21, an entrepreneurship major, spoke about “Revenue Generating Ideas.”
  • Elisabeth Williams ’20, a communication major and interdisciplinary entrepreneurship minor, gave a presentation entitled “Idea Pitch Competitions on Your Campus.”
  • Timothy Wysocki ’18, an entrepreneurship and management major.  Wysocki partnered with Ellen Hamlet ’18 to compete for the “Outstanding Chapter Revenue Generating Initiative” award.

Professor Kim served as chair for sessions on faculty development and on cross campus involvement.  She also moderated a panel session entitled “Idea Pitch Competition on Your Campus.”

CEO is a global, non-profit organization, which serves, informs, supports and inspires college students to be entrepreneurial and to seek opportunities through enterprise creation. With a diverse entrepreneurial community and global network, CEO provides student entrepreneurs with events and student networking opportunities, and serves as an information resource for prospective entrepreneurs.

Ji-Hee Kim originally established the Canisius College chapter of CEO in January 2007.  The chapter offers student members the opportunity to develop entrepreneurial leadership, professional communication skills, successful team building and teamwork skills, and knowledge in entrepreneurship by creating, designing, planning, leading, organizing and implementing educational outreach and experiential entrepreneurship projects. 

The Canisius CEO chapter is supported by the entrepreneurship major and interdisciplinary entrepreneurship minor programs within the Department of Management, as well as by the businessmen and businesswomen of the Entrepreneurs on Campus group.  The Canisius CEO team previously won Best Chapter Awards in 2008-2011 and in 2013-2016. 

Canisius is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.