Seventeen Percent of '30 Under 30' List are Griffins

April 24, 2017


Congratulations to the five Canisius College alumni, who make up 17 percent of Buffalo Business First’s ‘30 Under 30’ list. They are:

Jonathon Casey ’11, vice president, Vermed & Graphic Controls

Emma Fabian ’10, director of substance user health policy, Evergreen Health

Taylor Gahagen MBA ’13, director of brand strategy and development, Pegula Sports and Entertainment

Vilona Trachtenberg MBA ’14, fulfillment planner — bakery, Rich Products Corp.

Jonathan Tretter ’10, manager, Freed Maxick CPAs PC

The ‘30 Under 30’ list honors Western New Yorkers in the early stages of their careers who are achieving at high levels at work and in the community. This year’s winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on June 21 at The Tralf in downtown Buffalo.

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Buczkowski ’86 Gets Called Up

Promoted to vice president of Rich Baseball Operations

Mike Buczkowski ’86, long-time general manager for the Buffalo Bisons, is now vice president of Rich Baseball Operations. He oversees day-to-day operations of Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Texas League (Kansas City Royals affiliate) and the Single-A West Virginia Black Bears of the NY-Penn League (Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate). Buczkowski continues his role as Bisons general manager.

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Zyglis ’04 Reflects on Career

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist shares his journey

As a political cartoonist, Adam Zyglis ’04 believes it is his responsibility to ignite discussion or debate on current events. In an interview with Buffalo Spree magazine, Zyglis expands on this idea and reflects on his career, from drawing for The Griffin newspaper to becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for The Buffalo News

Read the full feature here.


Make it Official

MacDougall ’10 calls penalties for NHL instead of taking them

During his final three seasons with the team, former Griffs ice hockey player Peter MacDougall ’10 led the team in penalty minutes.  MacDougall now puts players in the ‘sin bin’ instead of occupying it! On April 8, MacDougall made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut officiating a game between the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche.

MacDougall previously spent a season as a referee in the American Hockey League (AHL) and three seasons with the ECHL.

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Urban ’94 Promoted to Senior Vice President

Brings 14 years of auditing experience to new position

Julie Urban ’94 is a shining example of where a Canisius education can take you. M&T Bank named her senior vice president and general auditor. The promotion comes after the company split the duties of the late President Mark J. Czarnecki MBA ’91.

Read more about Urban here.


Tricoli ’85, MBA ’94 Honored with Top Executive Award

Recognized for building a strong culture of participation

As her career in human resources advanced, Christine Tricoli ’85, MBA ’94 learned the key to a company’s overall success and how to engage staff.  It directly correlated to her level of dedication in training, educating and connecting with the people of that company.

For her efforts, Best Practice Institute awarded Tricoli its Senior Executive Board Top Talent Executive Award. Best Practice Institute is a leadership and management association that focuses on best and innovative business and talent management practices.

Tricoli is senior vice president and head of talent services for CIT Group.

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