Business Awards Dinner
49th Annual Business Awards Dinner
The Richard J. Wehle School of Business would like to thank our corporate sponsors for this year’s 49th Business Awards Dinner. Approximately 75 students were sponsored to attend the dinner.
Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, LLP
David Nasca Family
Dopkins & Company, LLP
Edward Murphy Family & Friends
Ernst & Young
Hodgson Russ LLP
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP
Masters Business Alumni Association (MBAA)
Merchants Mutual Insurance Co.
Optimum Physician Alliance, LLC
Roosevelt & Cross
The Buffalo News
Women's Business Center
Business Executive of the Year
DAVID J. NASCA ’79, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EVANS BANCORP, INC., EVANS BANK, N.A.
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.
Under Mr. Nasca’s direction, Evans Bank has expanded to offer a full range of financial services for consumers and commercial clients including banking, insurance, investment, and employee benefit services, with 14 bank branches throughout the region.
Mr. Nasca earned a bachelor's degree in management and marketing from Canisius College and an MBA in finance from State University of New York at Buffalo. His career has included numerous senior executive roles with Goldome Realty Credit Corp., Goldome FSB, Chemical Bank, and First Niagara Financial Group, Inc., followed by his co-founding of a consumer directed health care plan before becoming President of Evans Bank.
Throughout his career, Mr. Nasca has consistently given back to the community. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Evans Community Commitment Team which fosters service and volunteerism within the Evans family of companies, supporting organizations such as the Food Bank of WNY, Habitat for Humanity, Cradle Beach, and many more.
Dr. Bernard L. Martin Award
DANIEL J. ZIMMER ’83, MBA ‘87, VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT, DELAWARE NORTH COMPANIES, INC.
Established in 1976 by the Board of Directors of the Canisius College Masters Alumni Association (MBAA), the Bernard L. Martin award recognizes a distinguished graduate of the college’s graduate business programs – someone who has excelled professionally and also provided significant service to the community.
As vice president of corporate finance and development for the company, Daniel J. Zimmer ’83, MBA ’87 is responsible for a wide range of finance, real estate, and corporate compliance initiatives for Delaware North.
Mr. Zimmer currently serves a number of charitable organizations including as a member of the Audit Committee of the University at Buffalo Foundation; treasurer of the Jacobs Institute; and president of the Miracle League of WNY. He also serves as director of the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, the Canisius College Business Advisory Council and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
Dr. Richard A. Shick Award
EDWARD M. MURPHY ‘73, VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AND SECRETARY, MERCHANTS MUTUAL INSURANCE CO.
The Richard J. Wehle School of Business at Canisius College established The Dr. Richard A. Shick Award to recognize a member of the Canisius College community who has made important contributions to the success of the business school and the college.
Edward M. Murphy ’73 has been with the company for 32 years, currently serving as vice president, chief investment officer and secretary. He has played major roles in the company’s community involvement to the great benefit of Canisius College.
Mr. Murphy helped found the Golden Griffin Fund, an investment-management course, for both undergraduate seniors and MBA finance majors. As a dedicated mentor, Mr. Murphy has guided scores of students in preparing equity recommendations to the Golden Griffin Fund committee for possible purchase by the fund. Mr. Murphy and his wife, Lynn, also support Golden Griffin Fund students with an annual scholarship available on the basis of academic merit and financial need.