Canisius Alumni Among Most Influential Leaders in WNY

March 9, 2023

Buffalo, NY – Thirty Canisius University alumni earned a place on Business First’s Power 250 list for 2023.  Business First is considered the top source of local business news and events in Western New York.  Its annual Power 250 list identifies the most influential leaders throughout the region.   

Canisius University alumnus Ron A. Raccuia ’90 tops this year’s roll earning the No. 1 spot.  Raccuia is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Buffalo Bills, and charged with leading the once-in-a-generation construction of the team’s new stadium.  He is among the 30 Canisius alumni included on the Power 250 list, which also ranks President Steve Stoute at No. 80.  

The following is a list of those Canisius alumni named to the Power 250:

#1           Ron Raccuia ’90, Executive Vice President/COO, Buffalo Bills; President, AdPro Sports
#9          William Maggio ’84, MBA ’92, Managing Director & Partner, Lorraine Capital
#14        Michael Edbauer MBA ’12, President, Highmark Western and Northeastern New York
#15        Richard Ferranti ’86, CEO, Rich Products Corp.
#16        Mark Sullivan ’92, MPA ’96, President & CEO, Catholic Health
#18        Kimberley Minkel MBA ’96, Executive Director, Niagara Frontier Transportation  
#26        Michael Montante ’91, CEO, Uniland Development Co.
#28        David Nasca ’79, President & CEO, Evans Bank
#35        Ken Kujawa ’87, MBA ’00, Regional Director, National Grid
#47        Michael Hughes ’94, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Kaleida Health
#62        Kevin Cross ’96, Managing Partner & Chairman, Lippes Mathias LLP
#90        Carl Montante ’64, Executive Chairman, Uniland Development Co.
#109      Michael Noah ’67, President, Bank on Buffalo
#131       Robert Rich III MBA ’95, President, Roar Logistics
#134      Margaret Paroski ’76, President & CEO, Catholic Medical Partners
#147      Daniel Scully ’83, CEO, Buffalo Medical Group
#152      Michael Mineo ’00, Chief Medical Officer, Kaleida Health
#157      Paul Kolkmeyer ’75, CEO, Priam Enterprises LLC
#159      James Dentinger ’83, MBA ’94, President, NOCO Enterprises LLC
#163      John Eagleton ’84, Commercial Banking Group Manager, Community Bank
#176      Tom Garigen ’97, Buffalo/Pittsburgh Office Practice Leader, CannonDesign
#183      John Cleary ’89, Senior Project Executive, Gilbane Building Co.
#184      James Basil ’85, President, Joe Basil Chevrolet
#205      Thomas Montante ’65, CEO, Montante Group
#218      John Lomeo ’80, President & CEO, Niagara Hospice
#222      Patricia Farrell MBA '94, Regional market Leader, Wilmington Trust N.S
#233      Tom Emmerling ’75, Managing Partner, Dopkins & Co
#237      Rocco Termini ’72, President, Signature Development Buffalo LLC
#243      Richard Suchan ’82, Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo
#245      Earl Ketry ’70, President & Managing Partner, Pearl Street Properties

One of 27 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders – intelligent, caring, faithful individuals – able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, their communities and their service to humanity.