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Seven Cities - Three Countries - One Night

On the same night in seven cities around the world, nearly 200 alumni attended the first-ever Global Alumni Networking Night. Alumni in each city hosted the networking event August 25 which promoted sharing of business contacts among attendees and fond reminiscing of student days at the School of Management. To host an event in your city as part of the 2012 Global Alumni Networking Night, contact Tom McArthur at

Beijing, China

  • Alumni Hosts: Wei Loon Leong '03, MBA '05, and Tim Ebsary '06
  • Hilton Beijing

Buffalo, N.Y.

  • Alumni Host: Scott Eidens, MBA '09
  • The Steer

Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Alumni Host: Vince LoRusso '07
  • The Beckham Grill

New York, N.Y.

  • Alumni Host: Ryan Osborne '98, MBA '00
  • Tonic Bar & Restaurant Times Square

Rochester, N.Y.

  • Alumni Host: Mike Colyer '96, MBA '96
  • Virtu Restaurant


  • Alumni Hosts: Thomas Chiam, EMBA '04 (owner, Friends Restaurant), and Singapore alumni chapter
  • Friends Restaurant

Washington, D.C.

  • Alumni Hosts: Scot Millen, MBA '01, and Cynthia Millen, MBA '01
  • Madhatter Conference Room

As a result of the Global Alumni Networking Night's success, Wenhai Fu, MS '02, PMBA '09, hosted an additional event in Pittsburgh on Oct. 17.

Awards winners, from left, front row: Bontempo, Kaskie and Zak; back row: Cervi, Gaby and Matsutani.

62nd Annual Awards Banquet

Nearly 400 people attended the 62nd Annual School of Management Awards Banquet in November, honoring Buffalo-Niagara Executive of the Year James R. Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health and Great Lakes Health System of Western New York. In addition, achievement awards were presented to C. Angela Bontempo, CEL '97, retired president and CEO of Saint Vincent Health System, for industry leadership in health care; David A. Cervi, CEL '02, vice president of Personal Touch Food Service Inc., for service to the school; Leonard S. Gaby, '67, MBA '71, CEO of Gaby Consulting, for entrepreneurship; Toshio Matsutani, MBA '77, PhD '85, chair and CEO of Beniya Co. Ltd., for industry leadership in fashion; and Robert M. Zak, '80, MBA '80, president and CEO of Merchants Insurance Group, for service to the Western New York community.

Alumni Moonlight Cruise

Peace Bridge

Attendees at the annual alumni cruise in Buffalo were treated to a view of the Peace Bridge decked out in blue and white lights in honor of UB President Satish Tripathi's inauguration in September.

SOMAA Sponsors


  • Citi
  • Delaware North Companies Inc.


  • First Niagara


  • Hodgson Russ LLP
  • Independent Health Association Inc.
  • Moog Inc.
  • Rich Products
  • Thomas A. Palmer, Jaeckle, Fleischmann & Mugel LLP


  • Freed Maxick CPAs PC
  • Irish Cos.
  • Katz Americas
  • Uniland Development Co.