Power 100 Business Leaders of Color countdown continues with Nos. 50-1

  • Raheel Ahmad, chief medical officer, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital & DeGraff Medical Park, Kaleida Health
  • Lavonne Ansari, CEO & executive director, Community Health Center of Buffalo
  • Thomas Beauford Jr., president & CEO, Buffalo Urban League
  • Herbert Bellamy, CEO/president, Bellamy Enterprises/Buffalo Black Achievers
  • Mark Blue, president, NAACP
  • Rosalind Burgin, co-founder/president-elect, MMB Realty Group/Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors
  • Trina Burruss, incoming CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Hans Cassagnol, executive vice president, chief clinical officer, physician executive, Catholic Health
  • Luis Cervantes, plant manager, General Motors Tonawanda Engine Plant
  • George Chamoun, CEO, ACV Auctions
  • Aaron Chang, president, Sisters of Charity Hospital, Catholic Health
  • Michael Chapman, pastor/CEO, St. John Baptist Church/St. John Fruit Belt Community Development Corp.
  • Katherine Conway-Turner, president, SUNY Buffalo State
  • Fadi Dagher, founder & president, Cedarland Development Group
  • Greg Daniel, president & managing member, Luthuli Group
  • Andrew Davis, chief operating officer, Erie County Medical Center
  • Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president & CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Bassam Deeb, president, Trocaire College
  • Errol Douglas, senior vice president & chief human resources officer, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • John Elmore, founder, The Law Office of John V. Elmore P.C.
  • Steve Finch, vice president of manufacturing and community engagement, Viridi Parente Inc.
  • Glenn Jackson, chief diversity officer, M&T Bank
  • René Jones, chairman & CEO, M&T Bank
  • Dwayne Jones, pastor/president, Mt. Aaron Baptist Church/Community Hope Builders CDC Inc.
  • Irfan Khan, CEO, Circuit Clinical
  • Brenda McDuffie, chair, ECIDA
  • Faisal Merani, CEO, Merani Hotel Group
  • Brandye Merriweather, president, Buffalo Urban Development Corp.
  • James Morrell, director of public transit, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
  • Kevin Nephew, president & CEO, Seneca Gaming Corp.
  • Kim Pegula, president & CEO, Pegula Sports and Entertainment
  • William Pryor, executive vice president & chief administrative officer, Catholic Health
  • Lori Quigley, interim president/chairwoman, Medaille University/Seneca Gaming Corp.
  • Nagendra Raina, CEO, Buffalo Games
  • Chandra Redfern, CEO, Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers
  • Catherine Roberts, president & CEO, Resource Council of WNY
  • Casimiro Rodriguez, president emeritus & founder, Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York
  • Luis Rodriguez, CEO, Rodriguez Construction
  • JC Seneca, owner, Native Pride Travel Plaza, Six Nations Manufacturing, Tallchief Hemp and Tallchief Native Pride Fuel
  • Rupa Shanmugam, president/CEO, Sopark Corp.
  • Adnan Siddiqui, CEO/Surgeon, professor and vice chairman, Jacobs Institute/UBNS
  • Steve Stoute, president, Canisius College
  • Ashok Subramanian, CEO & co-founder, Centivo
  • Thurman Thomas, president, 34 Group
  • Satish Tripathi, president, University at Buffalo
  • Stephen Tucker, president & CEO, Northland Workforce Training Center
  • Anthony Vazquez, Buffalo site president, Citi
  • Raul Vazquez, president, CinqCare of NY
  • Edward Watts Jr., president, Watts Architects and Engineers
  • Tonja Williams, superintendent, Buffalo Public Schools



Power 100 Business Leaders of Color kicks off with Nos. 100-51

By Michelle Cioci Adams  –  Managing Editor , Buffalo Business First

Nov 3, 2022

In 2013, Buffalo Business First launched the Power 250, an annual list ranking the most powerful people in the region.

In 2016, we added the Power 100 (now 200) Women.

Today we introduce the first half of the Power 100 Business Leaders of Color, No. 100 to No. 51.

They are listed below in alphabetical order; to see where they rank, check out the slideshow above.

  • Joseph Anderson, owner, Smokin Joes
  • Al-Nisa Banks, owner, editor and publisher, the Challenger
  • CJ Banks, vice president, Bitwise Industries
  • Sheila Brown, CEO & owner, Vision Multi-Media, WUFO 1080 AM radio
  • Darian Bryan, founder, the Plating Society
  • Shannon Bryant, chief diversity and inclusion officer, Kaleida Health
  • Tye and Courtney Caldwell, co-founders, ShearShare
  • Joseph Chow, president and chief medical officer, TeamHealth Ambulatory Care
  • Richard Cummings, president, Black Chamber of Commerce of WNY
  • Zandra Cunningham, CEO, Zandra Beauty
  • Juweria Dahir, executive director, Entrepreneurship for All
  • Latricia Davis, owner/director of inclusion, diversity and equity, INTRO Lifestyle Boutique/West Herr Automotive Group
  • Peter de Jesús Jr., president, Western New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
  • Kelly Dumas, chief operating officer, BestSelf Behavioral Health
  • Ofo Ezeugwu, founder & CEO, WhoseYourLandlord
  • Karla Gadley, senior vice president, community development officer, Five Star Bank
  • Fatai Gbadamosi, chief medical officer, Evergreen Health
  • Dominique Goss, executive director, M&T Charitable Foundation
  • Andy Hakes, founder & CEO, AireXpert
  • Joseph Hanna, management committee & partner, Goldberg Segalla
  • Nina Heard, global supply chain material flow & launch planner, General Motors Co., GM Tonawanda Engine
  • Kenneth and Sharon Holley, co-owners, Zawadi Books
  • Tyra Johnson Hux, deputy director, LISC WNY
  • Joseph Khoury, co-owner, Rachel’s Mediterranean
  • Wayne Lewis Jr., president, Houghton College
  • Yexi Liu, executive vice president & chief information officer, Rich Products
  • Deiver Montes, founder & CEO, Avalon Sports
  • Magdalena Nichols, chief operating officer, Jericho Road Community Health Center
  • Mark Overall, president, Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals
  • Chiwuike “Chi-Chi” Owunwanne, corporate responsibility officer and community relations manager, Keybank
  • Jennifer Parker, founder, Jackson Parker Communications LLC
  • Derrick Parson, executive director, the Exchange at Beverly Gray
  • Shantelle Patton, founder/president, That Brown Bag/Urban Chamber of Commerce
  • Rene Petties-Jones, president, National Federation for Just Communities Western New York
  • Sheila Rayam, executive editor, Buffalo News
  • Shatorah Roberson, staff policy adviser, Tesla
  • Eugenio Russi, executive director, Hispanos Unidos De Buffalo
  • Riffat Sadiq, president & CEO, WNY Medical PC
  • Amin Serehali, chief data and analytics officer, Independent Health
  • Esmeralda Sierra, president, Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York
  • Jamie Smith, chief academic officer, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Carmen Snell, vice president & deputy general counsel, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Larry and Jacqueline Stitts, co-owners, the Golden Cup
  • Mostafa Tanbakuchi, owner, Ridge Home Furnishings and the Tonawanda Castle
  • Natascha Thomas, director of the Buffalo development center, Rural Sourcing
  • Tommy Truong, co-owner, Saigon Bangkok
  • Larry Waters Jr., president, Minority Bar Association of Western New York
  • Alexander Wright, founder, African Heritage Food Co-op
  • Favio Osorio and David Gonzalez, co-founders, Arbol
  • Sarah Pearson Collins and Kezia Pearson, co-founders, the Race Card LLC


Career & Workplace

How and why we created the Power 100 Business Leaders of Color

Power Leaders of Color 2022


By Michelle Cioci Adams  –  Managing Editor , Buffalo Business First

Nov 4, 2022

As children, we often want to look like the people with power: kings and queens, superheroes, police officers. We dress up like them, in shiny crowns, in flowing capes, in uniforms with badges.

By adulthood, that changes. Now, we want people with power to look like us. We seek out role models who look familiar, who make us dream that one day we will swap places and become the CEO, the business owner or the company president.

For almost four decades, we at Buffalo Business First have been watching — and writing about — powerful business leaders throughout Western New York as they scale companies, create jobs and focus on innovation. Their stories fill the pages of our paper and website.

In 2013, we launched the Power 250, an annual list ranking the most powerful people in the region. In 2016, we added the Power 100 (now 200) Women.

Today we introduce you to the Power 100 Business Leaders of Color.

See Nos. 100-51 here

See Nos. 50-1 here

We considered factors such as the size of a workforce, an organization’s revenue and a leader’s time in a position. We also looked at community impact and influence: If he or she makes a phone call, how quickly does it get returned? (Note: For this list, we focused only on business and nonprofit leaders and not on politicians or religious or community leaders, despite their influence.)

So, why do we have three separate lists? Many people appear on all three, after all.

Men and women from underrepresented groups regularly face additional barriers on the way to the boardroom, from access to capital to a lack of relationships with those already in power to biases, unconscious and otherwise.

We hope this list prompts conversations, about the people and companies who are on it, and those who aren’t; about the systems that hinder the next generation of diverse executives; and about the talented leaders we are fortunate to have among us.

We know this is subjective. Like all our Power Lists, we know that not everyone will agree with the people on it, those missing and the rankings. That’s OK; we welcome your feedback and your discussions.

In the end, the goal is that we all see someone in a position of power who looks like us, someone to highlight the opportunities and help us dream.

May we all find our own shiny crowns.

Michelle Cioci Adams is the managing editor at Buffalo Business First

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