Executive Team

Directors

Matt Sabuda-President/Director

Matt is managing principal of a real estate investment company headquartered in Buffalo, NY with holdings in New York and Florida. Matt attended Canisius College and New York University and worked in the media relations department for the Buffalo Bills.
matt@buffalofanalliance.org

Brian Cinelli-CEO/Director

Brian is an attorney and partner with the law firm Marcus & Cinelli, LLP. After attending SUNY Binghamton and Georgetown University Law Center, Brian spent time as securities trader in New York City before returning home to Western New York to found Marcus & Cinelli, LLP in Williamsville, NY.
brian@buffalofanalliance.org

Steve Brady-COO/Director

Steve is a former investment analyst at IFC (World Bank) in Washington, DEC. Currently, he is pursuing an MBA at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania).
steve@buffalofanalliance.org

Brian Geary-CFO

Brian works in finance as a director at Linwood Investment Advisors, Inc. He has extensive experience serving non-profits in the Buffalo community.

Michael McMahon-Secretary

Mike is a relationship manager in corporate banking at a regional bank, headquartered in Buffalo, NY. Mike attended the University of Michigan and worked in New York City in commercial lending and real estate.

Advisory Board

Andre Reed

Mr. Reed is a Hall of Fame NFL wide receiver (Class of 2014), who spent 15 of his 16 seasons playing for the Buffalo Bills (1985–1999). He was an essential piece of the Bills’ Super Bowl teams. His 951 total career receptions rank 11th in NFL history (3rd at the time of his retirement).  In 2009, Mr. Reed was elected to the Buffalo Bills 50th Season All-Time Team.

Joe DeLamielleure

Mr. DeLamielleure is a Hall of Fame NFL offensive lineman (Class of 2003), who spent 8 of his 13 seasons playing for the Buffalo Bills (1973-1979, 1985).  He was an essential piece of an offensive line dubbed the “Electric Company,” which cleared the way for O.J. Simpson.  Mr. DeLamielleure was selected as first or second team All Pro eight times, placing him third among all Hall of Fame guards, in terms of All-Pro selections.

Billy Shaw

Mr. Shaw is a Hall of Fame NFL offensive lineman (Class of 1999), who spent his entire career playing for the Buffalo Bills (1961-1969).  Drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the American Football League and the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, he opted to play for the Bills and became the first Hall of Fame member to play his entire career in the AFL.

James Lofton

Mr. Lofton is a Hall of Fame wide receiver (Class of 2003), who spent 4 of his 16 season playing for the Buffalo Bills (1989-1992).  He played in three of the Bills‘ Super Bowls and was named to the Pro Bowl eight times.  Mr. Lofton used his speed and soft hands to accumulate 764 catches and 14,004 yards during his career.  At the time of his retirement, he held the record for career-reception yardage.  Upon retirement, Mr. Lofton started careers in coaching and broad casting, working as a commentator for CNN, NBC and Fox.

Steve Christie

Mr. Christie was a kicker for the Buffalo Bills for 10 out of his 16 seasons in the NFL and is the Bills all-time leading scorer.  He holds records for the Bills’ longest field goal (59 yards in 1993) and longest Super Bowl field goal (54 yards in 1994). Mr. Christie and fellow BFA Advisory Board member, Mr. Reed, were key pieces in the historic “The Comeback” playoff game against the Houston Oilers in 1993. He has been inducted into the sports hall of fame for the Buffalo Bills, Oakville, Ontario (his hometown) and The College of William and Mary (his alma mater).

Phil McConkey

Mr. McConkey is president and partner of Academy Securities, a disabled veteran broker-dealer specializing in investment banking, equity & debt capital markets, public finance and institutional agency trading. Prior to his financial career, Mr. McConkey played six years in the NFL for four teams and is best remembered for his touchdown catch in Super Bowl XXI for the New York Giants. He served in the U.S. Navy over a five-year period as a Naval Aviator and nuclear weapons transshipment pilot and is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Mr. McConkey grew up in Buffalo, and despite never playing for the Bills, remains a diehard fan.

Luke Russert

Son of Western New York advocate and Meet the Press Host Tim Russert.  Luke is a correspondent for NBC News and is a popular social media participant with over 183,000 twitter followers.

Carl Forti

Mr. Forti is a founding partner of the Black Rock Group, with over 15 years experience in media relations, campaign strategy, strategic communications and public affairs.   Before Black Rock, he has served as an executive vice president for Issue Advocacy at Freedom’s Watch and as Deputy Campaign Manager – Political Director for Romney for President, where he built and managed the national political operation. Mr. Forti also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill.  He is originally from Western New York and is a graduate of The George Washington University.

Michael Dubke

Mr. Dubke is a founding partner of the Black Rock Group, a strategic communications and public affairs firm based in Alexandria, Virginia that is named after the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo. Since 1988, Mr. Dubke has been involved in local, state and federal politics, as well as issue and public policy advocacy. In 2001, he founded Crossroads Media, and in the 2008 elections, Crossroads distinguished itself as one of the major media placement firms on the national scene. Mr. Dubke is a graduate of Hamilton College and is a Buffalo Bills season ticket holder.

Joe Klein

Mr. Klein is chairman and CEO of Klein Steel, a leading Western New York steel producer.  He founded the North American Steel Alliance, a co-operative of independent metal service centers in North America. Mr. Klein is a Rochester native and resident with a long history of community achievement, named as the 2006 Rochester Business Person of the Year by the Rochester Business Alliance and the 2009 Action for a Better Community Signature Citizen of the Year.  He received a master’s degree in Education Policy from Harvard and launched E3 Rochester, a charter incubator organization.

Rocco Termini

Mr. Termini is president of Signature Development, a Buffalo based real estate development firm.  Signature Development engages in the development of luxury and urban apartments.  It has redeveloped a number of buildings in downtown Buffalo, including the restoration of the Hotel Lafayette.

Steve Cohen

Mr. Cohen is the president and CEO of Salit Steel, a prominent steel distributor and fabricator with operations in Western New York, Southern Ontario, Western Canada and Quebec.  Salit Steel is a 4th generation business, founded more than 100 years ago, which employs over 500 people. Mr. Cohen was born in Buffalo, and his family has been season ticket holders since 1960. He has attended 300+ Bills games, including three Super Bowls.

Rick Cohen

Mr. Cohen is the managing partner of Goldberg Segalla and is a founding partner of the firm, Co-Chair of the Global Insurance Services Practice Group, Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group, and a member of the Sports and Entertainment Practice Group. An AV rated trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Cohen’s practice primarily involves sophisticated insurance coverage and bad faith matters, reinsurance, and D&O and E&O litigation.

Diane Tiveron

Ms. Tiveron is the managing partner of HoganWillig and is also head of firm’s Corporate & Business Law Department. She was voted an Upstate New York “Super Lawyer” in the area of Business/Corporate Law, Business Litigation and also Consumer Bankruptcy. Ms. Tiveron received her J.D., cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and her B.A. in economics and political science from Canisius College, magna cum laude.

Del Reid

“President of Buffalo FAMbase, Inc. and co-founder of the #BillsMafia movement, which is the largest Bills-related social media group, with close to 40,000 followers across its various platforms. www.billsmafia.com

Joe Hanna

Mr. Hanna is a partner at Goldberg Segalla and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He represents sports franchises, professional athletes, and movie studios with various issues related to licensing, contracts, and day-to-day management. Mr. Hanna graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo and cum laude from its law school. He is the Founder and President of Bunkers in Baghdad, Inc., a nonprofit that collects and ships new and used golf equipment to troops in Afghanistan and 22 other countries around the world (4.7+ million golf balls and 150,000+ golf clubs to date).

Corey Hogan

Mr. Hogan founded Corey J. Hogan and Associates in 1975, which subsequently merged with The Law Office of Ronald Willig in 1998 to form HoganWillig. Mr. Hogan has been in practice for over 35 years and has been voted an Upstate New York “Super Lawyer” every year since 2007. He is a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of the top trial lawyers in the United States.

Jim Goldsmith

Mr. Goldsmith is the founder and CEO of Bombastic Industries Group (“BIG”), a full service sports client management firm. He has over 25 years of business and management experience in the sports industry, where he has been actively involved in every aspect of the professional sports.  After years on the field as a player, on the sidelines and dugout as a coach and manager, and in the owner’s box as a full and partial owner, Mr. Goldsmith now devotes his efforts to representing professional athletes in their careers and their lives, on and off the field.

Aaron Adoff

Mr. Adoff is an associate at Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak, a regional law firm with offices through New York.  Prior to KSLN, Mr. Adoff gained considerable experience in all areas of civil litigation while working with another area law firm. Before pursuing a career in law, he served as a medic in the US Army from 1994-1997.

Jason Knight

Mr. Knight is an assistant professor at Buffalo State (SUNY) in the Geography and Planning Department. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Daemen College and the University at Buffalo (SUNY).  Before taking up teaching, Mr. Knight held a number of positions in urban planning and land use, most recently the Community Planning Coordinator for Erie County in the Department of Environment and Planning, under Commissioner Maria Whyte. He is a long-time Bills season ticket holder.

Dr. John Dahlberg Ph.D

Dr. Dahlberg is a professor and Chair of Communications Studies, at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.

Celeste Albone

BillsMafia.com fan nominated member. Assistant to the GM of a WNY distribution company.

Brian Smith

BillsMafia.com fan nominated member. Vice President of Greater Lockport Development Corporation.

Advisors

Eric Mower and Associates (EMA)

represents BFA with respect to its public relations and market launch strategy/implementation.  Their participation and support in these areas will provide needed expertise in ensuring that the model is properly branded and marketed both locally and nationally.  With seven offices, four in NFL cities, EMA is a growing agency with 250 employees and $235 million in capitalized billings.  EMA is an integrated agency, offering advertising, public relations, public affairs and brand marketing, as well as B2B.  Clients include FedEx, General Electric, Ford, Motorola, North American Breweries/Labatt/Genesee, Verizon Wireless, Vanity Fair, Seagram’s Escapes, New Era Cap, BlueCross BlueShield and many others.

The Zenger Group

is an information services firm specializing in direct mail printing and marketing. They currently process over 48 million pieces of direct mail marketing per year.  In addition to analytics and strategy, the Zenger Group is vertically integrated to handle every aspect of direct mail research and marketing from idea creation to return process analysis including online marketing support and tracking.

Tronconi Segarra & Associates LLP

is one of the largest independent, full-service Certified Public Accounting firms in the Western New York region with over 90 associates, including 13 partners and more than 50 CPAs, committed for the past 30 years to helping organizations and businesses grow and thrive in Western New York and beyond. Tronconi Segarra & Associates’ extensive expertise assisting not-for-profit organizations led BFA to select them to provide experienced counsel in areas including, but not limited to, exempt organization registration and recurring regulatory compliance matters (audits and Federal and state income taxes); and consulting services such as sales & use tax, fiduciary responsibilities of Board members, and internal controls/risk assessment.  www.tsacpa.com

Mainstreethost

is a website design and digital marketing agency that will assist in designing and launching BFA’s websites, as well as assist with search engine optimization, content marketing, social media marketing, and other approved inbound marketing strategies.  They are a fast growing and highly regarded local firm with over 200 employees and will provide essential technical and marketing support to BFA.

Site Selection Group

based in Dallas, TX is a leading, independent location advisory and economic incentives firm.  Through the utilization of their specialized databases and analytical models, they were able to assist BFA in gathering necessary demographic information and assisting in BFA’s initial projections and calculations.

The law firm of Hogan Willig

has assisted with BFA’s 1023 application to the IRS and also drafted its conflicts of interest policy.

Ben Gaughan

National Social Media Coordinator.

Chris Wilson

Bills Backers Network Coordinator.