February 2020 Chairman Newsletter

InfoTech WNY continues to make great strides with membership and sponsorships! Our Board of Directors has recently added the Community subcommittee to focus on K-12 and University education outreach.  

We are excited to announce the BETAS will be returning to Riverworks on May 7th, featuring the robot competition and our annual showcase, which highlights all of our amazing Buffalo businesses and students.  

I want to thank everyone who attended our Winter Bash networking event at Hearth and Press! Because of your gracious donations, we were honored to be able to donate $500 to WNYHeroes, Inc., which is a local non-profit supporting our WNY veterans. We will remain committed to supporting local charitable organizations and giving back to our community. 

The annual Shadow Days program was a tremendous success with 57 students and 14 companies participating, offering 124 possible shadowing spots. This two-day experience was an amazing and eye-opening teaser of what technology students should be looking at for their professional career development.  

Student Quotes: 

•           “100% said they would recommend this company for shadowing day for other students as well.” 

•           “Freed Maxick was very accommodating and made sure my time was significant in terms of learning.” 

•           “I honestly think my experience at Delaware North was perfect. It is a perfect opportunity for MIS and ITM majors at UB, and I really appreciate this opportunity."


Please check out our events page @ infotechwny.com/events 

BETAS Awards-  

We need your help making the BETAS successful! Please check out our Nomination Categories and submit candidates for our BETAS awards. The big night is only 3 months away! 

The robot competition is back, and we are looking for sponsorship for all eight of the high school teams. Contact itwny@infotechwny.com for more information.

Below you will find this year’s BETAS award categories. Now is the time to nominate businesses, teammates, or peers who should be recognized for their outstanding work in our technology community. Instructions for submitting nominations can be found on our website here: infotechwny.com/2020-Infotech-WNY-BETAS-Nomination-Categories

1.         Student in Technology 

2.         Educator in Technology

3.         Best Tech Startup

4.         Tech for Good

5.         The Rebel Award

6.         Transformational Leadership Award

7.         Woman in Tech 

8.         Tech Leader

9.         Best Tech Company

10.       Project Manager of the Year powered by PMI Buffalo

We are looking for volunteers to help judge the awards. If you or someone you know would be interested, click here to e-mail Jen Rittling and sign up! 

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Best regards,   

Sam Marrazzo 
Board Chairman InfotechWNY 

IT WNY GOLD Sponsors

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  • Rich Products

  • Twisted Rope is a full-service digital agency with offices in Buffalo, Los Angeles and Netherlands. Twisted Rope works collaboratively with companies to drive their marketing, sales and business development strategies. From branding to creative content, software, and app development, Twisted Rope combines strategy, design, and development to create engaging experiences.

  • For over two decades, iV4 has been aligning our customers with tailored technology solutions that enable them to modernize, protect and grow their business. We are proud to be the leading Microsoft Partner in Upstate, NY and honored to have been named a Top 200 Microsoft Solutions Provider, Microsoft Partner of the Year and Cloud Partner of the Year. We do technology best, so you can do business better.

  • Lighthouse Technology Services | IT Staffing, IT Services, IT Jobs – Introducing Companies to the Right Technology Professionals and the Right Technology Solutions, at the Right Time.

  • Beckage PLLC is a law firm focused on technology, data security and privacy law, with offices in Buffalo and NYC.  Beckage attorneys are CIPP/E and CIPP/US and assist their global clients with all matters related to technology and privacy from regulatory compliance and contracting, data breach response, and representing clients in national putative class actions and privacy litigations.  

  •  The PMI Buffalo Chapter was founded in 1995 to support the visions of PMI (Project Management Institute) in the Western New York area.

  •   CTG’s expertise in the following key areas underpins our solutions and helps clients get the most value from transformational technologies: Agile, DevSecOps, Internet of Things, Intelligent Automation, Data and Analytics, Cloud, and Automated Testing. Learn more at www.ctg.com


    At M&T Tech, we’re a team of makers, doers, and builders working to create the most advanced technology solutions in banking.  We’re not your stereotypical suit and tie bankers: we’re an innovative team of leading tech experts, pushing boundaries, and taking risks. Join us and be part of something new as we build tomorrow’s bank today.

  • As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA Western and Central New York provides nearly 900,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.