July 2018 Chairman Newsletter

It has been two months since we celebrated the Best in Technology - the 2018 Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards & Showcase (BETAS) and we are still receiving accolades for a wonderful event! That is my initial response when I look back at our 2018 Annual BETAS held May 4th at RiverWorks. The Technology Showcase drew more than 550 visitors and over 400 joined us for the Awards dinner. Another amazing program put together by our dedicated BETAS Committee and Board recognizing the Best in Technology for 2017-2018!

First, I need to thank and recognize those that made the BETAS a resounding success: our Chair of the BETAS Committee: Peter Ronca, Shatter I.T.; followed by Kelly Flicinski, 716 Marketing; Megan Wagner, MW Marcom; Chi Desai, IVR Technology Group; Sam Marrazzo, BNMC; Christine Carr, Mission Ignite/Computers for Children; Amy Gordon, Ronco Communications; Tim Finney, Alcott HR; Jennifer Rittling and John Indelicato and our wonderful Director of Administration - Jeanne Hellert.

Secondly, I would like to thank our Gold and Silver Sponsors for making this year's event a success:

Gold Sponsors: BlueCross BlueShield of WNY, LA Cyber, Bond, Schoeneck & King, Shatter I.T., Lume, 716 Marketing, Buffalo Business First, 360 PSG, AT&T, Ronco Communications, and Full Circle Studios.

Silver Sponsors: Colocrossing, MW Marcom, Sedara, Allegra Marketing Print Mail, Synacor, Rich Products, Sinatra & Company Management, Bonadio Group.

This year the BETAS featured a Robot Competition "Mayhem in May" during our Tech Showcase. Approximately 100 High School students and their respective teams competed in a number of Robot challenges to the amazement of the crowds! The First Tech Challenge at Riverworks was realized with the help of Jon Kiddy from the Nichols School, who brought together nine teams from seven schools.

Robot Competition Sponsors: Sunnking, Mission Ignite, Veraview, BNMC, and AT&T

The BETAS - Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards and Showcase celebrates the Best in WNY Technology and we would like to congratulate the following 2018 Winners:

Best Student in Technology: Megha Goyal, UB
Best Cyber Culture:19 Ideas
Best Emerging Tech Company: 3AM Innovations
Best Innovation in Mfg.: UltraCell Insulation
Best Team - Creative Services: 19 Ideas
Best Team - NFP/Education:Jacobs Institute - Engineering Team
Best Team - Service Industries: M&T Bank
Best Team - Tech Services: IVR Technology Group
Best Use of Digital Marketing:Mental Health Association of Erie County
Entrepreneur of the Year: Akash Desai - IVR Technology Group
Women in Tech Award: Kathleen Murphy, University at Buffalo
IT Leader of the Year: Michael Moskal - CUBRC 
Chairman's Community Award: AT&T

At this time, I would like to introduce you to our New incoming Chair of Infotech WNY effective as of June 7th, 2018. He is no stranger to Infotech and our members, Peter Cimino, Director of IT - Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors. I've been fortunate to have an amazing group of talented Board Members and the past two years just flew by!

Please check our website for upcoming events and have a safe and wonderful summer.

Upcoming Events for our members to attend or get involved:

Serious Games Conference - Tuesday July 17 - 19th - Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Building. https://www.seriousplay-ny.com/

If you want to be more involved or explore one of our many committees, please reach out to myself or any of our Board Members. Our contact information is located on our website - www.infotechwny.com/board-of-directors

Patrick Finucane
Outgoing Chair InfoTech WNY

IT WNY GOLD Sponsors

  • 2FindYourHome.com is your direct link to the MLS. WNY’s most reliable and accurate Real Estate source! The only place for every open house, every day of the week! 

  • 360PSG

    Making Web Development More Accessible To You.

    Our mission is to provide web solutions in such a way that small and mid-size companies have an affordable option, without sacrificing the quality and expertise that is usually associated with large, diverse and expensive agencies.

  • At AT&T, we’re bringing it all together. We’re helping people connect with advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed Internet services and smart solutions for businesses.

    Fast, highly secure and mobile connectivity – to everything on the Internet, everywhere, at every moment and on every device – is what drives us at AT&T.


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield WNY

    We strive to provide better healthcare to our members, offer greater value to our customers, and improve the health of our communities.

  • We will maintain an unfailing commitment to understand our clients' needs and to provide comprehensive, practical, high-quality, and responsive solutions. We will maintain the highest professional and ethical standards, and continue the Firm's historical commitment to, and leadership in, community activities, pro-bono work, and service to the Bar.

  • Buffalo Business First

    View Daily Local Business News, Resources & more in Buffalo, New York.


    FCS specializes in digital media design and development, taking a project from initial conceptualization through scriptwriting, into digital video/audio recording, and culminating in non-linear, uncompressed editing. With advanced capabilities in 2D & 3D animation, graphic design, and illustration, projects include broadcast television shows, training programs, marketing presentations, digital signage, and fundraising support. FCS can master all professional formats including 4K, web-based applications, and others. 


    DataSure24 – our services accelerate and simplify continuous monitoring threat detection, incident response and compliance management for IT teams with limited resources. Protecting your data can be one of the biggest challenges for your business. Our clients can rest easy knowing that their data is protected 24/7 by our team of specialist SOC Analysts.

  • Data Breach Defense

    Cyber Security, Breach Readiness, Risk Mitigation, Data Breach Compliance and Notification Services.

  • We support our clients by providing solutions that leverage industry leading technology and services.  We have been reducing risk and expense from IT based projects and day to day operations since 1965.  Headquartered in Tonawanda, NY, Ronco has grown to over 25 locations in the Eastern United States.  Service is our primary focus and our commitment is what brings us together.  We have built the foundation of our organization on trusted partnerships throughout our footprint.

  • TIBCO fuels digital business by enabling better decisions and faster, smarter actions through the TIBCO Connected Intelligence Cloud. From APIs and systems to devices and people, we interconnect everything, capture data in real time wherever it is, and augment the intelligence of your business through analytical insights. Learn how TIBCO makes digital smarter at www.tibco.com.

  • 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.

  • 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.  


    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.

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

  • 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.