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Building on chapter success in communications and NextGen recruitment efforts

By Kevin Penner
Buffalo Chapter President 

As my term as the Buffalo Chapter president began, I did some brainstorming to determine where my focus belonged. I have been told that the term goes by very fast, and it’s best to avoid spreading oneself too thin. I have decided to build upon the fantastic progress that the chapter made in enhancing communication and recruitment through the drive of Immediate Past President James E. “Jim” Gramkee.

Jim put communication with our members at the forefront of his agenda. This enabled us to take a deeper look at the ways the Buffalo Chapter communicates with our members and with the NYSSCPA as a whole. In order to reach a wider audience, we relied less on our older listserv contacts and instead leveraged the NYSSCPA’s Exchange, along with this page and digest emails. I noticed direct results from this shift. More people seemed to be talking about the latest chapter communications (with the help of Jim’s entertaining emails), while chapter events remained well attended. In this fiscal year, I would like to continue exploring and streamlining all avenues of communication with members, including leveraging Linked-In, to maximize the chapter’s profile in the community.

For several years, the Buffalo Chapter has been striving for ways to attract new volunteers from our NextGen Committee to serve in additional roles, either at the local level or state level. Their participation is key because, in order to continue thriving as a chapter, we need the energy, new ideas and drive that they can contribute. Over the past few years, we have made some progress on this recruitment initiative. Several newer committee members have brought differing perspectives and shown the persistence to take an idea from scratch and make it into a success; those individuals’ projects added value to our offerings and to their professional careers. We will continue to find ways to attract new members going forward, and this is one of the areas I would like to focus on in this fiscal year.

The dual goals of enhancing communication and attracting young professionals to our chapter are intertwined. We will continue to use the latest available methods of communication in order to keep all of our members in tune with the latest happenings of the NYSSCPA and to notify new members of valuable opportunities within our chapter. I encourage young professionals to reach out to me at the email address below if you are interested in taking the next step in your career. The Buffalo Chapter seeks to foster long-lasting relationships and the satisfaction of an entrepreneurial spirit that is often hard to find.

Buffalo Chapter Board Meetings

Meetings are held on Tuesdays at the Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave, Buffalo, NY 14225

Time: 8 a.m. (breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m.)

September 18
October 16
November 20
January 8, 2019
May 21, 2019
June 11, 2019

To RSVP Contact: Kevin Penner at

Buffalo Chapter Nominating Committee Report 2018-19

The Nominating Committee submits the following report of nominees for election. All nominees have been contacted and have agreed to serve if elected.


President: Kevin Penner *
President-Elect: Open
Vice President: Daniel Whelehan
Secretary: Lisa Mrkall
Treasurer: Chris Learman

Board of Directors (Terms Expiring on May 31, 2019)

Deborah Kassirer
Brian Kern
Jaimie Lotz
James Gramkee* (Immediate Past President)

Board of Directors (Terms Expiring on May 31, 2020)

Richard Brennan
Edward Steele 
Franco Strangis
Patricia Johnson
Bruce Zgoda

*automatically selected as President (formerly-President Elect) and Immediate Past President (formerly President)

The election will take place on­­­­­­­­­ April 24th, 2018 at Salvatore’s

Nomination Committee
Kristen Robillard
Kaitlyn Toczek
Kelly Mandell
Sean Umlauft

Upcoming Events

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Chapter Buffalo Chapter - Annual Summer Symposium
7/23/2019 8:30:00 AM
Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo, Buffalo
Buffalo Chapter - Annual Summer Symposium - Day 1
7/23/2019 8:30:00 AM
Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo, Buffalo
Buffalo Chapter - Annual Summer Symposium - Day 2
7/24/2019 8:30:00 AM
Millennium Airport Hotel Buffalo, Buffalo
Buffalo Chapter - Young Professionals Golf Tournament
8/2/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo Tournament Club, Lancaster
FAE Securing a Comfortable Retirement in the Age of Spending Seminar (Buffalo)
8/8/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst
FAE's Ethics Update for Public Practice Seminar (Buffalo)
11/18/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst
FAE's Ethics Update for Members in Business Seminar (Buffalo)
11/18/2019 9:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst
U.S. GAAP Review for Business & Industry Seminar (Buffalo)
11/20/2019 8:00:00 AM
Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, Amherst

For a full list of CPE Courses available for this chapter, visit myCPE.

Buffalo Chapter Member Directory

Click here to find and contact all your fellow members in the Buffalo Chapter.

Chartered Feb.5, 1925, this chapter encompasses the following counties:
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming
Kevin Penner
The presiding President of the Buffalo Chapter is Kevin Penner.
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