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Highlighting our summer events and honoring a longtime member

Buffalo Chapter President 

We are into the home stretch of another summer in Buffalo. We’ve enjoyed some well-deserved warm and sunny weather after a less than spectacular spring. Speaking of spectacular, the Buffalo Chapter hosted some fantastic events over the summer, including the Annual Summer Symposium and the Young Professionals Golf Outing.

The Annual Summer Symposium is an institution here in Buffalo. Our fearless leaders Patricia A. McGrath and Gregory J. Altman tirelessly organized another great two-day event. The speakers and topics were timely and left many of the attendees wanting more. Walt Manning, a very dynamic speaker with more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement and private practice, led a very interesting discussion about the “Darknet” and “Internet of Things.” He has an incredible way of explaining complex technocrime investigations that everyone can understand. Another speaker, Vince LoRusso, founder of the gamified learning platform TrueUp, spoke about how his startup assists companies in evaluating the skills of professionals in both the recruiting and retention processes.

I’d like to take a moment to highlight an outstanding member of the Buffalo Chapter. We have no shortage of members with incredible histories of service that are truly inspiring not only to me, but to our membership as a whole. I would be remiss if, in my second article as president, I didn’t highlight Greg Altman. Greg has served in countless roles in the Buffalo Chapter and at the state level. As his dear friend Pat McGrath often remarks, “No one can say no to Greg!” Thank you, Greg, for your service to the chapter, your kindness, and over 19 years of service to the Buffalo Chapter and the NYSSCPA. You truly embody the traits of a devoted member, committee chairman and officer, including past president and chapter representative to the state. In my relatively short tenure with the Buffalo Chapter board, I quickly came to realize how many events Greg is “behind the scenes” of or has first-hand experience with. He’s one of those people you may not see for a while, then you run into him as though no time has passed, and then he offers to help with anything you might need. I have found that, as a first-time chapter president, it’s priceless to be able to reach out to people like Greg. Thank you again, Greg!

To continue with the theme of open communication, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly should you have any questions or concerns about happenings in the Buffalo Chapter. I would love to hear from you. You’re encouraged to check out “NYSSCPA — Buffalo Chapter” on Facebook as well; hopefully, you’ll notice our use of social media more and more. Pictures from our annual Young Professionals Golf Tournament, held on Aug. 2, are up, along with some “Save the Dates” for some other upcoming events. Please also mark you calendars for Monday, Oct. 28, when NYSSCPA President Ita M. Rahilly, President-elect Edward L. Arcara and Executive Director Joanne S. Barry will visit to present a Professional Issues Update. You can also find upcoming events on our chapter page. Many thanks to our NextGen members for organizing the golf tournament again this year and for a couple of really fun events coming up in the fall—more to come on those. Enjoy the rest of the summer!


Sean Umlauft- Buffalo President-

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

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