This Tuesday, October 9, 2012, the one-year M.B.A. cohort attended the Canisius College Forty-Fourth Annual Business Awards Dinner at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. This dinner was our first major networking event, intended to jump-start our association into the business field, as well as recognize a handful of scholarship recipients within the program, including Sarah Ahmed, Dillion Brown, Syed Hasseb, Sean Haxton, Bryan Karchensky,  David Longo, Christopher McArdell, Brian Rathman, Matthew Schuler, Daniel Weinstein, and myself.

Timothy T. Tevens, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Columbus McKinnon Corporation received The Business Executive of the Year Award. Additionally, Matthew K. Enstice M.B.A. ’04, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus received The Dr. Bernard L. Martin Award. Congratulations to all recipients and honorees.

While the dinner was a bit nerve-wracking and intimidating, it was also extremely eye opening. The vast majority of attendees were Canisius College alumni. The widespread success of alumni demonstrates the success of the one-year M.B.A. program at Canisius College and all other graduate business programs. A brief glance over the names of individuals serving on the Council to the Richard J. Wehle School of Business is quite impressive. Almost every major organization in Buffalo is represented by this Council, including New Era Cap Co. Inc., Citi, Moog Inc., Evans Bank, M&T Bank, Tops Markets LLC., Bank of America, Uniland Development Company, NOCO Energy Corporation, and Fisher-Price to only name a few.

This was just the first of many networking opportunities, with our mentoring reception next Thursday. I would strongly advise any prospective one-year M.B.A. students to invest in a suit because you will surely need it with the countless number of professional events you will be attending!