Most Influential WNYers

February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM EDT

It's a difficult question to answer, but Business First has given it a shot. We'll be publishing the 2013 Power 200 this Friday -- a list of the 200 men and women who (in our opinion) wield the most clout in the eight-county region.

The published guide will be the only place to find profiles of all 200 men and women, as well as detailed stories about the true giants on the list.

But we'll also be providing a sneak peek all week -- by releasing 40 names each day. You can find them at:

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2013/02/04/most-influential-2013-installment-1.html

And make sure to read Friday's paper to learn the rationale behind all of our selections

Here are 40 names released Monday, February 4:
200 Sandy Beach
199 Cynthia Zane
198 Doug Marrone
197 David Rivera
196 Richard Jurasek
195 Michael Kane
194 Carl Bucki
193 Betsy Wright
192 Robert Fritzinger
191 Robert Kresse
190 Rebecca Reeder
189 Richard Garman
188 Scott Bieler
187 Paul Iskalo
186 Crystal Peoples-Stokes
185 Ryan Miller
184 William Kresse
183 Jacquie Walker
182 Shelley Drake
181 Angelo Fatta
180 William Jr. Lawley
179 Steve Halter
178 Jeremy Zellner
177 Barbara Carr
176 Rod Watson
175 James Klyczek
174 Nancy Blaschak
173 John LaFalce
172 Dennis Black
171 Paul Cesana
170 Anthony Caruana
169 Kevin Murphy
168 George Osborne
167 Sal Marranca
166 Mark Mondanaro
165 Betty Jean Grant
164 David Dunkelman
163 Jake Schneider
162 Carl Calabrese
161 Nick Langworthy