Partnership CEO to Retire

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM EDT

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Partnership CEO to Retire

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/Release) - Buffalo Niagara Partnership President & CEO, Andrew J. Rudnick, announced yesterday to the organization’s board of directors and members that he will be retiring in mid 2013, at the end of the Partnership’s current fiscal year end and conjunction with the selection of a successor.

“It’s time – my head, heart, and bones tell me that.” said Rudnick, who has served since 1992 as the Partnership’s first and only CEO.

“Moreover, I sincerely believe this organization and the regional employer community we serve are at a particularly positive point to undergo a leadership change.”

Tim C. Loftis, the Partnership’s board chair, said a search committee has been established and the work already has begun to ensure a smooth transition in bringing on board the organization’s next CEO in 2013, which is the 20th anniversary of the amalgamation of the Greater Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Buffalo Development Foundation (GBDF) to form the Partnership.

“Andrew Rudnick has worked tirelessly and extremely effectively for this organization and this community.” stated Loftis.

“His departure is a huge loss for Buffalo Niagara, but I am confident that the search process we have initiated will identify the best available candidate to succeed him.”

Rudnick, who came to Buffalo from Houston in 1986 to be CEO of GBDF, is immediate past chair of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and is vice chair of Univera Healthcare’s board.

He also serves as a board member of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, Say Yes Buffalo, Visit Buffalo Niagara (of which he is Treasurer and previously served as acting president), WNY Economic Development Council and Unshackle Upstate.

He is a past director of Dunlop Tire Corporation, past chair of the board of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (of which he also served as acting executive director); past board president of the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County; and was vice chair of the 1993 World University Games.

During Rudnick’s two decades at the helm of the Partnership, the organization successfully undertook a wide range of initiatives to rebuild the regional economy including: helping to establish six charter schools, rebranding the area as Buffalo Niagara, assisting in the development of the new Buffalo Niagara International Airport and in attracting improved air service to it, launching Business Backs the Bills, and most recently securing passage of state legislation to dedication NYPA “Proceeds” for economic development in the region as well as completing the Buffalo Building Reuse Project. In addition, the Partnership founded the Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Unshackle Upstate, and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition.

“It’s been a fascinating ride.” said Rudnick.