Paul Nanula was named interim CEO this week, overseeing management and operations of both the agency and the Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY Inc.
He will also supervise the agency's 20 meal distribution sites in Erie County, and oversee commissary operations that support the delivery of more than 3,400 meals daily to homebound seniors.
Nanula is president of Nanco Enterprises Inc., a commercial and industrial park operator and land developer, and principal partner at Essex Homes of WNY Inc. Nanula was president and CEO at Wilson Farms and previously held management positions at Tops Markets and Granite Investment Services.
He takes over the dual position from Benjamin Gair III, who served in the posts since 2008. Gair left the agency in late July.
Board president Paul Enderle said Nanula's background in food service combined with his fund-raising experience locally make him an asset to the agency.
Nanula has also served on several fund-raising committees at local not-for-profits, including Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The organization expects to fill the position permanently by the end of the year.
Meals on Wheels provides home-delivered meals to homebound elderly and disabled throughout Erie County. Last year, the nonprofit agency delivered more than 810,000 meals to nearly 3,300 homebound seniors.