Three Niagara University alumni are among the 20 Western New York business leaders who will be honored at Business First’s 2022 C-Level Executives Awards ceremony in October. The awards recognize the most effective administrators from some of the region's largest companies and nonprofit organizations.

Michael Cournyea, MBA’06, CEO of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University at Buffalo; David Kersten, ’83, CEO of OLV Charities; and John Sanderson, ’75, founder and chairman of Sanderson Wealth Management LLC, will be among those recognized at the ceremony.

Including this year’s class, 222 people have been recognized since the C-Level awards began in 2012. The awards are hosted by Business First and sponsored by Harter Secrest & Emery LLP, Northwest Bank, and Walsh Duffield Companies.

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