GCEDC Board

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Paul Battaglia- Chairman (Term Expires June 29, 2019)

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Battaglia, of Batavia, NY, is the managing director of the Batavia Practice Unit of Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. He has been responsible for firm engagements that involve governmental entities, manufacturing companies, agricultural enterprises, commercial enterprises and non-profit organizations. Mr. Battaglia has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, negotiations, design and implementation of financing plans, estate planning and business succession planning. In addition, he has the responsibility to ensure that the missions, goals and objectives of the Firm are attained.  Mr. Battaglia’s leadership qualities and skills have been recognized in the community through his involvement and recognitions in several community and non-profit organizations. He has served on many boards including United Memorial Medical Center, Catholic Health System, Batavia Rotary Club, United Way, Private Industry Council, Business Education Alliance, Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Genesee Wyoming BOCES and the YMCA. He has also received many service awards for his community activities.  Mr. Battaglia graduated from St. Bonaventure University. After graduation he accepted a position with the Buffalo office of the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse & Company, where he held the position of audit manager. During his career there, Mr. Battaglia had extensive experience with and was responsible for audit engagements of many clients in areas of manufacturing, local government, retailing, food processing and distribution, transportation, and non-profit organizations.  Mr. Battaglia left Price Waterhouse & Company in 1980 to start his own firm, which became known as Battaglia, Andrews & Moag, P.C. He was Managing Director of Battaglia, Andrews & Moag, P.C. when the Firm merged with Freed Maxick Sachs & Murphy to become what was formerly known as Freed Maxick & Battaglia, P.C.  Mr. Battaglia is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.


Mary Ann E. Wiater- Vice Chariman (Term Expires June 30, 2017)

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Wiater is an attorney licensed to practice law in the states of New York and Florida. Having over 29 years of experience, Ms. Wiater concentrates her practice in the field of residential and commercial real estate work representing lenders, community farmers and individuals in real-estate-related matters.  She is a cum laude graduate of Niagara University with a BS degree concentrated in economics.  She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from South Texas College of Law.  She has resided in Genesee County for 26 years and currently lives in Pembroke with her husband Philip O’ Neill.  Waiter is the mother of Shannon and Shelby O’ Neill. 

 

John L. Rizzo (Term Expires June 30, 2018)

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Rizzo, of LeRoy NY, has been a lifelong resident of Genesee County and currently serves as Senior Vice President General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for Five Star Bank in Warsaw, New York.  Previous to his appointment to his current position he spent nearly 35 years as the Genesee County Attorney while also maintaining his private law office located in LeRoy, New York.  Rizzo served as counsel to New York State Senator Walter J. Floss and New York State Senator James T. McFarland during their tenures in office.  Rizzo began his law career serving as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Rochester and clerked in the United States Attorney’s Office in Albany, New York.  His passion for law has lead him serve as a volunteer with many community associations including the American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, *The New York State Bar Association, New York State County Attorney’s Association, *Delegate to the Eighth Judicial Convention, the *Paulo Busti Cultural Foundation, Director of the LeRoy Rotary Club, Director of the Chamber of Commerce, President and Director of the Stafford Country Club, as well as many other local groups.  Rizzo is the father of Nicholas J. Rizzo and Jeffrey R. Rizzo.

 

Mike Davis (Term Expires December 31, 2017)

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Mike Davis, Genesee County Legislator has represented District 3 (Towns of Pembroke and Darien) since 2015.  He is the Legislative Liaison to Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC), serves on the Public Service Committee, also serve as Legislative Liaison to the Cornell Cooperative Extension Board of Directors, the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board, the Emergency Services Taskforce and the GLOW Workforce Investment Board.  Prior to joining the Genesee County Legislature, served as Darien Town Justice from 2008 until 2015.  Mike works at Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc. as the Manager or Member Services in the Membership Division in Batavia, NY location.  He resides in Darien with wife Tricia and three children Ryan, Bryce, and Sarah.

 

 

Peter Zeliff (Term Expires June 30, 2022)

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Peter H. Zeliff is the Senior Executive Vice President and COO of EIF Renewable Energy Holdings, LLC which wholly owns Innovative Energy Systems of Oakfield, New York, an independent developer and energy provider specializing in the recovery and utilization of landfill gas. In addition to founding Innovative Energy Systems, he also developed a proprietary gas pretreatment system which is utilized at all his projects. With over twenty years of experience in the landfill gas industry, he is responsible for the management and financial operations of the company as well as oversight of the engineering, design, permitting, and construction of the company’s landfill gas energy recovery projects. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations, and he is the Chairman of the 2012 WNY Aviation Adventure Camp. He also volunteers for Wings Flights of Hope, Veterans Airlift Command and the Special Olympics Airlift. He has been married to Kathy for 37 years, has two children and 9 grandchildren.


Craig Yunker (Term Expires June 30, 2020)

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Craig Yunker is a managing partner of CY Farms headquartered in Elba, New York.  CY Farms is one of the largest crop farms in Western New York growing turf, corn, wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, onions, and green peas.  The farm encompasses more than 6,000 acres in Genesee County.  Yunker is also owner of Batavia Turf, a turf farming operation in Batavia, and CY Heifers, a 4000 head replacement heifer business that raises calf’s for local dairy farms.  CY Farms employ over 50 people locally and has been in operation since 1963.  In addition to running CY Farms Yunker is active within the community.  He is the past Genesee County legislature chairman serving from 1984-1991, a former Trustee of Genesee County Community College, a current Director of Tomkins Financial Corporation/ Bank of Castile, and a current Trustee of Cornell University.  Yunker holds a BS degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University and a MS degree in Resource Economics from the University of New Hampshire.  He currently resides in Elba with his wife Kimberly and is a proud father of three children and grandfather to two grandchildren.  


Matthew Gray (Term Expires June 30, 2021)

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Matthew Gray is a successful entrepreneur owning and operating five restaurants between New York and North Carolina.  Gray owns the Batavia based Alex’s Place, a destination restaurant best known for their award winning BBQ ribs, friendly atmosphere, and great location.  The other four restaurants owned by Gray, Buffalo Brothers Pizza & Wing Co., are located in the Raleigh, North Carolina metro region.  Gray is the acting marketing manager as well as the organizational development leader with regards to financial and operational systems for the North Carolina locations.  Gray is a graduate of Leadership Genesee (2011) and a former member of the Genesee County Stop DWI board.  Current community service includes Genesee County Economic Development Board Member, City of Batavia Planning and Development Committee member, City of Batavia Community Garden Board President, Leadership Genesee Steering and Curriculum Committees and Genesee Amateur Hockey Association Mite 8U Coordinator.  Gray resides in Batavia with his wife Jennifer and his two children, Leo and Lillian.  


GCEDC Governance & Nominating Committee- Established pre 2002
John Rizzo- Chair

Mary Ann Wiater

Paul Battaglia

Craig Yunker


GCEDC Employment & Compensation Committee- Established pre 2002
Mary Ann Wiater- Chair

Paul Battaglia

Michael Davis

Matthew Gray



GCEDC Audit & Finance Committee- Established June 27, 2006
Matthew Gray - Chair

Paul Battaglia

Pete Zeliff

Michael Davis

 

GCEDC STAMP Committee- Established March 6, 2014
Pete Zeliff- Chair

Craig Yunker

John Rizzo

Paul Battaglia

 

 

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