«BUFFALO BISONS FRONT OFFICE As chairman of Rich Products Corporation, Robert E. Rich Jr. (Bob) has led the company to more than $3 billion in worldwide sales revenue. Bob continues to build the ...»
Along with this role, Joe assumed the position of Director of Finance for the Rich Baseball Organization and in 1999 was promoted to Vice President of Finance for Rich Products. In 2003, he assumed a new position as Vice President of Finance in the Shareholder Risk Management group where he continues to have oversight responsibility for their Tax, Internal Audit and Shareholder Planning activities. In 2006, he was appointed Treasurer of the Rich Family Foundation, a private operating charitable foundation. In 2011 he was appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Rich Entertainment Group of Companies which, in addition to the Rich Baseball Organization, includes entities in the theatrical and motion picture, travel, golf, food service and hospitality industries. In 2013, Joe was promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance for Rich Products Corporation as well as Chief Operating Officer of the Entertainment Group. Joe is also a board member of the newly created Buffalo Bisons Charitable Foundation Joe attended Niagara Wheatfield High School where he played baseball and football. He attended Butler University, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he played baseball and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
He is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and a former member of the Advisory Board at the University at Buffalo’s Graduate Tax program.
He makes his home in Grand Island, where he lives with his wife, Lori, and their two children, Bryan and Taylor.
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Jonathan A. Dandes was appointed President of Rich Baseball Operations on October 1, 2001. He joined Rich Products Corporation in June, 1986 as product manager and was soon appointed director of restaurant operations. He was named vice president/general manager of Stadium Services, Inc. in 1988, and Executive Vice President of the Rich Entertainment Group in 1996.
Rich Baseball Operations is comprised of Rich Products’ subsidiary companies including: Buffalo Bison Baseball, Northwest Arkansas Naturals Baseball, West Virginia Black Bears Baseball, National Baseball Congress and Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club in Lake Worth, FL.
Dandes is Immediate Past Chair of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. He also serves as Vice Chair of Upstate New York Transplant Services. He is Chair Elect of the Buffalo Zoological Society (Buffalo Zoo), and is Chair of the Erie County Medical Center Foundation, and also serves as Chair of the Buffalo Public Schools Foundation.
He is the immediate past Chair of Erie County Jewish Family Services and Chair-elect of Visit Buffalo Niagara (formerly the Buffalo and Erie County Convention & Visitors Bureau).
He is currently an adjunct Professor at Niagara University in the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and teaches in the University’s Sports Management Program.
Dandes is Chairman of the Buffalo/Niagara Sports Commission and a past Director of the Amherst Junior Football League, and Lou Gehrig Youth Baseball.
Dandes is an alumnus of the University at Buffalo and a past president of its Alumni Board. He has served as president of the New York State Restaurant Association and is a member of La Chaine des Rotisseurs, Les Amis du Vin, National Association of Concessionaires, and Stadium Managers Association.
Dandes also serves on the Board of the Erie County Law Enforcement Foundation, and the 100 Club of Buffalo. He is the Chair of the Erie County Sheriff ’s 21st Century Foundation.
In August of 1994, Dandes was appointed to the Council of the University at Buffalo for a five-year term by Governor Mario Cuomo. Governor George Pataki reappointed Dandes to a seven-year term to the University at Buffalo Council in August, 1999. He was reappointed again by Governor Pataki in December 2006 for a third 7-year term. Governor Andrew Cuomo reappointed Dandes to a 4th 7 year term in December 2013 making him the longest serving member of the University Board. He is a past Trustee of the Nichols School in Buffalo, New York. In 2015, he was also named a board member of the newly created Buffalo Bisons Charitable Foundation Dandes was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Erie County Medical Center Corporation by Governor Cuomo in March of 2015.
In 2003, he graduated from the Harvard Business School Management Development Program. Dandes is a also certified as a Foodservice Management Professional (1994), as designated by the National Restaurant Association.
Dandes lives in East Amherst, NY with his wife Marcy. Their son Leo is a graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Law and their daughter Arin, is a 2009 graduate of U/B, with a BFA in Musical Theatre.
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Mike Buczkowski begins his 29th season with the Buffalo Bisons and his 22nd season as the club’s General Manager, the longest tenure of any general manager in the 130-year history of the franchise.
Mike began with the Bisons in 1987 as a Public Relations Assistant during the team’s final season at War Memorial Stadium. Coinciding with the club’s move to Pilot Field in 1988, Mike was promoted to Public Relations Coordinator and then to Public Relations Manager in 1989. During the 1992 season, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager and was named General Manager on December 17, 1993. He became Vice President in March, 1999.
During his 20 years as General Manager, the Bisons have led their league in attendance seven times, including the International League’s all-time attendance record set in 1998. In December 2001, Mike accepted the prestigious Bob Freitas Award from Baseball America on behalf of the Bisons, becoming the first Triple-A team to win the award twice (also in 1991). The award is presented annually to a franchise for overall operational excellence. Mike is responsible for the strategic planning of the Bisons organization and manages all day-to-day operations of the front office staff. He is also responsible for the coordination of the player development contract with the Bisons major league parent clubs, including the Pittsburgh Pirates (1994), Cleveland Indians (1995-2008), the New York Mets (2009-2012) and the Toronto Blue Jays (2013-2015).
A native Buffalonian, Mike graduated in 1982 from Bishop Timon High School where he played three years of varsity baseball and hockey, earning All-Catholic honors as a hockey player. Mike was inducted into the Bishop Timon High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2010. He graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 1986. While at Canisius College, Mike was the captain of the hockey team. He is a board member for Western New York United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse Foundation and the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He also serves on the advisory board of the Buffalo/Niagara Sports Commission. He is a past board member of Kevin Guest House and served on the local organizing committee for the 2003 NCAA Frozen Four Hockey Championships. Mike is also a board member of the newly created Buffalo Bisons Charitable Foundation.
In 1999, Mike was honored with Business First’s “Forty Under-40” Award and was named Am-Vets Post 45 Parochial Baseball League’s Man of the Year in 2000. In 2005, he was named the Am-Pol Eagle’s Sports Citizen of the Year. In 2008, Mike was honored by the General Pulaski Association for his service to the Western New York sporting community.
Mike’s grandfather, Huck Geary, played shortstop at Offermann Stadium for the Bisons from 1935-37, and was a member of the 1936 Governors’ Cup championship team. He went on to play in the Major Leagues for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1942-43.
Mike has two children, Jennifer and Michael.