Tomorrow, Buffalo Niagara 360 (BN360), the Buffalo Niagara Partnership's young professionals program (learn more
), will launch a new year of programming with its annual Kickoff Celebration at Pearl @ The Lafayette.
The Kickoff Celebration will feature the naming of ten Spotlight Professionals, a hand-selected group of young leaders who are anticipated to positively impact the community in the coming year and have been chosen as the "ones to watch."
This year's Spotlight Professionals have all relocated to Buffalo Niagara to further their careers. Here is a first look at some of this year's Spotlight Professionals:
Britta McKenna (new to Buffalo)
Britta McKenna is a partner in estate and trusts practice at Hodgson Russ. She counsels individuals and entities regarding U.S. tax compliance, estate planning for U.S. citizens living abroad, tax advice and structuring for foreign nationals acquiring U.S. assets, and estate and trust dispute proceedings.
Britta is a regular speaker on both domestic and cross-border estate planning. She is a contributor to Canadian Tax Highlights and co-authored 'Broadening New York's Decanting Statute,' New York Law Journal, September 2011.
Britta is a member of the Bar Association of Erie County, New York State Bar Association, Estate Analysts of Western New York, Surrogate's Court Practice & Procedure Committee and Surrogate's Court Liaison Committee. She was former managing editor of the Buffalo Law Review, and serves on the board of trustees of Goodwill Industries of Western New York and on the board of CMH Counseling. Britta received her Bachelor's degree from Boston College and received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School.
Anthony Rijos (new to Buffalo)
Anthony Rojis is a Home Mortgage Consultant at Wells Fargo. He leverages his ten years of experience to assist numerous customers with their home financing. Anthony's education brought him to Buffalo Niagara from Brooklyn, NY and he has stayed here to build his career.
In 2011, he was recognized with the 2011 Professional Achievement Award by the Hispanics United of Buffalo (HUB) for community involvement and the Wells Fargo Diversity Excellence Award. For the past 4 years as team captain, his cycling team has raised over $14,000 for cancer research in the Ride for Roswell. He was a volunteer for the United Way of Buffalo and Compeer, where he mentored for children with mental disabilities.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Anthony worked in banking and sales/marketing for additional Fortune 500 companies. He earned his Bachelor's degree at SUNY Fredonia.
Jessie Hersher Gouck (new to Buffalo)
Jessie Hersher Gouck is Project Coordinator for the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities grant initiative, and works as Health Planner for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC).
She works to implement healthy eating and active living policies and environmental change initiatives to support healthier communities for children and families.
Prior to BNMC, Jessie worked for the University of California at Davis and the Tahoe Science Consortium, educating the public about scientific research occurring in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Jessie earned her Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and her Master's of Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo.
Buffalo Niagara 360 is a program of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and is run through the support of sponsors including Alliance Advisory Group, The Buffalo News, Canisius College Center for Professional Development, Citibank, Independent Health, Hodgson Russ, National Grid and Niagara University.
Food tastings will be provided by local restaurants, as well as a cash bar and door prizes. To learn more about BN360 or to register for the 2013 Kickoff Celebration visit www.buffaloniagara360.org