Weekly Feature

2016-09-22 / Business

Chamber recognizes 2016 honorees


Officer Paul Nazzarett Officer Paul Nazzarett Citizen of the Year Officer Paul Nazzarett

Officer Paul Nazzarett has been a member of the Cheektowaga Police Department for 17 years, 12 of which have been spent with the Community Crime Prevention Unit.

Nazzarett runs or is involved in a number of programs within Cheektowaga, including Neighborhood Watch, Operation Safechild and Do the Right Thing, which enable him to interact with citizens of all ages and walks of life. In March of this year, the Cheektowaga Steering Committee, of which Nazzarett is a part, celebrated the opening of the new Community HUB at Resurrection Life Church.

Community Service Brian Windschitl, Bravo Cucina Italiana

Bravo Cucina Italiana’s welcoming, family-oriented atmosphere is largely created from the leadership and dedication of its general manager, Brian Windschitl. A large part of Bravo’s mission is to provide guest-centered service, and Windschitl consistently goes above and beyond that call, treating each person that he comes in contact with as a VIP guest.

During the historic November storm, Windschitl and his team prepared and delivered meals to a local nursing facility, despite travel bans and the fact that the Walden Galleria was closed. This type of commitment speaks directly to his character and his ability to lead his team.

Large Business of the Year Buffalo Niagara International Airport

What is now Buffalo Niagara International Airport was created in 1926 when a group of aviation enthusiasts convinced City of Buffalo officials that an airport was an indispensable element for any city intent on industrial and commercial growth.

Since the ribbon cutting for the new terminal in 1997, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport has become one of the most successful medium-hub airports in the United States, serving more than 4.7 million passengers annually. The New York State Department of Transportation credits the airport with generating a billion dollars of annual economic activity, affecting more than 16,000 jobs. Those jobs are held by people proud to serve Cheektowaga, Western New York and the world every day. The Buffalo Niagara International Airport has become a symbol of the region’s respect for its rich history and its optimism for the future.

Small Business of the Year Apple’s Deli and Catering

Gary Koscielniak purchased Apple’s

Deli and GMK Catering Inc. in 2005 and works to ensure the best food and the best service are provided to every customer. Located just inside the main entrance of the AppleTree Business Park, Apple’s Deli provides dine-in, pickup and free delivery service within the business park, as well as catering services.

Humble and eager to give of their time and efforts, the staff at Apple’s Deli, under Gary’s leadership, has provided food to organizations and volunteers, including during the November storm in 2014. They worked tirelessly to make and donate food to nursing home residents from the Garden Gate Health Care Facility who were temporarily relocated to the AppleTree Business Park. Apple’s Deli received an award from the U.S. Small Business Administration in May for outstanding accomplishments in its field.

Special Presentation Lake Shore Savings Bank

Lake Shore Savings Bank has been committed to nurturing the ties it has established within each of its home communities over the past 125 years. In this community, that charge falls to John Huber, vice president and branch manager of the Depew office.

Huber has been with Lake Shore Savings Bank for 13 years, joining in 2013 as the first person hired for the bank’s expansion into Erie County. He is a testament to the caliber of employees at Lake Shore Savings Bank and upholds its mission by taking great pride in serving the community through his involvement with organizations like the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Lancaster-Depew and Queen of Heaven Parish in West Seneca.

Innovation Award WTF Chef and WTF Gym

The newly created Innovation Award recognizes an innovative approach that has a tremendous and positive impact on society. WTF Chef and WTF Gym, which stands for wellness through food and fitness, is the perfect fit for the inaugural recipient.

Chef Pat Koch began cooking out of clients’ homes as a hobby in February 2014. He now boasts more than 1,000 active weekly clients. WTF Chef provides customized meal plans, personal chef services, corporate wellness services, cooking classes and more.

Over the course of the years, WTF Chef and Chef Pat Koch have been involved in numerous community services, such as charity auctions for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Kids Escaping Drugs, SABAH and Brothers of Mercy. Each week, all leftover meals are donated to St. Luke’s Mission.

Recently, the company has expanded and grown to augment the meal services with WTF Gym in the AppleTree Business Park.

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