Niagara University’s College of Business Administration took care of a lot of important business at the Buffalo Marriott on April 25! The AACSB-accredited college hosted its 23rd Annual Business Appreciation and Accounting Banquet at 5:30 p.m., during which four business leaders and organizations were honored, including Freed Maxick CPAs!

“We are thrilled to take this opportunity to recognize four people and organizations that have been so supportive of Niagara University,” stated Dr. Shawn Daly, dean of the College of Business Administration. “The relationship between Niagara and the Glynn family is well chronicled while our connection to Joe McDonald and Catholic Health is one that continues to grow and directly benefits our students. Of course, we are also very proud of our relationships with our friends at Freed Maxick and St. Michael’s.”

The event, emceed by WGRZ-TV anchor and 1986 NU graduate Maryalice Demler, began with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., and was followed by dinner and the award presentations.

Freed Maxick CPAs was honored to be awarded with the 2013 Distinguished Accounting Firm award. Aside from our excellence in the field of accountancy, many are familiar with Freed Maxick through the Firm’s extensive involvement in the community. As a company that encourages its employees to get involved, we have made a difference for organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association, the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Catholic Health System of WNY, the Leukemia Society of America, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Shea’s Performing Arts Center, just to name a few. This award helped recognize not only our technical skill, but much of our work in the community.

With its headquarters here in Western New York, Freed Maxick maintains close ties to Niagara University. In fact, more than 25 Niagara graduates currently work for Freed Maxick, including managing director Ronald Soluri, Class of 1973! The award is appreciated by the Firm and we are thankful for a continued relationship with Niagara University.

Congrats to the other award winners as well:

Corporate Leadership Award
Joseph McDonald, President and C.E.O. of Catholic Health

Canadian Business Leader of the Year
St. Michael’s Hospital

Niagara University Family Business of the Year
Maid of the Mist and the Glynn family

2013 Distinguished Accounting Firm
In addition, earlier that afternoon, there was also recognition of individual Freed Maxick employees. Beta Alpha Psi, a nonprofit international honorary and service organization for accounting, finance, and information systems students, held their initiation ceremony. Both Ronald J. Soluri, Sr., Managing Director and graduating senior and Batavia employee Caitlin Cima were recognized. Ron was recognized as an Honorary Initiate and Caitlin received an honor cord. Congrats for the well deserved recognition to both Ron and Caitlin!

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