Alfred University honors four Buffalo-area family business
BUFFALO, NY — Alfred University honored four firms from the Buffalo area with Galanis Awards for Excellence in Family Business, during a banquet celebration Tuesday afternoon at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.
Corfu Machine, EGW Personnel Staffing, The Synergy Group, and TM Montante Development were this year’s recipients of the annual Galanis Awards. This marks the 13th year Alfred University has presented the awards, which are made possible by a gift to the University from the families of Terry Galanis Sr. and Terry Galanis Jr.
Galanis Sr. is a 1940 AU graduate and founder of Sealing Devices, Inc. Galanis Jr. is the president of Sealing Devices and a member of the AU Board of Trustees. Winners of Galanis Awards, presented since 2000, are judged on a number of criteria that the Galanises and Alfred University consider hallmarks of successful family enterprises: financial stability; innovation; record of growth; quality of life for employees; and contributions to the local community.
Sealing Devices was founded in 1963 by Terry Galanis Sr. in the Buffalo suburb of Alden. The company, which manufactures and distributes o-rings, gaskets and seals, has enjoyed tremendous growth over the years and is now located in a state-of-the-art facility in nearby Lancaster.
Terry Sr. still serves as company chairman, while his granddaughter, Elizabeth Miller (Terry Jr.’s daughter), is territory manager.
Corfu Machine is a three-generation family firm located in Corfu, NY. Founded by Dave Johnson in 1978, the company manufactures and services hydraulic cylinders and services hydraulic pumps, motors and valves, with its customer base including local and state governments, the government and military and the transportation and oil and gas industries. Dave Johnson is company president and Elaine Johnson is corporate secretary. Their sons, Troy and Timothy, are supervisors and Troy’s wife, Tamie, is office manager. Three grandsons work in building and grounds maintenance.
EGW Personnel Staffing was founded in 1969 by Eugene G. Wach as a full-service staffing and professional search firm. Located in Buffalo, the company provides contract, temp-to-hire and direct hire services for businesses in the professional, information technology, technical and industrial fields. EGW is a two-generation family business: Gene Wach serves as chairman of the Board of Directors. His four sons – Thomas, Jeffry, Tim and Don – have been involved in the firm over the years and are now in ownership positions. Thomas is president and chief executive officer and Jeffry is chief operating officer. Tim and Don are active members of the Board of Directors.
The Synergy Group, founded in 1990 by Angie Kleeh, comprises two businesses: the Just for Kids program, and TripleTrack HR Partners. The Just for Kids program provides before and after school programs as well as summer camps for more than 1,200 children in Hamburg, Orchard Park, Cheektowaga, Williamsville and Grand Island. TripleTrack HR Partners provides outsourced human resource management. Its market includes businesses, schools, colleges and universities. Synergy, headquartered in Williamsville, is a two-generation family firm; Angie Kleeh is CEO and her son, Matthew, is network administrator. Matthew’s wife, Kristina, is vice president.
TM Montante Development’s roots trace to 1935, when the Montante family opened Broad Elm Tire, a tire service and repair shop. Over the years, the company has evolved into a leading real estate development firm. Today, TM Montante, located in Tonawanda, is a full-service developer of commercial and residential real estate. Montante Solar, a full-service installer of commercial and residential solar energy projects, was established in 2008. Four generations of the Montante family have been involved in the firm since its founding. Tom Montante is CEO and his sons, Daniel, Matthew and Kevin, are members of the senior management team.
Sixty-five family firms have received Galanis Awards since 2000. Awards are presented to businesses in Western New York, with the awards ceremony alternating each year between Buffalo and Rochester.
“The Galanis Awards are a way to recognize the many outstanding family-owned businesses in the region that best embody the values of Sealing Devices,” commented Nancy Evangelista, dean of the College of Professional Studies at Alfred University,
Galanis Jr. was pleased with the quality of the winners, and with the number of people – nearly 170 – who attended the banquet. “This has been a great event, the greatest turnout we’ve ever had,” he said.
Dr. Charles Edmondson, president of Alfred University, thanked the award winners for “providing an inspirational example of entrepreneurial excellence.”
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