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2019 Annual Meeting Celebration

November 19, 2019
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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Resurgence Brewing Company
55 Chicago Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

Celebrate the past year with PRSA Buffalo Niagara!

Join your communications colleagues from across the region to network, reflect and learn what’s ahead for 2020. You'll reconnect with old friends, make new connections, and help usher in the 2020 slate of PRSA officers. Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. with open bar and hors d'oeurves, followed by dinner and a keynote presentation.

Notes: For your dinner entrée, you can choose either Sliced Crispy Pork Tenderloin with malt au jus, broccoli rappini and pickled cherry peppers - OR - Cheese Ravioli with roasted baby cremini mushrooms in a malted tomato brown butter sauce. Dinner will also include a simple greens salad, flourless chocolate cake and coffee. Please indicate your meal choice when you register online. If you would like a vegan or gluten free option, or have other dietary restrictions, reach out to Marcene Robinson at [email protected] no later than Nov. 15.

Keynote Presentation: M&T’s Role in the Resurgence: the new Tech Hub at Seneca One
Speaker: Mike Zabel, Group Vice President-Public Relations, M&T Bank

We’re living through a tech-sparked Cambrian Explosion. Who will survive? Who will become extinct?  Talent will be a key determinant—not just for individual companies, but for entire cities. For M&T Bank and every other company in Buffalo, we must remain competitive—not against each other—but against big tech cities like Boston, San Francisco and Seattle, as well as smaller cities like Austin, Boulder and Detroit that already realize there’s a “race for relevance.” To help grow and strengthen the region’s tech ecosystem, M&T Bank envisions a hub where different companies and organizations can co-locate, enabling new talent and ideas to ‘collide’ within a culture and community of innovation, initiative and entrepreneurialism.

Join us for our chapter’s annual meeting and learn more about M&T’s highly anticipated Tech Hub at Seneca One, which will eventually house up to 1,500 workers and launch in early 2020. You’ll hear from C. Michael Zabel, M&T’s Group Vice President-Public Relations. A former press secretary / communications director for two U.S. Congressmen and a state attorney general, Mike brings 30+ years of experience in senior public relations positions, including 20 years with the bank, providing high-level strategic communications counsel to WNY’s only Fortune 500 company. M&T will occupy 11 floors (25%) of Buffalo’s tallest building, playing a major role in the continued resurgence of our city.

Speaking of Resurgence… what better place to host this year’s meeting!? Come experience Resurgence Brewing’s new location at 55 Chicago Street in Buffalo’s Old First Ward. This new production facility, tap room and banquet center was once part of the EB Holmes Machinery Company, founded in the mid-1800s and credited with revolutionizing the process of making wooden barrels. Come marvel at the history they were able to maintain and the modern renovations they have incorporated.


$60.00 Member Ticket
$50.00 Earlybird rate before November 6

$75.00 Non Members
$65.00 Earlybird rate before November 6

$35.00 Student Ticket