Dr. Michael Gallagher
Assistant Professor of Finance
Foster Center Director
102C Swan Business Center
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"Successful businesspeople have analytical minds. They see opportunities where others may not, and they can identify problems and see solutions. Journalists are skilled at making complicated topics understandable to all. Both professions can learn from and enhance each other."
Dr. Michael Gallagher
Assistant Professor of Finance
Director of the Foster Center
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Janet Bodnar is editor-at-large of Kiplinger's Personal Finance, a position she assumed after retiring as editor of the magazine after eight years at the helm. While editor, Bodnar was honored by Folio as one of its Top Women in Media. She is a nationally recognized expert on the subjects of women and money, children's and family finances, and financial literacy.
She is the author of two books, Money Smart Women and Raising Money Smart Kids. As editor-at-large, she writes two popular columns for Kiplinger, "Money Smart Women" and "Living in Retirement."
Bodnar is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and is a member of its Board of Trustees. She received her master's degree from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism.
Erin Lowry helps millennials navigate their financial lives.
She’s the author of “Broke Millennial,” “Broke Millennial Takes On Investing,” and the forthcoming “Broke Millennial Talks Money: Scripts, Stories and Advice to Navigate Awkward Financial Conversations.”
Lowry has appeared on CNBC, Yahoo Finance’s “On the Move,” “Sunday Morning” on CBS, and has been quoted in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Kevin Keenan is a founding partner of Keenan Communications Group, which specializes in crisis communications, public relations, social media and grassroots advocacy. The firm opened in January 2012 in partnership with the Buffalo-based lobbying concern, Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese & Associates. Keenan’s business partners are Anthony Masiello, former mayor of Buffalo; Carl Calabrese, former town of Tonawanda supervisor; and Victor Martucci, former town of Tonawanda Republican Committee chairman.
Keenan has extensive communications, social media and broadcast experience. He was director of the Office of Communications for the Diocese of Buffalo from 2000 to 2011, the first layperson to hold the position.
While with the diocese, Keenan was editor-in-chief of the Western New York Catholic, the monthly diocesan newspaper, hosted radio and television programs produced by the diocese, and was responsible for several departments: Public Relations, Daybreak TV Productions, Diocesan Radio and the diocesan Catholic Directory. He also led the diocese into social media, establishing successful Facebook and Twitter platforms.
In 2008, Cardinal Edward Egan appointed Keenan to an at-large position on the New York State Catholic Conference Public Policy Committee. He was reappointed to the committee in 2014.
Keenan spent 16 years at WBEN Radio in Buffalo. He has also worked in radio and television in Rochester and Olean and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is member of the Catholic Health Ministry Services Board of Directors, where he chairs the Mission Integration and Public Policy committees. He is a former board member at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and he is a certified USA Swimming official.
A graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Keenan and his wife, Deborah, live in the town of Tonawanda. They are members of St. John the Baptist Parish in Kenmore. Their son, Connor, is a senior at John Carroll University in Cleveland.
Michael D. Herley is an educated and experienced servant leader driving the three-way intersection of finance, communications and analytics. He is comfortable in both the boardroom and the breakroom.
From 1996 to July 2019, he was with Kekst CNC in New York, serving most recently as managing director and as an Executive Committee member. As an independent consultant and doctoral candidate, he recently launched his own entrepreneurial venture, and is currently an adjunct assistant professor of business analytics and information systems at The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, St. John’s University.
Herley has significant media relations experience, is a strong writer and has a successful track record of supporting firms in the financial services industry and middle market. He is in regular contact with senior reporters and editors at The Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor, CNBC.com, Financial Times, Yahoo Finance and Bloomberg News, among others. Over the years, he has co-authored a number of white papers, including “To Guide or Not to Guide?,” which was discussed in articles that appeared in The Wall Street Journal and Barron’s.
In July 2019, he penned an article in Delano of Luxembourg, "An American’s Journey to Better Understand the EU."
Herley holds an MS degree in mathematics from Fairfield University, an Advanced Business Certificate in management from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA degree in corporate finance from St. John’s University. He is a second year Doctor of Business Administration in Finance candidate at The Jack Welch College of Business & Technology, Sacred Heart University.
His research interests are focused on using quantitative models to better understand the IPO market and measure the ROI of media campaigns.
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Brian Connolly is in charge of business development and innovation at The News. He serves as publisher of its six community newspapers and is in charge of The News' consumer revenue operations, including digital subscription strategy. He oversees content for Buffalo Magazine and The News' marketing publications.
As publisher of community newspapers, he leads The Hamburg Sun, The Tonawanda Sun, the Arcade Pennysaver & News, the Cuba/Franklinville Pennysaver & News, the Springville/Ellicottville Pennysaver & News and the Gowanda/Lakeshore Pennysaver & News.
Connolly started at The News in 2003 as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern, working on the news copy desk. He later moved to the Features Department, where he worked as a copy and layout editor. For three years, he was assistant features editor and the editor of Gusto, The News' guide to arts and entertainment. He then was The News' online editor, helping the newsroom make the transition from print to digital. In that role, he oversaw the creation of a breaking-news team and expanded the use of video on its website.
In 2011, he was named The News' managing editor, overseeing all day-to-day operations of the newsroom and its staff of more than 100 reporters, photographers and editors. During the twin lake-effect snowstorms that paralyzed areas south of Buffalo in 2014, Connolly led a team that was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He helped build production partnerships with WGRZ-TV, WNED-TV, WBFO radio and Cumulus radio, and he was an active part of The News' work with PolitiFact. He served as managing editor until April 2018.
A 1996 graduate of St. Francis High School, Connolly has a bachelor's degree in communication from Geneseo State College, a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in business administration earned through the executive program at the University at Buffalo. A Hamburg native, he lives in the town with his wife and four children.
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