John R. Koelmel

John R. Koelmel

John R. Koelmel

Chair, NYPA Board of Trustees

John R. Koelmel has served as Chairman of the Authority since June 2012, when he was nominated as a Trustee by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. 

Mr. Koelmel is currently President of OnCore Golf, as well as an advisor for and investor in several other early-stage businesses based in Western New York. He previously served as President of HARBORCENTER, LLC, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. including its principal subsidiary, First Niagara Bank N.A. 

He began his professional career with KPMG LLP in 1974 and was managing partner of KPMG’s Buffalo office and Upstate New York Business Unit. Mr. Koelmel earned his B.A. degree in economics and accounting from The College of the Holy Cross in 1974. He has assumed numerous and varied leadership roles in the Buffalo and Western New York community, currently serving as Board Chair of the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology and as a member of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.

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Committees
Governance Committee
Strategic Planning and Energy Committee
Audit Committee
Finance Committee