Pete Petrella, Managing Director of Executive Search at TalentRise—a leading executive search and talent consulting firm—was recently named to Invest Buffalo Niagara’s Board of Directors.

Petrella will serve as Chair of the Be In Buffalo committee, an Invest Buffalo Niagara program dedicated to introducing—or reintroducing—a new Buffalo to generations of people with skills that can build an economy of the future. In this role, he will support the non-profit, privately-funded economic development organization by partnering with companies and candidates that are looking to relocate to the western New York region.

“As a lifelong resident of the Buffalo Niagara area, it is an honor to have been selected to the Board at Invest Buffalo Niagara,” said Petrella. “Bringing innovative businesses and highly qualified talent to Buffalo is a cause that I have grown incredibly passionate about, and I am excited to collaborate with Tom Kucharski, Jenna Kavanaugh, and the rest of the Invest Buffalo team to promote economic and business development initiatives for our region.”

As Managing Director of TalentRise’s executive search practice, Petrella leads sales and recruitment efforts by helping companies add quality executive and emerging leadership talent to their teams. He is also heavily involved in the startup community through his role as Managing Director of Viaduct, an organization that assists high-growth companies to optimize their talent acquisition efforts.

A graduate of both the University at Buffalo and Canisius College, Petrella has over 20 years of business development and marketing experience in the Buffalo area. He has served as a member of the board of directors for several local organizations, including the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, PUNT Foundation, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, and University at Buffalo Alumni Association.

“On behalf of our entire team, I am thrilled to welcome Pete to our Board of Directors,” said Tom Kucharski, President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara. “His exceptional business acumen, extensive professional network, and lifelong ties to the area will be valuable in helping our region to attract outside companies, generate new job growth, and spur ongoing economic progress.” 

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