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Franasiak of Calamar Awarded 2011 Leader of the Year

Wed, May 18th 2011 09:00 am, by kgriffiths

Leadership Niagara Honors Franasiak

Leadership Niagara awarded Kenneth M. Franasiak, CEO & Chairman of Calamar, with Leader of the Year Award at their recent awards luncheon held at the Niagara Falls Country Club.

Leadership Niagara is a premier organization whose mission is to strengthen regional leadership. The program attracts a who's who of business, nonprofit, government, and academic leaders committed to strategic planning, leadership training, and serving our community.  These principals provide insight and perspective on the issues and challenges facing today's business leaders.

Franasiak was honored as Leader of the Year at the annual awards luncheon for his vision and drive to grow a successful business in Niagara County as a premier builder and developer that has afforded many new and existing businesses to grow and expand in our region along with his extensive commitment to the community. 

Franasiak is CEO and Chairman of Calamar, a full service real estate organization comprised of construction, development, management and finance & investment divisions that has been a mainstay in Niagara County since 1990.  Calamar developed The Woodlands Corporate Center Class A Business Park in Wheatfield that is home to regional and international companies and has grown its organization to include operations in Canada and the Mid-West.

Franasiaks tireless dedication to the community is evident through his many obligations including the Niagara Area Foundation which he was instrumental in creating as well as the development, funding and implementation of an early childhood educational program for Niagara County.  Franasiak continues his civic duties by  serving on the SBA Advisory Board, The Town of Wheatfield Economic Development Committee, Niagara USA Chamber and the Niagara County Workforce Investment Board among others.

"I am greatly humbled to have been selected as Leader of Year", Franasiak said.  "This prestigious award is truly a privilege, especially seeing the list of past nominees. I am grateful to be able to work with so many wonderful people from various organizations that also enlist their time, money and efforts to make the programs we are involved with possible and work tirelessly to make our communities better places to live and do business."