BUFFALO, NY- Robert Gioia is a WNY representative for the Western New York Council.
A Buffalo native, Robert began his career in 1970 as a part of the third generation operating the Gioia Macaroni Company. From 1992-2007, Robert was a principal with the Food Group of Strategic Investments and Holdings, Inc. Established in 1983, Strategic Investments & Holdings, Inc. is one of the most experienced equity acquisition firms in the nation today.
Robert was Chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority from 1990-1998. He pioneered the completion of the $120 million Buffalo-Niagara International Airport and was named one of the Buffalo News' 1997 Citizens of the Year.
Robert was President of the Board of Trustees of The Nichols School, President of The Martin House Restoration Corporation, and Chairman of The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Chairman of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Director, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Trustee of St. Lawrence University.
On January 1, 2007, Robert was appointed President of The John R. Oishei Foundation, WNY's largest foundation. The Foundation's mission is to be a catalyst for change to enhance economic vitality and the quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region.
In October of 2007, Robert was appointed Chairman of The Western New York Health System (renamed Great Lakes Health), established in September of 2007 by the New York State Department of Health to implement Berger mandates involving ECMCC and Kaleida Health. Robert was named one of the Buffalo News' 2007 Citizens of the Year.
In November of 2009, Robert was named "Executive of the Year" by the UB School of Management.
In July of 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo named Robert to the WNY Regional Economic Development Council.
Robert is married to Sally and they have three children, Allison, Lauren, Carolyn, a granddaughter, Elisabeth Grace (Lily) and a grandson, John Robert (Jack).
Robert D. Gioia