The luckiest guy you’ll ever meet, & a serial entrepreneur who has started over 20 businesses in a variety of industries, Patrick Whalen is Director of the Niagara Global Tourism Institute (NGTI).
Before joining the NGTI, Pat served for 8 years as the COO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. (BNMC). In addition to managing the BNMC day-to-day operations Pat was the BNMC’s unofficial “entrepreneur–in-residence” working to foster collaboration & job creation on campus and throughout the bi-national region.
Among the businesses Pat started is Fulfillment Systems International (FSI), a technology driven logistics services provider. FSI grew from a 1-person startup in ’85 to a firm with over 200 employees in 5 locations in Canada, Europe, and the USA before being sold to UPS in 2000. It is now part of UPS Supply Chain Solutions.
He sits on the board of directors of: Canadian American Border Trade Alliance; Buffalo Toronto Public Media; Council of the Great Lakes Region; and the Richardson Olmsted Campus.
He has served on the boards of the Buffalo & Fort Erie Public Bridge Auth; Rotary Club of Buffalo; the American Red Cross Buffalo Chapter; Health Science Charter School; Bi-National Tourism Alliance; the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumni Assoc; Continental 1; Assn of University Research Parks; World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara; and Kaleida Health Foundation. He was the co-chair of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s Logistics Council and conceptualized and co-founded Come-to-America which seeks to utilize the Buffalo Niagara region’s logistics assets to attract international companies. A Rotarian since ’86, he was an organizer of the Rotary club on the BNMC where he served on its board during the club’s inaugural year.
He is a grad of the U at Buffalo School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and attended Canisius College.