As Chief Innovation Officer of the BNMC, Sam Marrazzo’s focus is looking to the future. With a focus on driving economic opportunity that will position local companies for future growth, as well as to retain and attract young people to the area, Sam leads BNMC efforts to develop an innovative, reliable and secure information technology environment throughout the organization and the community. He is responsible for developing innovation strategy and fostering collaboration with industry, education and start-ups in order to help local organizations prepare for, and capitalize on, current and future technologies. Through his role at the BNMC, Sam is helping local companies re-think their business practices and corporate cultures in order to optimize their position as innovation and technology bring significant changes throughout the economy. Sam has had a broad career working in accounting and supply chain systems, logistics, sales, and transportation. His career includes over 25 years in multiple informational technology IT roles and has worked at a number of Fortune 200 companies including Praxair, Avnet, and McGraw Hill. His varied roles have included IT Management and Strategy, project management, architecture consulting and development practices. He has been a guest lecturer on technology for the University at Buffalo and has been instrumental in attracting and organizing technology-focused events to the area including the 2017 TopCoder Open and various hackathons and gaming competitions. Sam holds a BA degree in Business Systems from the Daemen College and an MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management. He also served 4 years in the United States Navy. He currently is a board member of InfoTech WNY.