Mr. Mark Hamister is the Founder and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Hamister Group LLC. He also founded National Health Care Affiliates. He is also a Board Member at NeXtGen Biologics. He is a proven leader with a clear vision for the future of his company. His attitude and drive define success. Keeping his eye on the long term future, he is determined to always excel at customer service and is anchored in a solid value structure. His commitment to research leads to a healthy recognition of when it is time to divest select product or service areas of the company. He is known for being humble enough to admit mistakes and is dedicated to community service with distinction. Mark believes that the foundation of effective leadership is an absolute commitment to values, a clear vision for all of his co-workers, and a careful strategic plan to guide the direction of the company in a changing world with ever changing customer expectations. He founded his first assisted living company, named 8678 Lake Street, Inc., in 1977. From the very beginning, he focused on great service and high rewards for all constituencies. This company later evolved into National Health Care Affiliates, Inc. (NHCA), which was sold in 1996 returning a significantly above average return for its investors. Mark is also an extremely active member of the community in the Buffalo-Niagara Region, serving as a member and/or officer of multiple Boards and Civic organizations such as the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, State University of New York at Buffalo Foundation (Trustee), Miami Transplant Institute and the Buffalo Public Schools Foundation. Examples of Mark's former board participation include: Empire State Development Corporation, to which he was appointed Director by Governor Pataki and confirmed by the New York State Senate , Independent Health Association, a large regional health insurance company, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (former Chairman), Buffalo Seminary, a private all girl high school (former Chairman), Shea's Buffalo Center for the Performing Arts (former Chairman), Committee for Tomorrow, Buffalo State College President's Advisory Council, The Erie County Cultural Resources Advisory Board (Chairman), the Buffalo-Niagara Region Chamber of Commerce (formerly the Chairman) and The Police Foundation (Chairman). Mark's distinctions and awards include: Buffalo Business First Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), Jack Kemp Leadership Award (2012), Erie County Republican Committee Abraham Lincoln Award (2001), Buffalo Niagara Partnership Chairman's Award (2000), Kenmore West Corridor of Honor (2000), Business Backs the Bills (1999), Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate (1999), the Signature Award (1999), the Arts Council Special Honoree Award (1997), Ebony and Ivory Award (1996) and Entrepreneur of the Year for New York State (1992). He also serves as Executive at Buffalo Capital Partners.