John Catsimatidis and Edward F. Cox

Harris Beach PLLC has been named sponsor of Daemen College’s highly-regarded Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series, which brings top government and public officials and business leaders to campus to share their unique perspective on critical state, national, and international issues.

Recent featured speakers in the lecture series have included:

  • John Catsimatidis shared his life journey from emigrating to the United States from the Greek island of Nisyros to becoming a self-made billionaire business owner. He is chairman/CEO of the Red Apple Group and United Refining Co., which owns more than 300 Kwik Fill gas stations, including many throughout the Buffalo Niagara region. He also owns New York City’s well-known Gristedes grocery chain with stores in Manhattan, Westchester and Brooklyn.
  • New York State Republican Party Chairman Edward F. Cox pointed out during his discussion that the nation is ready for change given the current political climate. He has been active with the GOP for more than 40 years at state and national levels, having worked on four presidential campaigns, and having served three presidents and four governors.