Two prominent members of Jewish Buffalo, both past winners of the Dr. Meyer and Ann Riwchun Emerging Leadership Award, Ezra Rich and Alan Rosenhoch, will be celebrated on November 10th as members of the 31st class of 40 Under 40. This unique distinction is conferred annually on those who are making their voices heard in their workplaces and bettering the community.
Chosen from over 250 nominations, both Ezra and Alan lead with passion and are the ideal representatives of this outstanding group of young professionals. Ezra is the Marketing Communications Manager at Uniland Development Company. While not a Buffalo native, Ezra exudes Buffalove and pride. He and his wife Rabbi Sara Rich moved to Western New York in June 2017 for Sara’s position as Hillel of Buffalo’s Executive Director; they currently reside in Williamsville with their three daughters. Hailing from Connecticut, Ezra grew up embraced by the Jewish community, and has now embraced his new Jewish Buffalo. His passion for Judaism pours into his volunteer work as Co-Chair of Federation’s Overseas Allocation Task Force, a member of the Federation’s Life and Legacy team and the new History Center Work Team, a board member at Temple Beth Tzedek, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Benevolent Loan Association of Western New York.
Alan is the Managing Director for Endeavor Western NY, a position he’s held since April of this year. Prior to Endeavor, Alan was a key leader at Invest Buffalo Niagara. Endeavor is leading the high-impact entrepreneurship movement around the world with a presence in markets across Latin America, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and the United States. Established in 1997, Endeavor supports over 1,800 high-impact entrepreneurs at the “scale-up” stage, offering them a best-in-class seal of approval, an unrivaled personal and professional network, frictionless co-investment capital, and peer-to-peer idea exchange in a global setting.
A native of Buffalo, Alan returned to his hometown nearly a decade ago and currently resides in Buffalo with his wife Gabby and their two daughters. He channels his passion not only in his work, but also to the causes he takes up into effective action and leadership. Alan has been a passionate advocate and leader of the Kadimah Academy, serving as President in 2017-2019, is devoted to leadership and hands on action to SABAH, serves on the Board of Trustees with the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, and has continued to be involved in a project-based leadership capacity with Nickel City Jews.
The entire Federation family extends a hearty Mazal Tov to Ezra and Alan for their selection in this year’s class of 40 Under 40!