Margie Bryen
December 9, 2022

We are delighted to cast a spotlight on Buffalo Jewish Federation’s new president Marjorie (Margie) Bryen.  Native Buffalonian and President of Hard Manufacturing Co. Inc., Margie first became involved in Federation to spearhead the “Made in Buffalo” series and most recently served as Treasurer of the Federation Board.  She succeeds Shelly Yellen in her new role as Federation’s 53rd President.

In her remarks at the 119th Federation Annual Meeting held this past Wednesday at Congregation Shir Shalom, Margie thanked Shelly for his strong and steady leadership particularly as the agency made its way through the pandemic. “I am honored and humbled to be able to step into shoes worn in the past by so many great leaders, “she added.  “As an organization and a community, we have so much to be proud of, from welcoming new refugees to Western New York to another transformative BIE trip to Israel for over 50 community members, to beautifying our cemeteries, to the integration and growth of HRC, to ongoing new programming within LiNK, and more. “ 

Margie is a graduate of Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at The University of Michigan.  She returned to Buffalo in 2013 to assist her father, Bill Godin z”l, and take over the family business. Hard Manufacturing, the leading world-wide manufacturer of hospital cribs and youth beds, is one of the region’s oldest companies, dating back to 1876.  Today, Margie is the company’s president and owner.

In addition to volunteering with Federation, Margie also serves on the board of Northland Workforce Training Center and is the General Manager of the Allegro! Synchronized Skating Teams. She is married to Eric and the Bryen’s have two adult daughters, Madelaine (and Kris) and Elysa.

Mazal Tov Margie on becoming Federation’s 53rd President!

Did you miss our Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday?  You can watch it here:



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