Release Date: February 12, 2021
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo School of Management has appointed Anthony DeSimone interim executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL). In addition, the school has promoted Kate Moody to interim operating director of the CEL.
“We recognize the importance of creating a leadership and operating team that will provide CEL clear direction and continue delivering the high-quality entrepreneurial and small-business programing and support to the community that has defined the CEL brand for more than 30 years,” says Paul Tesluk, dean of the School of Management.
An entrepreneur himself and owner of You’re the Expert Now, DeSimone, is a member of the center’s advisory board and has served as both a facilitator and instructor for CEL programs. He is also the author of several books on small business. DeSimone has a Bachelor of Science in business administration - registered accounting program from the University at Buffalo School of Management and is a licensed CPA.
Prior to her promotion to interim operating director, Moody worked for the CEL as a recruitment and community engagement coordinator. Moody is a graduate of the CEL’s Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs program and will apply her previous experience as an entrepreneur and professional development educator to her new role overseeing the center’s operations. She earned a master’s degree in community services administration from Alfred University and a Bachelor of Arts in human relations from the University of Pittsburgh.
Established in 1987, the CEL provides participants with individualized and interactive education in entrepreneurship. More than 1,400 CEL alumni employ more than 23,000 Western New Yorkers, and their businesses are worth more than $2.3 billion to the local economy. For more information, visit mgt.buffalo.edu/cel.