Success Story: The Right Leader From Day One

How Catapult made an impact on one WNY business.

The Challenge:

Prior to the launch of The WNY Impact Investment Fund, board members reached out to Catapult for assistance with the search for their inaugural CEO. This double bottom-line investment fund, which had not yet launched, was the first of its kind in Western New York.

The Solution:

The Catapult team conducted a national search to identify candidates. We were looking for a unique combination of experiences that would enable the candidate to lead the identification of socially-impactful organizations and businesses located in the Buffalo/Niagara region, and the implementation of a challenging business model that would both strengthen the investee organizations as well provide the Fund an appropriate financial return on investment.

The Outcome:

Thomas P. Quinn was selected by the board to be its CEO and the Fund launched in August 2017. They have since made several investments and established themselves as a leader in the resurgence of our community.


“Catapult understood the unique circumstance and attributes that our CEO search implied and effectively identified candidates with responsive credentials. Catapult’s qualification analysis – including personality profiling – was excellent and spot on for the applicant we chose, whose performance has been even better than hoped for. We would recommend Catapult highly and enthusiastically for searches that require insight, diligence and great follow through.” – Bill Joyce, Founding Chair, Western New York Impact Investment Fund

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